1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


(02) 4951 6466
Cafe: 0403537211



 (02) 4951 6466

7 days

9am-4pm (no entry after 3pm)
Except some Public Holidays

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
    Education Centre

    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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    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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