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Garawarra Farm carpark to figure eight pools
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.5 km NE of Otford
Length: 6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Royal National Park
Climb: 273 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 273 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Hard

This return walk starts from the old Garawarra Farm car park and heads down the ridge through the Royal National Park, to the coast. The walk then follows the coast, through Burning Palms beach, and around the base of the headland to the famous Figure Eight Pools. This walk explores 4 distinct environments and gives a great cross section of what the park has to offer. The Figure Eight pools are on an ocean rock platform. Rock platforms can be very dangerous places, especially at high tide and during high seas. Only plan to visit the rock platform at low tide and low seas (see BOM website for forecast). Please also wear appropriate footwear for the walk and rock platforms. (open in app)


There are closures in Royal National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Garawarra Farm carpark to figure eight pools

Map of Walk

Location

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Garawarra Farm Carpark
The Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track
Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (West)
Int of Coast Track and Burgh Ridge Track (Sth)
Burning Palms Beach (southern end)
Starting point for this hiking track: The Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Otford 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91294S 
 Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 

Photo Gallery

 
Near the top of Era spur
 
Near the top of Era spur +
 
the locals
 
the locals +
 
small falls
 
small falls +

 
open forest
 
open forest +
 
The Burgh Ridge Track as it goes away from the coast
 
The Burgh Ridge Track as it goes away from the coast +
 
looking down on Burning Palms beach
 
looking down on Burning Palms beach +

 
walkway
 
walkway +
 
looking through to Burning Palms beach
 
looking through to Burning Palms beach +
 
light shining through fern
 
light shining through fern +

 
path up from beach
 
path up from beach +
 
Coastal Walk
 
Coastal Walk +
 
waves hitting the rocks
 
waves hitting the rocks +

 
A view along the coast from Figure of 8 Pools Track
 
A view along the coast from Figure of 8 Pools Track +
 
rock pools
 
rock pools +
 
the figure eight pools
 
the figure eight pools +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Garawarra Farm carpark to figure eight pools bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Garawarra Farm carpark to figure eight pools bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Garawarra Farm carpark to figure eight pools bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Garawarra Farm carpark to figure eight pools bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 6km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 2.8km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 200m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
1.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 900m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (200m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
1.1km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 970m has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (900m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 1.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 2.1km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 900m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 900m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (85m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Garawarra Farm Carpark
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Figure Eight Pools Safety Alt = 0 m
The Figure Eight Pools have become very popular. Many people visiting the area are not well prepared and placing themselves and others in danger.
Please ensure you have enclosed and strudy shoes (thongs are not enough). There are no public facilities on the walk, please carry plenty of water, food and other surplies needed. Wear approriate clothes for the walk.
It is very very important that you only plan to visit the rock platform at low tide (check tides at http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/tides/#!/nsw-port-kembla)
It is also very very important to ensure the sea&swell forecast is 1.5m or less (http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/viewer/index.shtml?type=sigWaveHgt&tz=AEDT&area=SEAu&model=WR
Even in perfect forecast conditions, always keep an eye on the sea (never turn your back to the ocean) and stay well back from the ocean edge of the rock platform.
Diving and jumping in any rock pools is likely to cause serious injury. Mobile phone reception is very limited on the walk and not available all the way.
Please watch this video and read the article to better understand the risks. http://bit.ly/1kZ3AbM.
Stay safe and have fun.

(0 km) Garawarra Farm Carpark to The Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 87 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
From the Garawarra Farm car park, this walk heads east out of the car park to turn right onto the main dirt road (that leads into the car park). A short distance down the road this walk comes to an intersection just beyond the locked gate marked with a 'Coast Walk' and a 'Garawarra Ridge Management Trail'[1] signpost.

(0.09 km) The Squeeze Way and Burgh Ridge track to Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (West)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 974 m Time = 23 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -144 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the Burning Palms, Era and Garie arrows on the Coast Walk signpost, winding along the bush track and down the long hill. The track gradually steepens and becomes a little rougher, winding down onto the ridge line and all the way along, until it breaks out of the trees and continues down through the short scrub and blade grass to the intersection of the bush track on the left.

(1.06 km) Int of Burgh Ridge Track and Era Track (West) to Int of Coast Track and Burgh Ridge Track (Sth)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 108 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track heading towards the ocean, following the ridgeline to the signposted intersection of the 'Coast Walk'.

(1.17 km) Int of Coast Track and Burgh Ridge Track (Sth) to Burning Palms Beach (southern end)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 939 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -79 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Burning Palms' along the bush track, winding down the side of the hill, past the cabins, then at the bottom the track joins onto a metal walkway that soon changes to a narrow bush track. This passes behind Burning Palms Beach until coming to a sign saying 'Otford via Palm Jungle'.

