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Blackbutt Reserve

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Took our family with grandson to observe the wildlife and of course the climbing equipment for a 2... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Hawker, Australia
Grand Daughters 1st Birthday

What a fantastic day with family and friends. So much for young children to enjoy, with a theatre... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Newcastle, Australia
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With over 182 hectares of scenic natural bushland and variety of native fauna and flora species, Blackbutt Reserve offers an authentic Australian wildlife experience only moments from Newcastle CBD. Visitors can engage in both recreational and...more
Carnley Avenue, Newcastle, New South Wales 2289, Australia
+61 2 4904 3344
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is not a reserve. It’s basically a zoo where animals are locked up in small cages. It was heartbreaking to watch the monitor lizard walking around in this ridiculously small area. The best thing about this visit was seeing an empty cocoon outside one...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sophiap240
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took our family with grandson to observe the wildlife and of course the climbing equipment for a 2 year old. We spent 3 hours here. Very neat lwans for relaxing and sheltered tabbles. A great place for a family outing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 996gordonu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic day with family and friends. So much for young children to enjoy, with a theatre presentation,great play area and lots of animals roaming around. The covered areas for shade and bbq facilities were great. It was a great celebration.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Janierich20
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The kids always have a great time, multiple playgrounds and open areas, the animals are always exciting for the kids to see. Arrive early or book a shelter because it gets very busy.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rebeccah588
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Blackbutt reserve is a great place for people of all ages, both locales and visitors. Since the renovations there is a great play area for young children, Thales have wildlife viewing areas that are all free, and some wildlife shows that have a small cost...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Michelle T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Attended Richley’s reserve for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. I hired a shelter, waste of money due to the weather being poor and having no one there. Otherwise, wise for a big celebration. The new playground is great for all ages. No cover, except for two...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mepluseve
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a highly polished zoo, but fantastic for kids and FREE!!! You can see wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, parrots, etc, etc. (oops, I forgot the peacocks). Highly recommended, especially if you consider going to an expensive wildlife park in the area.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mil_the_globetrotter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely love this place such a great day out for young or old only problem is I find the parking prices to be outrageous

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank id K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely area to enjoy with the grandchildren. A great display of animals and birds and on our last visit the wombat was out to play! There are picnic areas, free ranging peacocks, a duck pond with turtles and a playground as well as opportunities...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ruth P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great attraction and facilities with lots of animals and grass areas. Free except for the cost of parking.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ricky S
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David A
27 December 2018|
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Response from bobh666 | Reviewed this property |
Yes can take bus uber taxi
Sam D
10 October 2018|
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Response from N1648FOdavid | Reviewed this property |
No you can't get a photo holding a Koala but you can get very close to it and get a good photo
Lexie G
24 July 2018|
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Response from jenniferG83 | Reviewed this property |
Can park in car park along Carnley Avenue, but no allowance for senoirs. We are seniors with grandchildren too, and had to pay normal parking rate.