Sun is setting behind the hills with Kayaks in the front of the scene on there way to Port Stephens Broughton Island

Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island

KAYAK PORT STEPHENS, BROUGHTON ISLAND

The adventure begins the moment we board the bus for the world-renowned Myall Lakes National Park with its island paradise


LENGTH

2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

WINTER ,WHALES

ONLY $499 TOTAL

LOCATION

PORT STEPHENS

SUMMER , SNORKELLING

ONLY $380 Total

SUITABLE FOR:

15 yr old min

EXPLORE ALL YEAR

inc TRANSFERS


WHY WE ARE UNIQUE

No other company is offering people the opportunity to kayak and camp on Broughton Island.


Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island, is the only island on the NSW coast where camping is encouraged.

Walking Rivers has tailored a two-day kayak and camping experience on the island designed to give anyone the perfect getaway experience.

Kayaking, discovering the wildlife, snorkelling & camping are just some of the fantastic activities you can do on the island.

Key points why are we different

  • Comprehensive training included
  • All kayaks and equipment included
  • All camp equipment included
  • Delicious food included
  • Transfers to the National Park included

WHY WE LOVE TO KAYAK PORT STEPHENS, BROUGHTON ISLAND

Our Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island experience is one of our most outstanding adventures, and it’s for a good reason.

The 148-acre island is part of the Myall Lakes National Park. A large variety of wildlife lives both on the island and in the waters around it. We camp amongst an active seabird colony of wedge-tailed shearwaters.

Being only a couple of hours drive north of a major city, Newcastle NSW also adds to the appeal of the port Stephens Broughton island experience.

Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with humpback whales in the migration season
The island offers a sense of tranquillity and isolation that can be difficult to achieve on the mainland.

Key points why we love our Island

  • The abundant and varied wildlife
  • A challenging, rewarding environment
  • Not too physically demanding
  • Very few people kayak to the island
  • Outstanding views of the mainland

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS

There are so many highlights about a kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island adventure its hard to know where to begin, but i will try.

Firstly, there is the opportunity to hike up the Ninety-meter high headland of Esmeralda Cove.Once you reach the top, the views are just breathtaking.

You will be able to look out over Little Broughton island, Australia will fall away from you both to the North and the South. Additionally, you will be looking down on a cutting that runs through the island known as the Looking Glass.

Secondly, you will be able to swim and snorkel in the cutting, a place that all manner of underwater creatures calls home. Including Grey Nurse Sharks, giant rays, wobbegong sharks and a myriad of different species of fish.

Thirdly, sitting in Esmeralda cove at night with the surf gently breaking on the pristine sandy beach, sharing stories from the days paddling as well as curling up in your tent will leave you feeling like you are in another world.

Additionally, with all of Walking Rivers experiences for people with a penchant for photography, the opportunities are everywhere.

Finally, a leisurely Kayak around the shores of the island can also reveal more of the secrets of the island.

Key points, activity highlights

  • Explore the islands many outstanding viewpoints
  • Snorkel and swim in pristine clear waters
  • Camp next to a seabird colonies nesting grounds
  • View a new perspective of the mainland
  • See amazing stars unhindered by city light pollution

MORE ABOUT THE WILDLIFE

The Port Stephens coastal region is famous for providing access for people to be able to get up and personal with both Whales and Dolphins.

Depending on the time of year you choose to book your island experience can have an influence on which sea life you may encounter. Between May through to November is whale watching time and dolphins are around in the warmer months of November through to April.

The Broughton Island experience offers some of the best opportunities for viewing and paddling with these creatures available anywhere.

KAYAKING WITH DOLPHINS & WHALES

Paddling silently along in a kayak enables you to watch the Dolphins and Whales swimming from the same level as them. Seeing them this way makes for a truly memorable and unique experience.

With whales, you will often be close enough to see the water part as these gentle giants of the deep rise to the surface to take a breath. Sometimes being close enough that you will see the spout of water they blow out turn to mist against the island backdrop.Its guaranteed to get your heart pumping with excitement and bring squeals of joy to from your mouth.

As with all creatures in nature, there is never a guarantee of seeing them. However, the chances are better than 90% of viewing both whales and dolphins during the right seasons.

Broughton Island will provide you with memories and dinner party conversations that will last a lifetime.

