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Broughton Island campground

Myall Lakes National Park


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Little Poverty Beach campground on Broughton Island is the only place in NSW where you can camp among an active seabird colony.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 5
Camping type Tent, Remote/backpack camping
Facilities Toilets
Please note
  • This is a popular campground. Reservations can be made for any arrival within the next 12 months. Find out more about our terms and conditions, and review frequently asked questions about staying in national parks.
  • Check in after 11am. Check out before 11am.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Marine Rescue Port Stephens can be contacted on (02) 4981 3585, or visit Marine Rescue NSW for more information.
  • Please see visitor info for more information
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • A minimum daily rate applies, which includes the first 2 occupants.
Entry fees

Park entry fees are not included in your camping fees.

Bookings Use a secure payment gateway to book online. Alternatively, please contact National Parks Contact Centre on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757). All reservations incur an additional 2.5% booking fee. Sites may only be occupied by the number of people specified in the reservation.
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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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

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Operated by

  • Nelson Bay
  • 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
  • (02) 4984 8200
  • (02) 4981 5918
  • Level 1, 12B Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW

Park info

  • in Myall Lakes National Park in the North Coast region
  • Myall Lakes National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has coin/card operated pay and display machines at Mungo Brush campground.

    NPWS visitor service officers regularly visit camping areas to collect fees from campers and sell annual passes. Day passes and annual passes also available from the Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens Visitor Information Centres, and other local outlets.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Great Lakes (Pacific Palms)
      (02) 6591 0300
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
    • "The Ruins" Camping Ground, Booti Booti National Park, The Lakes Way, Pacific Palms NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6554 0489
    • Nelson Bay
      (02) 4984 8200
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Level 1, 12B Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4981 5918
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Broughton Island Campground, Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: John Spencer