Blackbutt Reserve is located just 15 minutes from the centre of Newcastle. Set on more than 180 hectares of bushland, the Reserve includes more than 20km of nature trails, a variety of wildlife exhibits, and fabulous picnic facilities.
The reserve is popular on weekends and during school holidays, be sure to arrive early to get a park!
Blackbutt reserve walking trails at a glance
Distance: 8.5 km return (out and back).
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Track: Well formed pathways
Australian walking track Grade: 2
Start: Canley Ave, Kotara
Finish: Canley Ave, Kotara
Nearby trails: Yeularbah walking and hiking trail
Bookings/Permits: Not required
Other information: Excellent picnic and playground facilities available. Car parking available, but arrive early to get a park. Car parking fees apply.
Information on how walking trails are graded can be found here.
There are more than 20 kms of walking and hiking trails within the grounds of Blackbutt Reserve. All trails are all well maintained, with clear signposting. Maps are available at various locations throughout the park.
We chose an 8.5 km out and back trail that passed by animal exhibits and would though the native landscape.
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Blackbutt Reserve is a popular weekend picnic spot with fabulous facilities for families including a children’s playground, BBQs, clean toilets and small retails outlets for the purchase of food and beverages (limited items).
There are a range of shops on Orchardtown Road selling a variety of food. Otherwise, be sure to take supplies with you if you plan on stopping for a picnic.
Located less than 10 kms from the centre of Newcastle, Blackbutt Reserve can be reached by car or public transport. Expect to walk up to 1.5 km to the reserve entrance if you plan on using public transport. Bus and train timetable information is available here.