Key points, about the wildlife

  • Get up close and personal with:
  • Dolphins (anytime)
  • Whales (winter months only)
  • Turtles (anytime)
  • Wobbiegong Sharks (anytime)

GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN

Firstly, we start our journey from our home base in Newcastle, travel North on the Pacific highway eventually turning off towards to the Myall Lakes National Park (approximately two hours).

Our bus can pick people up at one of our designated meeting places along the way and return you to the same spot. We are as flexible as possible with our pickups to try and make it easy for you. Talk to us on an individual basis to arrange your pickup point.

Of course, we will bring you back to your pick up location when your adventure ends.

The island lies approximately fourteen kilometres northeast of Port Stephens and about three kilometres offshore. Or roughly an hours Paddle from our launch point.

Note: Paddling can be longer depending on weather and launch location.

We have had a range of age groups complete Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island tour. Although initially many people are hesitant fearing the unknown about a paddle offshore.
The guides have years of offshore experience, and additionally, we only go in ideal weather conditions.
There is nothing to be fearful of the worst that has ever happened is people have got wet.

Key points, about getting there

  • Its only 1.5 hours paddle to the island
  • Paddling in the sea is a whole different experience
  • It feels like you are arriving at a unique destination
  • Very few people kayak and camp on an island
  • View the mainland from a new perspective.

BROUGHTON ISLAND CAMPSITE

Camping on Broughton Island is a privilege and it is strictly controlled by NSW National Parks.

Firstly, the main restriction is numbers of people at any one time. Secondly, where we can camp is the other restricted item.

Our tents are pitched on man made wooden platforms overlooking the beach, in the fabulous Esmeralda Cove. Right in the heart of the Island.

The camping platforms are complete with a toilet block ,which is nice as many of our journeys do not have any facilities.

Key points, about our camping

  • Sheltered timber platforms
  • Toilet facilities
  • A unique experience
  • Isolated but not too remote
  • Outstanding views the Cove

ABOUT THE FOOD

Primarily all our food is vegetarian or similar, the reason for this is simple ,we have no refrigeration. Don’t let this put you off though , we specialise in cooking food in remote areas that tastes outstanding.

No one has ever complained about our food.

When possible we use locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from our nearby farmer’s markets.

Additionally, we like to top our delicious meals of with some camp style baking.

Furthermore, we also provide 24-hour snacks just in case you get a hungry for something late at night. It is a Walking Rivers policy you will never go hungry, even after a day’s paddle in the fresh air.

Key points, about the food

  • Included in the price
  • Plenty to eat
  • Cooked in the camp setting
  • 24-hour snacks and fruit
  • Diverse menu


ABOUT YOU

If you are at all apprehensive about your abilities to undertake something like the Port Stephens Broughton Island Kayak Adventure, please remember our experienced guides will train you in the skills needed to paddle the Kayaks with ease.All you need is to be moderately fit and have a yearning for some safe and controlled adventure.

Going on a fully guided adventure is very different to going it alone. Being conducted by professional, trained, qualified people allows us to go to many places that would be unthinkable on our own. Additionally, we consider you to be part of a team overcoming all the challenges our journeys throws at us.

Walking Rivers has comprehensive risk management and contingency plans in place as well safety procedures that ensure you will be free to not worry about anything too much other than having fun.


WE INCLUDE

  • Professional guiding service
  • All kayaking equipment 
  • Meals on arrival at camp  (four total included)
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camping equipment including tents, thick Therm-a-rest mattresses
  • National Park Fees

WE DON’T INCLUDE

  • Accommodation before or after the kayaking portion of your trip;
  • Flights, airport transfers, ferries, taxis
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Alcoholic or carbonated beverages
  • Personal items (toiletries, clothing, etc.)
  • Sleeping bag liner

Let us know if you are you are bringing any of your own camping equipment. After checking the list of what to bring lets us know if you have any questions about anything relating to gear.

PLEASE CONTACT US HERE

ITINERARY

Our adventure begins the moment we climb on board the bus bound for our Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island Adventure . Relax and enjoy the journey as we whisk you along the highway to firstly, morning tea in Hawks Nest & then secondly onto the Myall Lakes National Park. 

PRE TRIP MEETING

WHEN

Approximately one week before leaving

HOW

We endeavour to telephone or Skype every person who has booked the Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island Adventure with us. After the introductions, your guide will tell you about the logistics of the journey and any other relevant details.

