We are open 7 days a week
COVID 19 restrictions in place for visitors from the Greater Sydney Region.

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

We are open 7 days a week
COVID 19 restrictions in place for visitors from the Greater Sydney Region.


We are open now with some restrictions


Snap a photo, spot every species and marvel at the variety of birdlife at Hunter Wetlands.

Family Fun

Bring the kids to explore the wetlands! Have a go dipnetting or play on our Discovery Playground.


Volunteers are the backbone of the Hunter Wetlands Centre, ensuring the ongoing success of the centre.

Our Cafe

Join us for a cuppa, a meal or a sweet treat. Cafe open 10am-2pm everyday!

Weddings at Hunter wetlands centre

Come and experience the Hunter Wetlands and all we offer for your wedding day. 

There is always something to do

$15 Membership 2020-2021 entry

Paddy’s Bird Counts





RESET & RENEWAL – Support your local wetlands

Wetlands Reset & Renewal

Hunter Wetland Centre Australia is Australia’s longest-running community owned wetlands centre. After 34 years of serving our community in wetlands conservation, environmental education and eco-tourism we are undertaking a major Reset & Renewal Strategy that started in 2018.

The new strategy aims to ensure the Wetlands continues to operate in the face of falling income and increasing expenses, and without ongoing operational funding from governments. We need your support to enable the Centre to be managed by our amazing volunteers whilst we talk to governments, businesses and our community to develop and implement the strategy.

Donate today to support your Wetlands. 

We hope you like our new website, and that you will use the donation page to support your local charity.


Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos Dorothy Arms! We particularly love how the light highlights how fluffy these little guys and girls are 🥰

Last week we featured some photos by the wonderful Ian Sanderson. He has been kind enough to link us to his Flickr with a collection of Wetlands photos! Why not check it out at: https://flickr.com/photos/iansand/…

Find out more about what The Wetlands has to offer here: https://wetlands.org.au/things-to-do/

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Last week, the wonderful Barry Horvath was recognised in Parliament by our local MP Sonia Hornery MP.

"...One of the things I love about the Wallsend electorate is the peace and quiet you get when you visit the Hunter Wetlands at Shortland. It’s a pleasure to see the smiling faces of the visitors who enjoy the beautiful surrounds.

A major reason for the beautiful surrounds is Barry Horvarth. When Barry retired about seven years ago, he wanted something to do with his time that was going to spark enjoyment and create beauty, so he started volunteering at the Hunter Wetlands..."

Barry, we second what Sonia has said and would like to add that we would not be where we are today without you. Thank you for your handwork and commitment to helping our community.

Read more about Barry here: https://newcastleherald.com.au/story/6827980/…

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