Village Green picnic area and playground

Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

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Overview

With picnic tables, barbecues, mountain biking trails, an interactive and accessible playground and bushland setting, Village Green picnic area and playground is ideal for families and large groups.

Type
Picnic areas
Accessibility
Easy
Bookings
Bookings are required for groups of more than 40 people. Please contact the NPWS Newcastle office on (02) 4946 4100.
Please note
  • Walkers, cyclists and horse riders should remain on designated tracks and trails as there are areas in the park that are subject to mine subsidence.
  • Water is available via a drinking water fountain located at the playground. However, at popular times, you might want to bring cooking water and extra drinking water.

Backyard not big enough? Why not use ours, at Village Green picnic area and playground in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. There’s plenty of parking, picnic shelters, barbecues and open space in a picturesque setting so everyone can enjoy their day. It’s perfect for big groups, and the playground is only a short walk away.

The upgraded adventure playground has a lot of fun things for kids to do. There's a baby swing, and regular and group swings. The balancing equipment is low to the ground and includes wooden beams, wooden stumps and suspension bridges (with soft fall ground covering). There's also a colourful music play space, and a sand and rock play area, reminding visitors of the area's coal mining history.

If you feel like an easy walk, try the Heritage walking track that takes you on a short journey through woodland to explore the park's mining history. There's plenty of room for the kids to run around on the grass.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Current alerts in this area

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/picnic-areas/village-green-picnic-area-and-playground/local-alerts

General enquiries

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.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Village Green picnic area and playground.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Village Green picnic area is about 500m from the main park entry gates of Minmi Road near Minmi village.

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available near Village Green picnic area in a gravel carpark including 3 accessible parking spaces.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

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

    Spring

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

    Summer

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

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    20°C and 28°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    10°C and 18°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    December, January

    Driest month

    July

    Facilities

    Please take your rubbish home with you, as there are no rubbish bins.

    Toilets

    Toilets have accessible doorways at least 850mm wide.

    • Flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    There are 10 picnic tables:

    • 8 are covered, and 2 of these are accessible
    • the other 2 picnic tables are uncovered

    Barbecue facilities

    • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

    Carpark

    Step-free access

    There are wide paved and concrete paths that leads from the carpark to the picnic shelters and toilets.

    • Step-free outdoor pathways

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Cycling safety

    Horse riding safety

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - easy

    Village Green picnic area is flat and step-free, with the following accessible facilities:

    • 3 accessible parking spaces in the asphalt carpark
    • Wide paved and concrete paths that lead to the picnic shelters and toilets
    • Accessible toilets

    Permitted

    Cycling

    Cycling permitted on public roads and management trails.

    Horses

    Horse riding permitted, but horses must stay on designated trails.

    Pets

    Dog walking is permitted in this park away from picnic areas and children's play areas. You'll need to keep your dog on a leash at all times and remember to pick up after them.

    Prohibited

    Littering is prohibited.

    Camping

    Gathering firewood

    Generators

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Village Green picnic area and playground is in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Learn about the area's mining history

    Heritage walking track, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    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.

    • Heritage walking track Join the Heritage walking track for a glimpse into the park’s mining history. This short walk follows the old rail embankment to a ventilation shaft from the 1870s.
    • Minmi Cemetery walk Take this gentle walk to Minmi Cemetery, a charming historic site that dates back to the coal-mining boom of the mid-1800s.

    Stacks to do

    Tree Top Adventure Park, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Photo: Tree Top Adventure Park

    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.

    • TreeTops Newcastle Challenge yourself on a high ropes course in the forest canopy at TreeTops Newcastle. Adults and kids can choose from over 100 elevated obstacles including rope ladders, wobbly bridges and zip lines.
    • Village Green picnic area and playground With picnic tables, barbecues, mountain biking trails, an interactive and accessible playground and bushland setting, Village Green picnic area and playground is ideal for families and large groups.

    The kids will love it too

    Yellow tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus), Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Photo: Peter Sherratt

    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.

    • Blue Gum Hills Aboriginal cultural tour Join an Aboriginal ranger on a cultural journey you won’t forget in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, near Minmi. Bring the kids along to enjoy this outstanding tour.

    Plants and animals protected in this park

    Animals

    • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

      Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

      Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

    • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

      Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

      The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

    Environments in this park

    Education resources (1)

    School excursions (4)