Hunter Wetlands Centre is CLOSED this ANZAC Day.

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307

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Open 7 days

Mon - Sun  9am - 4pm
Except Public Holidays

Phone

(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

Hunter Wetlands Centre is CLOSED this ANZAC Day.

THINGS TO DO

Discover, play, eat, shop; and support your Wetlands Centre!
There’s always lots to do and see at Hunter Wetlands Centre and it changes with the seasons.

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.

cafe

​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.

Canoe Hire

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 talks

On Saturdays and Sundays at 12.30 pm a selection of reptiles from the tanks in the Visitors Centre are featured in a Reptile Encounter. Come along and get up close to some of our resident reptiles like Timmy Turtle, Little Joe the Croc or Lulu, the python. The presentation last approximately 30 minutes.

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

Extensive walking and bike trails criss-cross the 45 ha Hunter Wetlands Centre site. All of them are graded ‘easy’ walking and riding. How far you go is entirely up to you! Don’t forget to keep your eyes wide open for the fascinating array of birds, animals, reptiles and plants that make these wetlands such a unique and interesting part of the Hunter’s ecology.  Check out our hand-carved totem poles along the way—all uniquely designed to represent the animals, plants and natural interactions of each different habitat. Please keep to the tracks to protect our wildlife and reduce your impact on our site.

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.

 

SEGWAY TOURS

An amazing way to discover our beautiful 45 hectare site, NSW Segway will take you on a Segway journey through varied terrain with lots to see & explore with a trained guide. The Segway Eco Xperience is a unique, sustainable and environmentally friendly method of transport.

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

DIPNETTING

Grab a bucket and net, make a gold coin donation and head for the jetty. Discover the critters that live in and around our wetland ponds.  The magic combination of mud, bugs and water add up to make this one of our best-loved activities.

MAGPIE GEESE FEEDING

Everyday at 10:30am our local flock of Magpie Geese get fed. Join us for this unique wildlife experience.

ORIENTEERING

Orienteering is a great way to get fit and enjoy the natural beauty of the wetlands. It is an activity for all ages and abilities. It combines map reading, decision making and finding your way to checkpoints (called controls).

Find out more about Orienteering at the Wetlands.

Mother's GROUPS

If you would like to join in a Mum’s Group at the Wetlands, please contact the visitor’s centre for more information. 

DISCOVERY PLAYGROUND

Don’t miss our fantastic and unique children’s playground—we guarantee that young wetland explorers will love it! Ideally situated adjacent to the BBQ shelter and picnic facilities on the far side of the BHP Pond, this modern playground is great for kids of all ages.

BIRDWATCHING

With over a thousand birds sighted at the Wetlands every month, there is a different bird to see every visit.

Find out more about birdwatching.

Arts

Art in the wetlands is alive and on display through the native fauna and flora that abounds. The Hunter Wetlands Centre offers a unique experience for artists, photographers, musicians – anyone with a creative spirit – to immerse themselves in this peaceful landscape.

Find out more about Arts.

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

Bookings essential
49516466 or email

Cost (includes entry):
$15 adults
$10 children

GUIDED 'BUGGY' TOURS

 Can’t walk as far as you would like but you don’t want to miss out on a wetlands experience? Book a buggy tour!

60 minute tour (includes entry)
$15 adults
$10 children (under 12)

20-30 minute tour (includes entry) minimum charge $15
$10 adults
$5 children (under 12)

Bookings essential
49516466 or email 

 

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

There are so many different ways to volunteer at the Wetlands. Join over 150 volunteers and community groups involved in maintaining and improving the Wetlands today.

Find out more about volunteering.

GIFTSHOP

Our Hunter Wetlands Centre Giftshop is stocked with a fantastic range of eco-gifts from both local and national suppliers including local wetland art and Australian wildlife toys and books.  A great spot to look for birthday presents for those hard-to-buy-for kids and adults!

Venue Hire

What a unique location to hold your next function or event!  Hunter Wetlands Centre has a range of venues available for hire. We’d love to discuss your next corporate function, conference, party, wedding or special event with you.

Find out more about venue hire.

Open 7 days, with affordable entry prices, the Hunter Wetlands Centre is a great place for the whole family to visit.