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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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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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“extinct volcano” (53 reviews)
“picnic area” (37 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
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+61 13 19 63
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"extinct volcano"
in 53 reviews
"picnic area"
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"information centre"
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"tongue"
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"their natural habitat"
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"port fairy"
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"visitor center"
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"blue wrens"
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"car park"
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"walking trails"
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"guided tour"
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"for sale"
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"great place to visit"
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"beautiful scenery"
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"the great ocean road"
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Reviewed yesterday

We drove on the one way road around the island in a lake in a volcano caldera. We walked a little on the trails. We saw kangaroos. Also a bird with a bright blue tail feathers (hard to get a photo of it).

Thank fuzzyfred
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the opportunity to see koalas, emus and kangaroos in their natural 'wild' habitat. Check out volcanic lakes. Learn more about the local Tower Hill area...its history and development.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tower Hill is a real experience. Emus strolling freely throughout the park. Lots of birdlife and a very large lake. Really good through road.

Thank gda53341
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The minute we arrived, we saw kangaroo's and emu's walking around in the wild (late afternoon). The wild animals were not too shy so photography was good. The location is a good walking site and the geology is interesting. And it's free.

Thank STraveler2
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This reserve is the site of an extinct volcano which makes it interesting geologically. It's situated right on the main road between Port Fairy and Warrnambool so easy to find. You might use it to stretch your legs on longer journey but there's enough to...More

Thank Roger Y
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful place to go for a walk or explore the volcanoes. A fantastic indigenous centre provides information and tours. Lots of wildlife.

Thank Julie C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Close to Melbourne. We saw lots of emus, roos, some koalas, echidnas... The lookout from the top is impressive!

Thank Teresa L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tower Hill is an inactive volcano near the town of Port Fairy on the main highway (not the Great Ocean Road). Within the crater, a series of smaller cones has been formed which are surrounded by a crater lake. The main crater is 4 kms...More

Thank Indy215
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were stopping very near by so it was very easy to access. You can simply drive around or stop and go for a walk. We were really lucky to see our first ever Echidna from the car - stopped, got out and watched it...More

Thank 1plato23
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Very Australian place to visit usualy lucky enough to see koalas and emus great for walks or a picnic ,you get to drive into the centre of a extinct volcano pretty cool.

Thank Helen H
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Kite_12
24 March 2018|
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Response from sm05060 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's always best to pre book tours if it's something you really want to do so as not to be disappointed. If you are in Warrnambool over Easter or school holiday times it can be very busy. Enjoy your stay: )
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Response from Cenizax | Reviewed this property |
It's free
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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
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