The Wetlands is closed between 22 DEC - 2 JAN. See you in the New Year!

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


Open 7 days

Mon - Sun  9am - 4pm
Except Public Holidays


(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

The Wetlands is closed between
22 DEC 2018 - 2 JAN 2019
See you in the New Year!


Notice of Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors

Annual General Meeting of the members of Shortland Wetlands Centre Ltd, trading as Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia, will be held on Thursday 13 December 2018, commencing at 5.30pm. The AGM will be held in the Conference Room, Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia, 1 Wetlands Place, Shortland, NSW.

Invitation to members

Annual Report 2017 including Audited Financials

Proposed changes to the Articles of Association of the Shortland Wetlands Centre

Proxy Voting Form

Nomination Form: Election of Directors (3 positions)

Support your local Wetlands

Joining as a member of the Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia, a Wetland of International Significance, will ensure the ongoing conservation and restoration to the wetland areas.  Your membership will also enable the team of staff and volunteers at the Hunter Wetlands Centre to continue to provide a place of conservation, education and nature tourism for the community and visitors to the Newcastle and Hunter area.

Become a part of the journey to help us provide this truly wonderful Haven for Wildlife and People.

In March 2016 the Hunter Wetlands Centre changed our membership structure to ensure you get the most from your membership. Membership fees will be due on the 1st April of each year. Individual Memberships are now only $10 per annum. 

Join or renew now and your membership 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 

Your benefits will include:

  • Unlimited entry into the Hunter Wetlands Centre (excludes special events)

  • Free entry for your school aged children or grandchildren accompanying you

  • Members Newsletters and invitations to special events

  • Attend  AGM Meeting with voting rights

  • Eligible to nominate to be a member of the Wetlands Board

To become a member, enquire at the front desk OR sign up now online!

Latest Wetlander Newsletter -> The Wetlander June 2018

Click the image below to download the latest Wetlander


Securing the Future of the Hunter Wetlands Centre

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a not-for-profit Community based charity. This means that we need to raise all our own funds to ensure the survival and growth of this Ramsar listed wetlands of International significance. The Hunter Wetlands Centre works hard to secure grants that are given for special projects and we would not be able to exist without the generous dedication of our volunteers.

We need your help to secure the future.!

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a Deductible Gift Recipient (ABN 59 002 975 144) for the purposes of tax deductibility of donations made to it. It is also a prescribed organisation on the Australian Government Register of  Environmental Organisations, a Charitable Institution and an Income Tax Exempt Charity.

All donations over $2 are tax deductable


Volunteers are the backbone of the Hunter Wetlands Centre, ensuring the ongoing success of the centre. Over one hundred volunteers per week give tens of thousands of hours per year.

If you think you can give some time to support the Hunter Wetlands Centre, there are numerous ways you contribute by volunteering such as:

  • As a Regular Volunteer
    Ground Maintenance; Building Maintenance; Bush Regeneration; Nursery; Cleaning; Animals Care;
    Reception; Clerical; School Holidays Program; Guiding; Birthday Parties; Occasional One off Events; Fundraising; Marketing Events.
  • Work on Specific Projects
  • Corporate Volunteering
  • Tourism Volunteering Opportunities
  • One Off Events
  • Group, Social Volunteer Opportunities
  • Skill Sharing and Specialised Capability Contra Agreements


Volunteer Inductions

Wednesdays 10.30 am

Individual Bookings are essential. Phone now  (02) 4951 6466
(We do not accept bookings by third parties)

Volunteering History

HWCA was established in 1985 with the purpose of promoting understanding, conservation and enjoyment of wetlands and involving the community in restoring Shortland Wetlands.  The story of turning what was a series of football fields on a degraded swamp into Ramsar wetlands – wetlands of international significance, is an impressive one.  But what makes it so impressive is that the restoration work has been lead by a large, passionate group of community members and partner organisations.  It is essential for the success of HWCA that the strong community base, currently some 150 volunteers and a small group of partner organisations, continues to be valued and is given the opportunity to continue shaping the future of Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia.  Winning the International Ramsar Conservation Award for Education in 2005 has further added to what was already an inspirational story. The Hunter Wetlands Story is not yet finished and we are continuing to further restore the biodiversity of this unique site but we need your help.

Volunteering contributes over $4 Billion in the Australian community and provides a variety services to the community. Volunteering is considered by governments to be a sign of strong community as it builds capacity of the community and results in a healthier and happier community. The days of volunteers being considered cheap labour has long past Volunteers are amongst the most valued members of the community that stereotype is a thing of the past each and every volunteers effort, knowledge and opinions are valued and contribute to stronger healthier community.

Corporate Sponsorship

The Hunter Wetlands Centre has a variety of ways for corporate sponsors to be involved. Financial donations, donated goods or services and corporate volunteering mean that everyone from the corner shop to the global business sector can make a contribution that is within their means.

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a not-for-profit Community based charity. This means that we need to raise all our own funds to ensure the survival and growth of this Ramsar listed wetlands of International significance. The Hunter Wetlands Centre works hard to secure grants that are given for special projects and we would not be able to exist without the generous dedication of our volunteers. But we need your help to secure the future.!

You can help by becoming a sponsor.


Over $165 worth of offers!

We’re excited about the arrival of the brand NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Books, as well as the Entertainment Digital Memberships, that put all of the value of the Book on your phone.

Help our Centre by buying the new Entertainment Membership from us. You’ll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!

Buy online now and pick up your physical book at the Visitor Centre OR buy a digital membership and use the Entertainment Book app to ensure you have your vouchers at hand everywhere you are.


Our freckled ducks need food and shelter to effectively keep the breed alive… And YOU can help us!
By adopting one of our freckled ducks you’re helping to protect one of the world’s rarest ducks. All money raised from donations goes directly into improving our enclosures, providing our freckled ducks with food and veterinary care, and other sundry expenses. As a community-supported organisation, the Hunter Wetland Centre relies on donations to continue its valuable work helping to conserve these amazing, uniquely Australian birds.

In a world first, the Hunter Wetlands Centre is proposing to release Freckled Ducks from our conservation breeding program and track them using satellite technology. Fund raising for predator-proof fencing and the purchase of transmitters is ongoing.

Be part of the Hunter Wetlands Centres initiative in keeping one of the rarest species of ducks (The Freckled Duck) alive by Adopting a Duck today.

Contact us for more information