2 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Richley Reserve (car park) → Richley Reserve (Ponds end)
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sealed trail over a timber footbridge, while leaving the children’s playground behind you (on the right). This walk continues, leaving the pond behind after about 80m, then comes to a four-way intersection with a gently uphill trail into forest and a timber post with chain attached directly ahead.
(0.26km) Richley Reserve (Ponds end) → Int of Tall Trees and Forest Way Walks
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Tall Trees Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark’ sign and sealed trail gently uphill. This walk continues through forest for about 300m until coming to a three-way intersection, with a ‘Tall Tree Ridge Walk’ sign directly ahead.
(0.91km) Tall Trees & Forest Way Walks → Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Tall Trees Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark’ sign gently downhill, while keeping the valley on your right. This walk continues, undulating through forest for about 400m until coming to a level three-way intersection, with a ‘Tall Trees Walk to Richley Carpark’ sign (on the left) and a sealed trail (on the right).
(1.55km) Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks → Int of Blueberry Ash Walk and Carnley Trail
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the gravel trail and ‘Blueberry Ash Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark’ sign gently downhill, while walking directly away from the ‘Tall Trees Walk’ sign. This walk continues through mature forest for about 800m, with Black Duck Creek visible (on the right), until coming to a three-way intersection, with a metal ring fence directly ahead and a ‘Black Duck’ sign (on the right).
(2.46km) Int of Blueberry Ash Walk & Carnley Trail → Carnley Avenue Reserve
Carnley Ave Reserve
(2.6km) Carnley Avenue Reserve → Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sealed trail gently uphill, while initially passing the large timber fenced gate on the right and keeping the valley on the left. This walk continues for about 90m, passing an ‘Animals’ sign and ‘Information’ sign (on the right) and concrete stairs (on the left), until coming to a four-way intersection, with an ‘Animals’ sign and elevated boardwalk (on the right) and disabled parking and general car parking (on the left).
Blackbutt Wildlife Exhibits
(2.71km) Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail → Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sealed trail gently uphill, while initially passing the large timber fenced gate on the right and keeping the valley on the left. This walk continues for about 90m, passing an ‘Animals’ sign and ‘Information’ sign (on the right) and concrete stairs (on the left), until coming to a four-way intersection, with an ‘Animals’ sign and elevated boardwalk (on the right) and disabled parking and general car parking (on the left). At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn right.
(2.71km) Int of Boardwalk & Main Ridge Trail → Main Ridge & Rain Forest Walks
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Rainforest Walk’ sign and sealed road gently downhill. This walk continues undulating for about 260m until coming to a three-way intersection, with a sealed road (on the right) and a ‘Rainforest Walk to Lookout Rd Carpark’ sign (on the left).
(3.09km) Main Ridge & Rain Forest Walks → Int of Rain Forest Walk & Link Track
Rod Earp Rainforest Picnic Area
(3.62km) Int of Rain Forest Walk & Lookout Trail → Int of Lookout Trail & Rain Forest Walk
(3.74km) Int of Lookout Trail AND Rain Forest Walk → Int of Rain Forest Walk AND Lookout Road
(4.05km) Int of Rain Forest Walk & Lookout Road → Int of Main Ridge and Blueberry Ash Walks
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Main Ridge Walk (loop)’ sign and sealed road gently downhill, initially keeping the sign on your left and the valley on your right. This walk continues, undulating through attractive forest for about 400m until coming to a three-way intersection with a trail (on the right) and a ‘Tall Trees Walk’ sign (on the left).
(4.49km) Int of Main Ridge & Blueberry Ash Walks → Int of Carnley & Tall Trees Trails
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Main Ridge Walk to Carnley Ave Carpark’ sign and sealed trail gently uphill, while keeping the sealed gently downhill trail on your right. This walk continues through forest on a ridge for about 70m, to find an open gravel area (on the left). Then this walk continues straight ahead, undulating for about 600m, until coming to a four-way intersection, with a ‘Main Ridge Walk (loop)’ sign (on the left).
(5.36km) Int of Main Ridge & Tall Trees Walks → Richley Reserve (Short Cut Intersection)
(5.55km) Richley Reserve (Short Cut Intersection) → Richley Reserve (Car Park)
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sealed trail gently downhill, keeping the ‘Tall Tree Walk (loop)’ sign directly behind you while walking towards the road and car park. This walk continues for about 45m, passing through a metal gate to find a three-way intersection, with a road on the right and the car park on the left. Then this walk turns left and follows the car park gently uphill for about 150m, until coming to a ‘Tall Tree Ridge Walk’ sign and sheltered picnic tables ahead.
