Blackbutt Reserve walking and hiking trails

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.

The trail

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. 

trees, undergrowth, small pathway

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Map of walking trails

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.


pathway through bush
water ponds with birds

It's a good idea to book a picnic area in advance if you have a large group. More information is available from Newcastle City Council.

Getting there

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.

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