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The Basin campground

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park


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The Basin campground in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of Sydney's most popular beach camping spots. It holds 400 campers, so you'll have no trouble booking a campsite.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Remote/backpack camping
Facilities Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, public phone, showers, toilets
Please note

  • Reservations can be made for any arrival within the next 12 months. Find out more about our terms and conditions, and review frequently asked questions about staying in national parks.
  • Sites are unpowered and not marked
  • The sites may only be occupied by the number of people specified in the reservation
  • The campground accommodates up to 400 campers
  • Groups of 20 or more persons are required to book through the Northern Beaches office (Forestville) on (02) 9451 3479
  • Fires are only permitted in designated wood BBQs or fire-pits. Heat beads are not permitted.
  • Fire pits can be booked onsite only and cannot be booked in advance
  • Some firewood is available for purchase at the campground.
  • There is limited mobile phone coverage at the campground
  • Check-in time 2pm, check-out time 10am
  • Campers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Drinking water is available
  • NSW national parks are now no smoking areas
  • Pets are not permitted
  • If arriving by car, please note that getting to and from the campground involves a steep 2.8km walk from the West Head Road carpark
  • Nearby Beechwood Cottage is a historic property available for functions and must be booked in advance
  • Educational talks by volunteers on a range of topics are available: contact Kalkari Discovery Centre for more information.

  • 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.


Use a secure payment gateway to book online. Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757). All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable

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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, so park at West Head Road and then walk or cycle. You can also arrive by water taxi, boat or a ferry departing from Palm Beach Wharf.

Take a virtual tour of The Basin campground on Google Street View.

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.

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Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Gates to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay are closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am at other times of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am at other times of the year.
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Bus or taxi: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). There is no daily entry fee for teachers/educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Sydney North (Bobbin Inn, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
      (02) 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am-4pm daily. 9am-4pm during summer school holidays (closed 12pm-12:30pm) (closed Christmas Day)
    • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah
    • Email:
      Fax: (02) 9457 0113
    • The Basin and Beechwood Cottage (Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
      (02) 9974 1011
    • Fax: (02) 9974 4036
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Goanna. Photo:David Finnegan