Experience the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park like never before with our Stand Up Paddle Boarding Safari at The Basin Campground

Explore the serene and unspoiled waters with an experienced eco Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) guide from Ecotreasures

Basin SUP Safari paddle boarding tour

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Inclusions of our paddle board tour:

  • Knowledgeable and engaging eco guide for interpretation
  • Guided exploration of the Basin estuary in Sydney
  • Certification in Advanced Eco Tourism for a nature-focused experience
  • A 1-hour Stand Up Paddle or Kayak Safari through the Basin estuary
  • An additional 1-hour of self-guided exploration, totaling a 2-hour paddle adventure
  • Comprehensive safety briefing and equipment usage demonstration
  • All necessary equipment provided
  • Complimentary GoPro tour photos for lasting memories

Key Moments of the Paddle Board Tour

  • Enjoy the tranquility of a smooth and serene waterway, perfect for paddle boarding.
  • Acquire the skills to confidently navigate and control your stand-up paddle board.
  • Experience an intimate and personalized small group tour, limited to a maximum of 8 participants on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
  • Discover the local underwater world as you observe various fish species in the crystal-clear waters, while native bird species soar above.
  • Encounter the diverse wildlife of the Basin in Ku-ring-gai, including Lyre Birds, Wallabies, Sea Eagles, Kookaburras, Goannas, and more.
  • Deepen your knowledge of Sydney’s coastal ecosystem and its inhabitants.
  • Pay tribute to the rich Aboriginal heritage of the area and its significant landmarks.
  • Hear captivating stories of early settler colonial heritage associated with the location.
  • Enjoy an invigorating fitness and core workout, depending on your paddling intensity.

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Meeting  location: The Basin campground

Duration: 2 hours total

1 hour guided & 1 hour self guided hire

Group tour pricing:

  • Flexi Ticket $109pp (24hr cancellation policy)
  • Saver Ticket $89pp (No cancellations or changes + $30 for date changes)

*Please note all NPWS entry fees and activity day use fees are not included in paddle tour costs.

Minimum 2 and Maximum 8 per group

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Customer Testimonial

“What a great experience! Excellent location, brand new equipment, our tour guide Damien was very patient, knowledgeable and an excellent instructor! I am about to book my next lesson!”

Description of the Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Safari Experience:

Explore the pristine natural wonderland of The Basin Campground with Ecotreasures’ Advanced Eco Tourism Certified Sydney Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Safari. This paddle boarding adventure is suitable for individuals of all ages and skill levels.

Led by our knowledgeable local Sydney paddle board eco guide, you’ll embark on a journey through the tranquil and protected waters of The Basin estuary, nestled within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on Sydney’s northern beaches. The Basin estuary offers a sheltered haven shielded from wind and waves, with no motorized boats allowed, ensuring a serene experience.

In a safe and enjoyable environment, you’ll receive instruction in the fundamentals of Stand Up Paddle boarding perfect for first timers. For those with prior paddle boarding experience, we offer the opportunity to refine your skills and provide valuable insights to enhance your paddle techniques, turning abilities, and board control. Once you’ve found your balance, we’ll venture out to spot the local wildlife, including the renowned White Bellied Sea Eagle population, graceful stingrays, and more.

For a more exclusive experience, we also offer Private Paddle Board Tours at various locations get in touch for more information.

Please note that the Ecotreasures Basin Campground Paddle Safari ticket does not cover travel expenses or the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) entry fee required to access the Basin campground. Detailed information on how to reach the destination is provided in the additional information section below.

How to book:

Click on the available dates above to book online. Private tours available by request. If you have any questions please email or call 0415 121 648

If you also want to camp at the Basin why not try our hassle free deluxe campsite set up service, we make camping in nature easy for you.

What to bring:

  • Swimming gear
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Re-fillable drink bottle
  • Walking shoes
  • Polarised sunglasses (with strap) to see through the water while paddling

How to get to the Basin Campground Ku-ring-gai

There is no public car access to the Basin campground in the protected Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You can come across the water or walk. Please read information below. Email or call if you need any help.

Minimal impact travel tips and information about Climate Change 

From Palm Beach:

Catch the breathtaking ferry across Pittwater to the Basin campground, West Head with Fantasea Palm Beach Ferry service or Palm Beach Water Taxi from Palm Beach Wharf to the Basin Campground. Please click on Ferry timetable link to view departure time. The ferry ride from Palm Beach to the Basin take 20mins. Please note Opal cards do not work on the Palm Beach- Basin ferry service.

By Bus from Sydney:

Catch bus to Palm beach Wharf.

Driving to Palm Beach or West Head:

If you are driving to Palm Beach there is free parking available on the street. Always check street signs. You can also drive to West Head via West Head road and park at the top of the Basin Trail and walk in to the Basin campground on a 2.75 km hike with a steep descent. Allow 45min from West Head road along Basin trail to the campground. Please always check NPWS website for updates and important information before entering the Park.

The journey is part of the experience so embrace the adventure which ever way you decide to come to the Basin.

Please go to the EcoTreasures home page to view the other Sydney Eco Tours we offer

Extra information:

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM 150 METERS FREESTYLE UN-ASSISTED TO JOIN THE TOUR with out life jacket. If non swimmer must wear jacket

The Basin Campground Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

The Basin estuary finds itself enveloped by the unspoiled woodlands of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, renowned for its status as the premier locale for observing Sydney’s indigenous wildlife in their pristine, undisturbed habitat. During your paddle board experience, you’ll have the opportunity to encounter an ancient Aboriginal midden site, adding a cultural dimension to your journey. Ku-ring-gai boasts an impressive array of over 1,000 Aboriginal cultural sites, making it one of Australia’s foremost destinations for exploring cultural heritage sites.

Additionally, The Basin holds a strategic proximity to the Hawkesbury River, a significance that dates back to the early days of Sydney’s settlement.

The Basin Campground area offers various amenities, including picnic spots and BBQ facilities, overnight camping options, restroom facilities, refreshing showers, bushwalking trails leading to ancient Indigenous rock engravings, and ample open spaces for relaxation under the shade of trees with family and friends, or for engaging in recreational activities on the open grassy expanses. It’s an ideal locale for hosting memorable birthday parties.

In case the parking lot is full, please consider heading south along Barrenjoey Road, including exploring adjacent side streets, to locate available all-day parking options. Do remember to check local council street signs for parking regulations before leaving your vehicle.

*Day entry – Please note you must pay National Park landing fee on arrival at the Basin Wharf Adults $3, Children $2 and entry fee by car is $12 per car.

Camping fees –  Overnight camping information and online booking.


Available Dates

Please choose an available date on the calendar and follow the instructions to make your online booking and payment. Click confirm date and follow the instructions. You will receive a email confirmation after you complete the online booking process. Any questions please feel free to email or call 0415 121 648.


How to get there Catch the breathtaking Fantasea Palm Beach Ferries or water Taxi across Pittwater waterway from Palm Beach Wharf to the Basin Campground. Ferry timetable. The 1.5 hr L90 bus ride from Sydney CBD will drop you off directly at the Palm beach Wharf. If you are driving to Palm Beach there is free parking available on the street. You can also drive to West Head via West Head road and park at the top of the Basin Trail and walk in to the camp ground on a 2.5 km hike with a steep descent. Please always check NPWS website for updates and important information before entering the Park. The journey is part of the experience so embrace the adventure which ever way you decide to come to the Basin.