Newcastle Wetlands Tour

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Escape the everyday and discover the magic of nature at the Hunter Wetlands Centre Newcastle. Just 10 minutes drive from Newcastle's CBD, this incredibly diverse and protected 45 hectare natural eco-system will open your eyes to what is one of the most important Egret breeding grounds in Australia, not to mention the reptile and baby crocodile enclosures. And if you know your ducks, the Hunter Wetlands houses one of the oldest and rarest duck breeds in the world - the famous 'Freckled Duck'.

All this and more will be viewed while being guided through a mini rain and pine forest, over board walks, and around diverse bush tracks and trails on your very own Segway.

Fun, entertaining and unique with the added bonus of a 'light footprint'.... one tour will never be enough.It will take less than 30 seconds to get your 'Segway legs' while supervised by a qualified guide. Our Segway Adventures take you 'off road' and are suitable for both first time and experienced riders.

Experience the phenomenon that is Segway with the wind in your hair while riding amongst nature. You will have so much fun you won't want to get off!

Natural Eco System

Just 10 minutes from the Newcastle’s CBD and Australia’s 7th largest city, the Hunter Wetlands offers beautiful scenery and amazing native wildlife.

Mini Rain & Pine Forests

Ride amongst the bush tracks and trails of these newly established forests. Up and down, in and out the trees – you will have a ball!

Wildlife

The Hunter Wetlands is one of NSW and Australia’s most important breeding grounds for migrating Egrets from around the world. Plus they house one of the world’s oldest duck breeds….the Freckled Duck, or better known as the ‘dinosaur duck’!

Interesting Facts

Not only do you see and smell a beautiful and diverse natural habitat, your guide will relay interesting facts and history about the area.

Schedule

Tour times available online - Please contact us or preferred online booking.

Duration

0.5 tour + training / 1 hr tour + training (52 km tour)

Price

Half hour tour - Kids 11-17 $40 / Adults $45
Hour tour - Kids 11-17 $60 / Adults $65
2 - 8 per tour (special requests can cater for extra on a tour)

Requirements

All ages 11-91. Some degree of fitness is required.
Please take along a camera.

Meeting Point

Check in at Hunter Valley Wetlands reception.

Tour Addresses

Hunter Valley Resort & Brew House – Corner of Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin.

Hunter Wetlands Centre Newcastle - 412 Sandgate Road, Shortland.

Where is the meeting point?

Hunter Valley Resort & Brew House – Old winery weigh bridge office next to outdoor dining area at the Brew House. Look for Segway flags and signage.

Hunter Wetlands Centre Newcastle - After announcing your arrival at the front reception desk, we will meet on the deck below the cafe.

What is a segway?

A Segway is a battery-powered personal transportation device with no emissions - a green friendly machine. With a maximum speed of 20 kilometres per hour, it is electronically balanced and has a zero turning radius. Standing on the Segway, all forward and stopping movements are controlled by just leaning slightly in the direction you want to travel. Steering is as simple as leaning the handlebars to either side. They were originally designed to help with city transport congestion, we just use them to ride off road with a big grin on our faces!

Are there any physical requirements?

Riders must stand at least 110cm in height. Since riding a Segway requires you to be on your feet, you must be able to comfortably remain on them for no less than 75 minutes and capable of making minor shifts from front to back and side to side. Your ability to safely control a Segway will be assessed during the training phase of your activity. If, after an appropriate amount of training and familiarisation time, our trainers assess that you are not safely able to control the Segway, for your own safety and that of others, you will not be able to take part in the tour.

Is there an age or weight limit?

For your riding safety, guests must be at least 11 years of age and weigh at least 35kg and not in excess of 118kg (no exceptions).

There is no age limit, but as stated above you do require a degree of fitness and suitable flexibility in your movements to steer the Segway.

How far do we travel on the tour?

Our 1 hour tours are very similar in length, you will travel between 5.2 & 5.5 Km’s. There is also the training period before the tour begins.

Are segways difficult to ride?

Simple to use and becomes quite intuitive in a short period of time, the Segway PT instinctively moves with you. Standing on a platform and holding the handlebars, you move forward and backward by leaning in the direction you wish to move. Once you are on board, 5 gyroscopes and 2 accelerometers sense changing terrain and respond to your body position 100 times per second.

Can I fall while riding a segway?

Yes. While the Segway balances for you, it is still under your control and relies on you to control its direction and speed. It is essential to know the limitations of your riding ability and the Segway and practice your skills accordingly. As when driving a car or riding any moving device, care and observation of hazards is essential in order to avoid collisions with obstacles. Paying attention at all times is required to ensure a fun and safe experience.

What do we need to wear?

Participants are required to wear enclosed shoes (No sandals, high-heels or thongs) but apart from this we simply recommend comfortable attire that is appropriate for the prevailing weather conditions.

How big will my group be?

Our tours operate in groups of 8.

What if my party is more than 8 people?

If the party is larger than 8 the group will be split up for safety reasons or special tours can be arranged on request.

What time do I need to get there for my tour?

We ask that the client arrive approx. 10-15 minutes early for the scheduled tour to fill out necessary paperwork. Each member of your party will be required to complete and sign a liability waiver/indemnity form and fit a provided helmet.

Is this tour offered in any other languages? Or only English?

Tours are in English, but we have Mandarin and Japanese speaking guides. Please contact us in advance to schedule your preferred linguist.

I've never ridden a segway before; will I be able to pick it up quickly?

Your safety is always our highest priority; therefore, we begin each tour with a very thorough orientation of the Segway and its use before going out to enjoy the experience! But in most cases it only takes a matter of 30 seconds to one minute to feel comfortable riding a Segway.

Can minors come on tour alone?

For safety reasons, minors (anyone under the age of 18) must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.

If I am pregnant can I join the tour?

Unfortunately, due to the risk to both child and mother, pregnant women are not allowed to participate on our Segway Tours.

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that sometimes even with the best of intentions and commitment goes a little pair shaped. However from the time that you make your booking with us, we commit your places and hold them for you. This means that should someone else want to go on the tour you are booked on, we may not be able to take that person or people on the tour.

We ask you to please understand that, should you cancel your tour, you will be charged a cancellation fee. This is, amongst other reasons, why we strongly recommend you consider travel insurance as a part of your trip planning.

Cancellation fees for our Segway tours are as follows:

Cancellations received more than 14 days prior to the tour date will receive a full refund of the tour fee.

Cancellations received between 6 & 14 days prior to tour date will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of full tour cost.

Cancellations received within 5 days prior to tour date will incur a full cost of tour cancellation fee.

Please also note that failure to arrive for a scheduled tour will incur a full cost of tour fee and refunds will not be given for any part of a package or tour after the passenger has commenced the tour.

Please note that a "cancellation" includes a change to the date of a tour booking that requires the original booking to be cancelled.

Also please note our tours go rain or shine, so please come prepared for all weather conditions. In the event the tour can’t go ahead due to torrential rain and unsafe conditions, we offer full refunds to interstate and international travellers. We offer rescheduling or tour vouchers for NSW residents. At the end of the day our aim is to ensure you get on a Segway tour and enjoy yourself – we will do everything in our power to make this happen.

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$65
Duration
Approx. 0.5HR-1HR / 5KM
Schedule
Tour times available online.
Please contact us or preferred online booking.
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