1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


Open 7 days

Mon - Sun  9am - 4pm

CLOSED Easter Friday, Easter Sunday, ANZAC Day


(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

What's On

Teddy Bears Picnic - October School Holidays

If you go down to the Wetlands
on Tuesday 1 October or Friday 11 October
you’re sure of a big surprise
cause they’re the days
the Teddy Bears have their picnics!

Bring your teddy and a picnic and join in the teddy bear games, craft, dip-netting and more. At 12 o’clock all the teddies (and owners) will gather for a teddy parade around the pond. 

CURRENT Art Exhibition

Inspired by the Wetlands 

Exhibition by 28 artists of the Society of Artists, Newcastle.

3 – 28 September 2019

This exhibition showcases the work of twenty eight members of the Society of Artists, inspired by the many facets of wetlands and their inhabitants.  Some paintings feature the wetlands of the Hunter Wetlands Centre, and the birds and wildlife found there, whilst others feature various wetlands or wildlife in the region. 

Official opening Saturday 7 September at 2.30pm. All welcome.


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!