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The Basin campground NSW

The Basin campground NSW

Camp Spots December 27, 2018
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The Basin campground in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a lovely campground with lots of space. Barbeque facilities are cleaned daily and the rangers are SO helpful – especially when you’re camping in a downpour and your tent gets flooded and they let you sleep in the cottage! (Which is haunted, but that’s another story),

Would have liked more campfire spots – the ones they do have are lovely for big parties or for sharing with other friendly campers.

The wildlife is insane – you will be tormented by bush turkeys and the wallabies will go inside your tent if you leave it open! They also like to poop just outside the tent opening!

Pack light cos it’s an effort to get there either by ferry or walking! Great place for families as the beach and lagoon are very calm. Will go back when it’s sunny!

The Basin campground in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of Sydney’s most popular beach camping spots.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Remote/backpack camping
Facilities Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, public phone, showers, toilets
Please note
  • If you choose to arrive by car instead of ferry or water taxi, you’ll be walking a 2.8km track from West Head Road carpark to get to and from the campground.
  • It’s better to get the ferry if you have heavy camping gear or kids.
  • If you’re camping at The Basin and arriving by ferry from Palm Beach, please drop your camping gear at the ferry wharf. Leave your car in the seasonal carpark at the Careel Bay Sporting Fields, then catch the 199 bus back to the wharf. The 199 bus comes every 15 minutes, and it’s just a short 5 minute ride.
  • Check in after 2pm. Check out before 10am.
  • Campers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • The Basin is a family friendly campground. For the safety of all visitors, NPWS reserves the right to ask those displaying anti-social behaviour to leave the grounds.
  • This campground is extremely popular and you may be turned away if you arrive without a booking.
  • Groups of 40 or more people are required to book through the local office on (02) 9451 3479.
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • A minimum daily rate applies, which includes the first 2 occupants.
Entry fees Park entry fees for this park are not included in your camping fees.

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The Basin campground is the only place you can camp in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This large, grassy area overlooks Pittwater, offering lovely surroundings and views.

It’s easy to see why this waterfront campground is so popular. At The Basin, you’ll find great facilities along with a picnic area, sheltered beach and an inland lagoon. The campground accommodates up to 400 campers.

Pitch your tent in a shady spot, enjoy a bike ride or a swim and see if you can spot the local swamp wallabies or kookaburras.

There’s no car access to The Basin campground. You can park at West Head Road but it’s a steep 2.8km walk to the campground from there. If you’re not up for the hike, arrive by water taxi, boat or a ferry which leaves from Palm Beach Wharf.

Take a virtual tour of The Basin campground captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Palm Beach ferry wharf carpark

Get directions

The Basin campground is on the western foreshores of Pittwater in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. To get there:

  • It’s best to Take the ferry which leaves from Palm Beach Wharf
  • If you’re camping at The Basin and arriving by ferry from Palm Beach, please drop your camping gear at the ferry wharf. Leave your car in the seasonal carpark at the Careel Bay Sporting Fields, then catch the 199 bus back to the wharf. The 199 bus comes every 15 minutes, and it’s just a short 5 minute ride.
  • If you choose to arrive by car, please note that getting to and from the campground involves a steep 2.8km walk from the West Head Road carpark (West Head Road gates are locked between 8.30pm – 6am during daylight savings and 6pm – 6am at other times)
  • If you own a boat, anchor in the sheltered bay opposite the picnic and campground.
  • Drive or ride through the park along West Head Road, then walk or cycle along the steep 2.8km Basin walking track to The Basin campground.

Park entry points

Road quality

There is no vehicle access.

Parking

If driving to the track entry of the campground, limited parking is available in West Head Road carpark, 2.8km from the campground.

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