Newcastle, Australia

Blackbutt Reserve

Courtesy visitnewcastle.com

Located in the western part of Newcastle, Blackbutt Reserve is a good spot for some easy trail running. There are 7-8 km trails in the reserve, mainly wooded. A popular loop is the 2.6 km ‘Tall Trees’ loop, circling the Richley Reserve area of the park. Combine this with the 2.4 km Main Ridge Walk.

Essentials
  • 7-8 km of trails, including the 2.6 km 'Tall Trees' loop
  • Ranges from flat to hilly
  • Either parking area
  • Parking off Lookout Rd. or Freyberg St.

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NICHOLAS THIELE
1 day ago

This is the location of my “home” ParkRun and pretty much where my running adventures started! The ParkRun route itself is awesome with some nice challenging climbs, through some typical Australian forest. The route takes you past a large enclosure of kangaroos and emus. If you are lucky, the emus will be at the fenceline giving you their distinctive drum-beat as you go past. Most of the routes are bitumen with the occasional dirt sections where rain has washed over the top. Can get a little muddy and potholed so care needs to be taken. For the more adventurous, you can take the less beaten tracks around the south-western corner of the reserve where the flying-foxes hang out making lots of noise (though it gets a bit stinky…)

Essentials
  • 7-8 km of trails, including the 2.6 km 'Tall Trees' loop
  • Ranges from flat to hilly
  • Either parking area
  • Parking off Lookout Rd. or Freyberg St.