Overview

Famous for its vineyards and wines, the Hunter Region includes significant natural areas such as Barrington Tops, plus Aboriginal rock art, historic homesteads and coal-mining heritage sites.


Hunter region map

Air quality Last updated at 10:12 am, 23 May 2017 AEST

The Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network (UHAQMN) is the regional air quality monitoring network in the Upper Hunter Region.

  • Lower Hunter Good
  • Central Coast Very Good

Climate change

Mean temperatures are projected to rise by 2 ºC by 2070. The greatest increases are being seen summer and spring. All models show there are no declines in mean temperatures across the Hunter.


Featured threatened species

Common name
Regent Honeyeater

Scientific name
Anthochaera phrygia

Status in NSW
Critically Endangered

Commonwealth status
Critically Endangered

The Regent Honeyeater is a striking and distinctive, medium-sized, black and yellow honeyeater with a sturdy, curved bill. Adults weigh 35 - 50 grams, are 20 - 24 cm long and have a wings-pan of 30 cm. Its head, neck, throat, upper breast and bill are black and the back and lower breast are pale lemon in colour with a black scalloped pattern. Its flight and tail feathers are edged with bright yellow. 


Beaches

Pollution forecast for:

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beaches

Pollution is unlikely, enjoy your swim!

beaches

Pollution is possible, take care.

beaches

Pollution is likely, avoid swimming today!

THINGS TO DO & SEE

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Aeroplane Hill walking track

Aeroplane Hill walking track has wildlife and wetlands in the sub-alpine region of Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: J.Spencer

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Coal River Precinct

The site of convict coalmines and Newcastle's maritime signalling station during the 1800s. Photo: S.Watters

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The Bogey Hole

Convict-built ocean baths hewn out of a rock face for the personal use of Major James Morisset in 1819. Photo: Newcastle Tourism

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Glenrock mountain biking trails

Spend the day riding your mountain bike on the trails in Glenrock State Conservation Area near Newcastle. Photo: S.Sursok

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Maitland Correctional Centre

Serve some time discovering the Maitland Gaol, hear stories of prisoners and daring escapes. Photo: Maitland City Council

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Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages

Explore the walking tracks, beaches and Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages in Myall Lakes National Park. Photo: J.Spencer

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