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Activities - discover, play, eat, shop; a fun way to support your wetlands centre!


Canoeing *

Experience the magic of wetlands from the water as you explore picturesque Ironbark Creek in your own two or three-person canoe. Paddle your way along the meandering 2km trail to the coastal rainforest shelter for a tranquil picnic lunch.

*Must have closed in shoes. A hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly recommended.


Grab a bucket and net and discover the critters that live in and around our wetland ponds.  The magic combination of mud, bugs and water add up to make this is one of our best-loved activities. 

Segway Tours

Discover the wetlands with the fun of a segway tour. Every Sunday 10.30am and 1.30pm and at other times by arrangement. Go to Segway Tours for more information 


Our wetlands support a huge diversity of animal life year-round including birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and frogs. Some of our most popular residents include the Magpie Geese, Freckled Ducks, Egrets and much more.    They are all a vital part of the unique ecology of our site.

Click through to our online guides to learn more about our wetlands.

Bike Hire

Hire a bike and peddle around the Wetlands. Different sized bikes and tandems are available with helmets included in the cost.

For prices and conditions Click here

Walking/Bike Trails *

Extensive walking and bike trails criss-cross the 45ha Hunter Wetlands Centre site. All of them are graded ‘easy’ walking and riding—how far you go is entirely up to you! Don’t forget to keep your eyes wide open for the fascinating array of birds, animals, reptiles and plants that make these wetlands such a unique and interesting part of the Hunter’s ecology.  Check out our hand-carved totem poles along the way—all uniquely designed to represent the animals, plants and natural interactions of each different habitat. Please keep to the tracks to protect our wildlife and reduce your impact on our site.
*Must have closed in shoes. A hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly recommended.

The five main trails are:

Sensory Trail:

Head towards the dam and demonstration ponds; before the boardwalk stop, listen, look, smell and feel on the Sensory Trail.

Freckled Duck Enclosure:

 Visit the Freckled Duck enclosure to see one the world’s rarest ducks. Often referred to as the ‘dinosaur duck’ these endangered, ancient proto-ducks came before ducks, swans and geese in the evolutionary chain. The males have bright red bill markings during breeding season.


From the Freckled Duck enclosure take the path between the Melaleuca Swamp and Moorhen Swamp; turn left and at the aboriginal heritage totem pole junction turn right and travel along the boardwalk which takes you over the Wetland Reed Marsh – a truly magical spot!  Head towards the end of the boardwalk and turn left and make your way along the Canoe Trail to the BBQ and picnic facilities at BHP Billiton Pond. Enjoy the fantastic view.

Egret Tower:

Climb the Egret Tower for a ‘birds eye’ view into the canopy of the Melaleuca Swamp.  In summer this haven for wetland birds attracts four types of Egrets which breed here in their thousands.

Rainforest Shelter: 

A more energetic walk/ride to the outer limits of the site; an ideal place to stop and rest or have some lunch.

ReptileTalks & Daily Bird Feeding

Magpie Geese feeding daily at 10.30am. Reptile talks weekends at 12pm and weekdays by prior arrangement.  Reptile talks daily during school holiday periods - usually at midday; check with reception for times.

Guided ecotours*

We conduct a range of guided activities—including wetland walkabouts, canoe tours and bird watching—for a wide variety of groups, from wetland experts to local preschools. Hunter Wetlands Centre would love to create a wetland experience for your group of six or more people.  And don’t miss our special regular events. Try our Breakfast with the Birds tour every Sunday at 8am - includes guided walk and full breakfast.
 *Must have closed in shoes. A hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are strongly recommended.

Wetlands Explorer

A fun activity for kids - collect your map from reception and follow the trail. In school holidays enter your completed form in the weekly draw for a prize pack


Discovery Playground

Don’t miss our fantastic and unique children’s playground—we guarantee that young wetland explorers will love it! Ideally situated adjacent to the BBQ shelter and picnic facilities on the far side of the BHP Billiton Pond, this modern playground is great for kids of all ages.


Spoonbill Cafe

Come and try the Spoonbill Café! Open 7 days from 9am - 2:30pm. Why not try the Breakfast with the Birds option available every Sunday morning?

Spoonbill Cafe is a scenic and delicious option for weddings, special occasions, functions, wakes & berevements or just a lovely place for lunch or coffee with friends and family. Conference and function menus are available and can be tailored to any special event or function. Group bookings are available. Phone on (02) 4951 6466 to discuss your catering needs with the professional and friendly staff at Spoonbill Cafe.

Picnics and BBQs

Hunter Wetlands Centre is hard to beat for a family picnic or BBQ.  Take advantage of our numerous picnic and BBQ facilities You can use our BBQ's for $5.00 hire (to cover the gas used - just advise reception that you plan to use the BBQ so the BBQ can be unlocked for your use) or  reserve the main BBQ area (for a small fee of $25) for those larger gatherings. 



Our Hunter Wetlands Centre Giftshop is stocked with a fantastic range of  eco-gifts from both local and national suppliers including local wetland art and Australian wildlife toys and books.  A great spot to look for birthday presents for those hard-to-buy-for kids and adults!










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