Cattai Wetlands, Coopernook

Cattai Wetlands

Springhill Rd
Coopernook NSW 2426

Saturday 7am – 5pm Open today, 7am – 5pm

Sunday 7am – 5pm

Monday 8am – 3pm

Tuesday 8am – 3pm

Wednesday 8am – 3pm

Thursday 8am – 3pm

Friday 8am – 3pm

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New boardwalk through the wetlands following the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires.
New boardwalk through the wetlands following the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires.

Just off the Pacific Highway at Spring Hill Road lives Cattai Wetlands, a beautiful coastal wetland and hidden gem of the Barrington Coast.

Cattai Wetlands provides a sanctuary for over 180 species of birds, kangaroos, wallabies and regular spotted goannas. Make your way along one of the many walking tracks, go bird watching, take a picnic or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Visitor facilities include toilets, car parking, boardwalks, viewing platforms and interpretive signage.

There is no camping available and dogs are not permitted due to proximity of wildlife.

Opening hours

The Cattai Wetlands are open to the public:

  • Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 7am to 5pm.
  • Guided group tours are available by appointment, contact MidCoast Council (02)7955 7777 to make a booking.
  • No dogs are allowed in the wetlands.

Download the Cattai Wetlands walks brochure or see our Explore guide.

Download the Hunter Bird Observers Club brochure for Cattai Bird Route.

Cattai Wetlands site plan
Cattai Wetlands site plan

What did others have to say?

Louise Spinks

a year ago

Area is very well maintained. Biggest tip: bring your mosquito repellent! Really sad to see the water so low in this drought. Great wildlife though and careful consideration of picnic areas etc. Approx. 3km walking loop on flat even ground, perfect for wheelchair access. Ample car parking available and bathrooms available on site, were large and clean.

Veronica Wong-Van Greunsven

a year ago

Really enjoyed the Cattai Wetlands. Great walk (not strenuous) - seating along the way. Informative both Nature, Culture and directions. Plenty parking, 2 toilets, picnic tables. NB Take Insect Repellant & a picnic.

Ben Adams

a year ago

The boardwalk around the wetlands is great. Well maintained and clear sign posts with lots of interesting info along the way. Well worth a visit

Veronique Pinar

a year ago

We liked the walks, it was fairly dry in the wetlands, but birds are there somewhere as we could hear them but not see them especially where water had recessed so much!

alan ventress

2 years ago

A good spot to stop off for a short 2 km walk and stretch the legs. There is a dirt road immediately off the turn off from the Pacific Highway. Lots o beautiful water lilies and many birds. Don't forget the aerogard, the mosquitoes are voracious