Blackbutt Explorer

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 hrs 30 mins

6 km Circuit

225 m

Moderate track
A meandering walk that takes in much of what Blackbutt Reserve has to offer. This walk completes a figure 8 while following the trails around Blackbutt Reserve. The side trip to the Wildlife Exhibits is considered a must see. There are many opportunities to stop along this walk, be it at a seat along the way or at one of the established picnic areas. A recommended classic.

Maps for the Blackbutt Explorer walk

You 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

Cross sectional view of the Blackbutt Explorer bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Blackbutt Explorer

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.

Length 6 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
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.

Experience Required

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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Blackbutt Explorer walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Blackbutt Explorer walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Blackbutt Explorer walk starts and ends at the Richley Reserve (car park) (gps: -32.932403, 151.7)
Your transport options to Richley Reserve (car park) are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
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.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