The Basin is located on the west side of Pittwater and overlooks Barrenjoey Head. You can either access it from West Head Road (a steep 2.5km walk) or by ferry from Palm Beach.
The reserve is surrounded by Ku-ring-gai national park and is a home to many wallabies, which can be seen freely roaming around, kookaburras, goannas and other wild life animals.
If you are looking for an adventure with your kids, you can camp at the Basin, which has good facilities including amenities block, boat ramp, picnic tables, cold showers and a lovely picnic area. Free gas and wood BBQs are provided as are toilets. You will also find bubblers and taps throughout the reserve.
It is ideal for swimming and snorkelling as there are no waves and the inland lagoon is quite shallow, making it suitable for young children.
The Basin is a popular camping ground which can accommodate up to 400 campers, but bookings and pre-payment are essential.
For large events including parties, weddings, barbecues and picnics you can book the Beechfood Cottage function centre, a beautifully restored historic cottage. For more information and to download a booking form go to National Parks Website
Dogs are not allowed on the reserve and there are no cafes or kiosks, so you will need to bring your own food and drinks.
If you are planning to go camping, here is a checklist of things to bring with you:
Tent with extra stakes
Axe or hammer
Lantern with fuel and extra batteries
Matches or a lighter
Rope / Clothes Line / Bungy cords
Plastic bags / garbage bags
First aid kit
Cooler / Eski
Tongs, can and bottle opener
Pots and frying pans with lids
Plates, bowls, cups, plastic glasses
Food & Drinks.
Palm Beach Ferry operates from 9am to 5pm and if you are travelling by public transport the L90 and 190 buses stop near the wharf. There is also some parking at Palm Beach, although most of it is metered.
Entry Fee to The Basin is $3 for adults and $2 for 5-15 year old children and a little more expensive if you are coming by foot. Cost of the ferry is around $12 for adults and $6 for children.