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is a 182-hectare piece of nature in suburban Newcastle. The reserve sits entirely within the boundaries of an 1863 coal mining lease
. In 1934, six hectares of bushland were purchased by New Lambton Council at the behest of Joe Richley. Restoration of the overgrown reserve commenced in 1963 by Newcastle City Council and over subsequent years animal displays, barbecues, shelters, playgrounds, walking tracks and picnic tables have been added.
There is plenty of space here for people to spread out, the walking tracks
are well marked and vary in difficulty and scenery. The reserve is well maintained by Newcastle City Council and made up of natural bushland, grassed lawns, paths and playgrounds
of a picnic shelter can be guaranteed by paying a reservation fee to the council. Meet some wildlife
by visiting the fenced enclosures or the elevated wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. You will certainly see emus, kangaroos, wombats, koalas, peacocks and brush turkeys.
An on-site kiosk
provides a range of snacks, tea, coffee, ice cream and souvenirs as well as "emu food". There are also a variety of shops nearby on Orchardtown Road, New Lambton and Westfield Kotara.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in the reserve and the use of bicycles, motorcycles and scooters is prohibited. It is free to visit but there is a parking fee. Due to COVID-19
restrictions, there has been a suspension of wildlife feeding talks and reptile shows.
The picnic facilities are open from 7am until 7 pm daily and the wildlife exhibits are open from 10am until 4.30pm daily but are closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday and before 1pm on Anzac Day.
is a wonderful resource for the people of Newcastle as well as visitors to visit,
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