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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

#3 of 31 things to do in Warrnambool Features Animals
Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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A display of natures true force !

This is a truly immense extinct volcano and you can only start to imagine the colossal forces which... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nyall G
Warragul, Australia
Good for walks

We visited the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve during visit to Port Fairy. You could see some animals... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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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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Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a truly immense extinct volcano and you can only start to imagine the colossal forces which created it. It is now a reserve, all planted out and with wildlife all around. Such a lovely place now , with spectacular views and the wind...More

Thank Nyall G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve during visit to Port Fairy. You could see some animals in their natural setting but the site is not huge. A good place to go for a walk enjoying the nature. The signage to the place is poor...More

Thank Anan2012
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit. It was very interesting and the views were beautiful. Would recommend a visit to this reserve.

Thank Heather O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love going to Tower Hill. There are some great short walks around and a great walk to the peak, short but steep and worth it when you get to the top. Always wild life around e.g. Wallabies, Koala, Emu and always little blue wrens ....More

Thank WarrnamboolBorneo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to come to Tower Hill to explore the volcanic surroundings in a peaceful setting. The walking tracks are well maintained, one of them (peak climb) is quite steep but the views from the top are spectacular. And if you're lucky you may even...More

Thank SapphireGirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An hour walk with few steps and hill, suitable for both young children and aged people. We saw emus As well as kangaroos there. Didn't find any explanation for the volcano.:(

Thank Sunny S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of lovely works at this reserve. The view of the rock formations when you drive through the reserve are amazing. We were fortunate to see two koalas resting in the trees during one of the walks and a close up view of an emu...More

Thank KSMJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got here at afternoon. We're lucky to see many kangaroos,koala and emu! We choose the last volcano,see the beautiful lake !

Thank Cenizax
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Too bad we didn't see any koalas. But we definitely saw lots of wild kangaroos. And the walk itself was great.

Thank JoyceKPT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful place, history on show. Lots of lovely walks but not really accessable for those who have walking difficulties.

Thank Wendy S
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21 July 2017|
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Response from Gwencheyne | Reviewed this property |
No there is no entry fee. It is a great place for relaxing. The scenery is just beautiful as you drive down to the bottom also there is a picnic area and different walks you can take depending on your level of fitness. My... More
Zoe W
9 April 2017|
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Response from jedimullet2002 | Reviewed this property |
Hi zoe sorry l missed your question! The park opened at dawn and closed at dusk. There is no cost to visit the park and has lots of wildlife, walking trails and picnic areas. Well worth the trip. Watch out for the emus! They... More
Tracey G
30 October 2015|
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Response from greatpa | Reviewed this property |
I advise you to check at info area first.The boardwalk track would probably be your best one to tackle. Enjoy your visit