Open over Australia Day long weekend

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


Open 7 days

Mon - Sun  9am - 4pm


(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

Open over Australia Day long weekend

Current Exhibition

‘Celebrating the hunter wetlands’

Rob Spedding, Pencil Colourist

Rob Spedding is celebrating the wetlands in this exhibition showcasing flora and fauna from in, and around, the wetlands. His subject matter is rendered with photo realism through his application of blended colour pencils. The vibrancy of his colours are charged under the gallery lights.

Rob took up art in 2012 after an illness and lengthy hospitalisation left him with limited mobility and unable to work. In an effort to overcome subsequent depression, he joined the Cooranbong Art Lovers Movement and later the Wangi Art Group, and quickly developed a love for drawing.

Rob has completed works in oils, acrylics, and pastels, but it is pencil drawing that is his passion and forte. He is known for the attention to detail shown in his work. Australian flora and fauna, horses and the Australian landscape are they themes, reflecting his keen interest in these subjects.

Air-Conditioned Opening:
4pm – 5:30pm Saturday 11th January

Thursday 2nd January – Friday 31 Jan 2020
Open daily 9am – 4pm

Arts Calendar


Rob Spedding


Chinese Photography 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