Hunter Wetlands National Park; “Dunns Creek” Short Day Tour – approx 15klm return
- Single: $120.00 per person
- Group Rate (4 or more) $105.00 per person
- National Park Fee $4.35 adult concession $2.17
- Cost includes Morning/Afternoon Tea
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After launching our paddling route will travel a short distance along the edge of Fullerton Cove to allow everyone to practise their kayaking skills. As you learn we will explore the mangrove forest found along the side of the cove with explanations from your guide on the ecological importance of the mangroves and wild life found in this area as well as some of the history of the Hunter and the rivers’ role in the development of modern Australia.
When everyone is confident we will make our way across to the western shores of Sandy Island, located like a sentinal at the mouth of Fullerton Cove and easily accessed by kayak. The island has an interesting past, you can step ashore to view the “Old Munitions Store” ruins located on the island or paddle past and discover more remains among the mangroves. Sandy Island is also home to the remains of an old shipwreck. The wreck is thought to be the steam tug Ajax or possibly the original Newcastle Harbour Pilot boat, both were scuttled in the area. Of course it also might just have been Captain Hooks ship!
From Sandy Island our journey will take us over to the Eastern shoreline of the cove to “Smiths Island” for a well earned rest stop on the secluded beach. After morning tea we will take a path around the southern end of the Island and enter the magnificent Dunns Creek located a short distance along the Hunter river.
As you paddle along exploring this pristine waterway it really is hard to imagine you are so close to a major city. Most day’s it is possible to see White Bellied Sea Eagle’s in the Mangrove canopy, or flying overhead in search of prey. The National Park is an important stopover for many migrating birds with more than 30 known varieties documented.