Figure 8 Pools, Royal National Park, Australia

The Figure 8 Pools are on a rock ledge south of Burning Palms Beach in Royal National Park, Sydney. You can’t drive directly to the pools. The quickest way to get there is via a steep 3.5km walking track that winds down more than 100m to the ocean. It will take at least one hour to walk there, including a 15 minute scramble over rocks.

After a swim, you’ll need to walk back up that steep track to your car, so make sure you maximise your time in the pools to make the walk worth it. And if you remember only one thing, it’s to visit Figure 8 Pools at low tide.