Playgrounds, peacocks, koalas and kids. How much fun is a family day out at Blackbutt Reserve?
Located in New Lambton, Blackbutt Reserve is a 182 hectare reserve which features native animal reserves, walking trails, children’s playgrounds and tranquil picnic areas with free electric barbeques. The park comprises of five main picnic areas but the most popular with families is the Black Duck Picnic Area (entrance via Carnley Avenue).
The popularity is definitely due to the native wildlife exhibits including koalas, emus, wallabies and wombats. A series of boardwalks make it easy to push a stroller and let young ones view the creatures up close in the enclosures. Older kids will love running up and down the boardwalks from one enclosure to another.
These enclosures include birds, lizards, snakes, wombats and koalas. Kangaroos and emus are nearby in an enclosed paddock. If you want to get up close and personal with a koala, participate in the Koala Encounter every day at 2 p.m. where you can can pat and take photos with one of the resident koalas. (Charges apply).
Also contributing to the popularity of Black Duck area is the playground. The Bower Bird playground is designed for children ages 2 to 10. It features a large climbing structure, roundabout, see saw, a group swing, 2 slides and musical instruments.
The park is usually busy on weekends as it’s a popular spot for birthday parties and other large gatherings. Often shelters will be booked but there are plenty of other picnic areas to use. There’s a large grassy area so bring a ball or Frisbee.
Address: Carnley Avenue, New Lambton, NSW
Cost: Wildlife exhibits admission is free. Car parking at Carnley Ave attract a hourly/daily fee.
Opening Hours: Wildlife Exhibits open 9am to 5pm every day. (Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and before 1pm ANZAC Day).
Public Toilets: Yes
Water Fountain: Yes
Picnic Facilities: Plenty of picnic tables and shelters
Café Nearby: Yes. Pioneer Cottage sells tea, coffee and snacks including emu food.