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Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Bents Basin State Conservation Area.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Wallacia (north entry):

    • Drive southwest on Mulgoa Road/Tourist Drive 18
    • At the Wallacia roundabout, take the second exit to Silverdale Road
    • Turn left onto Bents Basin Road and follow signs for Bents Basin

    From Wallacia (south/east entry):

    • Drive southwest on Mulgoa Road/Tourist Drive 18
    • Turn right onto Greendale Road
    • Turn right onto Wolstenholme Avenue and follow signs for Bents Basin campground

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    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

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines that accept both coin and card.

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    • Multi Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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).

    Prohibited

    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.

    Bents Basin State Conservation Area

    Contact

    • in the Sydney and surrounds region
    • The park gates open at 9am all year round and close at 5pm (May to Sept) and 8pm (Oct to Apr). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines that accept both coin and card.

      Buy an annual pass.
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    Nearby towns

    Penrith (24 km)

    Summer is an ideal time to visit Penrith - one of Sydney's best inland aquatic playgrounds. Have fun riding the rapids at Penrith Whitewater Stadium,, visit Sydney International Regatta Centre, paddle on Nepean Gorge in a canoe or relax with a picnic by the Nepean River.

    www.sydney.com

    Campbelltown (33 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

    Sydney City Centre (68 km)

    No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

    www.sydney.com

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