1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


(02) 4951 6466
Cafe: 0403537211

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COVID Safe Wetlands

Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia is currently closed due  to lockdown in the Newcastle LGA.


We are celebrating our Australasian Bitterns. Play our online game, or come in and see for yourself! 

'The Wetlands – a blessed sanctuary'

Come and see Rod Bathgate’s latest art exhibition on display in our Visitor Centre.

FREE Guided Walks

Tuesdays 10.00 am & Saturdays 10.30 am (30 – 40 minutes)

Guided walks take visitors on a journey of history and conservation; offer a fascinating look at the flora and fauna of the Hunter Wetlands site; and provide a rich experience to foster a greater understanding of the importance of Wetlands.

Cost: Free with entry fee


With over 200 species of birds, the Wetlands the perfect spot to see something new, and snap a great photo at close range.

Something for everyone

Visit the Wetlands to play on the epic discovery playground, dipnet, canoe, birdwatch or enjoy a meal at the delicious cafe with water views.


Our entire Wetlands is maintained by volunteers. We would love to have you bring your own special skills to our beautiful natural haven.

Art Gallery

Our beautiful Gallery Space hosts different exhibitions throughout the year. All artworks have a Wetlands theme or connect back to nature.


We have beautiful grounds for wedding ceremonies, photos and offer catering. Plus we have a registry room for the small wedding.

There is always something to do

$20 Membership 2021-2022 entry

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Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia
🚣‍♀️ After Lockdown 🚣‍♀️Get your friends together and 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 rainforest shelter for a tranquil picnic lunch.🚣‍♀️ More info - https://wetlands.org.au/things-to-do/🚣‍♀️ Who will you bring? Tag them in the comments below! ... See MoreSee Less
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🦆 Wetlands History - Geoff Winning 🦆Geoff was a vital member of the early band of people who worked to save the wetlands at Shortland and then design and develop the facilities we allenjoy today. Geoff personally shaped the new ponds and many of the paths and trails we still use.During the first 10 years Geoff wore many hats and at one time was the Executive Manager and Financial Controller of the Centre as well as the Site Manager and the manager of the research team.After leaving to start his own consulting business, Geoff was always generous with his advice and in recent years was very involved in helping to determine and explain the hydrology of our wetlands and to advise on the installation of flow control systems.We are forever grateful for Geoff's contribution to the wetlands. 🦆 More History at - https://wetlands.org.au/about-us🦆What do you most enjoy about the wetlands now? Tell us in the comments below... ... See MoreSee Less
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