About Blackbutt

What is Blackbutt?

We are fortunate to have a 170 hectare nature reserve in the heart of the city. Blackbutt Reserve is highly regarded by Newcastle residents and visitors to the area as  a go to destination for all ages.

The reserve acts as an oasis in the suburban setting, with native bushland, wildlife and cutting-edge play facilities. This is a popular destination for weddings, parties and social activities for locals and visitors to the area.

Blackbutt Reserve continues to develop and improve wayfinding and interpretative signage, guidelines for a track strategy, vegetation management plan and a business plan. 

More specific catchment strategies include increasing new opportunities at certain recreation areas; new multi purpose facility at Carnley Avenue, new playground at Richley Reserve and improvements to wildlife exhibits.

See Blackbutt Reserve website for all visitor information.

What is our direction?

Council adopted the Blackbutt Reserve Plan of Management (PDF) in February 2012.

This document outlines how the area can be used now and into the future. The plan is in two parts:

  • Part A contains background information and sets the direction for management of Blackbutt Reserve
  • Part B includes specific management strategies and outcomes for Blackbutt Reserve.

Where will I see Improvements?

The Blackbutt Reserve Masterplan (PDF) prepared as part of the Plan of Management indicates the main improvements to be made to the Reserves over the coming years. The Masterplan is illustrated in 3 parts:

  • Overall Blackbutt Masterplan
  • Carnley Avenue Recreation Area (CARA)
  • Richley Reserve Recreation Area (RRRA).

Our progress so far

History of Blackbutt Reserve