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 has been able to secure this vital habitat. We need your help to buy this property and commit to its permanent management - donate now

a refuge for endangered birds

Tinderbox Hills, right on Hobart’s doorstep, is truly special and has been well-known to the TLC for many years. It has an incredibly rich mix of habitats brimming with wildlife, from the canopy tops to the deep gullies. The towering blue gums (Eucalyptus globulus) had a superb flowering season over the summer and the swift parrots (Lathamus discolor) and their young have now headed north for winter on the mainland.

Listen to swift parrots on the Tinderbox Hills property (clicking the link will download an audio file to your computer).

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.

Listen to the breeding call of the forty-spotted pardalote (clicking the link will download an audio file to your computer).

a diverse, delightful woodland

More than 80% of the Tinderbox Hills property is classed as vulnerable blue gum dry forest and woodland community, recognised at state and national levels as a high priority for protection.

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).

the perfect location

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.

View a map of the proposed reserve (clicking the link will download a PDF to your computer).

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