Hunter Wetlands National Park walking and hiking trails

Hunter Wetlands National Park is located a short drive from Newcastle, NSW, AU. The park is a great place to wander through the mangroves, fish, cycle or birdwatch. There are a number of short out and back walks that can be combined into a longer hike. 

Hunter Wetlands National Park at a glance

Distance: From 2kms return

Duration: From 20 minutes – 2 hours

Track: Mostly sealed level walkways. Some tracks are unsealed

Grade: Easy

Start: Via Ash Island Bridge, Hexham

Finish: Via Ash Island Bridge, Hexham

Nearby trails: Blackbutt Reserve, Glenrock, Anzac Walk

Bookings/Permits: Not required

Other information: Toilet and picnic facilities available. Free parking – but limited spots available.

The Welcome Walk

The Welcome Walk is a short 1 kilometre (one way) walk that takes your through estuaries of the Hunter River. Fantastic walk for families with young children.

Time: 20 – 40 minutes

Distance: 2 kms return

Grade: Easy

Walkway through mangroves

Rainforest walk to Riverside Park

A really lovely walk (also suitable for cycling). Pass by the ruins Milhams Farmhouse, originally built in the 1860s and WWII bunkers. Check out the Hunter River and the Riverside Park – the perfect place for a picnic.

Time: 1 – 2 hours

Distance: 2kms one-way

Grade: Easy

Road through rainforest

Looking for a longer hike?

If you are looking for a longer hike, combine the Welcome Walk  with the Rainforest Walk to Riverside Park and create a loop around part of the National Park. This walk is about 7kms in length and passes through rainforest, farming land that is being generated into natural landscape, the old school house and the Hunter River Estuary. 

Time: 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours

Distance: 7kms round trip

Grade: Easy

Getting There

The best way to gain access to Hunter Wetlands National Park is via Ash Island Bridge at Hexham.  From here you can access most walks / hikes and the Riverside Picnic Area. More information on Hunter Wetlands National Park is available from the National Parks website.

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