We will be open on Australia Day (Tuesday 26 January).

Canoe Channel has now reopened but cannot be used at low tide. Ring 49516466 to check tidal information before visiting for canoeing.

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


(02) 4951 6466
Cafe: 0403537211

We will be open on Australia Day (Tuesday 26 January)

Canoe Channel has now reopened but cannot be used at low tide. Ring 49516466 to check tidal information before visiting for canoeing.

What's On

School Holiday Programs

 What’s on in January?

  •  Dipnetting – with lots of water in BHP Pond, there will be plenty of waterbugs in the pond for you to catch and identify.
  • Pond bird feeding every day at 10.30am – how many bird species can you see?
  • Become a Wetland Explorer – collect your map and question sheet at reception and learn more about our wonderful wetlands as you explore.
  • Kids Playground – picnic tables and BBQs nearby.
  • Reptile display – upstairs we have Kenny the python, Ducky, Timmy and Tammy the Long-necked Turtles and Little John, the crocodile. Downstairs you can check out the frogs, Blue Tongue Lizards, Bearded Dragon and eel.
  • Gift shop – maybe you have some Christmas money to spend or maybe you need an icecream?
  • Cafe – yummy morning teas and lunches available.

ART CLASSES – Creative Kids at the Wetlands – due to low numbers these are not going ahead.

Contact Art Mania for information about art classes.Ph 4955 0509


Please remember social distancing applies in the Visitor Centre and in the grounds.

Hand sanitiser and soap & water are available in the Visitor Centre and at the Playground Toilet.

Elsewhere on-site individuals are responsible for their own and their child/children’s hand hygiene.




 The exhibition Regeneration brings together the works of ten women artists known as the ‘Athenians’, who meet regularly to share their artmaking experiences. There are no rules or regulations in this group, but instead, it provides a positive environment of encouragement and educated appraisals. The women are not confined to one artform but continue to evolve and explore the infinite possibilities that artmaking present.

Patricia Davidson, Faye Collier, Margo Dugan, Bronwyn Grieve, Varelle Hardy, Jeanne Harrison, Janette Kearns Wilson, Helene Leane, Margaret McBride, Sue Stewart. 

Official Opening

Saturday 9 January  3.30-5.30pm

Bookings essential : Contact Hunter Wetlands Centre on 49516466 from Monday 4 January to book.                                                                       


Hunter Wetlands Centre
1 Wetlands Place, Shortland

4 January to 31 January 2021

Open daily 9am-4pm



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.


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