Blackbutt Circuit Walk

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 hrs 30 mins

6.5 km Circuit

245 m

Moderate track
This walk is a good longer option walking experience at Blackbutt Reserve. This walk visits the two larger picnic areas of Richley Reserve and Carnley Reserve, as well as the Lily pond and Rain Forest picnic areas. A highlight to this walk is the throughly recommended side trip to the Wildlife Exhibits at Carnley Reserve. This enjoyable walk is highly recommended.

Maps for the Blackbutt Circuit Walk walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Wallsend 1:25 000 Map Series 92323S WALLSEND NSW-92323S
Newcastle 1:100 000 Map Series 9232 NEWCASTLE 9232

Cross sectional view of the Blackbutt Circuit Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Blackbutt Circuit Walk

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 6.5 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


Around 4.1km of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 2.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

Around 4.6km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 1.9km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 3.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.7km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 6km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Blackbutt Circuit Walk walk.

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