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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

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 

Christmas opening hours

Blackbutt Reserve will be open on Christmas Day from 7am – 7pm, however the wildlife exhibits will be closed and there will not be a public koala encounter at 2pm. The reserve is open all other days over the festive season. Blackbutt office will be closed from Thursday 25 December to Sunday 4 January 2015. 

Wildlife exhibits reopen

The wildlife exhibits are now open! Take a stroll along the boardwalk and check out the unique native animals on display.

Newcastle Permanent Junior Ranger Fun Day

The next free environmental fun day is on Tuesday 20 January 2015 from 9.30am to 11.30am. The theme for summer is aquatic action, with fun craft, interactive games and critter displays on offer. Find out more.

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