Contact: Ian Donovan (President) 0490 667 400

Walks Contact: John Simpson 4967 3762 or


We undertake a variety of outdoor and conservation activities throughout the Hunter Region and surrounding areas. Activities are open to all members and visitors.

The Hunter Region includes an incredible variety of scenery and habitats, and some of Australia’s finest natural areas. Community pressure for their protection, particularly Barrington Tops and Myall Lakes, was a major factor in the early establishment of NPA as a State-wide organisation. An important milestone was the formation of the Hunter-Manning National Parks Association in November 1956.

Download: Proposed additions to Barrington Tops National Park

The Hunter Region

The Hunter Region contains some of Australia’s finest natural areas, but is also one of the nation’s most important centres for economic activity. Consequently, there are significant pressures on the region’s natural areas from a variety of sources, including urban expansion, infrastructure corridors, resource extraction, invasive species and intensive recreational use.


President/Newsletter Editor
Ian Donovan – email

Liz Kilpinen – email

Walks Coordinator
John Simpson – email

Mailing address
PO Box 107, Adamstown 2289

Outdoor activities

Our walks and activities are a great way to meet like-minded people, and to explore the natural wonders of the Hunter Region. We regularly visit well-known national parks, as well as other interesting but lesser known places that are not readily accessible to the general public. There is generally at least one walk each month, usually more.

Trips range in difficulty from easy to hard, and will suit people of all ages with a reasonable level of fitness. Both day and overnight walks are featured. We also hold introductory weekends for beginners, whilst many trips are suitable for families. The highlight of the year is our annual trip to Broughton Island, but places are very limited, so you need to book early.

Coming activities are listed in our monthly email newsletter. Not yet a member? You’re welcome to come on a few trips before joining. For all enquiries about activities, or if you would like to lead a walk, please email our Activities Coordinator, John Simpson at


We hold a committee meeting every two months to plan and coordinate conservation and outdoor activities. All members and visitors welcome. Email the Secretary, Liz Kilpinen at to check future meeting dates.

Our Annual Barbeque and AGM is usually held on a Sunday in late October. Each year we choose a scenic bushland venue. There is usually an easy morning walk before the barbeque. Details are provided in our September email newsletter.

Awabakal Wildflower Walk

Held annually in early September, the Awabakal Wildflower Walk is NPA Hunter Region’s major community event. Join us in a morning guided walk with botanical experts, nature photographers and ecologists, exploring the spring wildflowers of the Awabakal Nature Reserve, near Dudley. All members of the public of any age are welcome. Easy walk along sandy tracks. For details, contact our Activities Coordinator, John Simpson at

Nature News Hunter Region

Keep up-to-date with current conservation issues, events and outdoor activities through our monthly email newsletter Nature News Hunter Region. To subscribe, or to include notices, trip reports, photos, articles, book reviews or similar, please contact the Editor on

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Our conservation activities seek to protect the Region’s natural values by influencing decisions made government agencies, local councils and others. This may involve written submissions, meetings with local MPs, letter and email campaigns. Matters dealt with include government policies, regional plans, major development proposals, and national park plans of management.

If you would like to assist with this work, please contact our President, Ian Donovan, at