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The Basin

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by Wendy (subscribe)
Art enthusiast. Loves painting, bushwalking and travels. Writing what I love sparks my passion. Sydney, Australia.
Published April 23rd 2018
If you would like to have a city escape or just need a day trip to enjoy natural beauty, the Basin, which is located not that far from Palm Beach, could be a great option for you and your family. You can catch the ferry from the Palm Beach wharf. It takes about 20 minutes to the Basin, which is part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.



Once you get off the ferry at the Basin, you can find the campground and the picnic area, which is a great place for friends and family outing.

The Basin-ferry heading to the wharf
It takes approximately 20 minutes from the Palm Beach ferry to the Basin


The Basin-picnic spot
The Basin is a lovely place to enjoy a picnic with friends and family


The Basin-a picnic spot
A lovely picnic spot at the Basin


The Basin-camping
The camping site at the Basin


What's more, you may be able to spot some wildlife animals such as wallabies jumping around. If you love walking, you can also explore the Basin engravings trail , which is approximately 5-6 km in return. Be prepared for a steep climb in the beginning.

The Basin-wallabies
You can see wallabies jumping around the Basin


The Basin-track
The Basin track


The Basin- a steep climb
Be prepared for a steep climb in the beginning


The Basin track can take you to the Aboriginal art site where you can see the Aboriginal engravings.

The Basin- entering the Aboriginal engraving site
After finishing a steep climb, you'll reach the Aboriginal engraving site


The Basin-aboriginal site
Aboriginal engraving site


The Basin- Aboriginal engraving view
One of the Aboriginal engravings on site


This is another engraving that you can find at the site. It's worth spending a bit of time to look into this engraving in particular, which helps you to get a glimpse into Aboriginals' daily life. I found it interesting; it shows a man holding a fish on one hand while holding a boomerang in the other hand.

The Basin-Aboriginal engraving with a boomerang
The Aboriginal engraving showing a man holding a fish and a boomerang


According to the signage at the aboriginal engraving site, the craftsmen used a pecking technique, whereby the engravings were made by striking the rock surface with a pointed stone or a strong shell.

The Basin-perking technique
The Aboriginal engravings were made by a perking technique


The Basin-Guringai Land
The Guringai Land


Once you have finished seeing the engravings, simply follow the track to reach a sign showing "Welcome to the Guringai Land". You can then follow the same route to return to the Basin, where you can take a ferry back to the Palm Beach Wharf. Go check out the ferry time tables to help you with a well-planned journey.

The Basin-wharf
The wharf at the Basin

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Why? A great place for a city escape
Phone: 1300 072 757
Where: Basin Trail, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase, NSW 2084
Cost: $16.40 for a return ferry trip from Palm Beach to the Basin
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