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Blackbutt Reserve

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by Janelle (subscribe)
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.
Published November 16th 2020
Fabulous flora, fauna and family fun
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Nature on the doorstep of Newcastle (image JW)


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.

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Thank you Mr Richley (image JW)


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.

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Plenty of natural bushland walks (image JW)


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.

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Large adventure playgrounds for all ages (image JW)


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.

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Sheltered bbq areas (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.

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Native animals on display (image JW)


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.

Blackbutt Reserve is a wonderful resource for the people of Newcastle as well as visitors to visit,
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Why? Great family fun in a bushland setting
When: 7am to 7pm daily
Phone: 0249043344
Where: Carnley Avenue Kotara NSW 2289
Cost: Free entry but parking fees of $4 p/h, $12 p/d apply
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