Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Bents Basin is an ideal swimming spot on a hot summer day; Bents Basin State Conservation Area (Image: Kevin McGrath/DECCW)

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No visitor centresNo public transportWheelchair facilitiesCampingCaravan sitesNo accommodationLookoutsPicnics and BBQsKiosks/cafesWalkingDogs and other domestic animals not permittedNo horse riding trailsCycling trailsNo car touringNo 4WD touring routesCanoeingNo sailing and boatingFishingSwimmingNo areas recommended for snorkelling/divingNo adventure recreation opportunities

Bents Basin, a deep waterhole that forms part of a gorge on the Nepean River between Camden and Penrith, is a perfect place for swimming, canoeing and fishing. If you’d like to keep your feet on dry land, relaxing by the basin is pleasant as well; it’s backed by a forested escarpment which rises dramatically from the water’s edge. After a tasty picnic or barbecue lunch, take the walk up to Caleys lookout for views of the area – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for native animals and birds long the way.

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is a great place to visit on a daytrip and if you’d like to stay longer, bring your tent or caravan along to set up camp under the stars. If you’re interested in finding out more about the park’s landscape, plants and animals, be sure to arrange a guided Discovery tour with a ranger.

You can even hold your wedding, family event, birthday party or other function here – the Bents Basin Education Centre and Peppercorn picnic area are suitable locations for a range of events and can be booked for exclusive use.

Visit the NSW National Parks visitor website for more inspiration and information on Bents Basin State Conservation Area.

Park map: Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Local map: showing Bents Basin State Conservation Area

NSW map: showing Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Australia map: showing Bents Basin State Conservation Area

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