Hunter Wetlands Centre is CLOSED this ANZAC Day.

1 Wetlands Place,

Shortland NSW 2307


Open 7 days

Mon - Sun  9am - 4pm
Except Public Holidays


(02) 4951 6466

1 Wetlands Place

Shortland, NSW 2287

Hunter Wetlands Centre is CLOSED this ANZAC Day.

What's On


School Holiday Programs

April School Holiday Program are out now!

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Reptile Encounters

Weekends at 12.30 pm

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May 4th 2018 10am-12pm

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School Holiday Programs


Get the kids off the couch and out into the fresh air at the Wetlands.

There are always lots to do like dip-netting, Discovery Playground, climbing the Egret Tower and there are special school holiday program available to keep the whole gang entertained.

Some activities require booking and others are just drop in.

Bush Skills, Art Days, Explorer Club – there’s something for all age groups and interests.

Holiday Timetable:
Magpie Geese Feeding – 10:30am everyday – FREE
Reptile Encounter – 12pm Tuesday & Wednesday of holidays – FREE
Wetlands Explorer & Wetlands Passport – self-run, everyday – FREE
Discovery Playground – everyday – FREE
Dipnetting – self-run, everyday – gold coin donation

Click through to the link below to read more about our special activities and book in!

  • Holiday Fun – Bush Skills

  • Holiday Fun – Bush Skills FRIDAY

  • Kids Art Day – Candle Making

  • Kids Art Day – Journey Sticks Ticket

  • Kids Art Day – Masks

  • Kids Art Day – Nests & Their Eggs

  • Kids Art Day – Plaster Art





May 4th – Play Outside Day


Bring your preschool age children along to this fun, nature-focused, outside play event.


Cost: $5 a family (tickets available online soon!)

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

On Saturdays and Sundays at 12.30 pm 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!