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For a relaxing and educational day out or just for lunch, visit the Hunter Wetlands Centre 412 Sandgate Rd, SHORTLAND, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
A great place to take the kids with a childrens 'Discovery Playground' featuring many of the 250 fauna and flora that inhabit the wetlands. The species are either carved into the wooden poles or painted on tiles.
A new Education Centre was completed in early 2011 and will be a place for school and other community groups to engage in learning about wetland environments.
Hunter Wetland Centre is Australia's only dedicated Wetland Centre and is managed by the community as a not for profit organisation. The Hunter wetlands are a place for education, conservation and nature based tourism. The wetlands are now recognised as a Ramsar Wetland of international significance.
More Info at these Links.
HUNTER WETLANDS
Hunter Wetlands National Park
Plants and Animals In NSW Wetlands
Steve Happ Hunter Wetlands Bird photos

If you can help with identification or with ID correction by scientific names, family group and common names please leave a comment either in private or public. All assistance welcomed and appreciated.
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Here is another art/nature gallery from my Flickr site.

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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Marine Life
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