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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 20 September 2021, 11.29am

Applies from Tue 3 Aug 2021, 1.07pm to Mon 1 Nov 2021, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 11.29am.

Closed areas: The Basin campground and picnic area closed

The Basin campground and picnic area are closed until Monday 1 November 2021 for maintenance. The Basin Engravings and Mackerel service trails are accessible. The Basin trail is closed past the Mackerel service trail intersection.

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

Applies from Wed 1 Sep 2021, 11.00am to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Sep 2021, 10.30am.

Closed areas: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - COVID-19 safety

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

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 is no longer possible for you to park your vehicle or maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

For further information please email or phone the local office on 02 8448 0400.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 17 Sep 2021, 3.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 9.33pm

Fires - Advice: Fiddletown Creek HR

There is a fire in this park called Fiddletown Creek HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 3 Aug 2021, 1.07pm to Mon 1 Nov 2021, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Sep 2021, 11.29am

Closed areas: The Basin campground and picnic area closed

The Basin campground and picnic area are closed until Monday 1 November 2021 for maintenance. The Basin Engravings and Mackerel service trails are accessible. The Basin trail is closed past the Mackerel service trail intersection.

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

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Applies from Fri 17 Sep 2021, 1.42pm to Tue 21 Sep 2021, 6.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 4.05pm

Other planned events: Bobbin Head Marina carpark closure

The Bobbin Head Marina carpark will be closed to all parking and deliveries from 6am, Monday 20 September 2021 for 24 hours due to essential asphalt repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Applies from Fri 17 Sep 2021, 10.48am to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 10.59am

Other planned events: Barbecue closures at Bobbin Head

The barbecues at The Pavilion and The Station, both at Bobbin Head, will remain closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information please contact the local area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Thu 16 Sep 2021, 8.47pm. Last reviewed: Sat 18 Sep 2021, 11.15am

Closed areas: Marramarra and Smugglers Ridge trails closed for hazard reduction burn

Marramarra Ridge trail and Smugglers Ridge trail are closed for hazard reduction burning from Saturday 18 September 2021. They will remain closed until safety assessments have been completed. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. This burn is called Fiddletown HR. For more information, contact the local NPWS office or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Wed 15 Sep 2021, 12.04am to Wed 22 Sep 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Sep 2021, 2.24pm

Other planned events: Bobbin Head partial power outage

Parts of Bobbin Head will be affected by a power outage on Wednesday 22 September 2021 for urgent works to the powerline network.

The power outage is expected to last a few hours and will impact the Bobbin Inn Cafe and Bobbin Head Information Centre. 

For further information, please contact the North Western Sydney Area Office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sun 22 Aug 2021, 7.14pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 7.17pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Sep 2021, 3.00pm

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

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

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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 Thu 2 Sep 2021, 1.40pm to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Sep 2021, 4.42pm

Closed areas: Bobbin Head Information Centre closed

NPWS campgrounds, accommodation, visitor centres, guided tours and high-visitation areas like Bobbin Head Information Centre are closed in this area until further notice as a result of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions. Find out more on our COVID-19 update webpage.

For more information please call 02 9472 8949 or send an email.

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Applies from Fri 3 Sep 2021, 9.28am to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 9.29am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Sep 2021, 9.36am

Closed areas: Centre Trail closed for upgrading

Centre trail is closed for upgrade works from Monday 24 May to Friday 1 October 2021.

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

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 1.47pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Sep 2021, 10.30am

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, in-line with current NSW Health orders.

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

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Applies from Wed 1 Sep 2021, 11.00am to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Sep 2021, 10.30am

Closed areas: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - COVID-19 safety

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

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 is no longer possible for you to park your vehicle or maintain a COVID-safe distance from other visitors.

For further information please email or phone the local office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 31 Aug 2021, 7.00am to Tue 9 Nov 2021, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Aug 2021, 2.31pm

Closed areas: Bouddi coastal walk partially closed - track upgrade

From Tuesday 31 August to Tuesday 9 November 2021, Bouddi coastal walk will be closed between the eastern end of Maitland Bay beach and the junction of Mount Bouddi walking track.

This section of the walk is closed for construction works to upgrade it, and to ensure the safety of visitors and construction staff. There is no alternative route during this time. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Sun 22 Aug 2021, 6.45pm to Tue 5 Oct 2021, 6.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Aug 2021, 2.04pm

Other planned events: Forestville office closed to visitors

Forestville office is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You can still email or call us on 02 9451 3479.

Annual passes can be purchased online or phone:

Online:

  • NPWS website
  • Service NSW when renewing your NSW vehicle registration. This includes $15 discount on a 1 year All Parks Pass or 1 year Multi Parks Pass

Phone: National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.

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Applies from Sun 27 Jun 2021, 10.40am. Last reviewed: Mon 23 Aug 2021, 12.19pm

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: Sun 22 Aug 2021, 7.28pm

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 Tue 23 Mar 2021, 11.13am to Mon 18 Oct 2021, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Aug 2021, 2.43pm

Closed areas: Gibberagong boardwalk closed

Gibberagong boardwalk will be closed to all visitors from Tuesday 6 April to Monday 18 October 2021, while the boardwalk is replaced. During this time there will be no access to Gibberagong track from Bobbin Head. 

Walkers along Gibberagong track who have entered from Murrua Road, North Turramurra or Grosvenor Street, North Wahroonga will be turned around at Gibberagong boardwalk and will not be able to access Bobbin Head picnic areas. Signage and security fencing will be in placed around closed areas.

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 Thu 15 Jul 2021, 2.03pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 Aug 2021, 11.34am

Closed areas: Maitland Bay Information Centre closed due to COVID-19

The Maitland Bay Information Centre in Bouddi National Park is closed from Thursday 15 July until further notice, to protect health and safety of our volunteers, visitors and staff, in-line with current NSW Health orders.

Please comply with the current COVID-19 rules if visiting the local national park during this time. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information.

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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 Tue 15 Jun 2021, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Thu 22 Jul 2021, 11.43am

Closed areas: Mount Ku-ring-gai track to Berowra Station closure

The Whale Platform elevated walkway on Mt Ku-ring-gai walking track is closed due to serious safety concerns.

The platform will be barricaded and signage in place. No access will be permitted across the platform.

The following sections remain open:

  • Walkers from Berowra Station can walk as far as the platform closure point (6.5km one way), before returning to Berowra Station. 
  • Walkers can walk between Mt Ku-ring-gai Station and Apple Tree Bay (3.5km one way)
  • Walkers from Apple Tree Bay or Mt Ku-ring-gai Station can also walk as far as the platform closure point (1km one way from Apple Tree Bay).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the North Western Sydney Area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sun 25 Apr 2021, 11.48pm. Last reviewed: Wed 21 Apr 2021, 9.25am

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 until mid July 2021. 

Signage and security fencing will be erected around closed shelters as they are 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 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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