Thank you for coming to the Estuary Festival last year (15th April 2018):

The Estuary Festival was a fantastic day out on Sunday 15th April 2018 at Kooragang Wetlands, Ash Island. Activities on the day included Aboriginal cultural activities and tour, Basket weaving workshop, Kayak tours, NPWS Discovery Ranger tours, Learning about local history, Bird observing, Horse and cart rides, Visiting the historic Schoolmasters house, Art exhibition, Bus tours of Ash Island, Kids craft and Live music. Food and drinks were available as well plus much more. We will be posting more here on our website about the event in time. Thanks to all who came on the day as well as those involved in making it such a great day.

So where is Kooragang Wetlands?

You can see it here on Google Maps. Kooragang Wetlands (Ash Island) is accessed via the Ash Island Bridge, 100 m east of McDonalds on the Pacific Highway at Hexham (12 km west of Newcastle). From Sydney, take the F3 north to the end of the Freeway. Turn right towards Newcastle and travel 7.5 km along the Pacific Highway until you reach the Ash Island Bridge.

Fantastic footage of birds at Hexham Swamp by Lene Parashou

What type of birds can you find around Hexham Swamp? The following video prepared by Lene Parashou is well worth watching.
Also, here is a list of all the birds featured in the video (by order of appearance). ←

Planting Days on our Blog:

Interested in joining us on a planting day? Have a look through our Blog to catch up on planting days organised by Kooragang Wetlands. ←

Volunteer Newsletter Archive:

We have Volunteer Newsletters (going back over ten years) that are now available in the Volunteer Newsletter Archive for you to discover. ←
If you are interested in learning more about KWRP’s history, our newsletter is a good place to explore!

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Events from 2016:

Visitors enjoyed a fun filled day out on 17th April with free activities for all ages, including: mangrove boardwalk tours, fishing clinics, reptiles and native animals, weaving workshops, kids craft and activities, horse and cart rides, live music, facepainting, island bus tours, and more.
Check out our Events from 2016 page for more photos. ←


Learn more: Flying for your life

“Millions of shorebirds fly between Australasia and the Arctic every year. They navigate over oceans using stars and magnetic fields, they sleep with half their brain at a time while they’re on the wing. But for some of them, this will be the last…”
Find out more about the migratory species that gather and feed in the saltmarsh and mud flats of the Hunter Estuary. ←

Hunter Landcare Links – A monthly update into Landcare news across the Hunter:

Hunter Landcare Links is a monthly update provided by Hunter Local Land Services that offers updates on Landcare news in the Hunter region.
It gives information about recent and upcoming events and also highlights grant and funding opportunities within the Hunter.
Find out more by joining the Hunter Local Land Service mailing list or by looking through previous issues on our website to keep up to date. ←


Marine Debris Clean-ups:

There were several marine debris clean-ups in 2016 to prevent debris from entering our waterways and ocean.
To find out more about them, have a look at our Marine Debris page. ←


Events from 2015:

Budding photographers of all ages were invited to enter the Shorebird Snapshot Photography Competition 2015, which ran 15-22 November.
The inaugural competition aimed to highlight the importance of Stockton Sandspit, a vital habitat for migratory shorebirds which fly across the globe every year to spend the summer in the Hunter. If you are interested in learning more, click here to see the Events from 2015 page. ←

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What is the Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project?

The Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project (KWRP) covers 1590 hectares on three sites in the Hunter River estuary adjacent to a major port and industrial complex as well as a large urban area (Newcastle) in New South Wales. It is one of the largest active coastal rehabilitation projects in Australia. KWRP was initiated in 1993 to compensate for the loss of fish, shorebird and other wildlife habitat in the Hunter estuary caused by 200 years of draining, filling and clearing. The wetlands feature expanses of mangrove and saltmarsh, and in non-tidal areas, riparian woodlands, remnants of lowland floodplain rainforest and ephemeral, freshwater wetlands.
KWRP has focused on adaptive ecosystem management.


Out and About:

Find out about some of the interesting projects and experiences we have been involved in, are watching with interest, or are impressed by.
If you would like to find out more, visit the Gallery page by clicking here. ←


Marine Debris:

The Marine Debris Video Challenge is well worth checking out.
See how six high schools from the Throsby Catchment Area bring attention to the serious issue of rubbish in our waterways and ocean here. ←

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Orchids of the Hunter Region:

Over 150 orchid species were found while collecting orchid specimens from the Hunter Region for the herbarium at the Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney. Elisabeth Burton has been a life-long naturalist; a botanist, bushwalker, photographer and bush regenerator.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Orchids of the Hunter Region, click here. ←

Butterflies and Bushland:

Butterflies and Bushland is a 124 page illustrated guide to the butterflies of Ash Island, first printed in 2011. Copies of the illustrated guide can be purchased now at the Kooragang Wetlands Office in the Schoolmaster’s House, on Ash Island.
It was written and compiled by Julia Brougham and illustrated by Rosie Heritage.
If you are interested in finding out more about the guide, click here. ←


History of the Hunter Estuary:

The history of the Hunter River estuary is the history of the Kooragang Wetlands.
For more information on the History of the Hunter Estuary, click here. ←


Our vision, aims and objectives:
Our vision is for an estuary in which healthy, restored fisheries and other wildlife habitat is in balance with a thriving port, the whole providing opportunities for research, education and recreation for people. Our aims are:

  • To help redress the loss of fisheries, shorebird, threatened species and other wildlife habitat in the Hunter Estuary due to clearing, draining and filling over the past 200 years by conserving, restoring and improving Kooragang Wetlands for nature conservation.
  •  To link applied research to wetland management and develop complementary opportunities for research, environmental education, recreation and nature-based tourism and demonstrate that local industry and conservation can work together for their mutual benefit.