Hunter River

Page hero image The Hunter River begins in the Mount Royal Range in the Barrington Tops and flows around 460km to its mouth at the port of Newcastle. The Hunter River catchment reaches further inland than any other NSW catchment, and is one of the largest coastal catchments in NSW covering an area over 21,000km. 
 
The Hunter Estuary

What is an Estuary?

Estuaries are semi-enclosed waterbodies with open (or intermittently open) connections with the ocean (1). They are the tidal portion of a waterbody, and the area where freshwater draining from the catchment mixes with ocean waters (2).
 

The Hunter Estuary  

The Hunter Estuary is the tidal portion of the Hunter River. The estuary extends up to the tidal limit of the Hunter River at Oakhampton (65km from the ocean), the Paterson River at Gostwyck (75km from the ocean), and the Williams River at the Seaham Weir (46km from the ocean).
 
The Hunter Estuary is one of the most complex estuaries in NSW to manage because it is subject to a range of pressures from mining, agriculture, industry and urbanisation, but is also home to internationally important shorebirds and wetlands.
 
A number of significant conservation sites are found within the Hunter Estuary, including the Hunter Wetlands National Park, Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project and Hunter Wetlands Centre.
 
Our Estuary is Internationally Important
Sister Wetland Agreement
Our Estuary is No.1 for Shorebirds
Estuary Animals
Estuary Plants
Tips to Protect our Estuary
What is Council Doing to Protect the Estuary?
World First Water Model for the Hunter Estuary
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