Otford to Figure of Eight Pools Circuit

Download & Print Map and Notes

6 hrs

13.4 km Circuit

706 m

Hard track
Exploring the southern coast of Royal National Park, this walk experiences different trails and environments, with dense forest at Palm Forest to the open grasslands along the Coastline. With a short side trip out to the Figure of Eight Pools, this walk becomes a great day in the bush. The views from the Burgh Ridge are something special, with views far into the distance along the coast. (Check the tide and wave heights, to avoid disappointment at the rock platform for Figure Eight pools.)

Maps for the Otford to Figure of Eight Pools Circuit walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Otford 1:25 000 Map Series 91294S OTFORD NSW-91294S
Port Hacking 1:100 000 Map Series 9129 PORT HACKING 9129

Cross sectional view of the Otford to Figure of Eight Pools Circuit bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Otford to Figure of Eight Pools Circuit

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 13.4 km
Time 6 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


7km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.1km is flat with no steps. The remaining (3km) is very steep.

Quality of track

9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 4.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (360m) follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 9km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 4km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 4.3km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Otford to Figure of Eight Pools Circuit walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Otford to Figure of Eight Pools Circuit walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Otford to Figure of Eight Pools Circuit walk starts and ends at the Otford Train Station (gps: -34.210782, 151.00562)
Your transport options to Otford Train Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Illawarra weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/otfoepc

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