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Back Creek picnic area

“We had our anniversary picnic at Back Creek. There was heaps of space for everyone and the kids had a ball.”

The Back Creek picnic area is a popular place for birthday celebrations and family gatherings. There are free gas barbecues, easily accessible picnic tables and a large field that is perfect for a spot of cricket, football and kite flying.

The kids will love this picnic area; there’s a timber maze with an observation deck for you to watch them getting lost and found again and a special mining-themed playground with tunnel and crank-handled conveyor belt for adventurers to get into the spirit of the place.

If you feel like exploring the history of the park a little more, you can take the easy walk accross the creek to the pleasant view over Minmi cemetery. Many of the men who worked in the mines were laid to rest here, see if you can find the oldest grave.

Take a virtual tour of Back Creek picnic area on Google Street View.


Getting there

Getting there:

Back Creek picnic area is 500m from the Blue Gum Hills Regional Park entry gate, off Minmi Road near Minmi.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available nearby Back Creek picnic area

Important info


  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Carpark
  • Other facilities/equipment
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • Walkers, cyclists and horse riders should remain on recognised tracks and trails as there are areas in the park that are subject to mine subsidence.
  • Water is not available, so you'll need to bring your own supply for cooking and drinking.
  • Dogs are permitted in this part of the park, but you'll need to keep them on a leash at all times and remember to pick up after them.

Wheelchair access:


This area is fully wheelchair accessible

  • Designated disabled parking spots are available
  • Wide concrete path to sheltered picnic tables
  • Toilet facilities are wheelchair accessible


Bookings are required for groups of more than 40 people


Newcastle, Phone: 02 4946 4100

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The maze. Photo:John Yurasek