The call also gives us a chance to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your adventure.
Additionally, we will confirm the exact departure time and location, for each person or to alert you if there are have been any last minute changes.

DEPARTURE DAY

You will be a member of a team partaking in an adventure experience from the moment we meet at our bus departure point.

Our Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island Tour is the most favorable weather dependant tour we have. It can mean sometimes getting away very early on our first day, to fit into a narrow weather window. You will be advised the night before departure of our exact departure time.

Initially, if you are departing with us from Newcastle, our first one and half hours are spent highway driving up to our first turn off into Tea Gardens the gateway to the southern end of the Myall Lakes National Park.
On arriving at our destination, a lakeside camping area situated between the lakes and the ocean, we unload the kayaks, our gear and say goodbye to the bus.

GETTING READY TO PADDLE

Its now time to get out on to the water and get comfortable with the kayaks and how they behave.
However, before we get in the boats, we will do some onshore training just to make sure everyone is on the same page.

We will start be covering the following strokes:

  • forward stroke
  • reverse stroke
  • Sweep strokes
  • Draw stroke

Its a great chance for some revision for the more experienced paddlers and for the new kayakers they will quickly see how easy kayaking is.

Don’t worry too much if you can’t get these strokes one of the guides can always give you a tow.

Next task will be to pack all our gear into the Kayaks getting ready to leave for our campsite on the island roughly 2 hours paddling away.

Before heading off, we will have a bit more instruction about:

  • Self-rescue techniques
  • Equipment Demonstration
  • Group management
  • Safety procedures

Wow!!! Fully armed with all our new kayaking knowledge and everyone on the same page it should be an excellent paddle out to our island paradise.

Before we go ashore onto the island and set up camp, we will spend some time paddling around exploring the shoreline.

CAMP IN STYLE

Eventually, it will be time for us to go ashore at a place called Esmeralda cove and settle into getting our campsite functional.

After setting up the campsite, there will be some free time for people to relax and enjoy the ambiance of camping in such an outstanding location.

Dinner time will see us tucking into a sumptuous feast, then sitting under the stars re-living the days highlights.

For those people that are tired, bed is going to be very welcome at whatever time you wish.

SECOND DAY IN PARADISE

Rise and shine ready for another very exciting day.

Firstly we have a hearty breakfast. After which we head off for an island discovery walk which includes climbing up to the highest point for a look at the stunning views and learning about the native animals that reside on the island.

Don’t worry we also will have plenty of time for those who like to go snorkeling among the island unique gutters and caves to see the outstanding sealife.

Finally, it will be time to pack everything up, load the Kayaks and then set off on the return paddle to the mainland and then back onto the bus and home.

IMPORTANT:

Our approximate return time to Newcastle is between 5 -7 pm, however, due to the number of variables in wilderness travel we recommend that you don’t plan any critical appointments that rely on us being back at this time. Fixed times and dates can cause unnecessarily stressful complications should our return be delayed by something out of our control. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your travel plans in more detail. We can pick you up or drop you off at the Airport or from your house.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

We want you to have a great time on the Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island Adventure. Have more questions, call +61 438563307 or email info@walkingrivers.com


No, you don’t. Everyone can enjoy our kayaking experiences. We provide training as part of your trip and a full safety briefing every day. Any of our qualified guides will be happy to give you any extra personal instruction you may require.

All watersports are thrilling, exciting, wet, wild and an enormous amount of fun. However, as in all adventure sports, there is an inherent risk involved. That uncertainty contributes to the excitement and is one of the reasons people love it so much. However it needs to be said there is a risk, and you must accept that risk when you elect to participate.

Single person crossover Kayaks. Our Kayaks are designed for touring ; they make good time on all types of waters . Additionally, they are easy to paddle, safe and can carry a lot of gear.

We have tried to make out tour dates coincide with the best times of the year. We do paddle to Broughton island in winter to see the whales . Its our coldest trip but worth it.

Unfortunately for this trip, the answer is a definite yes you do. However you don’t need you to be an Olympic swimmer. Ideally we would like you to at least be capable of swimming 25 meters in some fashion. Breaststroke, doggy paddle, freestyle anything it doesn’t matter. You need to be comfortable in the water as there is a good chance at some point you will tip the boat over. When this happens, you may have your face under the water for a few seconds even though you will be wearing a PFD (personal floatation device). We will train you what to do if this happens so don’t worry.

