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Scotts Point Way to Riverside Park trail

Hunter Wetlands National Park

Overview

Enjoy an easy walk or bike ride along the river on the Scott Point to Riverside Park trail, Ash Island, as it takes you past excellent spots for fishing and birdwatching.

Where
Hunter Wetlands National Park
Distance
1.4km one-way
Time suggested
45min - 1hr 15min
Grade
Grade 2
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Take a step back in history as well as a walk through nature. At the beginning of the Scotts Point to Riverside Park trail, you’ll find a visitor information shelter that shows some reproductions of 1860s botanical drawings by the Scott sisters, the daughters of one of the island’s first European settlers.

The trail follows the north arm of the Hunter River. It’s an easy walk or you can jump on a bike. There are two rest spots with picnic tables – one at Scotts Point and the other at your final destination, Riverside Park.

Once you’re there, you might want to get out your fishing line. There’s a jetty here – the only deepwater one between Newcastle and Raymond Terrace – that’s popular for recreational fishing.

If you’re an early riser, dawn around here is spectacular. The water is so still, it’s like a mirror, and the birds are actively fishing and foraging on the river foreshore.

Take a virtual tour of Scotts Point Way to Riverside Park trail captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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Riverside Park, Hunter Wetlands National Park. Photo: Susan Davis/NSW Government