Sydney-siders will probably wonder why you’d want to leave their gem of a city. Gorgeous sunny days, beaches on your doorstep, and of course that jaw dropping harbour are pretty hard to beat. But every now and then we all need to take a break from the city madness regardless of how great the city in question is. So, if you’re momentarily tired of Sydney, where should your day trip take you?
The areas surrounding Sydney are well known for their stunning natural beauty and the plethora of outdoor activities on offer. From sky diving to hiking and everything in between. The mighty Blue Mountains are rightfully one of the first places city weary folks come to dust off the pollution and breathe in some fresh mountain air. But popular spots like this attract hoards of people, all crowding into otherwise quiet and serene look out points and quiet mountain roads. But head into less well chartered territory and you’ll soon have be able to avoid the day tripper crowds and have a unique experience all to yourself.
The Royal National Park is one of those places, the path here is less well trodden and it is all the better for it. Just 23 miles from Sydney and a world away, the park is probably best known for the unique natural rock pools found along its coast, known as the Figure 8 Pools. Reached via a moderately difficult, but rewarding coastal track which passes through rainforest and beautiful coastal views, the pools are an awesome natural phenomenon where it’s possible to swim at low tide. No two pools are the same and each one is a distinctly different weird and wonderful shape. Once you’ve snapped a few insta-worthy pictures hike further up into the mountains and on to Wattamolla. This picturesque little spot boasts a beautiful waterfall, lagoon and beach where you can relax after the hike. There are numerous look out points in the park where it’s possible to get a good look at this wild area of coastline, and marvel at just how close you are to the city.
When it comes to escaping the city for a day, the Figure 8 Pools are hard to beat. A natural phenomenon that you can literally immerse yourself in, surrounded by a pristine national park without the crowds. If this sounds like the day trip for you, the good folks over at Barefoot Downunder have you set. They operate the only day tour to the pools and are on hand to answer any questions you might have. Explore away here!