While height is not an issue being considerably overweight may be. We do not allow people to Kayak that are over 120Kgs on whitewater for others this is an adventure activity and as such a medium level of fitness and agility is required. You will need to be able to paddle for approx six hours a day, scramble up the sandy bank in addition to climbing over rocks and being very active. If you have concerns, please contact us directly

No problem, we cater for vegetarians every day.Some of our guides are vegetarian. Before all of our multi-day trips, there is a pre-trip questionnaire covering medical and dietary requirements.Please call our office +61 438563307  if you have any concerns you would like to discuss further.

Our Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island Adventure is an adventure journey, so we do like people to have some fitness level as well as good health. You need to be reasonably agile and capable of climbing over rocks. Its ok not to be paddling fit as the river is flowing downstream and the boats will drift downstream even without paddling.More important is an adventurous spirit and a willingness to have a go.

Everyone who is participating in one of our multi-day trips
will be asked to complete our medical questionnaire. Very few medical conditions will prevent you from taking part.
Our guides do need to be informed however in case something goes wrong and you need their assistance.
Bring two sets of medications one as a spare that the guide will carry for you just in case you lose yours. We will be a long way from outside assistance, so we need to take every precaution possible to be self-sufficient.
Pregnant women are not able to participate as the risk is too high.

Yes, you can. However, we do recommend a sports strap or tie. Because of the nature of the adventure, we can’t guarantee the safety of your glasses. If they are vital to your vision, then we recommend bringing a spare pair with you. Two pairs of sunglasses are also recommended as the glare of the river can be quite blinding without them.

Yes, however waterproof or throwaway cameras are best. Also if you are bringing big cameras think about battery life as charging can often be difficult. There is a risk your pride and joy camera may get wet or damaged. Our guides have waterproof cameras that take reasonable good quality photos. We are happy to give you a dropbox link to the pictures at the end of the trip.

Tipping is not part of Australian culture. If you would like to show your appreciation, we would be more than happy with a good review on our website, or trip advisor.

Yes, please contact us on 0438563307 for information on group discounts.

Walking Rivers  P/L  caters to all ages of adventurers. Although we do prefer a minimum of 12 years for our multi-day tours, we like to assess each case individually. Family tours are available for younger children, and those concerned with being in ‘their older years’ are welcomed to contact us to discuss their physical abilities

WHAT YOU NEED TO PACK

On the kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island adventure, we will be packing everything we need into our kayaks. We are restricted to only bringing what can fit into a kayak.


You will need to bring two bags:

1. your bus bag, a small backpack or similar
2. your general gear bag, these items will be packed into the rear of the bus .

Please remember the saying        “when kayaking less is more”


Travelling on the bus

Your bus bag only needs to fit items you may wish to have with you while we are traveling.
For traveling, wear anything you feel comfortable in.

We do stop for toilet breaks  and also from time to time and if we are passing through a town we might have a coffee break. This is usually done by consensus.

Items for consideration in your bus bag

A small backpack sitting on the grass showing size of bag needed for bus tour to Barrington River Kayak tour
SMALL BUS BAG
  • water bottle
  • snacks
  • lollies
  • book to read
  • sunglasses
  • reading glasses
  • travel pillow
  • travel rug
  • clean underwear
  • change of clothes to wear home

These below items should be in your general gear bag.

You will paddle wearing the items below.Our priority is protection from the sun it can be brutal in the middle of the day.

Small bottle of Sunscreen

Pay particular attention to face, neck, under chin, ears, backs of hands.

Hat

Ideally should be broad-brimmed and wind resistant. An excellent choice is a safari type of hat that covers your neck area. Remember we are paddling whitewater and must wear head protection, so your hat needs to allow for a helmet to go over the top of it.

Sunglasses

Should be attached to a strap. We recommend taking a spare pair.

Short Sleeved Shirt

Over a thermal top. Both shirt and thermal top material need to be the quick-drying synthetic material such as polypropylene/polyester fleece or blend. DO NOT WEAR COTTON.

T-shirts and jeans etc. are not suitable clothing for Kayaking.

For people with more money a long sleeved Rash shirt is ideal.

