The City of Hobart manages 4600 hectares of diverse native bushland that envelopes the city in a series of connected, protected nature reserves.
Near the city’s northern boundary is Cornelian Bay, and then closer in, Queens Domain. To the south is Lambert Gully, Waterworks Reserve, Ridgeway and Bicentennial parks. In the foothills overlooking the city lies Knocklofty Reserve, and towering far above Hobart is the largest of our reserves, Wellington Park.
Each area has its own unique values. Knocklofty Reserve, for example, protects a large area of pre-European, old growth white gums, an extremely rare natural commodity in a landscape that has changed dramatically over the past 200 years.
These areas are the stronghold for the city’s biodiversity and encompass entire ecosystems, geological and hydrological features, and the lifeforms that are part of them, including native trees and shrubs, grasses, wildlife, leaf litter, soils and seed beds.
Local volunteer Bushcare groups work closely with the City, helping to manage environmental weeds, monitoring wildlife and restoring degraded habitats.