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Back Creek picnic area

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park


Back Creek picnic area, set in a beautiful dry eucalypt forest, offers great spots for picnics and cricket games, is close to easy walking tracks and features a maze.

Picnic areas
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

Bookings are required for groups of more than 40 people

Please note
  • Walkers, cyclists and horse riders should stay 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.

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 captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Operated by

  • Newcastle
  • 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
  • (02) 4946 4100
  • (02) 4946 4150
  • Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW

Park info

  • in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park in the North Coast region
  • 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.

    • Newcastle
      (02) 4946 4100
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4946 4150
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The maze. Photo:John Yurasek