Portrait Painters exhibition now open - please wear a face mask when viewing
COVID 19 restrictions in place for visitors from the Greater Sydney Region.

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


(02) 4951 6466
Cafe: 0403537211

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

Portrait Painters Exhibition now open - please wear a face mask when viewing
COVID 19 restrictions in place for visitors from the Greater Sydney Region.

What's On

School Holiday Programs

Fly into the Wetlands these holidays

  • Pick up a Bird ID Chart and go bird spotting.   What’s your favourite bird?
  • Watch the pond bird feeding at 10.30 am
  • Climb the Egret Tower
  • Pick up some Fun Bird Activities to take home
  • Do you like survival games? Play our great new interactive game, Bittern or Bust: how long will you survive as a Bittern? www.wetlands.org.au/bittern

Dipnetting and canoeing (with some limitations) will be available.

Cafe open 10 am to 2 pm daily – numbers in the cafe are limited.

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.



Portrait Painters Hunter is a sub-group of the Society of Artists Newcastle and the artists meet every Monday morning in the Society’s studio building in Lambton Park, next to Lambton Bowling Club.

The artists meet to paint from ‘live’ models, be they family members, friends, acquaintances or professional models.  These are untutored sessions with the artists coming from all different backgrounds –  retired art teachers, some professional artists, very accomplished amateurs and raw beginners who would just like to expand their skills in portraiture.

Most artists at these session paint the face and shoulders to achieve a likeness, others paint the whole body to practise the perspective of the figure.  There may be approximately 16 artists each session so there are all different styles, all different mediums used and depending on the view, all different poses.

The group exhibit together in an Archibald-style exhibition once a year at Adamstown Uniting Church Hall, theme of the exhibition ‘Unique People of the Hunter’, with many local identities being the subjects.

Also once a year they exhibit together for ‘figures in the landscape’ where they expand on the portrait genre to include landscape backgrounds.   This year they are using the Hunter Wetlands as the theme of the figures in the landscape and having the assets of the birds and flora to include, hence the exhibition title ‘FIGURES IN THE WETLAND’.


14 September – 4 October 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!