(5.55km) Richley Reserve (Short Cut Intersection) → Richley Reserve (car park)
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath gently downhill, while initially keeping the timber footbridge on your left. This walk continues for about 180m, beside a pond (on your left), until coming to a car park with a sheltered picnic table and ‘Tall Tree Ridge Walk’ sign (on the left).
Maps for the Blackbutt Explorer walkYou 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|
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.
|Time||2 hrs 30 mins|
|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 has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 1.9km is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
Around 3.1km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path, whilst the remaining 2.9km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 5km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 780m has directional signs at most intersection.
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).
A must do at Blackbutt Reserve. This wheelchair accessible elevated boardwalk gets you in amongst the trees, as you amble through enclosure after enclosure of native flora and fauna. There are even close encounters with Koalas!. This free walk is open 9am to 5pm every day (closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and until 1pm ANZAC Day). Great for all ages, this easy walk is thoroughly recommended.
Total climbing: 14m
480 m Circuit
This easy walk, which is wheelchair accessible, travels through open grasslands that are surrounded by healthy eucalyptus forest. The grasslands have two large ponds, with two black swans on the lower pond. Do beware of the swans defending their territory. Richley Reserve is well maintained and makes this walk particularly attractive. This walk is recommended.
Total climbing: 21m
731 m Circuit
This quiet and secluded walk is an easy amble through attractive rainforest. This walk circumnavigates Rainforest Creek and takes the walker into cool dense forest. You are likely to see flying foxes in the trees and if you are lucky, a Powerful Owl. Accessed from the quieter Lookout Road car park, this walk escapes the crowds well. A recommended walk, particularly on a hot day.
Total climbing: 104m
1.9 km Circuit
This walk takes the walker into a dense cool rainforest that seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle city. You’re likely to see flying foxes in the trees and, if you’re lucky, a Powerful Owl. Starting and finishing at the Carnley Ave Reserve, this walk can easily be combined with a visit to the Wildlife Exhibits and/or a picnic at Carnley Ave Reserve. A recommended walk.
Total climbing: 99m
2 km Circuit
This walk circumnavigates Black Duck Creek by following the shady Blueberry Ash trail. The walk then returns to Carnley Reserve using the Main Ridge Walking Trail. This relatively short walk has a good combination of shady moist forest and more exposed ridge forest. Make sure you visit the Wildlife Exhibit while at Carnley Reserve. A recommended walk.
Total climbing: 89m
2.1 km Circuit
This walk follows a wide trail along eucalyptus lined broad ridges as it circumnavigates Black Duck Creek. This walk starts and finishes at Carnley Reserve and while there, why not enjoy a picnic and/or visit to the Wildlife Exhibits. Combined with the excellent facilities at Carnley Reserve, this walk is recommended for everybody, on all but the hottest days of summer.
Total climbing: 92m
2.5 km Circuit
This is a good walk, a highlight being the delightful Lily Pond picnic area, with its lush vegetation and attractive flowers. This walk travels through eucalyptus forest as well as one section of road walking through a quiet suburban street. The side trip to Richley Park is worthwhile to access the extra facilities there. A recommended walk that doesn’t attract the crowds.
Total climbing: 91m
2.7 km Circuit
This walk circumnavigates Coal Mine Creek on good trails. The walk starts and finishes at Richley Reserve, which has excellent picnic facilities combined with a lovely outlook over large ponds. The well established eucalyptus forest that this walk travels through surrounds you as you walk along these trail. This is a good walk which is made all the more pleasant by using the excellent facilities of Richley Reserve in Blackbutt Reserve.
Total climbing: 90m
2.8 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
A great family length walk that takes in both of the large reserves in the Blackbutt Park. This walk starts at Richley Reserve and travels to Carnley Reserve and the Wildlife Exhibits before returning a different way to Richley Reserve. Never far from facilities, this walk suits families or those who want to stay on the wider trails. An excellent walk.
Total climbing: 96m
2.9 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
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.
Total climbing: 245m
6.5 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
Other Nearby walks
Starting from a small park in Charlestown you will follow the Great North Walk through a few reserves and along a Burwood Beach, past the heads to Merewether Beach. Exploring bush around Glenrock lagoon on the Yuelarbah Track, including the Leichhardt’s Lookout are highlights. From this lookout the track leads down past the edge of the lagoon then along the sandy beach, past Merewether ocean pools. This walk describes a side trip to the scout campsite beside the lagoon for those who have organised to camp there.
