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The Basin campground

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Overview

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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
  • Reservations can be made for any arrival within the next 12 months. Find out more about our terms and conditions, and read these frequently asked questions about staying in national parks.
  • There is no vehicle access
  • Check in after 2pm. Check out before 10am
  • Sites are unpowered and not marked
  • The campground accommodates up to 400 campers
  • Fires are only permitted in designated wood BBQs or fire-pits. Fire pits can be booked onsite only and cannot be booked in advance
  • You can buy firewood at the campground
  • There is limited mobile phone coverage at the campground
  • Campers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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.
  • Please see visitor info for more information
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.

Bookings Use a secure payment gateway to book online. Alternatively, please contact National Parks Contact Centre on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757). All reservations incur an additional 2.5% booking fee. Sites may only be occupied by the number of people specified in the reservation.
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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 captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

  • Stand-up paddle board safari, The Basin. Photo: EcoTreasures

    Stand-up paddle safari in The Basin

    Join this great EcoTreasures guided stand-up paddle board adventure. You'll go on an amazing journey through the pristine waters of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park's Basin estuary.

Things to do:

Basin Aboriginal art site

Basin Aboriginal art site in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers picnicking and walking with some fascinating rock engravings by the Garrigal of the Guringai Nation.

Basin Aboriginal Art site, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: Andy Richards

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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.
    • No vehicle access to The Basin campground or to Barrenjoey Headland
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Bus: $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: bobbin.head@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 9457 0113
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Goanna. Photo:David Finnegan