Portrait Painters exhibition now open - please wear a face mask when viewing
COVID 19 restrictions in place for visitors from the Greater Sydney Region.

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


(02) 4951 6466
Cafe: 0403537211

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

Portrait Painters Exhibition now open - please wear a face mask when viewing
COVID 19 restrictions in place for visitors from the Greater Sydney Region.



 (02) 4951 6466

Monday - Friday

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
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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Did you know: Wetlands are hugely important as sources of water and the life that it supports. There's always lots to see at wetlands, so have a look and see what you might find!

🦆 Check out this page on the Biomes page about the importance of Wetlands: https://www.biomes.art/copy-of-living-in-the-hunter

🦆 Find out more about The Hunter Wetlands Centre at: https://wetlands.org.au

🦆 Learn more about the Biomes project at: https://www.biomes.art/about

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🎨 New exhibition alert🎨

Figures in the Wetland!

Portrait Painters Hunter is a sub-group of the Society of Artists Newcastle and the artists meet every Monday morning in the Society’s studio building in Lambton Park, next to Lambton Bowling Club.

The artists meet to paint from ‘live’ models, be they family members, friends, acquaintances or professional models. These are untutored sessions with the artists coming from all different backgrounds – retired art teachers, some professional artists, very accomplished amateurs and raw beginners who would just like to expand their skills in portraiture.

Most artists at these session paint the face and shoulders to achieve a likeness, others paint the whole body to practise the perspective of the figure. There may be approximately 16 artists each session so there are all different styles, all different mediums used and depending on the view, all different poses.

The group exhibit together in an Archibald-style exhibition once a year at Adamstown Uniting Church Hall, theme of the exhibition ‘Unique People of the Hunter’, with many local identities being the subjects.

Also once a year they exhibit together for ‘figures in the landscape’ where they expand on the portrait genre to include landscape backgrounds.

This year they are using the Hunter Wetlands as the theme of the figures in the landscape and having the assets of the birds and flora to include, hence the exhibition title ‘FIGURES IN THE WETLAND’.

14 September – 4 October 2020
Open daily 9am – 4pm

Fore info visit: https://wetlands.org.au/arts/
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