Blackbutt Nature Reserve is a large native bushland park maintained by the City of Newcastle often referred to as the “lungs of the city”. The park includes hiking trails, picnicking areas, and a native animal enclosure which houses native animals and birds.
Eucalyptus pilularis (Blackbutt) Reserve is possibly the Hunter’s most well-known patch of bushland frequented by families enjoying a social day out with their children and circle of friends.
People remember it for picnics or the animal enclosures but possibly now the sight of the full carpark and the crowds in the picnic area when viewed from Carnley Avenue tend to deter a passive visit. There are however, many quiet nooks that can be accessed from the walking tracks and you probably won’t see another person on your travels.
There are over 10 kilometres of walking tracks covering seven designated walks that meander through the 182-hectare reserve. They can be enjoyed as single walks or linked together to make longer expeditions. Buses can be be used to access the Lookout Road and the Orchardtown Road entry points. Carparks and picnic areas are spread around the reserve…
Story and Images: Gregory Powell.