Named for the coastal Blackbutt Eucalyptus pilularis. Blackbutt Forest Reserve is a unique natural bushland of some 250 acres, and hosts a variety of bird life and vegetation.

Wentworth Cottage Park – Pioneer Drive

John E Reddall built Wentworth Cottage in 1896 and named the cottage after his Great Grandfather: original Shellharbour landowner, D’Arcy Wentworth. The beautiful brick homestead was trimmed with iron and lace

In 1914, John Carmody purchased the property and worked it as a dairy farm. His son Ray, born at the cottage in 1915, continued on the farm and contributed greatly to the local community.  The Carmody’s owned the farm until NSW Housing Commission resumed it in the 1970’s, and the cottage was subsequently demolished.

Today, Wentworth Cottage Park marks the site of the original property. A hedge maze represents the original floorplan of the beautiful home, which had splendid views towards Lake Illawarra.

Opening hours

Monday  9.30am–8pm
Tuesday 9:30am–8pm
Wednesday 9:30am–8pm
Thursday 9:30am–8pm

Friday 9.30am–5pm
Saturday 9am–3pm
Sunday 12pm–3pm

Shellharbour City Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of Dharawal Country and recognises their continued connection to the land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and the contribution they make to the life of this city.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed.