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Blackbutt Reserve, Newcastle

(4.5/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Blackbutt Reserve provides a nature escape from Newcastle. Located in the southwest corner of the suburb of New Lambton, this reserve offers 182 hectares (450 acres) of bushland, nature trails, and recreational facilities. Visit the wildlife exhibits, including ones displaying the Australian king parrot, the brush-tailed rock wallaby, and the eastern long-necked turtle. Hug a koala at Koala Encounters and enjoy a picnic at one of the four picnic areas. Kids can enjoy the onsite playground, and the barbecue area makes a fine place for a picnic. The parking lot can fill on weekends, so try to arrive early if you drive there on a Saturday or Sunday. Plan your visit to Blackbutt Reserve and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Newcastle trip builder.
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  • There's a range of tree-shaded walks graded for fitness levels. We are both senior citizens and managed the easy walks with no problem. The reserve itself is free, with a limited range of animals exce...  more »
  • There's an area that has native animals on display. We visited on a weekday so it wasn't too crowded or noisy and thought it was quite relaxing and soothing. It's great place for families with childre...  more »
  • koalas,emus,kangaroos,lizaeds,snakes,,whole bunch of birds..BBQ areas..great place for kids..I cant believe the stupid council charges you to park in the carpark though. My apologies for Newcastle Cit...  more »
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  • Great spot for a family day out or group day out. Plenty of parking and picnic areas, BBQ's and grassed area for the kiddies to run. The elevated walk through the animal exhibits was really well done and has a good view of the animals. Plenty of peacocks wandering around to feed or photograph. There is no entry fee but you have to pay for parking which is used to help fund the reserve.
  • Really nice spot for a picnic or visit on a sunny day. Cool area with animals as well and free (except parking)
  • It's a cute little almost zoo. And when entry is free that's more than enough! Make sure to go a bit before 2 to see the koala's move, that's when they're fed.
  • This place is awful! Don't know how they're able to call themselves a "wildlife reserve" when what they have are a few stressed emus and kangaroos in an unsupervised cage free for kids to feed them rubbish. When I went to ask the staff about the status of their animals, I only got pathetic excuses as to why they're not well carried for and rude attitude. She even admitted they aren't a wildlife reserve and are falsely advertising and that that was ok!!! Outrageous!!! This place is a glorified petting zoo and should be avoided as they do not have animal welfare on their priority list!!! Disgusting.
  • The scenery is very nice and there is many locations where you can lay a blanket on the grass and have a picnic. There are a variety of animals you could go see and there is playground so its a good place to take your children. Not a very expensive place to go as most things are free unless you were wanting to see certain animals and sections of the reserve.