Scotts Point Way to Riverside Park trail
Hunter Wetlands National Park
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.
- 1.4km one-way
- Time suggested
- 45min - 1hr 15min
- Grade 2
- What to
- 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.
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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Newcastle office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 02 4946 4100
- 1 Wetlands Place, Shortland NSW 2307
- in Hunter Wetlands National Park in the North Coast region
Hunter Wetlands National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.