Sydney Sea Horses Snorkeling Tour
Snorkel the nurseries of the ocean – The Basin Estuary, Ku-ring-gai
- Experienced local Sydney snorkel tour guide
- All equipment provided including wetsuits on the Sydney Sea Horses Snorkeling Tour
- 1 hour guided Sydney Sea Horses Snorkeling Tour
- 1 hour self guided snorkel hire
- Marine and safety talk
- Photo package available
- Search the natural estuary for local marine species in calm protected waters
- Understand the importance of catchment management and estuaries
- Snorkelling tips provided from your guide
- Identify local marine bird species of the estuary
- Small group tour
- Fun in the outdoors
Meeting location: The Basin Campground, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Duration: 2 hour Sydney Sea Horses Snorkeling Tour
Pricing: Adult $50pp, Child (8-14yrs) $45
Minimum number 4 people maximum 8 people per group. Larger numbers available for group requests
ECOTREASURES, Advanced Eco Tourism Certified Sydney Sea Horses Snorkeling Tour at The Basin campground will immerse you in the dynamic estuary habitats of sea grass beds, rocky area, sandy bottom and mud flats. Estuaries are known as the nurseries of the ocean. Experience the ecosystem where marine creatures begin their lives, while other species feed on the smaller creatures hidden in the sea grass beds. The shelter of the sea grass and mangroves provides protection from predators, a place to breed, feed and habitat for a range of species.
Explore the Basin campground estuary (West Head, Pittwater) with your experienced Sydney snorkel tour guide. Search for the famous local Sea Horses and other marine species including Cuttle fish, Brim, Stingaree, Drummer, Leather Jackets, Sea Stars and tropical fish (during warm water times Dec-May) and many more species in a safe and fun environment. Sydney snorkeling for sea horse tour is suitable for beginners and experienced Snorkelers
How to book:
Click on the availability tab on the left side of this page. Select a date and complete the online booking process. If you need any assistance please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0415 121 648
What to bring:
- Swimming gear
- Re-fillable drink bottle
- Walking shoes
- If you have never snorkelled before or need some fresh tips, please watch our Snorkelling tips short video with Damien before the tour.
- 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 is 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.
Photo package available shot with GoPro:
We take photos for you $45: You will receive 15 photos taken on the Manly Snorkeling Tour by your ECOTREASURES guide. $45 for 15 photos of you or your group. The photos will be sent via email file transfer. To confirm the photo package please select photo package when booking your tour in the shopping cart.
Gopro Hire $30: You can hire the GoPro and you can take as many shots as you like. You will need to download the Gopro Capture app to your smart phone before the tour. After the tour you can use the Gopro app to download the image directly to your phone.
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 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.
*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 $11 per car.
Camping fees – All campsites – site fee – $28 per night (2 person inclusive); $14 per night per additional adult (16 years+); $7 per night per additional child (5-15 years); infants free (0-4 years). Overnight camping information and online booking.