Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve
All the practical information you need to know about Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
- 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
- Seaham Swamp access See on map
- Seaham Swamp Bird Hide See on map
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'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 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.
Visit in summer and head to the Seaham Swamp Bird Hide to catch an array of birds in their seasonal plumage.
Be energised by the crisp winter weather and set out on the lovely Seaham Swamp walk through beautiful ironbark forest.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
16°C and 29°C
6°C and 19°C
February and March
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
Seaham Swamp Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Nelson Bay office
02 4984 8200
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- Level 1, 12B Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW 2315
- Nelson Bay office
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