2 hrs 30 mins

5.6 km Return

218 m

Moderate track
The Basin Track is the only land access to The Basin, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park’s only campsite. The walk follows mostly management trail and heads across the plateau away from West Head Rd, with a great side trip to Aboriginal rock engravings and The Basin Dam. This is a nice walk, heading through the heath of the plateau and down through the forest to the large campsite and facilities of The Basin. The Basin itself is a great place for a swim or overnight stay. There is a ferry service from the Basin.

Maps for the The Basin walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 91301N BROKEN BAY NSW-91301N
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the The Basin bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the The Basin

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 5.6 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 430m is flat with no steps. The remaining (360m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

Around 2.7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 130m follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 670m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 2.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 1.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 910m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the The Basin walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the The Basin walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The The Basin walk starts and ends at the Int. Basin Trk and West Head Rd (gps: -33.590099, 151.28222)
Your main transport option to Int. Basin Trk and West Head Rd is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/tbtxx

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