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The Basin campground

“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.

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


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.

Get driving directions


Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


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

Important info

Types of camping:

Remote/backpack camping


  • 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.
  • 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 phone and discuss their arrangements. Please contact (02) 9974 1011.
  • Fires are only permitted in designated wood BBQ’s or fire-pits. Heat beads are not permitted.
  • 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

Wheelchair access:


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.


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:

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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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