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Bents Basin campground

Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bents Basin campground.

Getting there and parking

Bents Basin campground is in the central precinct of Bents Basin State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • From The Northern Road, take Greendale Road west at Bringelly
  • Turn left into Wolstenholme Avenue and continue to the park entrance. Please note, access is via Wolstenholme Avenue only.
  • Continue through the park entrance and follow the signs to the campground.

The entry gate to the campground on Wolstenholme Ave is locked daily from 5pm (May to September) or 8pm (October to April).

Gate codes will be provided in booking confirmations for campers to enter/exit the campground when the gates are closed. If you have not received your gate code, contact 13000 72757 before setting out.

Please make note of the gate code before travelling to the area as there is limited mobile reception. Call (02) 8579 0609 if you experience any issues with your gate code outside of office hours.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

In most cases, you can park immediately next to your tent, trailer or caravan. There are also marked parking spaces where camping is a short distance from your vehicle (less than a 20m walk from car to camping area). Near the amenities block, you’ll find a carpark with 15 spaces and another with 5 to 6 places (a 30m walk from carpark to amenities block). Two vehicles are permitted per booking.

Best times to visit

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is a great place to visit all year round. Head to the park for a camping weekend in spring, a weekend picnic in the winter sun or a sunny summer day for lots of water activities.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

45°C

Winter temperature

Average

3°C and 16°C

Lowest recorded

-6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

156mm

Facilities

  • Camping is only permitted in designated camping areas. Campsites are unmarked and suitable for motorhomes, caravans, camper trailers, campervans and tents. 
  • There is no power available.
  • The campground has maximum capacity of 300 campers.
  • There's a commercial style camp kitchen available for hire. Please book online. It includes a stove, double refrigerator, sink and hot water facilities.
  • A large picnic shelter for functions up to 50 people is also available for hire. There are power points and lighting.
  • We encourage you to take your rubbish with you, however there are some rubbish bins available in the campground.

Amenities

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

You can bring your own fuel stove. You can buy firewood from the office at the campground in 20kg bags.

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

Drinking water

Public phone

An emergency telephone is located at the amenities block in the campground. It is pre-programmed with emergency contacts. There is no mobile reception at the campground however some reception is available near the entry gate on Wolstenholme Ave.

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

The camp area is unpowered however there are power points in the amenities block for hairdryers and shavers, and also in the hire camp kitchen and shelter.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

The water level in the basin can rise to a level considered unsafe for swimming after heavy rainfall events. This can result in the closure of the basin to all water based activities until conditions return to normal.

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

This area is fully wheelchair-accessible.

  • The campground’s amenities block features dedicated disabled facilities fitted with a disabled keying. Before your arrival, contact the NPWS Windsor Office on (02) 4572 3100 for access.
  • This campground is generally flat and grassy. A paved path leads gently uphill from closest parking and camping area to amenities block (about 50m).

Permitted

Chemical toilets are permitted but are not to be emptied on site.

Prohibited

Amplified music is not permitted. For the benefit of others, noise should be kept to a minimum and stop by 10pm.

Gathering firewood

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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People swimming in the river. Photo:John Yurasek