THINGS TO DODiscover, play, eat, shop; and support your Wetlands Centre!
Take a walk or ride your bike around the site; book a tour or go canoeing. Bring your camera and photograph some of our amazing wildlife. Kids can have fun at the Discovery Playground, try dipnetting and meet some of our birds and reptiles. There are also special events like School Holiday programs, Easter Fun Day and art exhibitions.
Eat at our Café, bring a picnic or use the BBQ facilities. Check out our Giftshop.
There’s something for all ages and levels of fitness at the Wetlands.
Open 10am – 2pm – Monday – Sunday
The Cafe is now open under new management (Sinclair’s Events).
Come in and relax on the verandah and watch the birds on the pond while you enjoy morning or afternoon tea or lunch – great food & coffee, peaceful atmosphere and friendly staff.
- Blackboard Menu
- Special diets catered for
- Luscious desserts
- Kids meals and snacks
Book your table today by calling us on 4951 6466
School holiday activities
Get the kids off the couch and out into the fresh air at the Wetlands.
There are always lots to do like dip-netting, Discovery Playground, climbing the Egret Tower and there are special school holiday program available to keep the whole gang entertained.
Some activities require booking and others are just drop in.
Bush Skills, Art Days, Explorer Club – there’s something for all age groups and interests.
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.
Canoe Hire (2 hours) is $10 per paddler. $3 for non-paddling child. This does not include Wetlands entry fee ($5). Note: Children must be 4 or over to go canoeing!
Canoes are launched between 10.00am and 1.30pm tides permitting (see below)
Bring your own canoe launch fee $10.
Closed in shoes are mandatory for anyone going canoeing. Insect repellent, hat, sunscreen and water bottle are strongly recommended. All participants must sign a waiver and undertake a safety briefing before their canoe is launched. Life jackets and a map are provided.
Our canoe trail is tidal so is not operational at low tide. You can check tides at the Hunter River at Hexham https://tides.willyweather.com.au/nsw/hunter/hunter-river–hexham-bridge.html to give you an idea of the tide at the Wetlands. There needs to be at least 0.5m of water at low tide for canoes to clear the bottom. If you are unable to access this website phone Reception on 02 49516466 to check tides.
Canoeing is also a fun activity for a group – school groups (over 10 years), OOSH groups or businesses can book our canoes for a great team-building experience.
Reptile Encounters are also held during school holidays – check on the website or ask Reception for dates and times.
Preschools, schools, OOSH groups, nursing homes and other groups can include a Reptile Encounter in their visit to the Wetlands or book a Wetlands on Wheels visit where we bring the reptiles to you. There is a fee for these services.
A Reptile Encounter can also be included in a Birthday Party Booking.
Book a Reptile encounter today – Ph 02 4951 6466 – or simply join us on the weekends !
Walking & Bike Trails
Closed in shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and insect repellent are strongly recommended.
Guided tours can be booked for a wide variety of groups, from wetland experts to local preschools. Hunter Wetlands Centre would love to create a wetland experience for your group of six or more people. Check out the details below.
Fun, entertaining and unique with the added bonus of a ‘light footprint’. Our Segway Adventures take you ‘off road’ and are suitable for both first time and experienced riders.
For all tour bookings please visit www.nswsegway.com.au or call 0249 437223
MAGPIE GEESE FEEDING
If you would like to join in a Mum’s Group at the Wetlands, please contact the visitor’s centre for more information.
GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Guided walks take people on a journey of history and conservation, and provide a fascinating look at the flora and fauna of the Hunter Wetlands site; providing a rich experience and fostering a greater understanding of the importance of Wetlands.
Guided tours can be organised for groups of 6 or more
Cost (includes entry):
GUIDED 'BUGGY' TOURS
60 minute tour (includes entry)
$10 children (under 12)
20-30 minute tour (includes entry) minimum charge $15
$5 children (under 12)