Seaham Swamp Bird Hide

Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve

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Overview

See an array of birdlife at Seaham Swamp Bird Hide. A top Seaham attraction and picnic spot, this birdwatching haven is open all year round.

Where
Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve
Accessibility
Easy
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.

Seaham Swamp Bird Hide is a haven for birdwatching. Visit this great Seaham attraction to see a variety of Hunter region waterfowl, both out in the swamp and sheltering in the hide.

Located in a small wetland reserve adjacent to Seaham village, this all-weather bird hide allows you to watch from a platform, ensuring you get great views and photos of the birds without disturbing them.

Check out the surrounding signage with interesting information on the birds of Seaham Swamp or stop at one of the picnic tables for a snack amidst imposing rough-trunked ironbark trees. For another view of the swamp try stretching your legs along Seaham Swamp walk.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/birdwatching-and-wildlife-facilities/seaham-swamp-bird-hide/local-alerts

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Seaham Swamp Bird Hide.

Getting there and parking

Seaham Swamp Bird Hide is located in the northern precinct of Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. To get there:

  • From Raymond Terrace, follow Seaham Road north towards Seaham.
  • Turn right into East Seaham Road and continue for approximately 150m

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Seaham Swamp Bird Hide.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

Autumn's gorgeous blue skies make it an ideal time for picnicking. Bring the hamper and grab a picnic table for a great lunch backed by the sound of the birds.

Spring

Spring is the ideal time for birdwatching at Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. You'll likely see lots of baby birds around and maybe even a dedicated mother teaching her chicks to swim.

Summer

Visit in summer and head to the Seaham Swamp Bird Hide to catch an array of birds in their seasonal plumage.

Winter

Be energised by the crisp winter weather and set out on the lovely Seaham Swamp walk through beautiful ironbark forest.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

44.6°C

Winter temperature

Average

6°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded

-4.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February and March

Driest month

August

Facilities

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

  • This area is wheelchair-accessible

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Cessnock (41 km)

Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley and its towns, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury, boutique accommodations are matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.

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Morpeth (12 km)

Walking down the historic, sandstone-lined streets of Morpeth, you'll be tempted to stop for a riverside lunch; sip some locally produced wine or browse the town's many boutiques for chic fashion, stylish homewares and unique jewellery.

www.visitnsw.com

Newcastle (26 km)

Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

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Learn more

Seaham Swamp Bird Hide is in Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A colonial cottage

Toms cottage, Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve is also home to a historic slab cottage known as Tom McLellan’s Cottage, or simply Tom’s Cottage. Come see a fine example of a typical colonial era rural dwelling which was moved to its current location in the early 1900s. Though it’s named for Tom, the cottage was actually first built as a retirement home for his mother, Mary McLellan.

A rich Aboriginal heritage

Trees on the bank of the swamp,  Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

The reserve lies within the area of the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council. In years gone by, it and the adjoining Williams River would have provided important resources to Aboriginal residents, such as waterfowl and fish. Looking at the reserve’s abundant melaleucas today, it’s fascinating to think those very trees would have delivered paperbark for cooking, while other barks may have been used for coolamons and other wooden implements.

Bird watching paradise

Pelicans (Pelecanus), Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

Come and see why countless species live in and migrate to Seaham Swamp year after year. Look carefully and you’ll see species like white-bellied sea eagles, storks and glossy ibis. Listen out for the honking magpie goose and head to Seaham Swamp Bird Hide and see how many others you can spot. And don’t forget your camera – you’re sure to get some terrific photos. You may well see a grey kangaroo or eastern snake-necked turtle on your visit, as well as many wonderful birds. The reserve provides important habitats for a range of creatures on both wet and dry land. Roam the woodlands to see mighty ironbark and forest red gums and spot birds aplenty roosting in broad-leaved paperbarks. Some of these habitats are sadly under pressure, but revegetation is underway thanks to Seaham Primary School students.

  • Seaham Swamp Bird Hide See an array of birdlife at Seaham Swamp Bird Hide. A top Seaham attraction and picnic spot, this birdwatching haven is open all year round.
  • Seaham Swamp walk Seaham Swamp walk is a great option for walking with kids. This short walk near Newcastle and Raymond Terrace is also a must for birdwatching.

Incredible geology

The swamp,  Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

Interested in natural history? The reserve protects Seaham Quarry, a historic site containing scientifically important sediments from ancient glacial thaw water. These sediments date back 90 -120 million years, and the quarry was dedicated for preservation in 1925 for scientific purposes. Check out the remarkable streaky rock and read the notice from Professor Edgeworth David, the pioneering geologist and explorer who first recognised the sediments’ glacigene origin in 1914.

  • Seaham Swamp Bird Hide See an array of birdlife at Seaham Swamp Bird Hide. A top Seaham attraction and picnic spot, this birdwatching haven is open all year round.
  • Seaham Swamp walk Seaham Swamp walk is a great option for walking with kids. This short walk near Newcastle and Raymond Terrace is also a must for birdwatching.

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Seaham Swamp Bird Hide, Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government