Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park


General information on camping in national parks

Aerial view of The Basin. (Image: DECC)It's a good idea to pack a gas or liquid fuel stove for camping trips in national parks. Wood and solid fuel fires are not permitted in some parks, and although you'll find open fireplaces in many campgrounds, firewood may not be supplied. In many parks it's forbidden to collect firewood from the bush

In parks where campfires are allowed, make sure you completely extinguish all fires before leaving an area or going to bed. A small amount of glowing embers can start a huge bushfire. Heavy fines may apply if campfires or other unshielded flames are left unattended

Please don't feed native animals - it can damage their health and make them dependent on campers for food. To avoid attracting scavengers, store food and garbage in a secure container. Find out more about the dangers of feeding native animals: how it can affect them, their behaviour and you. See other ways to tread softly when you camp.


The Basin campground

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area.

  • Wheelchair access is by ferry only
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilet

Caming at The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (Image: DECC)The Basin campground is the only place you can camp in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This large, grassy area overlooks Pittwater, offering lovely surroundings and views.

It’s easy to see why this waterfront campground is so popular. At The Basin, you’ll find great facilities along with a picnic area, sheltered beach and an inland lagoon. The campground accommodates up to 400 campers.

Pitch your tent in a shady spot, enjoy a bike ride or a swim and see if you can spot the local swamp wallabies or kookaburras.

There’s no car access to The Basin, so park at West Head Road and then walk or cycle. You can also arrive by water taxi, boat or a ferry departing from Palm Beach Wharf.

Take a virtual tour of The Basin campground on Google Street View.

Beechwood Cottage was originally built in 1882 when sailors, convicts and even pirates survived in these parts! Today this beautifully restored cottage can be hired out for conferences, functions and other special occasions.

Activities: walking, paddling, liloing, swimming, picnicking, playing and socialising, camping

Location:  shown on West Head and The Basin map

Getting there: The Basin campground is on the western foreshores of Pittwater in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. To get there

  • Take the ferry which departs on the hour between 9am - 5pm from Palm Beach Wharf
  • If you own a boat, anchor in the sheltered bay opposite the picnic and campground.
  • Drive or ride your mountain bike through the park along West Head Road, then walk or cycle along the 2.8km Basin Track to The Basin.

Opening hours: The campground is open from sunrise to sunset. Entry to the campground after sunset is for pre-booked campers only.

Facilities: amenities block, cold showers, flush toilets, gas/electric barbecues, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), drinking water, picnic tables, public phone

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable

Contact: The Basin and Beechwood Cottage (Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park), Phone: 02 9974 1011

View along the beach at The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (Image: DECC)The jetty at The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (Image: DECC)Playing in the sand at The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (Image: DECC)Playing in the mud at The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (Image: DECC)

Camping: events and activities

Commercial activity

Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures

Glenworth Valley is Australia's leading provider of outstanding outdoor adventure experiences.

Glenworth Valley offers a range of exciting adventure activities including guided and free range horse riding, quad biking, abseiling, kayaking, laser skirmish and camping. No prior experience is required and all activities are suitable for all ability levels with friendly and professional guides.

Glenworth Valley is located on a scenic 3000 acre wilderness property in the hinterland region of the New South Wales Central Coast, just one hour north of Sydney's CBD.

More info: Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Phone: 02 4375 1222 (international +612 4375 1222)

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Southbound Adventures

A morning paddleSouthbound Adventures provides quality outdoor education for school groups. Tailored programs that challenge, build confidence and enrich young people's lives. Outdoor Education is truly a remarkable experience, it magnifies extraordinary moments and makes for powerful memories that enhance young people's lives with a strong sense of personal strength and purpose.

We will work closely with you to develop each program to ensure your individual outcomes are achieved. You will be able to select from a number of venues including National Parks in close proximity to Sydney and private campsites throughout the greater Sydney Metropolitan area.

Southbound Adventures fully qualified and friendly team will make every participants experience on each of our Outdoor Education Programs unique and full of experiential learning moments.

More info: Southbound Adventures, Phone: 02 4257 4888 (international +612 4257 4888)

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Commercial activity

Spirit Safaris

Outback & Wilderness ToursAustralian Outback & Wilderness Tours

One-day and extended small group tours in 4WD vehicles.

Private eco tours visit remote wilderness, Aboriginal rock art sites and wild nature.

