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Broughton Island campground

Myall Lakes National Park

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Broughton Island campground 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
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water, food supplies
Entry fees

No park entry fees apply at this campground. See vehicle fees for other areas in Myall Lakes National Park.

Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in after 11am. Check out before 11am.
  • Sites are marked
  • Broughton Island is only accessible by boat
  • Weather and sea conditions can change rapidly and may delay your departure from the island. Please be prepared with adequate food supplies.
  • Mobile phone coverage is intermittent and unreliable
  • If travelling to the island by private vessel, campers are encouraged to register their movements with Marine Rescue Port Stephens, (02) 4981 3585.

Camping on Broughton Island is a truly special experience. Located in Myall Lakes National Park, 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


  • Aerial view of 4 people on a walking track on Broughton Island, Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: John Spencer © DPIE

    Broughton Island walking tracks

    Broughton Island walking tracks are a great way for nature lovers to explore this remote island, accessible by boat from Port Stephens. Follow this family-friendly network of walking tracks to wild beaches and stunning lookouts.

Conservation program:

Gould's petrel conservation project

The Gould's petrel is Australia's rarest endemic seabird, with over 95 percent of the species breeding on the islands around Port Stephens. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is working with the Saving our Species conservation program and partners to reverse the decline in population numbers by restoring habitat to encourage a strong breeding colony.

An adult Gould's petrel sits on leaf litter on the ground at Cabbage Tree Island. Photo: Nicolas Carlile © DCCEEW


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.


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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 machines at Mungo Brush campground. Day passes are also available from the Manning Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre and the Hawks Nest Newsagency. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Bombah Point ferry fees may also apply (cash payment only).

    Buy annual pass
See more visitor info