Hobart's suburbs of Kingston, Tinderbox and Blackmans Bay enjoy a wonderful backyard bush playground known collectively as the Peter Murrell Reserves. The reserves conserve a range of forest, buttongrass and heathland communities, and comprise the Peter Murrell State Reserve, the Peter Murrell Conservation Area and a public reserve.
A variety of sandy terrain trails make the reserves a popular place to enjoy a tranquil stroll, take the dog for a walk or cruise around on a bike. Horse riding is also popular, with designated trails set aside for a relaxing ride.
These reserves, just south of Hobart, support a high diversity of plant species, including an impressive 37 orchid species - five of which are endemic to Tasmania. The landscape comes alive from late winter through to summer with bright and beautiful displays of wildflowers.
While exploring the trails, small creeks and ponds you will be in good company, as the reserves provide important habitat for a number of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and bird species, including eastern barred bandicoots and the endangered forty-spotted pardalote.