Open over Australia Day long weekend

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


Open 7 days

Mon - Sun  9am - 4pm


(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

Open over Australia Day long weekend

What's On

January School Holiday Program

Everyday activities

There’s lots to do at the Wetlands in the holidays: pond bird feeding 10.30am, children’s playground, dip-netting, canoeing, reptile tanks and Totem Trackers Walk. Bring your bike and ride around the site or book a buggy tour.


Wednesday 15 January and Tuesday 21 January 2020

10am – 12pm Bookings essential

For 7 to 12 year olds $30 per students

Let your child’s imagination and creativity run wild in the wondrous wetlands. 

 The 2 hour art workshop is lead by Ashlee Jedrzejak who is an experienced artist and art tutor, guiding the exploration of art materials, experimentation and art techniques. 

 We will take a short walk into the environment and do some observational drawing and watercolour studies. Once we have taken in our surroundings, we will make our way back to an air-conditioned room to paint a canvas inspired by the wetlands. 

 All art equipment and art materials will be provided.

 Please wear closed shoes and bring a hat, water bottle and morning tea.

 Click on the date below to book your tickets now.


CURRENT Art Exhibition

‘Celebrating the hunter wetlands’

Rob Spedding, Pencil Colourist

Rob Spedding is celebrating the wetlands in this exhibition showcasing flora and fauna from in, and around, the wetlands. His subject matter is rendered with photo realism through his application of blended colour pencils. The vibrancy of his colours are charged under the gallery lights.

Rob took up art in 2012 after an illness and lengthy hospitalisation left him with limited mobility and unable to work. In an effort to overcome subsequent depression, he joined the Cooranbong Art Lovers Movement and later the Wangi Art Group, and quickly developed a love for drawing.

Rob has completed works in oils, acrylics, and pastels, but it is pencil drawing that is his passion and forte. He is known for the attention to detail shown in his work. Australian flora and fauna, horses and the Australian landscape are they themes, reflecting his keen interest in these subjects.

Air-Conditioned Opening:
4pm – 5:30pm Saturday 11th January

Thursday 2nd January – Friday 31 Jan 2020
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!