The City of Glenorchy covers an area of 121km2 and contains a diverse range of open spaces and natural areas spread amongst the residential and industrial suburbs to the north of Hobart.
The City includes more than 4000ha of Wellington Park, which covers the slopes and peaks of Mt. Arthur, Mt. Connection, Tom Thumb and Mt. Hull, the upper catchments of the Humphreys Rivulet and Knights Creek and the headwaters of the New Town Rivulet.
Perspective from Wellington Park
Beyond Wellington Park, Council manages several bushland parks and reserves, including N.R. Pierce Reserve, Poimena Reserve, Catherine Street Reserve, Jim Bacon Reserve, Amy Street Community Park and Lutana Woodland Reserve.
The City has more than 30 kilometres of Derwent River foreshore. Extensive areas of the foreshore retain natural features and remnant vegetation, including rare saltmarsh communities and coastal shrublands. These areas provide important habitat for native flora and fauna, particularly birds.
Birds at Goulds Lagoon
Thirteen waterways in the City drain from the ranges and hills above into the Derwent River. The management of these waterways is important for preserving wildlife corridors, improving water quality in the Derwent, providing flood protection and preserving habitat for numerous aquatic and riparian species.
Over 500 native plant species are found in Glenorchy in a range of native vegetation communities including alpine, sub-alpine, montane, rainforest and wet forest communities on the peaks and slopes of the Wellington Range, drier forests and woodlands on the lower slopes and foothills, and riparian forests and shrublands, coastal shrublands and saltmarsh complexes along waterways and the Derwent River foreshore.
The municipality is also home to over fifty threatened plant and animal species. Threatened animals include the Eastern-barred Bandicoot, Tasmanian Devil and the Wedge-tailed Eagle. Four of the more interesting threatened plants are Epacris virgata (Pretty Heath), found in Wellington Park; Dianella amoena, (Grassland Flaxlily), found in Lutana; and Velleia paradoxa, (Spur Velleia), and Eryngium ovinum, (Blue Devil), both found in West Moonah.
The City has an extensive range of tracks and trails through its open space network that caters to walkers, runners and bike riders. There are also many heritage features (both Aboriginal and European) dotted through the municipality, many of which occur on land that Council manages.