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Seaham Swamp walk

Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve

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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.

0.6km return
Time suggested
20 - 40min
Grade 5
Opening times

Seaham Swamp walk is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger

What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.
  • Please note this route is not well signposted.

Enjoy a short walk through ironbark forest with lovely views of the adjacent Seaham Swamp. A great option for walking with kids, this 300m track is ideal for birdwatching and nature-spotting. Keep your eyes peeled – it’s likely you’ll spy a range of waterfowl and migratory birds, and perhaps a goanna or grey kangaroo too.

Continue on to the swamp itself or the nearby Seaham Swamp Bird Hide to catch sight of its birdlife and maybe even some of the more elusive residents like eastern snake-necked turtles.

Located in Seaham, north-west of Raymond Terrace and about 40km from Newcastle, the track begins at the old stone church on Seaham Road. This walk also boasts other fascinating heritage attractions like the colonial-era Tom’s Cottage, complete with a corrugated-iron roof. And don't be put off by the Grade 5, it's an easy walk for the whole family even though there's no directional signage.

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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