Hunter Wetlands National Park

Tomago, NSW, 2322

Experience Details

It's hard to believe Hunter Wetlands National Park, a haven for nature-lovers, is so close to the city of Newcastle. Pop the kids and their bikes in the car and head to Ash Island, where Riverside Park is just the spot for a picnic and easy cycling or walks if you prefer through rainforests and mangroves. You can also meander to the old World War II radar station or explore the ruins of Milham's Farmhouse. For twitchers, this is paradise. More than 200 species of birds either live in or migrate through the Hunter estuaries. One of the most popular spots for birdwatching is Stockton Sandspit, right next to Stockton Bridge, where shorebirds such as curlews and avocets come to roost and feed. The diverse ecosystems also mean that underwater life is abundant. Bring your fishing rod or handline and try your luck off the jetty at Riverside Park. You won't be the only one trying to catch a fish pelicans, cormorants and sea eagles are often spotted here. The park covers 2 sections, the Kooragang area in the east and Hexham Swamp / Burraghihnbihng (pronunciation) in the west.
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Tomago, NSW, 2322

Features

Canoeing/Kayaking - Cycling - Disabled access available, contact operator for details. - Fishing - History & Heritage - Lookouts - Nature & Wildlife - Non Smoking - Picnic Area - Sports - Walks