OPEN EASTER SATURDAY. Closed Easter Friday, Easter Sunday, ANZAC Day

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

OPEN EASTER SATURDAY. Closed Easter Friday, Easter Sunday, ANZAC Day

What's On



29 April – 27 May 

Mick has been a volunteer at the Hunter Wetlands Centre , as part of the Maintenance Crew, since 2014. With his mining background, Mick’s fitter and machinist skills help keep the Wetlands machinery on the go.

Mick has used his 10 year interest in photography to capture many images of the Wetlands landscape and its wildlife inhabitants.

His exhibition, ‘Insider’s View’, portrays the resident birds in action, as they go about their daily rituals.

To find out more about what exhibitions will be held for the rest of the year, click here.


Dinosaurs and More! 13 -27 April 2019

Something prehistoric has been DUG UP at the Hunter Wetland Centre.
In an Australian first, a to-scale dig site, complete with a full dinosaur skeleton has been recreated on the grounds at the Wetlands. Kids and adults alike will marvel at the size of the dinosaur, and wonder about its story.

EASTER FUN DAY  Saturday 20 April

Face painting, jumping castle, Easter craft, dip-netting, children’s playground, plus Dinosaurs and More exhibition. Meet the Easter Bunny at 10 am, 11 am or 12 noon. All included with entry. Easter Saturday Sausage Sizzle is just $2.50.

Activities run from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Centre closes at 4pm

General Entry $8     Children 3 to 12 years $5     Under 3 Free 

Family (A2 + C2) $21

This is a popular event – book online to beat the queues.

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

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

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!