We are closed to the public until further notice

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


Open 7 days

Mon - Sun  9am - 4pm


(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

We are closed to the public until further notice



 (02) 4951 6466

Monday - Sunday

9am – 4pm

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland, NSW 2307

Hunter Wetlands



Postal Address:
PO Box 66
Shortland  NSW  2307

Street Address:
1 Wetlands Place
Shortland NSW 2307

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Schools & The Wetlands

Wetlands Environmental
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P: 02 4955 8673
F: 02 4950 0497

How to get here


The Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia is only 10 minute drive from Newcastle and 2 hours from Sydney.

See directions below or get directions from your exact location here.


From the Foreshore at Newcastle, travel along Wharf Rd, then into Honeysuckle Drive and turn right at the traffic lights onto the Pacific Highway.  The Highway then turns into Hannell St (Carrington) and Industrial Drive (Mayfield).  At the end of Industrial Drive (Mayfield), turn right at the traffic lights and follow the directional signs towards Maitland along the Pacific Highway.  At the next set of traffic lights turn left (at Sandgate Cemetery) into Wallsend Road (Sandgate).  Follow Wallsend Road until you come to a roundabout and the Hunter Wetlands Centre is just on the right (Shortland).


Travel along Newcastle Road (Lambton), with Jesmond Park (on your left hand side), turn right at large roundabout onto the Link Road (Jesmond).  Continue north and follow the exit sign towards the Hunter Wetlands Centre. At the roundabout on Sandgate Rd, take the second exit and into Wetlands Place and the Hunter Wetlands Centre.


Follow the Pacific Hwy (Raymond Terrace and Heatherbrae) and over Hexham Bridge.  Turn left at the traffic lights and head towards Newcastle.  Continue through to traffic lights at Sandgate and turn right onto Wallsend Road (at Sandgate Cemetery which is on your right), follow through until you come to a roundabout and the Hunter Wetlands Centre is on the right (Shortland).


Follow New England Hwy through to Hexham which changes to Pacific Hwy at Hexham.  Continue to travel straight ahead and turn right at the set of traffic lights  at Sandgate (the Sandgate Cemetery is on the right) turn right onto Wallsend Road, follow through until you come to a roundabout and the Hunter Wetlands Centre is just on your right in Shortland


Take the Wallsend exit off the freeway, follow the Link Road through to the roundabout at Wallsend, continue straight ahead, turn right at the next roundabout onto Newcastle Road (Wallsend), continue straight ahead through the traffic lights at Jesmond.  Turn left at large roundabout onto Link Road, follow the signs to Hunter Wetlands Centre exit, at the roundabout go straight ahead into Wetlands Place.  Look for the large sign with the Freckled Duck and the Magpie Goose!


You can get to the Hunter Wetlands Centre with Newcastle Transport. The route 47 stops at Marton St at Sandgate Rd and is approximately a 6 minute (500m) walk from to the Wetlands entry to enjoy a few hours in nature.

If you are travelling from the CBD, you can connect with the route 47 at the bus stop on Hunter Street at National Park Street. If you are travelling from elsewhere in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area you can use the routes 11, 12, 23 or 24 to connect with the route 47 at Stockland Jesmond. Plan your public transport journey at http://newcastletransport.info

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The closest train station to the Hunter Wetlands Centre is Sandgate Station (Astra Street, Sandgate). This stop is located on the Hunter Line which links Newcastle, Maitland and Dungog. From the train station it is an easy 1.2 kilometre walk (18 minutes) to the Hunter Wetlands entry or a very short taxi ride.   Other nearby stations include Warabrook and Hexham but these are not in walking distance.

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The Wetlands is closed to the public but volunteers are there daily to feed and care for the wildlife. Here are the Magpie Geese honking and squabbling over their food. Are they enjoying the peace and quiet? Have they even noticed any difference? ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello Wetlands Family,

As you may be aware, due to the Covid19 crisis, we have closed the Wetlands Centre to the public until further notice. Unfortunately, at a time when people need a quiet place of reflection, to observe the beauty of nature, or to just unwind, our delightful walking trails are not available.

The good news is that we will continue undertaking essential maintenance while we are closed, so that when it is time to reopen, we will be ready!

In the meantime, we ask for your support. Every bit of support counts to help us get through this difficult time.

Please renew your membership, encourage others to join, and while the shops are closed, you can always give a Wetlands membership as a gift online!

Finally, with tax time coming up, why not consider a donation to the Wetlands Centre? All donations are tax deductible!

In the meantime, please stay safe and follow the Government's health advice. We will be back, and we look forward to seeing you again soon at the Wetlands Centre.

David Crofts
Hunter Wetlands Centre Board

To become a member visit: https://wetlands.org.au/get-involved/#membership

To donate to visit: https://www.wetlands.org.au/get-involved/#donations

Photo by: Marianne Fowler Photography
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