Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - picnic and camping ground rules for The Basin


To assist with the smooth running of The Basin picnic and camping ground, the following rules apply:

Recently updated rules

  1. Tents must be erected within the camping area, behind the row of white posts and clear of the marked emergency access route.
  2. To allow space for all campground guests, shower, toilet or additional storage tents are not permitted. Groups using additional free-standing shade structures (including tarps) that are excessive in size (eg over 10m2), will be directed to remove them.
  3. Chemical toilets (eg ‘porta-potties’) are not permitted. Please use amenities provided.
  4. Fires are only permitted in designated BBQs or fire-pits, only gas fires are permitted at campsites or any other location. Use of the fire-pits must be pre-booked with the Campground Manager whilst at the site. Fire hoses are for use only during emergencies.
  5. Due to a limited drinking water supply - no games or activities using freshwater are permitted (e.g. water fights, filling pools, hoses attached to taps NOT permitted).
  • As the Basin picnic & camping ground is within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the provisions of the National Parks and Wildlife Act (1974) and the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation (2009) apply.
  • All groups of 20 or more must have prior approval for any day or camping activities. Persons under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • If requested by a National Parks and Wildlife Service officer, visitors must produce identification providing details of age, name and address.
    Drunkenness, illegal and offensive behaviour will not be tolerated and will immediately be referred to the Police.
  • Under-age alcohol consumption is not permitted.
  • For the benefit of all visitors, noise should be kept to a minimum at all times and should cease by 10:00pm.
  • The area is open to day/picnic visitors from sunrise to sunset. Entry to the Basin after sunset is for authorised (pre-booked) campers only.
  • OEH does not accept liability for loss or damage of personal property that park visitors bring to The Basin.
  • Campsites must be vacated by midday.
  • Maximum length of stay for any one group is two weeks.
  • Campsites and picnic areas must be kept clean at all times. Bring garbage bags and use bins provided.
  • Fires are not permitted on Total or Park Fire Ban days. All tracks and trails will be closed during extreme fire danger.
  • Spearguns and handspears are not permitted at the Basin Picnic & Camping Ground
  • Portable generators and amplified music are not permitted.
  • All vessels moored or anchored to the beach must ensure that anchors, chain and lines are covered, protected, or otherwise marked at all times for the safety of persons on the beach. DO NOT USE ROCKS TO HOLD ANCHORS.
  • Boats moored to the beach and visitors using the Basin beach are liable for normal day use fees.
  • Limit of 10 minutes for boat mooring at the wharf.
  • No diving, jumping or fishing off the wharf.
  • As the Basin is in a National Park, pets are not permitted.
  • All Aboriginal engravings and artefacts are protected – disturbing or damaging them is a serious offence.
  • All flora and fauna are protected. Please do not disturb or feed the wildlife.
  • The Basin is serviced by an on-site National Parks and Wildlife Service Campground Manager, with after hours emergency contact arrangements in place. The Campground Manager is trained in First Aid and a defibrillator is on-site.

The Basin Manager may instruct any person not complying with these rules, or behaving in an offensive, noisy or dangerous manner, to leave the area immediately. All fees paid will be forfeited and an on-the-spot fine may be incurred.

The Basin is serviced by an on-site NPWS campground manager, with after hours emergency contact arrangements in place. In emergencies, contact Broken Bay Water Police - phone 02 9979 4044.

For lost property inquiries, contact staff at The Basin.

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Page last updated: 29 June 2012