More info: Spirit Safaris, Phone: 1300 763 188 (International +61417244600)

As requested
Commercial activity

Sydney Coast Walks

Walking in Royal National Park with Sydney Coast WalksSydney Coast Walks are the Sydney walking people. With some of the city's best natural beauty only accessible on foot, Sydney Coast Walks provides expertly guided half day, full day and overnight hiking adventures through Sydney Harbour and Royal National Parks, enabling guests to reconnect with nature in Australia's largest city. Small groups, maximum 12 guests, for a better walking experience.

Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tours

Royal National Park Walking Tours

  • Jibbon Aboriginal Tour Learn the traditions of the Dharawal Aboriginal people, view thousand-year-old rock carvings and listen to Dreaming stories.
  • Marley Explore Royal's majestic sandstone coastline on a full day walk.
  • Wattamolla (Coast Track) Discover awe-inspiring views and fascinating history as you hike the iconic Coast Track. Enjoy a fully catered and supported camping experience.

When: year-round. Bookings essential.

More info: Sydney Coast Walks, Phone: 02 8521 7423 (international +612 8521 7423)

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Commercial activity

The Collaroy Centre

The Collaroy Centre is owned and operated by The Salvation Army. We self fund our programs by providing quality facilities and programs for our guests. Every cent of profit from these programs is used to run activities and camps for the needy and marginalised of society.

The Collaroy Centre specialises in hiking expeditions for the Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We offer practice and qualifying hikes across Bronze, Silver and Gold levels in each of the school holidays, and can also customise trips specifically for your school or corporate group.

The Collaroy Centre is always focused on its clients, and all programs are tailored to specific needs and desired outcomes.

More info: The Collaroy Centre, Phone: 02 9982 9800 (international +612 9982 9800)

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Commercial activity

Understand Down Under

1 Day Royal National Park Eco-tour
Your beach and wilderness escape. If you only have one day in Sydney, then this should be it!

Understand Down Under (UDU) invites you on a journey of discovery. Have fun while using all your senses to actively learn about:

  • Plants and their traditional uses
  • Australian and Aboriginal culture
  • Local history and geology
  • Australian birds and wildlife

Australia's oldest national park: The Royal National Park is Sydney's hidden secret. It's renowned for its beautiful and diverse natural landscapes, its abundant wildlife and unique local history. It is more than just bush and rainforest - Royal National Park boasts a beautiful coastline and is only 30km away. Instead of sitting on a bus, relax or have fun at the beach.

1 Day Royal National Park Highlights
The UDU mini-bus will take you on a 1 day adventure with a great mix of active discovery & serene relaxation:

  • Where it all started, Audley is full of history and fantastic birdlife;
  • Discovery Eco-walk - explore the magical Wattamolla. Learn how to live in Australia's bushland and hear dreaming stories;
  • Relax over a delicious, uniquely Australian picnic lunch overlooking the Royal's many beaches
  • Garie Beach - plenty of time to swim, play Aussie beach games, relax or sunbake. For the more adventurous, climb to the cliff-top for a breathtaking panoramic view
  • Throw boomerangs and spears alongside the Hacking River
  • Tranquil bushwalk through temperate rainforest
  • Afternoon tea with awe-inspiring views from Bald Hill; home to Lawrence Hargraves, Australia's pioneer of flight
  • Grand Pacific Drive - take time to see this incredible area, including the distinctive Sea Cliff Bridge

More info: Understand Down Under, Phone: 0448 388 687 (international +61448 388 687)

Commercial activity

Xterra Adventures

Kayaking the Central CoastXterra Adventures is an exciting, multifunctional activity and adventure company located on the Central Coast of NSW, less than an hour north of Sydney.

We specialise in providing personalised mountain bike and kayak adventures for individuals, groups, schools or corporate clients. Come and explore our magnificent national parks and state forests by mountain bike or our beautiful waterways by sea kayak. We offer a large, varied range of tours that run for half day, full day, overnight or multi night. Our tours are designed to suit everyone from the novice right through to the more experienced adventurer.

Xterra Adventures offers what the others can't - quality equipment, attentive professional guides, a large range of options, stunning locations, great food, flexibility and above all, a commitment to your enjoyment.

We understand that your time is precious to you. We pride ourselves on being flexible and run our tours to suit your time schedule, not a calendar on our wall.

We are an innovative, enthusiastic company which wants nothing more than for you to go home after a tour with memories that will last a lifetime.

More info: Xterra Adventures, Phone: 0404 808 055 (international +61404 808 055)

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