Hunter Wetlands National Park
All the practical information you need to know about Hunter Wetlands National Park.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
- Drive north along the Pacific Highway towards Hexham
- Just before Hexham McDonalds (on the left at the lights), turn right across the Ash Island Bridge.
Park entry points
- Hunter Wetlands access See on map
- Stockton sandspit See on map
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.
By public transport
For information about public transport options, visit NSW Transport – Newcastle Buses and Ferries.
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
Maps and downloads
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.
- 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.
02 4946 4100
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 1 Wetlands Place, Shortland NSW 2307
- Newcastle office
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Charlestown (16 km)
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Cessnock (38 km)
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