Broughton Island is a Must-visit Island in NSW

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No, it's not an island in the Mediterranean; it's the picturesque Broughton Island right here in NSW!

Broughton Island offers tranquil azure waters akin to those found in the Greek or Mediterranean Islands, and you don't have to hop on a plane to get there; you just need to hop in the car!

Broughton Island: A Mediterranean Escape in NSW

Broughton Island
Broughton Island

Broughton Island is part of the absolutely stunning Myall Lakes National Park along the Barrington Coast and is only a few hours from Port Stephens. So if you're planning on heading north of Sydney for a beach holiday or camping holiday, add Broughton Island to your list.

Blissful Barrington Coast

Barrington Coast
Add four-wheel-driving along the Barrington Coast to your family holiday itinerary.

The Barrington Coast is probably one of those stunning holiday destinations you've seen in pictures but never realised just how close it is to your doorstep.

The Barrington Coast is on the lower mid-north coast of NSW and encompasses the Great Lakes, Manning Valley, Gloucester, and Barrington Tops plateau totalling 10,053 square kilometres. Camping, fishing, four-wheel-driving, snorkelling, island holidays, mountains, quaint beach towns... it's all yours for the taking when visiting the Barrington Coast. 

And now for the bad news: Broughton Island is only accessible by boat, so if you're looking for a holiday base, Port Stephens is a good pick. How far is Broughton Island from Port Stephens? Port Stephens is the closest holiday town to the island and is roughly 14 kilometres northeast of Port Stephens.

There is plenty of accommodation at Port Stephens to take your fancy, and you can visit Broughton Island for the day on a Broughton Island National Park Full-Day Cruise

Getting to Broughton Island

Broughton Island
No cars allowed! Broughton Island is only accessible by boat.

By boat! Getting to Broughton Island is done by boat from the Nelson Bay Marina.

There are a number of guided tours and transport operators that run throughout the year, but it's essential to book ahead as schedules vary.

If you're planning on using your own boat to get to the island, make sure you register your marina movements with Marine Rescue Port Stephens beforehand. 

Broughton Island Accommodation

Broughton island campground
An off-the-grid family holiday in NSW is on offer at Broughton Island Campground.

If you think you won't be able to tear yourself away from beautiful Broughton Island, get right back to nature and stay the night at the Broughton Island campground.

This campground is very basic and only has five campsites, so booking ahead is essential. Staying at the Broughton Island Campground is really all about getting back to basics and making the most of the stunning location, as there is no power, no water, and non-flush toilets available at the Broughton Island Campground

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