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Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve.

Getting there and parking

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    From Sydney:

    • Take the F3 Freeway towards Newcastle
    • When you reach the roundabout at Black Hill, take the third exit onto John Renshaw Drive, still heading towards Newcastle.
    • Exit onto Anderson Drive towards Woodberry/Beresfield, then turn right to stay on Anderson Drive.
    • Take the first left onto Woodberry Road, then turn right to stay on Woodberry Road.
    • At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Raymond Terrace Road.
    • After about 4km, turn left onto Seaham Road, which turns into Warren Street.
    • Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve is located on the corner of Warren and Torrence streets

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Autumn's gorgeous blue skies make it an ideal time for picnicking. Bring the hamper and grab a picnic table for a great lunch backed by the sound of the birds.

    Spring

    Spring is the ideal time for birdwatching at Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. You'll likely see lots of baby birds around and maybe even a dedicated mother teaching her chicks to swim.

    Summer

    Visit in summer and head to the Seaham Swamp Bird Hide to catch an array of birds in their seasonal plumage.

    Winter

    Be energised by the crisp winter weather and set out on the lovely Seaham Swamp walk through beautiful ironbark forest.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    16°C and 29°C

    Highest recorded

    44.6°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    6°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    -4.7°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February and March

    Driest month

    August

    Facilities

    Picnic tables

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve

    Contact

    Nearby towns

    Morpeth (15 km)

    Walking down the historic, sandstone-lined streets of Morpeth, you'll be tempted to stop for a riverside lunch; sip some locally produced wine or browse the town's many boutiques for chic fashion, stylish homewares and unique jewellery.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Maitland (22 km)

    One of Maitland's premier stops, Maitland Gaol ceased service as a correctional facility in 1998, After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed in 1998. Now, the cell doors are open again and you can take a self-guided audio tour, a themed-guided tour or torchlight tour by night.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Newcastle (40 km)

    Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government