The Basin campground
Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.
Wheelchair access: medium
Assistance may be required to access this area.
- Wheelchair access is by ferry only
- Wheelchair-accessible toilet
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.
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
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
Events, activities and alerts at this location
Basin Trail upgrade works
The Basin Trail will be closed from the Mackerel Service Trail to the Basin Campground in order to undertake upgrade works. The Basin Aboriginal engravings and the Mackerel Track will remain accessible.
All access to the Basin Campground during this period is by water only. Services include Palm Beach Ferries, Barrenjoey Boating Service, Peninsular Water Taxis & Pink Water Taxis or access is available to private boats.
It is anticipated that the trail will be open for the long weekend.
Following the long weekend there are a number of minor maintenance works to occur. During this period there will be public access with advance warning signs to be installed above and below work sites. People are asked to adhere to signage and be concious of work vehicles on the trail during this period.
work sites signposted
|Ends Thursday 20 June, 11:59PM|
Camping: events and activities
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