Long synthetic thermals

 A pair of shorts over the top of synthetic thermals are ideal for your legs.

Footwear

Kayakers should always wear shoes with sturdy grippy soles, toe protection, and a secure fastening system.Enclosed footwear can also assist with sun protection.
Genuine Dunlop volleys are a great option.
Avoid sandals and wetsuit boots, as they do not provide sufficient support when moving around on wet rocks;

Rain Considerations.

We recommend at the very least pack a lightweight spray jacket with hood.
It can be preferable to have a waterproof and breathable material like Gortex. Other options include paddling specific apparel such as dry tops.

Warmth considerations.

In cold conditions avoid apparel made from cotton. Cotton insulates using open air pockets in between the fibers. When cotton gets wet, these pockets fill with water, and the garment loses its insulating properties.
Fabrics such as wool, nylon, and polypropylene insulate with closed air pockets inside the fibers. Garments made from these materials will hold some of their insulating properties when wet.
Consider a Fibre pile/fleece jumper if cold weather is forecast.

Medication – please ensure

1) The name and expiry date of drug is on the container;
2) You have the detailed instructions for your dosage and frequency; 
3) Packed in a waterproof bag; i.e., sandwich bag or similar
4) Pack a full spare prescription in a separate container.

Your guide will carry this in case you misplace or lose yours. Lousy weather can also cause delays so having additional means you are safe.
If you are flying, please pack all necessary medication in your carry-on luggage. It helps eliminate some stress should your checked bags be misplaced in transit.

Water bottle.

One litre Nalgene bottles are superior to all others for kayaking.

Waterproof camera

Lightweight waterproof digital cameras (can be attached inside your life jacket with a lanyard);
GoPro or similar waterproof action cameras can produce excellent footage however they are savage on batteries. Consider how you will charge or bring
spare batteries and memory cards.

WHAT TO BRING FOR CAMPING

Because we are only away for one night do not need to bring a lot. Below is a list to prompt you in what you may wish to bring.

Snacks

We do supply snacks but if you have some favorites then bring them with you

Head Torch

A small hand-held torch will suffice but it is much better to get a head torch so as to be able to free your hands up for tasks. A good Head torch also allows you to read in bed at night if you wish.

Extra thermals

One set of synthetic thermals (we keep dry) for wearing in camp or sleeping in if it gets cold. You will not need any more clothes.

Underwear

We will let you decide how much of these you need.

Sleeping bag Liner

We are supplying down  sleeping bags, that we have tested and know they are both comfortable and they fit into the Kayaks. All we ask you to bring is your own liner. If you are really susceptable to cold a great liner is the sea to summitt fleece one. Our bags are comfortable down to zero degrees celsius.

If you would prefer your own sleeping bag we  recommend getting the smallest one you can that suits your temperature range . Big cheap K mart type bags will not fit into the Kayaks. Please ask us if you are unsure.

Inflatable pillow

A pillow is always nice but for the diehards who don’t mind roughing it you can always stuff your jacket and spare thermals into a dry bag and use it as a pillow.

Swimmers

Often people just swim in their paddling clothes. Either way is successful.

Footwear around camp

Thongs or sandals for walking around camp work well and don’t take up much space in the Kayak

Toiletries

Minimal soap, toothpaste, and toothbrush, dental floss, feminine hygiene products.
Small comb/hairbrush, 2 disposable plastic razor.

Optional items for consideration

  • Beanie
  • Gloves either neoprene or fingerless sailing type
  • Insect repellant small roll on
  • Book to read
  • Reading glasses
  • Binoculars
  • Down jacket
  • Travel boardgames
  • Cards

Please avoid wearing jewelry on the water.

We would just feel bad if you lost something precious to you. Leaving it at home is the safest place for it to be.

Beverages

We supply a range of teas and coffee as well as juices. You are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages. Please note however that we do expect our guests to consume alcoholic beverages responsibly and strictly enforce a no alcohol on the water policy.

Smoking

It is against the law in Australia to smoke in National Parks. If you are a smoker, please consider nicotine patches as an alternative solution for the time you are on the river.

Leave no trace

Everything we take into the National Park we must take out. Including toilet waste. Don’t worry we have a system for dealing with everything. Your guides will go through it all with you when we are in camp on the first day.

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The images you see below have all been taken during a Kayak Port Stephens Broughton Island trip