Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Safari at the Basin Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Paddle Board the calm and safe waters of The Basin Ku-ring-gai
COVID UPDATE June 2020
The Basin is currently closed by NPWS. Campground is scheduled to reopen in September. In the meantime we have some other paddle boarding experiences on Sydney’s Northern beaches you can enjoy. New Manly Paddle Board and snorkel tour, SUP club Sunrise paddle group and private paddle board lesson at a few different locations on the Nothern Beaches from Palm Beach, Pittwater, Bayview, Narrabeen and Manly. For more information click on the links or email email@example.com
- Interpretative friendly and fun eco guide on guided Sydney paddle board tour
- Advanced Eco Tourism certified paddle board nature based experience
- 1 hour Stand Up Paddle or Kayak Safari of the Basin estuary
- 1 hour self guided (total 2 hour experience)
- Safety brief and demonstration of how to use equipment
- All equipment included
- Very flat and calm waterway for paddle boarding
- Learn how to control your board and manoeuvre with skill
- Small group tour maximum 8 people
- Search for local fish species in the clear waters while local birds species fly overhead
- Local wildlife of the Basin, Ku-ring-gai include Lyre Birds, Wallabies, Sea Eagles, Kookaburras, Goannas + more
- Gain a better understanding of the wildlife & natural environment of Sydney’s coastal area
- Acknowledge the Aboriginal culture of the area and significant sights
- Hear early settler colonial heritage stories of the location
- Great fitness and core workout (depends how hard you paddle)
Meeting location: The Basin Campground, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Duration: 2 hours
Group tour pricing:
Adult $79.00, Child (8-14yrs) $69.00 (Maximum 8 per group)
“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!”
ECOTREASURES Advanced Eco Tourism Certified Sydney Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Safari takes place in a nature lovers paradise. The paddle boarding safari adventure is suitable for kids, adults and all skills levels of paddle boarders.
Your expert Sydney paddle board eco guide will lead you through one of the most pristine, peaceful and protected pieces of water, The Basin estuary. Located on Sydney’s northern beaches in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The Basin estuary is sheltered from wind, waves, and boats, The location of the Basin is the perfect environment to have fun paddle boarding with your family and friends.
Your fun and experienced local paddle boarding eco guide will help you learn the basics of Stand Up Paddle boarding in a safe and fun environment. If you already have some paddle boarding experience, we can show you new skills and provide unique and useful tips to help you improve your paddle techniques, turning, and board control. Once you have found your feet, we will search for local wildlife like the famous local White Bellied Sea Eagle Population, stingrays, and much more.
We also have Private Paddle Board Tours at range of locations. Click on link for more information.
Please note ECOTREASURES Basin Campground Paddle Safari ticket does not cover travel cost or NPWS entry fee to get to the Basin campground. Detailed information is listed below in extra information section on how to get there.
How to book:
Click on the available dates above to book online. Private tours available by request. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0415 121 648
We also have a 3 hour Pittwater SUP Safari, which is a more high energy paddle board tour into Pittwater for experienced paddlers. Group of 3 or more can explore Pittwater on a long paddle, we have many routes we can paddle depending on the wind conditions.
What to bring:
- Swimming gear
- Re-fillable drink bottle
- Walking shoes
- Polarised sunglasses (with strap) to see through the water while paddling
Photo package available shot with GoPro:
How to get there:
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.
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:
The 1.5 hour public L90 bus ride from Wynyard, Sydney city will drop you off directly at the Palm beach Wharf. Opal card have a Sunday reduce rate for cheap travel.
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. 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
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM 50 METERS FREESTYLE UN-ASSISTED TO JOIN THE TOUR
The Basin estuary is surrounded by the pristine bushland of Ku-ring-gai Chase National park. The Basin is very famous for being the best place to observe Sydney’s native wildlife in their pristine natural habitat. You can also witness an ancient aboriginal midden site during your paddle board experience. Ku-ring-gai is home to over 1000 Aboriginal cultural sites which makes it one of the best places in Australia to see a range of cultural heritage sites. The Basin is also very close to the Hawkesbury River which made the location very important to early settlers of Sydney.
The Basin Campground area has picnic and BBQ facilities, Overnight camping, toilets, showers, bush walking trails to ancient Indigenous rock engravings and open space to relax under a tree with family or friends or play sport in the open grass area. Great place for Birthday Parties.
If there are no parks in the car park please head back south along Barrenjoey Road, including any side streets, to find available all day parking. Check local council street signs before parking.
*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 – All campsites – site fee – $33 per night (2 person inclusive); $16 per night per additional adult (16 years+); $8 per night per additional child (5-15 years); infants free (0-4 years). Overnight camping information and online booking.