I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Blackbutt Reserve 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.
Private use 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.
Large adventure playgrounds for all ages (image JW)
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 Blackbutt Reserve but there is a parking fee. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there has been a suspension of wildlife feeding talks and reptile shows.