Recently we had a lovely trip out with the kids to Blackbutt Reserve and had so much fun!
It’s based on Carnley Avenue in Kotara and occupies over 182 hectares of natural bush land.
The park has a variety of things to do such as nature trails, wildlife exhibits, picnic settings and a kid’s playground. It’s such a lovely place to wander around with children to explore the wonders of nature and ecosystems.
When we arrived at the park there was a choice of parking: either near the entry way or closer to the reserve entrance. Parking for the whole day isn’t cheap, at about $8.00, but access to Blackbutt Reserve is free. Parking is less if you only plan to be there for a couple of hours, you just pay by the hour.
What we loved most about Blackbutt Reserve is how calm and tranquil it is.
As we walked around and explored the wildlife exhibits, we loved watching the various native animals and learning more about their habitat and behaviour. We saw everything from emus, parrots and owls to a whole host of brightly coloured birds, fluffy koalas, hidden reptiles and kangaroos!
You can find out more about who you might find there here.
It’s stroller-friendly (and wheelchair friendly) too, an added bonus! The boardwalks that lead through the exhibits are easy to walk or push a pram along on.
Blackbutt Reserve is a restored rainforest and houses lots of rare species. A particular favourite of my daughters was this gorgeous Indian Peafowl wandering around!
The reserve is open from 7.00am to 7.00pm with wildlife exhibits from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. We would definitely recommend Blackbutt Reserve as a great day out for families in Newcastle!
The office and exhibits close on Christmas Day although the reserve is open.
Find out more
Find out more on the Blackbutt Reserve website: http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Blackbutt-Reserve
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