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Eleanor Knight3 years ago

Uncover the natural beauty of Blackbutt Reserve

Bustling with coffee houses, cafes, shops and restaurants, it is sure to say that Newcastle is known for its eclectic city life atmosphere - so much so, many people have no idea what lies behind the city doors. From stunning greenery, rural walks and native wildlife, Newcastle offers so much more than the CBD lifestyle that it is famous for. If you're looking to experience the other side of this city, we suggest packing the car and taking a journey to Blackbutt Reserve. This stunning location poses as the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing family trip away surrounded by nature as far as the eye can see.

Blackbutt Reserve

Stunning wildlife, Blackbutt Reserve
Stunning wildlife, Blackbutt Reserve

Nestled in the suburbs of New Lambton and Kotara, Blackbutt reserve is home to over 182 hectares of land that hosts nature trails, wildlife exhibits, children’s playground areas and recreational facilities. Providing the ultimate getaway for individuals looking to experience the greener side of life, whether you’re visiting alone or with the family, this reserve is the ideal place to immerse yourself in nature. Whether you decide to make use of the many perfectly located picnic areas or enjoy the epic scenery on a guided tour, be sure to visit this gorgeous location for some time out. We have found the perfect accommodation, cafes and restaurants all located close to the reserve, so that you can make the most of your time experiencing the beauty of this natural area.


The cafe

The Letter Q

Mouth-watering treats, The Letter Q - Kotara
Mouth-watering treats, The Letter Q – Kotara

Located in Kotara, The Letter Q is the perfect cafe to visit during your trip to the Blackbutt Reserve. Here you can enjoy delicious barista coffee, tasty treats and wholesome meals that are just right for breakfast, lunch or a midday snack. Established in 2012, this cafe has quickly become a firm favourite by both locals and tourists who flock here on a regular basis. If your sweet tooth is out of control, you’re simply going to loose your mind when it comes to The Letter Q. Well-known for their epic and extensive range of macaroons, you can enjoy up to 30 flavours including fairy floss, peanut butter chocolate and snickers to name a few. Enjoy your favourite(s) with a perfectly poured cup of coffee and relax in their modernly decorated location for the perfect afternoon tea.
Where: 47 Joslin Street Kotara NSW 2289

The restaurant

Babbingtons Bar and Grill

Delicious dishes, Babbingtons Bar and Grill -
Delicious dishes, Babbingtons Bar and Grill – Charlestown

Located inside the Apollo International Hotel, be sure to visit the Babbingtons Bar and Grill for a first class meal. This premium dining venue is renowned for its relaxing atmosphere, delicious food and prime location. Enjoy a glass of your favourite labelled wine as you overlook the stunning bushland from the floor to ceiling glass wall. Relax and you scan over the autumn a la carte menu, which includes a number of mouth-watering dishes that are professionally crafted by their talented in-house chefs. if something off the grill takes your fancy, order the grass-fed 300 gram Black Angus Sirloin from the Glenelg Estate in the Hunter Valley. Regardless of what you choose, this premium location won’t fail to impress.
Where: 290 Pacific Hwy Charlestown NSW 2290

The hotel

Mercure Charlestown

Comfortable and stylish, Mercure Charlestown - Charlestown
Comfortable and stylish, Mercure Charlestown – Charlestown

If you’re looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay while visiting Blackbutt Reserve, we suggest you make a reservation at Mercure Charlestown. Providing one of the most premium night’s sleep in the area, this centrally located hotel is less than a ten minute drive from Blackbutt reserve as well as being half a kilometre away from Charlestown CBD. Home to 50 generous-sized rooms, enjoy benefits such as free wi-fi, crisp linen and room service. There is also an in-house restaurant that provides delicious seasonal cuisine if you fancy dining in during your stay; here you can enjoy anything from filling breakfasts to wholesome dinners. If fantastic service, comfortable rooms and prime location are on your accommodation checklist, don’t go past Mercure Charlestown.
Where: 109 Madison Drive Charlestown NSW 2290

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What is your favourite thing to do while visiting Blackbutt Reserve? We’d love to know!

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