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The Basin picnic area

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 1 November 2021, 12.30pm

Applies from Tue 3 Aug 2021, 1.07pm to Fri 3 Dec 2021, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Nov 2021, 12.30pm.

Closed areas: The Basin campground and picnic area closed Monday to Thursday

The Basin campground and picnic area are closed between Monday and Thursday until Friday 3 December 2021 for maintenance. Please note:

  • The Basin is open for camping and day visits between Friday and Sunday only
  • The Basin trail is closed past the Mackerel service trail intersection, Monday to Thursday.
  • The Basin Engravings and Mackerel service trail are accessible 7 days per week.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9451 3479, 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, call the Bobbin Head Visitor Centre on 02 9472 8949, 10am to 4pm.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 28 Oct 2021, 2.18pm to Wed 22 Dec 2021, 11.31pm. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Nov 2021, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed for upgrades

The following walking tracks are closed from Monday 1 November to Thursday 23 December 2021 for track upgrades:

  • Berowra track to Apple Tree Bay
  • Mount Kuringgai track to Berowra station

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office via email or call 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 1 Nov 2021, 8.38am to Fri 28 Jan 2022, 8.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Nov 2021, 3.50pm

Other planned events: Electricity transmission tower maintenance works

Structure refurbishment work will be undertaken on towers within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park between November 2021 and January 2022. Tracks and trails will remain open, but there will be some slight increase in vehicle movement during this time. 

Please contact the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or send an email for more information. 

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Applies from Tue 3 Aug 2021, 1.07pm to Fri 3 Dec 2021, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Nov 2021, 12.30pm

Closed areas: The Basin campground and picnic area closed Monday to Thursday

The Basin campground and picnic area are closed between Monday and Thursday until Friday 3 December 2021 for maintenance. Please note:

  • The Basin is open for camping and day visits between Friday and Sunday only
  • The Basin trail is closed past the Mackerel service trail intersection, Monday to Thursday.
  • The Basin Engravings and Mackerel service trail are accessible 7 days per week.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9451 3479, 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, call the Bobbin Head Visitor Centre on 02 9472 8949, 10am to 4pm.

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Mon 1 Nov 2021, 10.10am

Closed areas: Kalkari Discovery Centre closed

Kalkari Discovery Centre is closed from Saturday 19 June 2021 until further notice to protect the health and safety of our volunteers, visitors and staff.

Please comply with the current NSW Government COVID-19 rules if visiting your local national park during this time. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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Applies from Sun 25 Apr 2021, 11.48pm. Last reviewed: Fri 29 Oct 2021, 3.20pm

Other planned events: Orchard Park shelter restoration

The shelters in Orchard Park at Bobbin Head will be undergoing restoration works from Monday 26 April 2021. As the work is complex, it is unsure when the shelters will reopen. 

Signage and security fencing will be erected around closed shelters as they are progressively repaired. Not all shelters will be closed at once, so you can use the remaining shelters while construction works are completed. 

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 25 Oct 2021, 11.02am to Wed 1 Dec 2021, 11.05am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Oct 2021, 12.32pm

Closed areas: Ryland and Cooyong Neverfail trails closed

Ryland and Cooyong Neverfail trails are closed from Monday 1 November to Friday 19 November 2021 while they're being upgraded.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Applies from Mon 25 Oct 2021, 8.00am to Wed 1 Dec 2021, 9.32pm. Last reviewed: Wed 3 Nov 2021, 10.33am

Closed areas: Heath and Bare Creek trails

Sections of Heath and Bare Creek trails will be closed from Monday 25 October 2021 to Wednesday 1 December 2021 for emergency track maintenance. 

Please take care and be aware of heavy machinery and workers on the trails.

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Applies from Thu 14 Oct 2021, 11.09am to Thu 9 Dec 2021, 11.10am. Last reviewed: Mon 25 Oct 2021, 8.48am

Closed areas: Restricted access to Cowan courtesy moorings

The NPWS courtesy moorings in Cowan waters are undergoing annual maintenance. Access to moorings maybe restricted temporarily while works are completed.

Works are due to commence the week beginning Monday 18 October 2021, and will take approximately 2 months to complete (subject to weather conditions).

Please follow all safety signs and directions from staff.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Sep 2021, 1.00pm

Closed areas: Section of Flat Rock track closed

A section of Flat Rock track - from the Killarney Drive entrance to the Downpatrick Street entrance - is permanently closed where the old track passes through private property near Killarney Point:

  • Walkers heading west should exit Flat Rock track at the eastern end of Killarney Drive and use Killarney Drive until you reach Downpatrick Street. Then walk down the street and re-enter Flat Rock track from the Downpatrick Street fire trail.
  • Walkers heading east should exit Flat Rock track at the Downpatrick Street fire trail and use Downpatrick Street, then Killarney Drive until you reach the end of Killarney Drive. Re-enter Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Ku-ring-gai Chase area Forestville office on 02 9451 3479.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Sep 2021, 9.52am

Closed areas: Barbecue and picnic facilities closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

NPWS campgrounds, accommodation, visitor centres, guided tours and high-visitation areas like barbecue and picnic facilities are closed in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park until further notice as a result of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions. Find out more on our COVID-19 update webpage.

Please check alerts for closures or call 1300 072 757 for further information. 

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Applies from Fri 21 May 2021, 1.11pm to Sun 30 Jan 2022, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Sep 2021, 9.50am

Other planned events: West Head lookout - temporary fencing

West Head lookout is open to visitors, and temporary fencing has been installed at the lookout for public safety. Upgrades will take place in 2021-2022.

Please do not enter the fenced area.

Nearby walking tracks remain open.

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Applies from Sat 31 Jul 2021, 9.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Aug 2021, 9.50am

Closed areas: Campgrounds closed due to COVID restrictions

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

A number of NPWS campgrounds have been closed due to the COVID restrictions.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check alerts for closures or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 1.00am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 4.00pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in Garigal National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Forestville office 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove office on 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sun 1 Aug 2021, 1.00am to Tue 1 Feb 2022, 1.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 3.59pm

Other planned events: Notice of pest control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Sunday 1 August 2021 and Monday 31 January 2022 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Forestville office 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove office on 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 9.50am. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Jul 2021, 10.05am

Other incidents: COVID-19 safety advice

Please plan ahead when visiting this park. Popular precincts may be closed at short notice to ensure visitation levels do not exceed COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation in NSW, please consult the latest NSW Government news and updates about COVID-19 for advice on required safety measures before visiting a park.

We encourage you to:

  • Plan your visit outside of the peak periods of 10am to 3pm.
  • Check this alert before leaving home and again before arriving at the park.
  • Be prepared to move on if it's not possible to park your vehicle or to maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jul 2020, 10.05am. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Mar 2021, 2.03pm

Closed parks: Muogamarra Nature Reserve access

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time. Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11.54am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Sep 2020, 4.00pm

Safety alerts: Ironbark Road access to picnic area - Last 850m 4WD only

The last 850m along Ironbark Road (Crown Road) to access Ironbark picnic area is currently limited to 4WD vehicles only. This section is not suitable to conventional 2WD vehicles due to a severely eroded hill along the Crown Road. Visitors to this section of the park travelling by conventional 2WD vehicles will have to walk the last 850 metres to access to the start of the park and Ironbark picnic area.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/picnic-areas/the-basin-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am the rest of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am the rest of the year.
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Other fees:

    A $3 per adult, $2 per child landing fee may apply for day visitors to The Basin campground. Please pay at the campground wharf. Landing fees are included in your camping fees.

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