Why you should visit
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:
Learn about the area’s mining history
From the middle of the 19th century right up to the 1980's, much of the area of Blue Gum Hills Regional Park was used for mining, mostly Newcastle’s famous black coal. You will see evidence of the park’s mining history in its unusual topography – undulations and scars are still a feature of the landscape. There is so much to discover about the park’s mining history, start by walking the easy Heritage Track which features an historic 1870's chimney, one of the few in good condition in NSW. This park is a fascinating work-in-progress, undergoing rejuvenation and transformation into the beautiful bushland setting much of the park already enjoys.
Stacks to do
The local community has already discovered just how much there is to do at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, and everyone’s welcome. You can make the most of the wide open spaces, pretty bushland setting and picnic and barbecue facilities, to spend the day bushwalking, cycling, orienteering, picnicking, horse-riding, playing ball games or simply reconnecting with the bush.
The kids will love it too
For the kids there’s a maze, a cool mine-themed playground, easy bush tracks for biking and burning off energy and the flying foxes and rope challenges of the TreeTop Adventure Park. And while they’re getting back to nature, see if they can spot the yellow tailed black cockatoo, with its huge, bulbous bill and bright yellow ear feathers and tail panel, and the masked owl, 50cm long, with a flat, heart-shaped face encircled by a dark border.
Visitor safety warning - deep mine shaft near Heritage Walking Track - please take care - Heritage walking track
A deep mine shaft is located in the vicinity of the Heritage Walking Track. Visitors are asked to keep to the track and keep away from the shaft for safety reasons.
upcoming closed areas
Closed areas: Trail closures due to upgrade works (Tuesday 22 April to Friday 30 May)
Sections of the Loop trail and Blue Gum Hills Road will be closed for surface works and upgrading. The closures will apply to:
- Loop trail - sections between Blue Gum Hills Road and Tailings trail.
- Blue Gum Hills Road - sections between The Roundabout and Cottage trail.
Wherever possible detours will be made available. Notices will be at key entry points, and signs and barriers will be used to close the sections of the trail.
Walkers, cyclists and horseriders should remain on recognised tracks and trails as there are areas in the park that are subject to mine subsidence.
Phone: 02 4946 4100
Street address: Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm