Hunter Wetlands National Park

Sunset on Ash Island, Hunter Wetlands National Park (Image: David Benson/OEH)

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No visitor centresNo public transportWheelchair facilitiesNo campingNo caravan sitesNo accommodationNo lookoutsPicnics and BBQsNo kiosks/cafesWalkingDogs and other domestic animals not permittedNo horse riding trailsCycling trailsNo car touringNo 4WD touring routesNo canoeing opportunitiesNo sailing and boatingFishingNo areas recommended for swimmingNo areas recommended for snorkelling/divingNo adventure recreation opportunities

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.

Ash Island, Hunter Wetlands National Pak (Image: David Benson/OEH)The peace and tranquility of the wetlands, Hunter Wetlands National Park (Image: David Benson/OEH)

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These maps give you a basic overview of features and facilities. They do not provide detailed information on topography and landscape, and may not be suitable for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.