See Native Australian Animals at Blackbutt Reserve in NewcastleI can’t get enough of Australian animals. They were in my life for 25 years and I completely took them for granted. I felt bereft without them and it’s only been in the last few weeks that I’ve felt semi-balanced again.
There are a two reasons I really like our native fauna. They’re usually really weird looking and it’s easy to spot most of them in the wild, depending on where you live. I never see koalas in the wild (but their numbers are strong in certain destinations like Kangaroo Island).
On the upside, Kangaroos used to hang out on my front yard and my current area is completely inundated with birdlife.Others however, are a bit harder to spot in the wild and many more, currently endangered, like the koala. So, thank goodness that there are various reserves around the country, that house many of these animals in their natural habitat, keeping them well-fed and safe. One such place is the Blackbutt Reserve in Newcastle.
The Reserve was once intended as a subdivision for the nearby suburb of Kotara, but was instead developed into a public recreational reserve. It exists now as a popular destination for birthday parties and picnics. You can throw some sausages on the BBQ, whilst guarding the bread from the nearby birdlife, including beautiful peacocks and peahens.
I usually make no mention of kid-related activities on this blog, as a very happily childless twenty-something year old, but the reserve really is a great place to take kids. There are playgrounds, plenty of space for them to run around and do whatever it is children do these days. They seem to climb less trees than I did, as a kid.
The Reptile Show
Every Saturday and Sunday, at 11am, a reptile show is held. This is an opportunity to get up close to some of Australia’s least deadly snakes, lizards and turtles (okay, turtles aren’t exactly deadly, but their bites bloody well hurt and yes, I am talking from experience). It’s $2.50 AUD for a ticket, which is hardly breaking the bank and you get to pat a snake. Enough said.
Personally, I was there for the numerous animal enclosures. Blackbutt is home to emus, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, koalas, a smattering of reptiles and tonnes of birdlife.
It’s free to enter the reserve and walk through the animal enclosures – how many places can you think of which offer that sort of a deal? (Okay, you have to pay for parking… but that aside!)
The BBQ Area
As Blackbutt is a reserve first a foremost, it’s a super lovely setting to hold a birthday party, picnic, or good old fashioned Aussie BBQ! Just make sure you guard your food from the local wildlife – they can and will attempt to relieve you of your feast, if you’re not careful.
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