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Hunter Estuary

  • Designated February 1984 (expanded October 2002)
  • Size Shortland Wetlands (Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia) – 45ha / Kooragang Nature Reserve – 2,926ha
  • Ramsar Criteria – 1, 3, 4 & 6
  • located in the estuary of the Hunter River near Newcastle NSW
  • The Hunter Estuary Wetlands Ramsar site comprises Kooragang Nature Reserve (designated to the Ramsar list in 1984) and Shortland Wetlands. The boundary of Shortland Wetlands is 2.5 km from Kooragang Nature Reserve and is connected to it by a wildlife corridor consisting of Ironbark Creek, the Hunter River and Ash Island.
  • Kooragang Nature Reserve lies in the estuarine section of the Hunter River. The Reserve and surrounding areas have become known as one of the most important bird study areas in New South Wales. The area is extremely important as both a feeding and roosting site for a large seasonal population of Palaearctic shorebirds and as a waylay site for transient migrants. The site also supports a significant number of birds that over-winter.
    Shortland Wetlands is a small but unique complex of wetland types surrounded by urban development along three boundaries. Previously degraded, this urban wetland has been restored with the key objectives of wetland conservation, education and community involvement. The site provides habitat for a diverse range of wetland species, including waterbirds at a critical stage of their lifecycles and threatened species.
  • GPS Co-ordinates:-
    Kooragang: Latitude: 32°51' S; Longitude: 151°46' E
    Shortland: Latitude: 32°53' S; Longitude: 151°41' E

Note(s):
This Ramsar Wetland is part of the Hunter Wetlands National Park.
For more information, visit the Department of Environment Change, Climate Control and Water website.

NSW Ramsar Sites

Paroo Wetlands

The Paroo River is the last remaining free-flowing river in the Murray-Darling Basin. Wetland types within the site include large overflow lakes, tree-lined creeks and waterholes, lignum and canegrass swamps, and artesian mound springs. It is one of the most important wetland systems for waterbirds in eastern Australia and it supports a number of threatened plant and animal species as well as significant native fish communities.
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Hunter Estuary Wetlands

The Hunter Estuary Wetlands Ramsar site comprises Kooragang Nature Reserve (designated to the Ramsar list in 1984) and Shortland Wetlands. The boundary of Shortland Wetlands is 2.5 km from Kooragang Nature Reserve and is connected to it by a wildlife corridor consisting of Ironbark Creek, the Hunter River and Ash Island.
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Macquarie Marshes

The Macquarie Marshes comprises a complex of braided swamps, lagoons, channels and gilgaied floodplain inundated by flooding from the lower Macquarie and its distributary streams. The Marshes incorporate extensive areas of reed swamp, river red gum woodland, and water couch grasslands which provide important habitat for many species of flora and fauna, particularly the large numbers of colonial waterbirds which breed here as well as many migratory species.
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Gwydir Wetlands

The Gwydir Wetlands are one of the few terminal wetlands found within inland NSW and contain one of the largest stands of water couch and marsh club-rush remaining in New South Wales.
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Fivebough & Tuckerbil

Fivebough Swamp is a permanent, but fluctuating, fresh-brackish, shallow wetland and Tuckerbil Swamp is a seasonal, shallow, brackish-saline wetland. Both are of national and international importance because of the presence, abundance and diversity of waterbirds that have been recorded there, including migratory shorebirds and threatened species.
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NSW Central Murray Forests

The site plays a substantial role in the functioning of the River Murray, is critically important for the retention of native biodiversity in the Riverina bioregion, and contains significant social, cultural and economic resources.
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Click on one of the above Ramsar sites to read a brief overview of the site, and a link to more information.