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The Basin campground

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Alerts for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: closed areas, upcoming fire bans

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Updated: 31/10/2014 03:17 PM

“We’ve tried many campgrounds but keep coming back to The Basin. There can be a lot of people here in summer but this actually creates a nice, social atmosphere.”

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.

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Getting there

Getting there:

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

  • Take the ferry which departs on the hour between 9am - 5pm from Palm Beach Wharf
  • If you own a boat, anchor in the sheltered bay opposite the picnic and campground.
  • Drive or ride your mountain bike through the park along West Head Road, then walk or cycle along the 2.8km Basin Track to The Basin.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Limited parking is available in West Head Road carpark, 2.8km from the campground.

Important info

Types of camping:

Remote/backpack camping

Facilities:

  • Amenities block
  • Gas/electric barbecues
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Public phone
  • Cold showers
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • 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.
  • The campground accommodates up to 400 campers
  • Nearby Beechwood Cottage is a historic property available for functions and must be booked in advance
  • 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.
  • Groups of 20 or more persons are required to phone and discuss their arrangements. Please contact (02) 9974 1011.
  • Educational talks by volunteers on a range of topics are available: contact Kalkari Discovery Centre for more information.

Wheelchair access:

Medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

  • Wheelchair access is by ferry only
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilet

Opening hours:

The campground is open from sunrise to sunset. Entry to the campground after sunset is for pre-booked campers only.

Fees:

Vehicle entry fee: $11 per vehicle per day. Please note vehicle entrance fees are not included in your accommodation or camping fees. Purchase at the local office or buy an annual pass online.

Camping fees: All campsites - site fee - $28 per night (2 person inclusive); $14 per night per additional adult (16 years+); $7 per night per additional child (5-15 years); infants free (0-4 years).

Other fees: Landing fees: If you’re arriving at The Basin by water for a day visit, you’ll need to pay landing fees of $3 per adult, $2 per child. Annual pass holders must pay landing fees. If you’re arriving by bus or taxi and walking or cycling to The Basin, you’ll need to pay daily entry fees of $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child.

Book online now:

Use a secure payment gateway to book now.

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable

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- Alerts

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

closed areas

Bobbin head Information Centre access
Due to necessary construction works to the entrance, customers may access the Bobbin Head Information Centre through the Bobbin Head Cafe Wednesday's to Monday's. The Information Centre is not be accessible to visitors on Tuesdays, but remains open for phone and email enquiries. Throughout Tuesday exemption applications can be completed at the Operations Office on Ku-ring-gai Chase Road. We apologise for any inconvenience experienced during this time. For more information, please contact the Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.


Locations affected: Bobbin Head, Bobbin Head Information Centre

upcoming fire bans

Fire ban (Saturday 1 November) A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 
All tracks and trails are CLOSED within the park to walkers and cyclists. Designated picnic areas remain open.

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