Myall Coast Thursday Walkers head to Blackbutt Reserve Opinion by News Of The Area - Modern Media - August 16, 2016 The group at the Blackbutt Reserve. Dear News Of The Area, Another perfect winter’s day, too good not to join the Thursday Walkers on their sojourn to one of Newcastle’s best loved attractions, Blackbutt Reserve. Blackbutt Reserve, over 182 acres of bush land in the suburb of New Lambton, started life as a Depression era subdivision that was doomed to failure. The then New Lambton council purchased the land for a public recreational reserve and in 1938, on the inception of Newcastle City Council, it was placed in their trusteeship where it has been ever since. Much work and many improvements over the years have resulted in today’s fabulous family playground and tourist attraction. Two walks to choose from through the bush and a few climbs to loosen the sinews and oil the joints. We ran the gauntlet through the bat colony and happily most remained guano free. Both groups met up at the boardwalk that meanders through the native flora and fauna reserve. Want your business advertised online with the News Of The Area? With 11,383 page-views over the last one month, you’ll reach your online audience & customers. Email us today for a quote: [email protected] Great fun was had spotting and identifying different species, greatly helped by the information provided. Well done those who spotted the wombat. We finished off with a picnic lunch in comfort, some making use of the numerous and well cared for barbecues. Thank you Newcastle City Council for this great facility. And all for just an $8.00 parking fee.