After two days in the city, we are changing up the pace with two nights camping at The Basin in the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Located only 25km outside of Sydney, it feels like you are a million miles away from city life as soon as you enter the park. Taking the scenic drive around the park will lead to some spectacular views at West Head Point that are worth the stop. There are two ways to get to The Basin, park at the top and hike 3km in, or take the Ferry from Palm Beach. The advantage of doing the hike is you get to drive around the park, and parking is free. However, there is limited parking at the top so you have to take your chances. It is a full facility camp ground with BBQ’s, toilets and showers, but a bit on the pricey side for camping at $14/night/pp.
Upon arriving at The Basin, the first thing you will notice is that there are kangaroos everywhere! The place is filled with wildlife all enjoying the camp grounds right along beside you. Surrounded by Broken Bay, the water is calm and peaceful, just like a lake, perfect for swimming. On Friday we take the ferry over to Palm Beach, a strip of land jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. The waves here roar onto shore; swimming is not recommended due to strong currents and blue bottle jellyfish. Not much to see in the Palm Beach area other than the beach itself, it’s mostly a retirement town with stunning homes lining the shore. As we take the return ferry back on Friday afternoon, our serene campground has turned into a tent city, with families showing up left and right. Word to the wise, if you are looking for peace and quiet, camp Monday to Thursday to avoid the weekend surge.