The Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park south of Sydney are without a doubt one of the area’s most unique natural formations. The pools have been written about a bit on some websites lately, but they’ve all skipped over possibly the most important information on making a trip there – SAFETY! The pools are accessible only by hiking down from Garrawarra Farm car park, and then making your way along a good kilometre of rocks along the coastline. You must time your visit with the ocean tides, otherwise it’s a definite safety risk. Also, once you get to the pools be sure to wait for at least 5 or 10 mins (watching the waves as they crash over the ledge) to ensure the swell isn’t too high. Don’t just jump right into the pools, as you might find yourself under a very large wave. Recently some visits were quite badly hurt when they failed to do this – one of them even had to be airlifted to safety. Other than that, the pools are amazing! You just have to make sure you take the necessary precautions. I’ve made visits to the pools and seen people doing the walk in thongs, and even drinking beers along the way – this isn’t advised!