Total climbing: 181m
7.9 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Charleston Park track head and winds through the streets and the bush to the Glenrock State Conservation Area. Following a section of the Yuelarbah management trail, this walk also heads to the coast and down to the beaches. From near Glenrock Lagoon, the walk heads north along the beaches passing Merewether baths, and all the way up Shepherds hill and down to Newcastle Station. This track also offers an alternate route through Glenrock, winding down through the scout training camp and out to the beaches.
Total climbing: 287m
12.1 km One way
5 hrs 30 mins
Starting from Merewether, you will mostly follow the coast line to Queens Wharf. After exploring some of Newcastle’s (and arguably Australia’s) best beaches, the grand views from Strzelecki Lookout, you then wander through King Edward Park where you can take the optional side trip to the intriguing Bogey Hole. The walk then takes you up to more panoramic views from the The Obelisk, before you stroll through Newcastle CBD and mall to Queens Wharf. There are a few long hills, just take you time and enjoy the salt air.
Total climbing: 104m
4.4 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
This walk traverses the Awabakal Nature Reserve. Starting from Dudley in the north, this walk travels south through coastal heath and forest, until coming to Redhead. The vegetation throughout this walk is particularly attractive during the wildflower season of July to October. The side trip out to the Awabakal Viewpoint gives great views to the north along the coastline. A car shuffle would be ideal for this one-way walk. The walking tracks are a little overgrown, but if you like native forest and heath, or simply flowers, then this is the walk for you.
Total climbing: 21m
1.9 km One way
This short walk from the Awabakal car park out to the Awabakal Viewpoint offers a relaxing walk through native forest, with a quiet and secluded viewpoint at the end. The native heath throughout this walk is particularly attractive when in flower (July to October). Why not take a blanket and enjoy a picnic at the viewpoint? This short walk takes you to a lovely viewpoint through native forest and is recommended.
Total climbing: 10m
948 m Return
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Teralba train station and winds down and around the edge of Lake Macquarie. The walk passes through the Cockle reserve, and continues to Warners bay and up along the roads, before cutting through the bush to Charlestown, where it winds around the golf course and finishes at the Charlestown Park track head.
Total climbing: 220m
13.3 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows the most northern section of the Great North Walk, from the Teralba station along Macquarie lake, to Warners Bay. Most of the walking is along footpaths, through park land, or along the road side. After Charlestown, the walk heads through the bush to the old Belmont railway and along Flaggy creek to the Glenrock Scout Camp. On day two, the walk heads along the beaches past Merewether baths, and up to the top of Shephards hill, through King Edwards park to the obelisk and down to the cities train station.
Total climbing: 487m
25.6 km One way
This circuit walk starts at Webb Park and briefly travels on the Owens Walkway, before walking along the beautiful Redhead Beach to the Redhead SLSC. The rock cliffs at the northern end of Redhead Beach are inspiring and attractive to walk underneath. The walk returns to Webb Park via the SLSC car park, crossing a small creek (feet will get wet) and arriving back on the Owens Walkway and Webb Park. This walk is a good way to experience the northern end of Redhead Beach.
Total climbing: 15m
1.2 km Circuit
This walk follows a series of concrete and timber footpaths through the pleasant coastal area. This walk starts and finishes at the Webb Park Picnic Area, which has good facilities and shops nearby. The Owens Walkway has been made in conjunction with the Redhead Landcare group. This walk is great for those wanting to explore the area in a wheelchair or with a pram. There are a few alternate exits along the way if you wish to make the walk shorter.
Total climbing: 20m
2.4 km Return
This walk takes you beside the Owens wetland and then finishes at a lovely timber bridge over the Owens Creek. You are likely to see many birds on this walk, particularly if you do the walk in the early morning or late afternoon when the birds are most active. This walk is wheelchair accessible and even has a possible shortcut, ending at the western end of Cain St. This walk makes for a pleasant stroll at anytime of the year.
Total climbing: 4m
1.3 km Return
This walk visits the Owens Wetland on the Owens Walkway, before entering Redhead Beach and walking north to the Redhead SLSC. The cliffs to the north are worth a closer look. The walk then returns via the Redhead Beach car park, crossing a creek (your feet will get wet) and following the Owens Walkway back to the start of the walk. A good walk that gives an excellent sense of the northern end of Redhead.
Total climbing: 26m
3.2 km Circuit
This walk visits two lovely foreshore locations on Lake Macquarie, before gaining height and traveling through eucalyptus forest and then finally descending again to the foreshore. The forest walking is mostly along fire trails adjacent to houses and it is possible to shorten the walk by exiting onto Roma or Leichhardt Roads. To finish this walk, you can return over Rocky-high viewpoint or alternatively inland through forest. This walk explores the lesser walked northern half of Green Point Reserve.
Total climbing: 140m
3.8 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/2m
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.