(2.11 km) Burning Palms Beach (southern end) to Figure 8 Pools
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 896 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -17 m
Veer left: (only to be attempted at low tide and low swell)
From the beach, this walk follows the rocky passage beneath the rocky headland (keeping the headland to the right). The walk rounds the first prominent headland to a creek that drops off the cliffs above. This walk heads out onto a second prominent headland to the Figure 8 Pools. There are a number of Figure 8-shaped pools, but one main one. The pools are towards the sea, in line with the gully.

Figure Eight Pools Alt = 4 m
The Figure Eight Pools are on the rock shelf, south of Figure Eight Pools gully, near Burning Palms. There are a number of circular sinkholes in the rock, and a few of them have joined over time to form a figure '8' shape. Two sink holes in particular have joined to form a very spectacular figure '8' shape in the rock. The safest time to visit the pools is at low tide when there is only a very low swell in the ocean.

Drive from Garawarra Farm Carpark
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
Bonnie Vale camping ground
North Era camping ground
Uloola Falls camping ground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Engadine Disposal & Outdoor Centre Pty Ltd 1042 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine (02) 9520 3367 13 km
Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment 587 Kingsway, Miranda (02) 9525 6829 17.3 km
Boots Great Outdoors 23 Koonya Cct, Caringbah (02) 9542 8988 18.5 km
Onrope 11 Nelson Ave, Padstow (02) 9709 6299 27.2 km
Hurstville Disposals & Outdoor Centre 235 Forest Rd , Hurstville (02) 9580 4445 24.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Garawarra Farm carpark to figure eight pools.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Garawarra Farm carpark to figure eight pools
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3 VMG3 Mine commsite WESTCLIFF COLLIERY 20 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 24 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 46 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
50 km (to the N)
8 ROB08 Communications Site MT MURRAY 56 km (to the SW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Illawarra/Shoalhaven fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Royal National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page

Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Royal National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: The Coast track upgrade
The Coast track will be undergoing construction works between Beachcomber Ave and Marley Beach over a 9 month period. Works include resurfacing, installation of raised board walk and stairs and will be undertaken between October 2015 and May 2016. During the works it will be necessary, at times, to close the Coast Track for visitor safety. Please be aware that during closures the full coast track walk will not be possible and you may need to plan your route to start and finish at a different location. The Royal National Park alerts page will be updated regularly so please check it before you leave home. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Royal National Park area office on (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Wedding Cake Rock
Access to Wedding Cake Rock is prohibited. National Parks and Wildlife Service has undertaken a geotechnical assessment of the rock, which found that there is high chance that it could collapse at any time. Safety fencing has been erected to protect the public while a more permanent solution is developed. This is a really beautiful location and a spectacular rock formation to look at, but the key is doing it at a safe distance from the edge.

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather
Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.


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Todd Poynter - First walk as a family IP:124.184.84.xxx | 2008-12-29 08:05:07
This was our first walk as a family and we used it as a test walk to see what the kids (11 and 7) could handle.

On our walk in we had a great time and even got to see an echidna eating by the side of the trail. the track is steep and can be a little slipery, but was also easy to follow. when we made it to the bottom, the kids jumped at the chance to swim on the patrolled beach.

We then headded down the beach in search of the figure 8 pool. the rock scramble around the heads to the south was a challenge and they can be slipery under foot. due to the sea weed and also to the powdery surface on some rocks. The pools themselves were very impressive, although the kids did state "Is this all we came to see?".

We then started the walk out. This is a steep climb and was a challenge for some of the group we were with. However the kids all managed it with ease.

Would definitly recommend this walk.
Jeff Booth - Correction to track notes IP:202.83.178.xxx | 2010-04-12 01:47:07
Correction to the track notes - if you walk as far as the "Otford via Palm Jungle" sign at the southern end of the beach you have gone too far as the track is already starting to climb over the headland. If going to the Figure 8 pool you should descend to the beach earlier - good locations are either from just past the Bundeena Surf Club, or towards the southern end about 100m or so before the sign when the path enters a more open treed area.
admin - re: Correction to track notes Super Administrator | 2010-04-12 08:43:04
Jeff Booth wrote:
Correction to the track notes

Thanks Jeff
I am away this week but will look at this when back in the office next week. From memory I think there might have been two tracks running parallel there, but I will look back at our log and see if it is a mistake, or if we need to re-visit and re-write it.
Thanks
Matt :)
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