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Visitor information

1 Wetlands Place, Shortland 2307

Because there is always something to see and do at Hunter Wetlands Centre we’re open  7 days. 

Our opening hours are:

Open 7 days 9am - 4pm (CLOSED on AUSTRALIA DAY, Friday 26 January)

Closed in shoes hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly recommended. Some activites including canoeing require closed in shoes to be worn.

Spoonbill Cafe

Open  7 days 10am - 2pm - CLICK HERE for more information  Closed on Australia Day

On site is the National Parks and Wildlife Office where annual passes can be obtained.

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HWCA is a not-for-profit, self-funded  community owned and operated organisation.  Your entry fees are essential to help maintain this remarkable wetland haven for both wildlife and people

HWCA Membership
Free entry from 1st April to 31st March
Free entry for any school aged children or grandchildren with accompanying member
Voting rights at the AGM
Membership newsletter and invitations to special events


All tickets (children over 5)


School Holiday Special - Children 5 - 12yrs


Pre-schoolers 3 - 5yrs  (under 3yrs FREE)


Family (2 adults + 2 children 12)


Group entry (minimum 10 people)

$4.00 per person

Essential Carers assisting disabled visitors (must present carers card)


Canoe Hire *

Canoe Hire is available from 9.30 am to 1.30pm. There are times canoe hire is unavailable due to low tides. Please check with reception.

2 HOURS HIRE             $10 per person + entry
                                      $3   per non-paddling child                    

  * Please wear sturdy closed in shoes and a hat.


When you visit Hunter Wetlands Centre you’ll be amazed at how much there is to do and see. There are many activities on offer to help you discover the magic of wetlands…..and most of them are free!  Here’s our top ten to start you off….

  • Walking/Bike Trails 
  • Dipnetting
  • Wildlife
  • Self-guided/Guided Ecotours
  • Feeding Talks
  • Discovery Zone & Playground
  • Orienteering
  • Picnics and BBQs
  • Giftshop & Spoonbill cafe


The centre has a number of accessibility features for the mobilty impaired including: 

  • free car parking
  • sealed diability parking and set down zone
  • lift to ground level from visitor centre
  • wheelchair ramp access from the carpark
  • wheelchair accessible toilets
  • hard-surfaced compacted gravel paths
  • mown grass paths
  • ramp access to meeting room
  • hearing and guide dogs are welcome by prior arrangement. 

Terms of entry

Hunter Wetlands is home to many native mammals, fish, birds, insects and plants.  We ask our visitors to help us protect and conserve this unique site by following our simple guidelines:

  • Stay on the marked pathways;
  • Be considerate of our wildlife – too much noise makes some of the birds uncomfortable;
  • Closed in shoes hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly recommended. Closed in shoes are required for some activities;
  • Photography is OK – but for your own personal use only. Any commercial/stock library photography must be agreed in advance and is subject to a fee;
  • No dogs or other domestic pets are permitted on site with the exception of trained assistance dogs. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT FOX BAITING IS CARRIED OUT FROM TIME TO TIME. Please check with reception before bringing your assistance dog on site.
  • DO NOT feed the birds. Please don’t feed them bread – they will eat it, but it is not good for them (bread is junk food for birds).

Please ask one of our reception or site staff if you have any questions about how you should best behave to be respectful to the native inhabitants of the site.

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