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Camping Hot Spots within 2 hours of Sydney

Camping Hot Spots within 2 hours of Sydney

camping-hot-spots1The hustle and bustle of living in a major city like Sydney will wear anyone out so the need to relax and recharge the batteries is a must. In this article our NSW Sales Manager Steve Zammit is going to share his camping hot spots within a couple of hours from Sydney so you can take those short camping trips from overnight, a long weekend or a week away.

Bents Basin:

Bents Basin is arguably the best equipped and most user friendly National Parks campground you’ll find. Located just 1 hour and 40 minutes from the Sydney CBD or 35 minutes from Penrith it’s perfect for getting away Friday after work to get that extra night under canvas.


Apart from camping in some of the best maintained camp spots I’ve seen, Bents Basin has camping-hot-spots2great swimming, fishing for Australian Bass, canoeing and bushwalking. Caley’s Lookout w
alk is amazing and affords the opportunity to see the local wildlife including rare Red Tail B
lack Cockatoos. The vegetation along the walk is virtually undisturbed and the view from the top well worth the effort.

If fishing is your thing bring your favourite bass lures and have a cast around the foreshores and head up the river. Bass are active during the summer months and will bite most things you cast in front of them. Spinnerbaits for the snags, Tiny Torpedoes for the shallow water and rattling divers for the deep stuff should be the pick of the lures.

Be sure to bring the canoes, kayaks or even an air mattress for the kids to float around on during the summer months.

Bents is so well kitted out you don’t even have to cook if you don’t want to. A well equippecamping-hot-spots3d café serves great meals, ice creams and drinks and plenty more to keep you fed and watered on weekends during the cold months and 7 days until 7pm during the summer holidays. There is a massive camp kitchen, hot showers, pit toilets, drinking water along with picnic tables and wood BBQ’s, just remember to bring your own wood.

Getting there:

From Wallacia (north entry):

  • Drive southwest on Mulgoa Road/Tourist Drive 18
  • At the Wallacia roundabout, take the second exit to Silverdale Road
  • Turn left onto Bents Basin Road and follow signs for Bents Basin

From Wallacia (south/east entry):

  • Drive southwest on Mulgoa Road/Tourist Drive 18
  • Turn right onto Greendale Road
  • Turn right onto Wolstenholme Avenue and follow signs for Bents Basin campground


  • Bents Basin Road picnic area
  • Durawi picnic area

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Park entry fees:

$8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines that accept both coin and card.

  • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
  • Multi-Park Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)


NPWS Nattai area office
(02) 4632 4500
Contact hours: 9am-4pm Monday-Friday

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