The Welcome walk
Hunter Wetlands National Park
All the practical information you need to know about The Welcome walk.
Grade 2Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
20 - 40min
Quality of markings
Clearly sign posted
No experience required
Quality of path
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
The Welcome walk is in the Ash Island precinct of Hunter Wetlands National Park. To get there:
- Cross the Ash Island Bridge off the Pacific Highway at Hexham
- Turn right onto Schoolhouse Road
- Park at the information shelters, where the walk begins.
Parking is available at the starting point for The Welcome walk.
Best times to visit
There are lots of great things waiting for you in Hunter Wetlands National Park. Here are some of the highlights.
With the weather mild, now is the time to get those bicycles out and ride the paths around Ash Island.
Pack a picnic to eat at Scotts Point or Riverside Park This is also the time you'll see the cream flowers of the mangroves .
This is the best time for birdwatching at Stockton Sandspit, as many of the migratory birds are here feeding. Make sure you're there at low-tide.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
20°C and 25°C
10°C and 18°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Drinking water is not available in this area so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
Maps and downloads
Assistance may be required to access this area.
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.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
- 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.