Tuart Hill is named after the Tuart tree (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) that once grew extensively throughout the area, especially around Dog Swamp. In 1914 the suburb name of Grenville was proposed as a name for the suburb by the Grenville Progress Association, but not accepted due to its likeness to Granville in New South Wales
Since 1914, the Osborne Park Agricultural Society holds its annual show at Robinson Reserve in Tuart Hill. The show is usually held around the first weekend in December on Friday and Saturday and features displays of local produce, animals and livestock, carnival attractions and fireworks.
Tuart Hill boasts two large active recreation reserves in Grenville Reserve and Robinson Reserve. Grenville Reserve is a large cricket and football oval with facilities includes Council tennis courts, playground, cricket nets and centre wicket, change rooms, club rooms and public toilets. The Ground is used by the Tuart Hill Cricket Club during summer months and various users during winter. Robinson Reserve similarly hosts Cricket during summer with the Osborne Park Cricket Club being located at the reserve. Other buildings used for the Osborne Park Show are located at Robinson Reserve. Robinson Reserve is adjacent to the Osborne Library and Community Centre.
There are two primary schools in Tuart Hill. They are the public Tuart Hill Primary School, which was attended by Louise Sauvage, and the private Saint Kierans Primary School. Tuart Hill Primary School is heritage listed having opened in 1910 as the Grenville State School. Servite College a Catholic High School is the only high school in Tuart Hill. Tuart Hill Senior High School once existed but was closed in the early 1980s to become Tuart College. Tuart College is a Senior College run by the Western Australian Education Department, offering a number of courses such as a Year 12 TEE Program for students wanting to enter tertiary education, adult learning classes, or English language courses.
- Courtney Murphy, 2nd runner up of Australian Idol 2004
- Alan Pearsall, 3AW Melbourne presenter
- Greg Egan, hard SF writer
- Brian Davies, President of the Friends of the WA Museum
- Daniel Bonner, Politician