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Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

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Alerts for Blue Gum Hills Regional Park: closed areas


Updated: 22/04/2015 03:25 PM

“We couldn’t get the kids to leave – when they’d finished with the maze and the mine playground they wanted to ride their bikes around the trails for hours.”

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park provides a delightful day out for Newcastle residents and visitors. In a protected bushland setting, your family and friends can enjoy barbecue areas, play equipment, a maze and plenty of green space to refresh the soul. If you’re feeling active after lunch you can play cricket, go bike riding down one of the many trails or enjoy one of the easy-access walking tracks to check out the mining heritage of the park.

Don’t miss the TreeTop Adventure Park if you feel like getting right up into the forest canopy.


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.

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closed areas

Due to extreme weather affecting a number of national parks across the Lower Hunter area many campgrounds, picnic areas, walking tracks and access roads are possibly unsafe for public access due to fallen trees, flooding and other hazards. NPWS advises members of the public to stay away from national parks in these areas until the severe weather abates, and to heed general safety warnings from authorities. Further updates will be provided on specific facilities and parks once it is safe for NPWS staff to access these areas and assess damage. For more information contact the NPWS Lower Hunter area office on (02) 4946 4100.

Getting there


From Newcastle, travel towards Wallsend and follow Minmi Road to Minmi village. The park entry gates will be on your lefts, approximately 500m before the village.

To access the park from the F3, take the Newcastle Link road exit and turn left onto Woodford Street. Turn right into Minmi Road at the lights and you'll see the park entry gates on the right about 500m along Minmi Road.

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 Opening times

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is open 7.30am to 8pm during daylight savings (7.30am to 5pm at other times), but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Close to

Blue Gum National Park is close to:

  • Minmi (0.5km)
  • Newcastle (14km)
  • Gosford (75km)
  • Sydney (140km)


Check out the Bicycle information for NSW for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting fopr you in Blue Gum Hills National Park. Here are some highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • The weather is beautiful and fresh; perfect for a spot of walking or cycling

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • The picnic and barbecue areas offer lots of shade so it’s a good time to visit to escape the heat

Autumn (Mar, Apr, May)

  • A great time for cycling and walking as it cools down after the summer months



  • The average temperature ranges between 20°C and 28°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 10°C and 18°C


  • The wettest months on average are December, Janurary, the driest is July


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

Goanna on a tree trunk, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Photo: Juhn Yurasek