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Bents Basin campground

Bents Basin State Conservation Area


A great family camping spot in Sydney, Bents Basin campground offers sites for tents, trailer and caravans in a scenic location by the water – go fishing and kayaking.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets
Please note
  • Sites are not marked
  • Campers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a person 18 years or over
  • You’ll need to bring your own supply of firewood or pick some up at Bents Basin office. $15/20kg hardwood. $15/10kg kindling.
  • In most cases, you can park immediately next to your tent, trailer or caravan. Additionally, there are marked parking spaces where camping is a short distance from your vehicle (less than a 20m walk from car to camping area). Near the amenities block (which also features the camp kitchen and shelter), you’ll find a carpark with 15 spaces and another with 5 to 6 places (a 30m walk from carpark to amenities block).
  • The water level in the basin can rise to a level considered unsafe for swimming after heavy rainfall events. This can result in the closure of the basin to all water based activities until conditions return to normal.
  • Please note that park gates lock automatically after hours
  •  A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Contact the park office to hire additional facilities, including camp kitchen and camp shelter, for a day or for your entire stay.

  • Peak season: Daylight savings periods, Easter (Thursday to Sunday nights) and October long weekend (Thursday to Monday nights)
  • Off-peak season: Non daylight savings periods only, excluding Easter (Thursday to Tuesday nights) and the October long weekend (Thursday to Monday nights).
  • Peak: $14 per adult per night. $7 per child per night.
  • Off peak: $10 per adult per night. $5 per child per night
  • Other fees: Kitchen: $55 per day. Shelter: $55 per day.
  • Price from 6 October 2015: Peak: $16 per adult per night. $8 per child per night. Off peak: $11.50 per adult per night. $6 per child per night. Other fees: Kitchen: $55 per day. Shelter: $55 per day.

Entry fees Park entry fees apply
Bookings This campground is a popular place, so you’ll need to book your spot in advance.

Bents Basin offers a camping experience that is within easy reach of urban Sydney suburbs. It’s an open, grassy campground bordered by trees on one side and featuring Bents Basin on the other.

Take your pick of campsites, pitch your tent or bring your caravan or trailer along. It’s a great choice whether you are going family camping or camping with a larger group.

Once you’ve set up camp, what you do next is up to you; relax by the Basin, take a walk along Caleys lookout track, go for a paddle or try your hand at fishing, or if you’re feeling hungry, start up the barbecue to cook your lunch.

You’ll find excellent facilities, including a camp kitchen ideal for group bookings and hot showers – a welcome luxury after a day exploring this park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Operated by

  • Nattai area office
  • 9am-4pm Monday-Friday
  • (02) 4632 4500
  • (02) 4632 4550
  • The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.

Park info

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People swimming in the river. Photo:John Yurasek