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Broughton Island walking tracks

Myall Lakes National Park

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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.

No wheelchair access
2km return
Time suggested
Grade 3
What to
Drinking water, snacks, clothes for all weather conditions, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, raincoat
Please note
  • You can only reach Broughton Island by boat.
  • There is very little shade on the island. Come prepared with plenty of water, food and sun/wind protection.
  • Weather and sea conditions on the island can change rapidly. Severe weather may delay your departure from the island.
  • Please use the boot-washing stations. This helps stop the spread of weeds and disease that can harm the native plants and animals on the island.
  • Stay on walking tracks and follow track signs. Be careful around unstable cliff edges.

These short and easy walking tracks are easily reached from the sparkling waters of Esmerelda Cove, where most visitors land. If you’ve got a campground booking, head north-east for 250m along the track to reach your campsite. 

If photography is your thing, head west from Esmerelda Cove and follow the track for 300m to Coal Shaft Bay lookout for spectacular views of pristine beaches and cliffs. Though you can still glimpse the mainland, you’ll feel a million miles away. 

Esmerelda Cove is a delightful swimming spot, but if you’d like to enjoy a day at an even more remote beach, take a picnic lunch and walk north for 500m. In just 5 minutes you’ll be digging your toes into the glistening white sands of Providence Beach.

Remember to keep your eyes wide open for wildlife as you explore Broughton Island walking tracks. The island is paradise for birdwatchers, with its active seabird colony. Spring through autumn are great seasons to see little penguins and wedge tailed shearwaters, also known as muttonbirds. The island is also a wonderful whale watching spot during winter months, and dolphins can be seen year-round.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info



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  • 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
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