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Bents Basin State Conservation Area

What we're doing

Park management activities

Bents Basin State Conservation Area has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Preserving biodiversity

Bents Basin State Conservation Area provides a range of habitats for the endangered ecological communities. The threatened Camden white gum occurs within Bents Basin and is one of only two known naturally occurring populations. Known threatened species and communities within the state conservation will also be periodically re-surveyed to update population records.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact on the ecosystems within Bents Basin Conservation Area. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the conservation area. Pest management is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Bents Basin.

Conservation program

Regional pest management strategies

Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW.  We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

Interpretive signage upgrades and updated visitor information in Bents Basin State Conservation Area is an ongoing priority. Enhancement of this visitor information is intended to promote safe and environmentally-friendly use of facilities within the state conservation area, as well as communicate the core values of Bents Basin Conservation Area.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

The local Aboriginal peoples, Gundungurra, Dharawal and Darug, will continue to be consulted and involved in the management of Bents Basin State Conservation Area. Culture camps and other activities that support research, preservation, interpretation and presentation of Aboriginal culture, will continue to take part in Bents Basin State Conservation Area.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Planning for fire

Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Bents Basin State Conservation Area opens at 8am and closes at 5pm (8pm during daylight savings). 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 annual pass
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See more visitor info

Get involved

Bents Basin wombat program

Bents Basin wombat program

Wombats aren’t just cute – they’re also 'nature's bulldozers' and the most intelligent marsupial. In Bents Basin State Conservation Area they're threatened by mange. Help us treat them to ensure their ongoing presence in this area.

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