1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


(02) 4951 6466
Cafe: 0403537211

What's On

School Holiday Programs

June /July School Holidays

Looking for something to do in the holidays? June/July is a great time to visit the Wetlands. From Monday 28 June our new Animal House will be open. Visit the frogs, blue-tongues, eel, Pygmy Bearded Dragon and Children’s Python in their new home. A Reptile Ranger will be there to show you around between 9.30am and 1.00pm weekdays.

Go on a Wetland Safari in search of Threatened Species. Find 10 of them and you can go in the draw to win a fabulous prize.

Come dip-netting or canoeing; watch the pond bird feeding; take a leisurely walk to the Egret Tower or the Bittern Bird Hide. Check out our new nature play sites. Bring your bike and ride out to the rainforest. There’s lots to do!

If you forget your picnic lunch you can always eat at the café.

Creative Workshop

Newcastle Libraries are presenting two FREE workshops at the Wetlands in the school holidays. The workshops are based on the illustrations by local artist Liz Anelli in the children’s book Dry to Dry.

Inspired by the descriptive language and rich illustrations of the Newcastle Libraries’ Dry to Dry exhibition, Michelle Hallinan of Artis Naturae, and Karen Eastwood of Story Spot, take you on a creative sensory journey of the Hunter Wetlands Centre. You will take home an artwork of images and words that describe your experience connecting with nature.

Tuesday 29 June 10am – 11.30am
Tuesday 6 July 10am – 11.30am

Ages: 8-12 years

Bookings essential – get a free ticket but be quick, places are limited!
The workshop is free and children of HWCA members are entitled to free entry to the Wetlands.
Non-members – $5 entry to the Wetlands to be paid on the day.

If you are unwell, or someone in your household is unwell, please stay home.

Spaces are limited so please cancel if you can no longer attend. 

Please wear enclosed shoes and bring a raincoat.


Brushes in the Marshes

A collection of artworks by Art Lovers Movement.

Official Opening Saturday 29th May
3.30 for 4pm Opening

Bookings for the opening are essential and can be made by phoning
Hunter Wetlands Centre Reception on 49516466.    

Hunter Wetlands Art Space
28th May to 25th June
Open daily 9am-4pm

Invite to next exhibition (Newcastle Printmakers and Hunter Sculptors)



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!