For visitors of Newcastle, Blackbutt Reserve is known as a must do experience. There’ so much to see and do, that amazing native wildlife and flora right in the middle of the city. It’s an escape from the bustle of city life and is pretty much the quintessential spot for a classic BBQ or family picnic.
When people come to Australia they like to talk about Koalas and Kangaroos, wallabies and Kookaburra’s and all of these great animals can be seen while you enjoy lunch and relax in some beautiful surroundings amongst the gum trees.
Make sure to check out the enclosures to see the animals like Koalas, Blue Tongued Lizards, Bearded Dragons, Kangaroos and Emu’s up close but always keep an eye out above where you’ll see all kinds of colourful and exotic birds as they come and go amongst the trees.
There are also plenty of well graded walking tracks to explore as well for those who like to relax in a natural setting or for those who enjoy great scenery while they jog or run for fitness.
It’s fantastic for the kids, there’s children’s play areas close to the undercover picnic areas and there’ s a small gift shop information centre where kids can buy bags of food/pellets to feed the Kangaroos and Emus which is a real treat for both parties! The big pond is always teeming with life including ducks and little ones will love feeding those as well. There’s plenty of grassy space so bring a ball or frisbee for great family fun.
There is a parking fee but all proceeds go back to the upkeep of the reserve. It’s a great little hideaway amongst suburbia of Newcastle.
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