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Bents Basin State Conservation Area


Visit Bents Basin State Conservation Area near Penrith and Camden for a school excursion or to go fishing, camping, swimming or picnicking. Hire the function centre for a great Western Sydney event.

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Bents Basin, a deep waterhole that forms part of a gorge on the Nepean River between Camden and Penrith, is a perfect place for swimming, canoeing and fishing. If you’d like to keep your feet on dry land, relaxing by the basin is pleasant as well; it’s backed by a forested escarpment which rises dramatically from the water’s edge. After a tasty picnic or barbecue lunch, take the walk up to Caleys lookout for views of the area – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for native animals and birds long the way.

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is a great place to visit on a daytrip and if you’d like to stay longer, bring your tent or caravan along to set up camp under the stars. If you’re interested in finding out more about the park’s landscape, plants and animals, be sure to arrange a guided Discovery tour with a ranger.

You can even hold your wedding, family event, birthday party or other function here – the Bents Basin Education Centre and Peppercorn picnic area are suitable locations for a range of events and can be booked for exclusive use.

Highlights in this park

  • Bents Basin campground. Photo: John Yurasek

    Bents Basin campground

    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 fish...

  • Green grass and trees in Bents Basin Road picnic area. Photo: John Yurasek

    Bents Basin Road picnic area

    Take the family for a day out at Bents Basin Road picnic area. Go swimming, walking and fishing before cooking up a barbecue feast to enjoy at this sc...

  • Grass, trees and picnic tables in Durawi picnic area, Bents Basin State Conservation Area. Photo: John Yurasek

    Durawi picnic area

    Durawi picnic area in Bents Basin State Conservation Area is a large picnic area. It’s perfect for a family barbecue or picnic and is also available f...

  • Staircase on Caleys lookout track. Photo: John Yurasek

    Caleys lookout track

    Caleys lookout track is a short and steep walk through bushland of Bents Basin State Conservation Area near Penrith. Take your lunch – it’s a great sp...


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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


  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • The park gates open at 9am all year round and close at 7pm during daylight savings (4.30pm at other times).

  • Park entry fees:

    Current: $7 per vehicle per day. From 6 October 2015: $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

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Nepean River, Bents Basin State Conservation Area. Photo: John Yurasek