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1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


Open 7 days

Mon - Sun  9am - 4pm


(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

Art Workshops for Kids and Adults - Click Here

This April school holidays,
the Hunter Wetlands Centre takes
a step back in time with

Something prehistoric has been DUG UP at the Hunter Wetland Centre. In an Australian first, a to-scale dig site, complete with a full dinosaur skeleton has been recreated on the grounds at Shortland. Kids and adults alike will marvel at the size of the dinosaur, and wonder about its story.

In addition, local palaeontology expert Michael Dawson is bringing an exhibition featuring specially chosen dinosaur casts. Taking an easy walk around the Wetlands, families will also find Dino Dioramas with intrigue and information about these historical inhabitants.

Visitors can take a self guided tour of the wetlands, meet the resident reptiles during live demonstrations, and enjoy a meal at the wetlands café.

Things to do:

  • 10-11:30am Daily Dinosaur Dig – What’s that in the sand?
  •  Look out for Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Acrocanthosaurus as you wander the Wetlands.
  • Check out some modern relatives of dinosaurs with our Reptile Rangers.
  •  Dino Colouring, Dino Craft, Dino Hopscotch

Buy tickets online now, or buy at the door. 

Dinosaurs & More runs during the April School Holidays from 13th-27 April from 9:30am-1:30pm.

CLOSED Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day.



You must be a Wetlands member to access these members prices. You can sign up to be a member right now for just $10. 


Dinosaur Disco

Rock along to the Dinosaur Disco!
Come dressed up or make a DinoMask to wear on the dance floor. Join in when Children’s author Deborah Kelly reads her book Dinosaur Disco and sets the mirror ball spinning.
Prizes for the best costumes and dancers.

(This event will suit pre-school aged children and primary school aged children but the exhibition space is suitable for all ages)

Entry fee includes access to the Dinos & More Exhibition, Dino Craft, the Dino Dig Site, general grounds, walking trails, biking trails and picnic areas.


We are very grateful for the support of the City of Newcastle.