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Free entry to wildlife exhibits, 10am to 4.30pm daily. Wildlife exhibits are closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday and before 1pm on Anzac Day.
For souvenirs, tea and coffee and information on Blackbutt Reserve the Kiosk is open from 10am - 3pm daily except on Wednesdays, Sundays, Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.
Picnic facilities are open from 7am until 7pm. Shelters, BBQ's and nature walks are available for use between these hours.
Office hours are from 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday, closed on public holidays.
Unique opportunity to experience close encounters with our reptiles. During an encounter you will learn about each animal including diets, breeding, habitats and conservation strategies.
An experience with our Australian wildlife in a guided tour through the exhibits. Learn as you see and touch animals during this fun-filled, one hour journey which includes encounters with several reptiles.
Reptile shows are held at 11am on Saturdays in the Wildlife Arena, you will learn about each animal including diets, breeding, habitats and conservation strategies. Tickets available at the Kiosk.
Get up close to the emus! Purchase a cone of food from the Kiosk and watch as the emus brazenly nibble at the food and cones.
Purchase an activity pack from the Kiosk and venture on a scavenger hunt at Carnley Avenue to solve the mystery phrase, use the clues to search the picnic area for the animals, also includes a small animal replica.
Blackbutt has 7 different interesting and challenging walking trails with magnificent scenery and natural features through varying forest types and along creeks. Trails are signposted at each major intersection.
City of Newcastle acknowledges that we operate on the grounds of the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples.
We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land, and that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.
CN reiterates its commitment to address disadvantages and attain justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this community.