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Broughton Island campground

Myall Lakes National Park

Overview

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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 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.
  • 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.
Price

Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.

Entry fees Park entry fees apply
Bookings

Use a secure payment gateway to book online. Alternatively contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to make a booking. All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

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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:

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken
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Operated by

  • Nelson Bay
  • 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
  • (02) 4984 8200
  • (02) 4981 5913
  • 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:

    $7 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines at Mungo Brush and Violet Hill.

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