Closed: Easter Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday | Open: Easter Saturday 9am- 4pm - Easter Fun Day

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

Closed: Easter Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday
Open: Easter Saturday 9am- 4pm - Easter Fun Day

What's On


Easter Fun Day

Saturday 31 March 2018

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May 4th 2018 10am-12pm

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Reptile Encounters

Weekends at 12.30 pm

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NSW Seniors Festival

Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th April 2018

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School Holiday Programs

April School Holiday Program coming soon

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Easter Fun Day - Saturday 31st March


Hop along to the Hunter Wetlands Centre on Saturday 31 March from 9.30 am to
1.00 pm for our Easter Fun Day.

Meet the Easter Bunny at 10.00 am, 11.00 am or 12 noon. There’ll be a jumping
castle, dip-netting, Easter craft, face painting and lots more. Meet some of our
resident reptiles up-close at an interactive reptile talk.

Enjoy a sausage sizzle or eat at the Wetlands Cafe.

Entry on the day will be $5, $2 for children 3 years to 12 years and free for
under 3s.

Hat, closed in shoes and sunscreen are recommended.
Visitors should also cover up (eg long sleeves, no singlets) and apply insect repellant due to the mosquitos! 

Online tickets coming soon!

Buy your tickets online now,
to save time in line on Easter Saturday.

  • Easter-Fun-Day-General-Admission

    Easter Fun Day – Adult Admission

  • Easter Fun Day – Child Admission


NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL - 10th - 12th April


The Hunter Wetlands Centre at Shortland invites individuals and groups to visit the Wetlands as part of the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival! 

Tuesday 10th April – Thursday 12th April

Join us for a morning’s celebration with tours, morning tea and entertainment. Cost $10.

Program (times are flexible and groups can arrive any time):
9:30am Visitor arrival & welcome
10:00am Guided walk and “Golf Cart” tour of site
Continuous morning tea /coffee and refreshment
10am – 12noon Musical entertainment 15 to 30 mins brackets

The Hunter Wetlands Centre has the following: 
– Free parking
– Accessible toilet
– Ramp entrance
– Lift to lower level
– Wheelchair accessible buggy

There are gift shopping opportunities and facilities for making donations to the Wetlands which is a charity. 

Bring your own picnic or book in for lunch at the Cafe. 

Bookings Essential. Phone 4951 6466 to book! 





May 4th – Play Outside Day


Bring your preschool age children along to this fun, nature-focused, outside play event.


Cost: $5 a family(tickets available online soon!)

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

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.
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

School Holiday Programs

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.

April School Holiday Program coming soon.

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!