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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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My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our 3 hour adventure at Tower Hill. Visitor centre staff were exceptionally helpful and did not underestimate the magnificent views we... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our 3 hour adventure at Tower Hill. Visitor centre staff were exceptionally helpful and did not underestimate the magnificent views we experienced from the crater rim. The highlight for us was observing a family of Kangaroo's and an extremely friendly pair of Emu's at close quarters during our visit. Highly recommended.

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Harrietta, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This birdwatcher's paradise, which is free to enter and located halfway between Port Fairy and Warrnambool, is a small sanctuary within the crater of an extinct volcano. It’s an excellent place to spot local wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, and the aforementioned birds (beware of the resident emus, who have no fear of humans!), and there are a number of self-guided... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is a small sanctuary within a crater of an extinct volcano. The reserve is located approximately half way between Port Fairy and Warrnambool, about a 14Km drive from either town. There are five easy, self-guided walks incorporating the geology and wetlands. All the walks start from the picnic ground, except for the Whurrong walk (Aboriginal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tower Hill was suggested by a few people along the way. Not far from civilization its a park largely undeveloped except for a friendly visitor center. Took an hour walk through the woods with the alluring aroma of eucalyptus. At midday we did spot a shy kangaroo but we came back at sunset as suggested by one of the park... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place to visit in the crater of an extinct volcano. You can wander around the reserve and we did see a lot of different birds as well as a group of kangaroos. Also there were 100s of black swans on the large areas of water.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing place. You wantbti see koalas, emus, kangaroos and an abundance of wildlife in a safe environment, where the animals are wild and free to roam this is the place to go. koalas so close to the ground you could touch them (we didn't and please don't as we're invading their solitude). Just wonderous....

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came around noon and we did see an emu who came after our lunch. Will come back again later when more animals are active Very helpful man at visitor center. Public restrooms

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Warrnambool, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a local and I take all of my out-of-town guests here!!! Make sure you see it! Spot a koala, wallaby, emu, rabbit, maybe even an echidna

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This huge area of wetlands and extinct volcanoes is all contained in a giant caldera. It is a birdwatcher and bush walkers paradise. The picnic grounds are well maintained But beware of the resident emus which WILL steal your lunch out of your hands! The walk to the top of the extinct volcano is amazing, as is the wetlands Boardwalk,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very pleasant park with several short and easy walks through the bush. You might not see plenty of animals but the emus in the picnic area are a certainty. Good for acouplke of hour stopover. Trails are rustic but easy to walk.

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