Broughton Island Freediving & Camping Adventure
($200 non-refundable deposit)
1 Night, 2 freediving days
Freediving and camping on Broughton Island is a truly special experience. Located in Myall Lakes National Park, just 90min boat ride from Port Stephens, we’ll be freediving for 2 days and camping for 1 night amongst an active seabird colony. You must be a confident freediver and used to camping to participate in this adventure.
One of the highlights of the trip is freediving the Looking Glass crack – it’s a crack through the island, which extends above the water for the most part. The depth comes up from 26m to 12-18m. There is an amazing swim-through inside the cave. Grey nurse sharks are often spotted here.
With only six divers and 5 campsites on the island, we’ll feel like we own the island.
DATES: Thu 3. December – Fri 4. December (camping) / Sun 6. December (day trip) / Feb 20 – Feb 21 (camping)
You should be a certified freediver to join this trip. Alternatively, if you’ve attended Apnea Australia Stage A Course and couldn’t complete your certification on the course, this is an excellent opportunity to get it done. Keep in mind that this is not a freediving course so you should know all the safety and you should be a confident 15m+ diver.
- Chartered boat transfer from Port Stephens to Broughton Island and back
- Boat hire to freedive Broughton Island for 4-5 hours each day
- 1night camping on the island (BYO camping equipment)
- 2 freediving buoys
- 1 freediving instructor
- Food & water for 2 days or 1 day depending on the trip
You must have your own freediving equipment
You must have your own camping gear (tent, mattress, sleeping bag) for the overnight trip.
You’ve attended a Freediving Course and are a confident 15m+ diver
In case of bad weather / dangerous ocean conditions, we’ll reschedule the trip
I can only take 5 freedivers so participation is by invitation. Please complete this questionnaire if you’re interested: https://forms.gle/1YPUgc47BZkbQ5fo9
Overnight trip: $690 ($200 non-refundable deposit)
Includes: boat hire for 2 days, national park fee, camping on the island for 1 night, lunch, snacks and dinner on day one, breakfast and lunch on day 2
Day trip: $300 ($80 non-refundable deposit)
Includes: boat hire for 1 day, freediving all day, lunch, snacks
Does not include: travel expenses to Port Stephens, freediving gear hire, camping gear hire
Broughton Island is an island 14 km north-east of Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the Myall Lakes National Park.(map)HistoryArchaeology indicates that the Worimi people inhabited the island for at least 2,000 years, but their name for it does not seem to have been recorded. It lay within the territory of the Garrawerrigal branch (nurra) of the Woromi. “Garrawerrigal” meant “the people of the sea”, from garoowa=sea. Niritba was “the home of the mutton bird” in their language.Broughton Island was seen by James Cook commanding HM Bark Endeavour on 11 May 1770: he mistook it for a headland and called it Black Head. After its insularity was discovered, it was renamed Broughton Islands, and so appears on the 1852 Admiralty chart, Australia, East Coast. Broken Bay to Sugarloaf Point, from a running survey by Captn. J. Lort Stokes, H.M.S. Acheron, 1851. Providence Bay also appears for the first time on this chart.Nearby Port Stephens was surveyed by Commander William Broughton in HMS Providence in August 1795. Stokes appears to have named the island and bay after Broughton and his ship, perhaps on the advice of his friend, Phillip Parker King, who was then residing at Tahlee in Port Stephens and had surveyed the coast in a private capacity.