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Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia (HWCA) launched two exhibitions of photographs of waterbirds and wetlands to celebrate World Wetlands Day on Tuesday 2 February 2016.

The launch was co-hosted with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, WetlandCare Australia and Conservation Volunteers.

HWCA is pleased to partner with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to provide a long-term home for a collection of 20 images showcasing the wonder and beauty of the Gwydir Wetlands, west of Moree in Northern NSW, following extensive flooding and environmental watering through the summer of 2011/12.

The exhibition titled ‘Waterbirds Return as the Gwydir Floods’ features the work of four photographers – private photographers Joshua Smith from Narrabri and Paul Bayne of Armidale along with Daryl Albertson and Jennifer Spencer from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

The collection has toured regional centres since its launch in Moree on World Wetlands Day 2014.

We are also very fortunate to host an exhibition of 24 amazing photos of wetland waterbirds by internationally renowned, Newcastle-based bird photographer Rod Warnock.

His images of waterbirds and shorebirds from the Lower Hunter showcase the diversity and beauty of our wetland wildlife, and we hope will raise awareness of the many values of wetlands.

Images and information regarding the waterbirds of the Gwydir Wetlands may be viewed at

HWCA will use the new gallery space to host permanent and temporary exhibits of photographs and art to raise awareness of the value of conserving and using wetlands wisely.

Photo Exhibit Launch details

3.30pm to 5.00pm, Tuesday 2 February 2016 to mark World Wetlands Day
Visitors Centre, Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia, Shortland.
Champagne, wine and canapes will be served.

Contact:  Stuart Blanch, CEO, Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia, 0403 209 805 /



On Saturday 7th November Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia (HWCA) will commission Stage 1 of its Hunter Wetlands Solar project in partnership with the Clean Energy Association of Newcastle and Surrounds (CleanaS).
Thank you very much to all the sponsors who helped raise the money required. The 48 panels have been installed on the roof of the Centre in Shortland, Newcastle. 

Your help is still needed for stage 2!
"For a $500 tax deductable donation you can sponsor a solar panel on our roof. Our goal is to raise $20,000 in donations," said Dr Blanch.
There has been a great response so far, but we still need your support to complete the project.

Donations can be made
* direct to the Hunter Wetlands Centre: BSB: 032509 Account No: 231545
* or phone HWCA - p: 4951 6466 

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The cafe is located upstairs in our visitors centre and is a great spot for lunch or coffee overlooking the beautiful ponds and an array of resident birds.  Looking for somewhere 'out of the box' for your private function with great views, great food and service?  For more information on our function packages contact Jenny on 4951 6466 or email


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Hunter Estuary Wetlands Conservation - Get Involved!

Discover the natural values of the Hunter Estuary Wetlands and see how community volunteers are helping conserve the estuary. The video features Hunter Wetlands Centre, Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, BirdLife Australia, HBOC, Australian Plants Society, KooraGang Landcare, Hunter LLS, NPWS, CVA. It stars local legends Liz and Chris Herbert, Mick Roderick, Boyd Carney, Jo Erskine, Ken Conway, Stacey Maill, Bea Brooks, Peggy Svoboda, Kevin Stokes, Paddy Lightfoot, Kevin Stokes and Louise Duff.


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Walking Trails & Guided Walking Tours

Canoe Hire & Guided tours

Segway Tours

Bush Tucker Garden

Live Reptile displays & Interactive reptile talks

Bike Hire - tandums, mountain bikes, child seats

Discovery Playground & kids activities

School Holiday Activities

Breakfast with the Birds

Natural History Tours with Nova Cruises, Newcastle 

Daily Bird Feeding

Vulnerable Freckled Duck Breeding Program

BBQ and picnic areas

Bus tours catered for including bus parking available


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SEGWAY TOURS with      book now on 1300 465 636 or online

An amazing way to discover our beautiful 45 hectare site, you will journey through varied terrain with lots to see & explore with a trained guide.

It is a unique, sustainable and environmentally friendly method of transport, emitting no harmful fumes and is virtually silent with a minimal impact to the surroundings and is most suitable for accessing areas with wildlife.

Tours run every Sunday 10am and 12:30pm and 2:30pm. We are now running midweek tours Monday to Thursday 10am and 2.30pm. Please check availability upon booking. 

Cost: $65  adults/ $60 kids 17 and under. All prices includes wetlands entry.

*Please note children must be a minimum age of 11.


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Any proceeds raised helps to Support the Hunter Wetlands Centre.

Gift Shop -  Please note: Our online gift shop is currently offline, we apologise for any inconvenience. 


Discover your true nature - Volunteer today!!

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a self-funded community organisation with full charity status. We rely on the generosity and great variety of skills volunteers can offer to keep our centre running. If you are interested in volunteering at the Hunter Wetlands Centre you can contact us to answer your enquiries via email We are always keen to welcome new volunteers and run regular Volunteer Inductions which you can book in with us on (02) 4951 6466




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Wed 6 April NSW Seniors Festival
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Hunter to Harbour History Tours presented by Nova Cruises, Hunter Wetlands Centre and  Newcastle Museum. 10am Depart, Lee Wharf Pontoon, Honeysuckle, Nova Cruise. Experience Newcastle's first collaborative tour and take in it's harbour history with three of Newcastle's key attractions Click here for more information. Bookings through Nova Cruises 0400 381 787 or go to Tours run the last Thursday of the month or group bookings by arrangement.


Segway Tours every Sunday


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Hunter Wetlands Goes Solar! Click Here for more info! Help us become a cleaner better wetlands!

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