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Blackbutt Reserve

visit us

Getting here, park hours, maps and other tourist information... more

booking blackbutt

The perfect place for a family picnic, birthday party or wedding... more

wildlife exhibits

Koalas, Wombats, Kangaroos, Emus, Birds and... more

Blackbutt Kiosk

Be sure to pop into our volunteer run Blackbutt Kiosk... more


"Very nice rainforest – viewing of local animals – thanks for the great work"
- Overseas tourist

"Great outdoor experience for kids – highly recommend  because of the hands-on experience"
- Local visitor

welcome to blackbutt reserve

Blackbutt Reserve occupies over 182 hectares of land and provides visitors the chance to enjoy nature trails, wildlife exhibits, children's playgrounds and recreational facilities. The perfect place for a relaxing family picnic or to explore the wonders of nature.

What's New 

Blackbutt upgrade gains momentum

Construction of the amenities block and wildlife arena has commenced! Some access paths are closed and temporary directional signs have been installed to minimise disruption to visitors. Works will not affect shelter bookings, school programs and animal encounters, so please come and have a look at the progress of your favourite recreational facility.

Get crittered!

Looking for hands-on fun for your next Blackbutt Reserve event or function? Book a ‘critter encounter’ for onsite parties and events. Qualified staff provide hands-on learning experiences and the opportunity to meet, learn about, and interact with native animals. Find out more.



Enhance and support classroom learning with practical experience... More

support us


Blackbutt Reserve is a community facility and receives amazing support from our sponsors, volunteers and visitors... More