Welcome to Kooragang Wetlands
Explore the history of the islands in the estuary of the Hunter River. Walk in nature on the boardwalks and trails on Ash Island. Have a picnic at one of the many rustic tables and benches scattered around the Schoolmasters House precinct.
Self-service tea, coffee, water and maps plus ecological and family history information is available in the historic and lovingly restored Schoolmasters House.
Hunter Wetlands National Park is accessed via the Ash Island bridge, 12 km west of Newcastle.
Hunter Local Land Services have a works facility and volunteer program and are involved in supporting revegetation and natural resource management on and beyond Ash Island.
The Schoolmaster House has local significance. It was built in the mid 1890s to house the schoolmasters who administered and taught at the Ash Island Public School located a stroll to the west. The house has stood through floods, been the home of many tenants and during WWII was leased by the RAAF.
Sturdily built of double brick, the house has Baltic Pine ceilings, Tallowwood floors, cedar doors and windows, and three marble fireplaces.
Significantly it is the last of the buildings on the islands in the estuary still standing on its original footprint.