Help us protect Tinderbox Hills

A conservation jewel on Hobart's doorstep; a rest stop for migrating birds; a home to endangered species.

Tinderbox Hills is a vibrant landscape of dense forest and diverse woodland, alive with the song of birds. Only half an hour’s drive from the centre of Hobart, the 67 hectares of Tinderbox Hills is one of the last areas of undisturbed nature so close to Tasmania’s capital.

The TLC has been working with the current landholders and is now able to secure this vital habitat. We need your help to buy this property and commit to its permanent management – donate now


As the weather warms and spring arrives, gums burst into bloom across Tinderbox Hills. This is an ideal spot for swift parrots (Lathamus discolor) to stop and refuel on their journey south, and they can be heard chattering and screeching among the blossom.

This diverse, mature woodland contains extensive old-growth trees pocked with hollows, a retreat for those same swift parrots. White gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) is a valuable food source for the endangered forty-spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus), and Tinderbox’s white gums feed several breeding pairs. In fact, Tinderbox Hills is one of the last spots on the Tasmanian mainland where these tiny, rare birds still nest. There are also three wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax fleayi) nests on the property.


More than 80% of the Tinderbox Hills property is classed as vulnerable blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) dry forest and woodland community, recognised at state and national levels as a high priority for protection. Two threatened plants, knotty speargrass (Austrostipa nodosa) and rockplate buttercup (Ranunculus sessiliflorus var. sessiliflorus) are also found here.

Among the gums there is a rich population of acacia and dogwood (Pomaderris) groves, sprinkled with native cherry (Exocarpos cupressiformis), prickly box (Bursaria spinosa), dollybush (Cassinia aculeata), blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) and black sheoak (Allocasuarina littoralis). The understorey is dominated by Poa tussocks, sagg (Lomandra longifolia), heaths and herbs. Tinderbox Hills may be small, but it is incredibly diverse.

Among the vegetation, as well as the many bird species, visitors might see the nationally threatened eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii), Tasmanian bettong (Bettongia gaimardie) and long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus).


This close to Hobart, there are very few patches of nature left intact as the suburbs advance. Being able to buy a property like this for conservation is a rare opportunity.

Conserving Tinderbox Hills would link existing reserves in the area, building a significant conservation area of over 200 hectares in an area rapidly becoming suburban. A short flight to habitat on North Bruny Island, Tinderbox Hills also provides important connectivity for a host of woodland birds, including Tasmania’s special endemic species.

This is an area where nature is highly prized – Tinderbox Peninsula has one of the highest densities of Land for Wildlife properties in Tasmania. The Tinderbox Hills public walking track, on this property’s boundary, is popular with locals and visitors and would be an ideal conduit to introduce walkers to nature conservation.

Following negotiations, the TLC is able to secure this vital habitat. We need your help to buy this property and commit to its permanent management – donate now

Banner image: Rob Blakers