The Basin Picnic and Camping Ground


The Basin offers a unique camping opportunity with only boat or hiking access to the camp ground. Located on the foreshore of Pittwater and only an hour drive north of Sydney, The Basin is one of Sydney's camping hot spot for summer with ample swimming and shaded areas to escape the heat. Only a 15 minute ferry ride from Palm Beach Wharf, this secluded paradise offers hiking, fishing, swimming, Aboriginal engravings and a lot more.

Managing Authority

National Parks and Wildlife Service (02) 99741011


Camping Fees Per night $14 Adult, $7 Child. Landing fees (including day visits) $3 Adults, $2 Child


Bookings are essential. Very popular during summer so book early.

Phone: (02) 99741011 or go to

Indigenous History

There is over 800 hundred recorded Aboriginal sites throughout the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Rock engraving can be found (sign posted not far from the car park) along The Basin Trail.

Historical Notes

Historical buildings are located within the park including Beachwood Cottage near the campground.


The Basin provides picnic tables, wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), gas/electric barbecues, flush toilets, cold showers, amenities block, drinking water and a public phone.

4WD Access Only

4WD Only Access: No

BBQ Only

BBQ available: Gas/Wood BBQ and Firepits

Picnic Tables

Picnic Tables: Yes


Showers: Cold


Caravans: No


Toilets: Flush



Hiking: Yes


Swimming: Yes, The lagoon offers shallow swimming for kids


Canoeing and kayaking: Yes


Cycling: Mountain Bike riding on fire trails only

Getting There


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