The Peter Murrell Reserves in Kingborough are a joy to explore for people who love bushwalking, horse-riding, mountain biking, wildlife watching, or nature photography. The Peter Murrell State Reserve, the Peter Murrell Conservation Area, and a public reserve make up this wonderful bush playground, just a short drive south from Hobart.
How to get there
The Peter Murrell Reserves form a ‘bush island’ with several different access points at Kingston, Blackmans Bay and Tinderbox.
- Access the nature reserve via a track on Burwood Drive or a track on Brightwater Road (south of Estuary Drive).
- Access the conservation area from Scarborough Avenue and Lady Penrhyn Drive off Algona Road, as well as from the Huntingfield Horse and Pony Club on Howden Road.
- Access White Gum Pond and Heron Pond on foot from the Coffee Creek car park.
Things to do
The network of trails offer something for everyone, with tracks suited to hiking, family adventures, dog walking, mountain biking, and horse riding. Nature lovers and photography enthusiasts will be in their element (twitchers, bring your binoculars and get ready to add some sightings to your bird book). The reserve is actively cared for by the Friends of Peter Murrell Reserves.
Check out the map to see the different zones, trails and access points.
Flora & fauna
The Peter Murrell Reserves contain a diverse range of forest, buttongrass, heathland, and wetland communities. Among the high diversity of plant species are an impressive 37 orchid species, five of which are endemic to Tasmania (these include the trim leek-orchid and dark finger-orchid). The reserves are well known for the spectacular wildflower display from late winter through to summer (photographers, dust off that macro lens).
The reserves provide important habitat for a number of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and bird species. The eastern barred bandicoot is common near open grassy areas. The white gum habitat along Coffee Creek is crucial for the endangered forty-spotted pardalote. An endangered butterfly called the chaostola skipper has also been spotted. Other animals that call the reserve home include potoroos, eastern bettongs, Bennett’s wallabies, bats, and snakes. Please drive slowly and watch out for wildlife, especially at night.
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