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The Great Bear Hunt: School holidays at Hunter Wetlands


Pssst, we’re going on a… 

The rest of the line reads “Bear Hunt”, but the manager at the Hunter Wetlands Centre in Shortland already knows his workplace has hundreds of bears hiding on site. 

It’s now up to the children in the region to find them. 

Hiding in trees, behind shrubs, on top of rocks, they’ve even been spied in the arts and craft area and gift shop. 

On Wednesday 27 September and Wednesday 4 October, Hunter Wetlands Centre general manager James Wilson is inviting young children to visit the heritage-listed site and find as many furry creatures as they can. 

“We’re aiming to be home to Newcastle’s biggest bear hunt these school holidays,” he told the Newcastle Weekly

“We’re encouraging young children and families to get outdoors, explore and learn about the wetlands.  

“Bring your teddy and join the crew as we explore the wetlands, hunt for bears, do some Teddy Bear craft and even encounter some reptiles.” 

The Great Bear Hunt will require children, accompanied by an adult or guardian, to follow a free map and clues available at reception until they find all the bears in the wetlands. 

The Great Bear Hunt is on these school holidays at The Hunter Wetlands Centre.

With plenty of space to run around, visitors can also enjoy their own BYO Teddy Bear Picnic. 

A guided hunt will take place at 10am, 11am and noon.  

Bookings are $5 plus entry ($7.50). 

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a not-for-profit powered by volunteers. 

All funds raise continue to protect the natural Australian flora and fauna on site that is unique to the Hunter. 

Established in 1985, the Hunter Wetlands Centre was once home to the Hamilton Rugby Club. 

Formerly a muddy football field, it now holds international significance – and, for a fortnight, a collection of cute teddy bears. 

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