Bushcare groups and where we work
The City of Hobart Bushcare program supports 14 Bushcare groups working throughout across Hobart's bushland reserves.
Most groups get together once a month to help care for their local bushland reserve and its natural values.
Find your local Bushcare group below or by using our Bushcare groups map.
Cornelian Bay Bushcare
Meets: Fourth Sunday of the month, 10 am - 12.30 pm.
Cornelian Bay Bushcare protects Hobart’s rare coastal vegetation around picturesque Cornelian Bay, which extends into the open grassy woodland of the Queens Domain and has great views of the River Derwent and kunanyi/Mount Wellington.
Meets: As required.
Believe it or not there are many small rock climbing areas in Hobart, including at Waterworks Quarry and Fruehauf in South Hobart, as well as the big one, the Organ Pipes under kunanyi/Mt Wellington.
Crag Care was created for rock climbers who want to help care for and maintain local Hobart ‘crags’ within the city’s bushland reserves.
After a two-year hiatus Crag Care is back in action and working hard to protect their beloved climbing areas. More information on the Crag Care group and how to join can be found on the Crag Care Tasmania website.
Fern Tree Bushcare
Meets: Second Sunday of the month, 10 am - 12.30 pm.
Fern Tree Bushcare works in the beautiful, cool, deep forests at the base of kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Their aim is to control invasive weeds such as holly and cherry laurel, which reduce the habitat available to native plants and animals.
To do this, they work on public and private land and reward volunteers each working bee with a scrumptious morning tea!
Friends of Knocklofty Bushcare
Meets: Third Sunday of the month, 2 pm - 4.30 pm. We also meet on the first and third Thursday, 9 am - 11.30 am.
The Friends of Knocklofty are one of Hobart’s oldest Bushcare groups and have helped transform the city-fringed bushland of Knocklofty Reserve from a once degraded landscape into a biologically diverse place. Our work has changed the face of Knocklofty, helping to reinstate its true beauty.
If you’d like to join us, you may find the report on the contemporary cultural values of Knocklofty Reserve an interesting read.
Friends of McAulay Reserve
Meets: Second Sunday of the month, 2 pm - 4.30 pm.
The Friends of McAulay Reserve come together to protect and improve the conservation values of this suburban bushland jewel.
McAulay Reserve contains threatened native grasslands and thick trunked white gums that are big, rare and magnificent. It is not uncommon to find masked owls and ring-tail possums in this reserve, reflecting the value of their work.
Friends of Wellington Park
Meets: First Tuesday of the month, 9.15am - 1.30 pm.
Friends of Wellington Park are an intrepid bunch who usually combine a bushwalk with a weeding expedition. They work all over kunanyi/Mount Wellington, targeting small weed outbreaks before they can impact the mountain environment.
They maintain and enhance the native plants and animals that call the mountain home and help show others how important it is to protect the very special natural values of kunanyi/Mount Wellington.
Hobart Rivulet Bushcare
Meets: Second Sunday of the month, 2-4.30 pm.
The Hobart Rivulet Bushcare group is our youngest Bushcare group and is a reflection of just how much locals love this waterway.
Volunteers are helping to restore the Hobart Rivulet from the city centre to the foot of kunanyi/Mt Wellington and encouraging healthy habitat for our iconic platypus and other wildlife.
Once an important source of drinking water for the Mouheneener Aborigines, and later for the first European settlers, the Hobart Rivulet is now a popular recreation area for residents.
Hobart Rivulet Bushcare will be working to reduce the impacts of weeds on this important waterway.
Lambert Gully Bushcare
Meets: Fourth Sunday of the month, 2 pm - 4.30 pm.
Lambert Gully Bushcare works along the slopes of the Lambert Creek waterway under a canopy of giant blue gums.
Flanked by the urban boundary, the impact of stormwater weeds and garden escapees threatens to infiltrate this habitat corridor, a vital wildlife link through to Bicentennial Park.
Mt Nelson Bushcare
Meets: Second Sunday of the month, 10 am - 12.30 pm, and the last Thursday of the month, 10 am - 12.30 pm.
Mt Nelson Bushcare works in and around Bicentennial Park’s extensive forest environment, which is home to a diversity of vegetation types, from tall open eucalypt woodland to dense scrub.
Help them enhance and protect important habitat for species like the endangered swift parrot.
Meets: First Sunday of every second month, 2 pm - 4.30 pm.
Ridgeway Bushcare cares for Ridgeway Park, a continuous stretch of bushland from kunanyi/Mount Wellington to Waterworks Reserve. The park has several distinct eucalypt communities supporting a rich and varied natural environment.
Ridgeway Bushcare has been working to reduce the impact of weeds on this beautiful area of Hobart’s bushland.
South Hobart Bushcare
Meets: The third Sunday of the month, 10 am - 12.30 pm.
South Hobart Bushcare looks after a resilient bushland remnant of rare black peppermint forest nestled in the middle of South Hobart at Wellesley Park.
They are removing weeds such as gorse and cotoneaster to enhance the bushland values of this area, and have revegetated some of the more degraded areas of the park for wildlife.
Meets: Third Sunday of the month, 10 am - 3 pm.
Our Trackcare volunteers learn how to design, build and look after Hobart's amazing bushland tracks on kunanyi/Mount Wellington and in the mountain's foothills.
Valley Street Bushcare
Meets: First and third Tuesdays of the month, 1-2 pm
West Hobart's Valley Street Bushcare group looks after small but important pockets of wildlife habitat found in the Leonard Wall / Valley Street Reserve and at Providence Gully. These patches of native bushland provide important wildlife sanctuaries in an urban landscape and are closely connected to Knocklofty Reserve.
Waterworks Valley Landcare
Meets: First Sunday of the month, 10 am - 12.30 pm.
Waterworks Valley Landcare is restoring this urban fringe for people and wildlife, from the sides of the Waterworks Valley to the banks of the Sandy Bay Rivulet. To achieve this, they work on public and private land, tackling weeds and educating the local community.