We are open 7 days a week - some restrictions still in place. 

Play Bittern or Bust, our new interactive survival game.

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


Open weekdays

Mon - Fri  9am - 4pm


(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

We are open 7 days a week - some restrictions still in place. 

Play Bittern or Bust our new inteactive survival game

Current Exhibition


Shelagh Lummis & Lyn Fabian 

Lyn Fabian and Shelagh Lummis are artists who live and work in the Newcastle region. Both have had extensive formal training in the Visual Arts. Their approach to this exhibition has been to firstly immerse themselves in the wetlands landscape with regular  outdoor painting and drawing visits, thereby acquiring an intimacy with its light and shadow, shapes, flora and fauna.

Fabian and Lummis describe themselves as ‘expressionist impressionists’ – their work’s subject matter is recognisable but its interpretation may be variable. Both artists are adept in the use of water based mediums and oil paint. Fabian also uses encaustic techniques in some of her work 


4pm – 5:30pm Saturday 29th February 2020 


Saturday 29th February – Friday 27th March 2020
Open daily 9am – 4pm

Arts Calendar


Rob Spedding


Chinese Photography Group


Shelagh Lummis & Lyn Fabian


Athena Group – Margaret McBride


Newcastle Art Society


Art Loves Movement Group


Sculptors and Print Makers


Cecily Gracesolo

(Timeless Textiles)


John Earle Group


Figures in the Wetlands


Alison Ellis



Ashlee Jedrzejak


Natural History Illustrator Group

About the arts

Art in the wetlands is alive and on display through the native fauna and flora that abounds. The Hunter Wetlands Centre offers a unique experience for artists, photographers, musicians – anyone with a creative spirit – to immerse themselves in this peaceful landscape.

Visitors can observe the birds in action around the various ponds; photographers, both professional and happy snappers find many aspects of wildlife to interpret through the lens. We encourage photographers to upload their images of the Wetlands to Instagram #hunterwetlands (tag Hunter Wetlands Centre, birds, waterbirds, wetlands)

Since the visitor centre upgrade in 2019, the HWCA is now a venue for community and university art groups conducting outdoor workshops and exhibitions. Art groups are invited to contact the Volunteer Arts Coordinator to discuss holding workshops on-site.

Creative Art School Excursions at Hunter Wetlands Centre.

Primary and Secondary schools are encouraged to utilize the wetlands facilities for excursions.

For further information contact
Mark Kempton
(Volunteer Arts Coordinator)




Download Expression of Interest Form