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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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Address: Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
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+61 13 19 63

Located at the heart of the spectacular Great Ocean Road region, only one...

Located at the heart of the spectacular Great Ocean Road region, only one west of the popular Twelve Apostles and just ten minutes from the coastal tourism hub of Warrnambool, you will discover the naturally diverse offering of the exquisite Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. Declared Victoria’s first National Park in 1892, Tower Hill is the ideal place for visitors to experience the Australian bush, enjoy magnificent scenery and landscapes while getting up close & personal with some of Australia’s most iconic native birds and animals including emus, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, black swans, wedge-tail eagles, magpie geese and seasonal reptiles.The Reserve sits inside a dormant volcano and its plethora of wildlife provides visitors with the rare opportunity to witness animals at close range in their natural habitat. This, combined with guided tours to learn about wildlife, environmental conservation and sustainability and local history provide a truly unique eco-tourism experience. A site of ecological and geological significance and a showcase for indigenous history, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is open the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with guided tours available everyday on demand. Within its spectacular 11km crater rim, the volcanic cones rise from a lake bed in a formation known as a nested maar, which occurred as a result of the volcanic dome collapsing on itself due to weight. A close proximity to The Twelve Apostles, The Grampians and Port Campbell National Parks as well as a number of other factors, makes Tower Hill a must see for tourists seeking nature based & cultural interpretation experiences, or groups with an interest in environmental studies:• Landscape & Scenic values recognised by the local and wider community listed by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and the Register of National Estate. • Geological values rated as nationally significant (nested maar).• Habitat values including remnants and wetlands. • Cultural and social values related to the major re-vegetation program involving thousands of volunteers (the first of its kind in Victoria).• Informal recreation, education, research and wildlife viewing opportunities for domestic & international visitors.• Aboriginal heritage values including several significant sites, as well as Post European contact heritage values.

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Diamond of the Warrnambool area

The only place of immersive bush near Warrnambool, the guys at the visitors centre are extremely informative and make a ripper coffee! I was happy to see the the park was also... read more

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The only place of immersive bush near Warrnambool, the guys at the visitors centre are extremely informative and make a ripper coffee! I was happy to see the the park was also closed to duck hunter last visit, so the bird life was flourishing! The visitors centre is a wealth of knowledge about the site, and have a wonderful range... More 

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We enjoyed an afternoon here when we were staying in nearby Port Fairy. We saw koalas, wallabies and emus. We only did a short walk to Fairy Island and were a bit surprised that the member of staff in the visitor centre didn't know where the start point for the walk was and didn't even seem to have heard of... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very good find. Some lovely walks and opportunities to engage with wildlife as explained in other reviews. Emus and Koalas in the car park plus intriguing and interesting walks. A great way to send an hour or two as you follow the Ocean Road. Now, the downside. The main local guide as highlighted in the previous review certainly had... More 

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Milton, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited this beautiful spot on our Trafalgar tour. It is a very picturesque location, being in a volcano and teeming with wildlife. We had a varied and interesting presentation from Paul, our aboriginal guide, including playing awesome music on the didgeridoo, and going on a bush walk where he explained his "bush tucker", which included all... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A lot of wildlife and easy to visit with a car. The peak has great view looking down. Highly recommended.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had not planned to go here but are glad we did. It is very picturesque being in the volcano and there is plenty of wildlife around. The emus were a little too friendly but the koalas were a highlight. Amazing to think this is free!!

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Camperdown, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my autistic son there for a nature expedition / picnic.. We had a wonderful time there exploring the bush and tracks and taking photos. The drive in and out is very very pretty and wildlife abound. The only challenge is that emus are very assertive when it comes to helping themselves to your food at the picnic tables... More 

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Koalas snakes kangaroos. Couldn't Ask for anything more! Great location, easy access, beautiful picnic spot and friendly staff

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friends and I explored all the trails available and it was exhilarating but fun! Different views and sceneries for different trails. Love the wild emus roaming around, but be careful.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited to do the several walks inside the volcano and crater lake. There are flat walks through marshes on boards or hill climbs taking in the views. Koalas, emus, wallaby and birds are plentiful but need to be respected. Look up to see lots of koalas, some with young. Guard your snacks from the emus in the car park.... More 

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