The Bents Basin
This is the Bents Basin, a deep waterhole that forms part of a gorge on the Nepean River between Camden and Penrith in New South Wales. It has a good picnic grounds, a parking area and a function building for wedding, birthday celebration, family event and many more. Bents Basin is also a perfect place for swimming, canoeing and fishing.
The river’s upstream
We visited this place in November 2012 and we saw some people having a nice day in one of the picnic area close to the river, a man swimming and another man canoeing up the river. I had several photos taken here and right upstream which was almost covered with huge rocks. The bush surrounding it is so thick yet created a fine habitat for wild birds and animals. It’s a serene place, a place to enjoy nature and relax. Some of my friends celebrated their Christmas Eve celebration here during that year.
The picnic grounds
They say that the site caters for caravan and camping but we didn’t see any campers when we came here. All we saw was, a family event taking place at the function building.
Local sketch of the area.
The Cataract Dam, New South Wales
We were ecstatic when we saw this dam, old yet huge, strong and picturesque and my first time to see a dam such as this one, a 56 metre high holding water from a 130 square kilometer catchment forming an 850 hectarelake with a capacity of 94,300 megalitres which was built and completed in 1907.
The Cataract Dam is the first and oldest of the great dams of the Upper Nepean River, tamed to provide water for the growing population of Sydney.
The dam wall itself is actually of primitive construction (monolithic sandstone blocks blasted out of the surrounding cliffs) combined with then modern concrete technology for the facings. Primitive as it is but attractive and now often visited by people and because of its popularity, it was then provided with sufficient picnic facilities.
A closer view of the Dam
At the picnic grounds are over 30 barbecue areas; 40 tables with benches; 3 undercover areas with BBQs, tables, hot and cold water for up to 40 people each; 3 clean and modern toilet blocks (paper supplied!) plus disabled facilities; a modern children’s playground; heaps of garbage and recycling points; and acres of lawns for the kids to play on.
We were here summer time two years ago with some friends after our visit to the Bulli beach not far from here.