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!

What's On


There’s lots to do at the wetlands in the holidays

Book the kids in for our popular Bush Skills Program or drop in for Sand Art or Plaster Model Painting.

Book online (coming soon) or phone 02 49516466 during business hours.

Open 9am to 4pm (from 2 January 2019)

Entry: $5 Per person, Children 3-12yrs $2 (special Christmas Holiday rate)
& Children under 3 free.

Gift Shop: Ice-creams, drinks and affordable gifts for children & adults.

Wetlands Cafe: Open 9.30am to 2.30pm daily

Closed in shoes, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent recommended.

School Holiday Program Jan 2019

Magpie Geese Feeding

Daily at 10.30am the Magpie Geese are fed on the artificial grass mat on the edge of BHP Pond near the dip-net jetty.

Come along and watch (and listen to) the free for all at feeding time.

Other pond birds like the Pacific Black Duck, Eurasian Coots and Purple Swamp Hens join in too.

The number of birds being fed varies with the seasons.

They are fed a mixture of grains – Sorghum, layer pellets and wheat.

They are never fed bread as it is like junk food to birds.

Reptile Encounters

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.
Booking Enquiry Form – coming soon.

A Reptile Encounter can also be included in a Birthday Party Booking.
Booking Enquiry Form coming soon.

Book a Reptile encounter today –  Ph 02 4951 6466

There is always something to do at the wetlands

From birdwatching to picnicking, from canoeing to bike trails, the Hunter Wetlands Centre has it all!