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Broughton Island campground

“Broughton Island is a scuba diver’s paradise – on our last camping trip we saw hundreds of fish and even some grey nurse sharks.”

Camping at Little Poverty Beach is a truly special experience. Located on Broughton Island, you'll be camping amongst an active seabird colony- it’s a key breeding site for wedge-tailed shearwaters.

There are plenty of opportunities for water activities, including swimming, fishing, boating, snorkelling and scuba diving. You’ll find sandy beaches within Esmeralda Cove.

With only five campsites, you’ll feel like you own the island. The campground is fairly basic, so you’ll have to bring all your equipment and supplies with you, including water. You must book and pre-pay for a campsite prior to arriving at the island.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Little Poverty Beach, Broughton Island, is part of Myall Lakes National Park. Access is by vessel only. If travelling by private vessel, you'll need to register your movements with Marine Rescue Port Stephens on marine radio prior to travel, or you can organise transport with a tour operator. Please be advised that tour operator schedules and prices vary, so it’s recommended that you contact the tour operator before booking your campsite to ensure that ferry times and costs suit your requirements.

Guided tours and ferry services run to the island by the following tour operators:

Important info

Number of campsites:

5

Types of camping:

Remote/backpack camping

Facilities:

Non-flush toilets

You should know:

  • Reservations can be made for any arrival within the next 12 months, review frequently asked questions about staying in national parks.
  • There are three timber camping platforms and two grassy sites – you can select which site you’d like when booking.
  • If you decide to camp on a timber platform, bring some extra rope to assist in securing tents to anchor points.
  • All sites are unpowered.
  • The site must only be occupied by the number of people specified in the reservation confirmation (maximum of 6).
  • Water is not available at this campground, so you’ll need to bring your own water for drinking and cooking.
  • Wood, solid fuel fires, generators and fireworks are not permitted.
  • There is no shade on the island.
  • Access is by vessel only. If travelling by private vessel, you'll need to register your movements with Marine Rescue Port Stephens on marine radio prior to travel, or you can organise transport with a tour operator.
  • This is a remote campground, campers need to be self-sufficient and be prepared for rapidly changing weather and sea conditions. Be prepared by bringing additional supplies in the event severe weather conditions delay your departure.
  • Mobile phone coverage is intermittent and unreliable.
  • Check-in time 11am, check-out time 11am
  • Campers are required to take all rubbish with them on departure.
  • NSW National Parks are now no smoking areas
  • Pets are not permitted
  • Marine Rescue Port Stephens can be contacted on (02) 4981 3585, or visit Marine Rescue NSW for more information.
  • Before your visit download this handy boating map of the island
  • For information on fishing regulations download the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park user guide

Fees:

Camping fees: All campsites – Site fee: $30 per night (2-person inclusive), $10 per night per additional adult (16 years+), $5 per night per additional child (5-15 years), infants free (0-4 years).

Book online now:

Use a secure payment gateway to book now.

Alternatively contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to make a booking.

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contacts:

Nelson Bay, Phone: 02 4984 8200

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Broughton Island Campground, Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: John Spencer