Summer is right around the corner and the local hidden gem, Bents Basin, has opened in time for locals to enjoy a dip in the Nepean River.
The Bents Basin State Conservation Area in the shire’s north was closed so the National Parks and Wildlife Service could remove flood debris caused by heavy rain at the beginning of June.
National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager Shaun Elwood said a significant amount of rubbish and sand left behind by the flood waters has been removed and the park was now open for business.
“The parks service has removed around half a metre of silt and sand brought in by the flood water around the Bents Basin Road Picnic Area, Durrawi Picnic Area, access trail and the lower campground,” Mr Elwood said.
“We’ve even removed flood debris from tree canopies at least eight metres from the ground showing how high the flood water reached.
“The heavy rain also resulted in many fallen trees in the park which have been cleared.
“With the warmer weather fast approaching we are pleased to re-open this site.”
The car park, internal access tracks and amenities were also damaged in the storm.
“The damage generated a safety risk which is why the park was closed to allow for clean-up work to be carried out,” Mr Elwood said.
“The recorded flood water was the highest flood level known by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in the past 25 years in the park.
“Flood water peaked at least two metres over the Bents Basin Road car park.
“The road was under water and impassable between the Bents Basin office and the campground and between the campground and Durrawi Picnic Area.”
Mr Elwood said the recreational area was perfect for relaxed picnics or walks in the stunning native bushland setting and it was close to a great campsite and picnic facilities.
For more information on getting there, visit: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/Bents-Basin-campground