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Blackbutt Nature Reserve

About Blackbutt Nature Reserve

Tucked away just six kilometres from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle city centre lies an oasis of natural beauty and conservation. Blackbutt Reserve, spanning over 182 hectares of land, offers visitors the chance to not only engage in recreational activities but also contribute to the preservation of the environment. The reserve is a perfect blend of education and leisure, allowing nature enthusiasts to learn about conservation and research programs while participating in fun activities. Whether it’s a relaxing stroll through the tranquil bushland or a team-building activity with family and friends, Blackbutt Reserve has something for everyone to enjoy.

Experience the wonders of nature for free at the wildlife exhibits, open from 10 am to 4.30 pm daily. With a wide range of animals on display, you’ll be mesmerized by the exotic wildlife from around the world. Take a stroll through the exhibits, getting up close and personal with the creatures in their natural habitats. Just be sure to skip visiting on Christmas Day, Good Friday, and before 1 pm on Anzac Day. And if you need information on Blackbutt Reserve or a hot cup of tea, head to the Kiosk, which is open daily from 10 am to 3 pm (excluding Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, Good Friday, Anzac Day, and Christmas Day). Enjoy your visit even more by using the picnic facilities, which are open from 7 am until 7 pm and include shelters, BBQs, and nature walks.

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What to do at Blackbutt Nature Reserve

Whether you’re looking for a private and up-close encounter with our reptiles or prefer to explore on a guided tour, we offer a variety of experiences that will leave you with a greater appreciation for these fascinating creatures. During our private encounters, you’ll get an exclusive opportunity to learn about each animal’s unique characteristics, including their diets, breeding habits, and the conservation strategies being implemented to protect their natural habitats. For a more interactive experience, our guided tours offer one-on-one interactions with several reptiles and other Australian wildlife.

One of the many attractions available is the unparalleled opportunity to feed the emus. Simply purchase a cone of food from the Kiosk and watch as the emus saunter up to nibble away at the food and cones. Additionally, visitors can purchase activity packs that will keep them entertained on a scavenger hunt at Carnley Avenue.  The activity packs offer a unique way to explore the picnic area while searching for the animals. Other visitors prefer to explore the 7 different walking trails through varying forest types, which offer breathtaking scenery and natural features. With many exciting options available, Blackbutt Nature Reserve is the perfect destination for an outdoor adventure.

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One local company in Newcastle that is involved in this tourist attraction is:

Website: Decking Newcastle

Address: 4/394 Maitland Road Mayfield NSW 2304

Phone: (02) 6699 1487