Special Offer

Bents Basin campground

Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Special Offer

Stay 3, pay 2

Stay 3 nights, pay only 2 nights. Valid for stays between 29 April and 29 November 2019. Excludes NSW school holidays and public holiday weekends. Subject to availability. Book online.


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Overview

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 fishing and kayaking.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Amenities block, picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark, drinking water, public phone, showers, toilets, electric power
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • A minimum daily rate applies which includes the first 2 occupants
  • A kitchen and shelter is available for groups to hire. Rates are displayed when making an online booking.
  • Peak season: Start of September school holidays to 30 April, plus all other public holiday and school holiday periods
  • Off peak season: 1 May to start of September school holidays (excluding school holiday and public holiday periods)
Entry fees

Park entry fees are not included in your camping fees.

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in after 12pm. Check out before 11am.
  • 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 emailed to campers for access.
  • Bookings for 21 or more campers must contact NPWS Windsor office on 02 4572 3100.
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Bents Basin offers a camping experience that is within easy reach of urban Sydney suburbs. It’s an open, grassy campground bordered by trees on one side and featuring Bents Basin on the other.

Take your pick of campsites, pitch your tent or bring your caravan or trailer along. It’s a great choice whether you are going family camping or camping with a larger group.

Once you’ve set up camp, what you do next is up to you; relax by the Basin, take a walk along Caleys lookout track, go for a paddle or try your hand at fishing, or if you’re feeling hungry, start up the barbecue to cook your lunch.

You’ll find excellent facilities, including a camp kitchen ideal for group bookings and hot showers – a welcome luxury after a day exploring this park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/bents-basin-campground/local-alerts

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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.

Nearby towns

Camden (14 km)

Visit Macarthur Park, which opened in 1906. Highlights include the heritage rose gardens, wisteria walks and a tribute to Elizabeth Macarthur Onslow who, with her husband, helped establish Australia's wool, wheat and wine industries.

www.sydney.com

Campbelltown (22 km)

For nature lovers, the Macarthur region has plenty of natural attractions. Explore nature reserves and wildlife trails or see spectacular native flora and fauna at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, the largest botanic garden in Australia.

www.sydney.com

Parramatta (39 km)

Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

www.sydney.com

Learn more

Bents Basin campground is in Bents Basin State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal heritage

Caleys lookout, Bents Basins State Conservation Area. Photo: John Yurasek

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is the traditional land of the Gundungurra, Dharawal and Darug people. Also known as Gulguer (meaning whirlpool or spinning), Bents Basin is associated with an awful aquatic creature called Gurungadge or Gurungaty. This creature is prominent in the area's ancestral stories. Archaeological finds suggest the area was also an important trading place. Bents Basin and the adjoining Gulguer Nature Reserve protect a variety of Aboriginal rock art and artefacts.

Bygone days

Peppercorn picnic area, Bents Basins State Conservation Area. Photo: John Yurasek

Explorer and botanist George Caley was the first European to visit the area in 1802 and afterwards collected plant specimens for preservation. The area was later used as a stopping point for early settlers travelling from the developing east. If you're interested in the local history of western Sydney, be sure to check out the historic inn, established in the 1860's and listed on both the state and National Heritage Register, you'll find it near Peppercorn picnic area.

Fascinating and fun

Bents Basin State Conservation Area. Photo: John Yurasek

The basin itself is what draws most people here. Known as a scour pool, this geological formation is like a small lake, created over time by fast-flowing floodwaters exiting the gorge about 30-40km/hr. At 22m deep, its waters travel 150km before reaching the ocean. In addition to that, it's heaps of fun to visit for a spot for swimming, fishing, paddling and liloing.

Rare communities

Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami), Bents Basin State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

A visit to the park allows you to see majestic Camden white gums in one of only two known naturally-occurring populations. Look out also for Cumberland Plain woodland which once blanketed almost 30% of the Sydney Basin. Today, its scattered fragments cover less than 6% and remain under threat. Important fauna species include the regent honey eater, Cumberland Plain land snail, eastern bentwing bat, sooty owl and the glossy black cockatoo.

  • 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 spot for a picnic.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Brown-striped frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Brown-striped frog (Lymnastes peronii)

    One of the most common frogs found in Australia, the ground-dwelling brown-striped frog lives in ponds, dams and swamps along the east coast. Also known as the striped marsh frog, this amphibian grows to 6.5cm across and has a distinctive ‘tok’ call that can be heard all year round.

  • Eastern snake-necked turtle on a rock. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Eastern snake-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis)

    Found across most of NSW, the eastern snake-necked turtle, also known as the eastern long-necked turtle, can be found in swamps, lakes and inland waterways. This freshwater turtle is carnivorous and lives most of its life submerged on the water’s edge, searching for worms and snails.

  • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

    One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

  •  Blue Tongue lizard. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Eastern blue-tongue lizard (Tiliqua scinciodes)

    The eastern blue-tongue lizard, one of the largest skinks in Australia, is found throughout most of NSW. When threatened, the eastern blue-tongue lizard displays its blue tongue in a wide-mouthed intimidating show. Not an agile animal, they feed on slow-moving beetles and snails.

Environments in this park

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People swimming in the river. Photo:John Yurasek