Mermaid Pools is best reached via the Scouts Warrabunda camp. It's awesome for cliff jumping, with
varying platform levels. However there really is no easy way in or out of the pools apart from the waterfall
wall. While there is a rope there to help, you're guaranteed to need a few tries before you finally get out.
Milk Beach definitely wins the prize for best water view of Sydney. The city skyline, and some
of Australia's most famous landmarks, can be seen from the comfort of your own beach towel and beer. Parking is limited and
the beach is hidden in a pocket, but follow the signs around and you'll find yourself relaxing in no time!
Sydney's Royal National Park is home to the infamous Figure 8 Pools.
Start at the Garawarra Farm Carpark, off Garie Road, then follow the steep walking track down to Burning Palms Beach.
After about a 15 minute scramble over the rocks you should find yourself surrounded by the pools.
Make sure you check the tides before you go and only go during low tide!
This lagoon is serenity at isn't finest! Access to the waterfall is restricted in some places, but that doesn't detract from any of its beauty.
It's the perfect picnic spot for families, canoeing hub for the sporties, and jump rock for the dare devils. Parking is limited however, and getting across to the actual sand means a treck through the water.
In the heart of the Royal National Park is Winifred Falls, offering picnics and chill out places.
The water is warm and crystal clear, making it the perfect escape. Don't forget to pack sunnies, snaks and sunscreen.
The falls take about 30 minutes to get to, but allow more time if you're with kids because of the steep hills.