November 7 - 13, 2021: Issue 517


A  Currawong - Mackerel - The Basin Stroll In Early November 2021

photos by Selena Griffith

Currawong, Mackerel and The Basin Pittwater are places that are unique. Nestled on the fringe of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, these secluded holiday havens have direct access to this great park and its wealth of trails and history. The just released State of the Beaches Report 2020-2021 states they are the cleanest estuarine swimming beaches in Pittwater. They are also sacred lands to the ancient and still  present Guringai Peoples.

You can stay here with a variety of accommodation at Currawong, including:

The Lodge: Nestled in secluded bushland, Currawong Lodge offers filtered views of Pittwater. Ideal for groups as dorm-style accommodation it comfortably sleeps two couples plus eight singles.

Cabins: Built in early 1950, each of Currawong’s nine cabins accommodate four adults or a family of five. Each has a double bed, well equipped kitchen, a living room with a sofabed and single bed, a shower and an outside toilet. These have recently been refurbished and are looking great.

Midholme: This heritage listed original homestead has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, large kitchen and dining room and a large lounge room with an open stone fireplace. A covered verandah wraps around the house offering wonderful views.

Caretaker's Cottage: The Caretaker's Cottage has two bedrooms, a bathroom, open plan kitchen / dining / lounge room perfect for families with young children.

The Basin campground is the only place you can camp in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This large, grassy area overlooks Pittwater, offering lovely surroundings and views. At The Basin, you’ll find great facilities along with a picnic area, sheltered beach and an inland lagoon. The campground accommodates up to 400 campers. From here you can hike along the hilltops to Mackerel Beach and West Head.

You can read up on some of the history of this place and its surrounds in Pittwater Fishermen: Great Mackerel, Little Mackerel (Wilson's Beach - Currawong) and The Basin and Historic Insights From The Australian National Maritime Museums 1890 Pitt Water 'Era' Yacht Collection: The Basin Regattas and Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name - Coaster's Retreat and The Basin and  Pittwater Roads II - Where the Streets Have Your Name - Great Mackerel Beach 

This is a water-access only from the Pittwater side of the estuary - catch the Palm Beach ferry, a water taxi or the barge to arrive as you should. If you want to walk in from the park, you will have to hike the few kilometres after you have parked your car at West Head.

Below run some of the breath of fresh air and peace you will experience in a visit to these places, as photographed by Selena Griffith.