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“Great walk” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tower Hill

Tower Hill
Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
13 1963
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Warrnambool
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Volcanos, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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.
Mornington, Australia
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“Great walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Came across this on returning from port fairy. The view was great, good walk and for me with no head for height it wasn't to scary. Enjoy by all the family once the teens stopped moaning about a bit of exercise

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Tower Hill reserve is a great place for tourists, local or from overseas to see Australian Wildlife. Withing 5 minutes of being in the park I saw 2 emus and a wallaby. Later on I had a close up experience with a koala which was fabulous. Just deriving down into the Park which is in the middle of an old volcanic crater is an experience in itself. The walks too are brilliant. If you are heading in this direction it is a must see.

Visited September 2012
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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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“Don't miss this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

If you want to see Koalas, Emus, Kangaroos and Wallabies then this is an essential visit. The park entrance takes some finding but once you get in its a one way drive into the old volcano and through the park. Just take your time as wildlife appears around every bend. A walk to the summit also provides some fantastic views. There is a cafe and shop within the centre of the park.

Visited September 2012
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Ballarat, Australia
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“Spectacular!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We visit here at least every six months, the whole place is magical! Read up on the history, the destruction and the reconstruction. Australia's first National Park, a gorgeous visitor information center by Robin Boyd - a true national treasure.

Visited January 2012
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“Tower Hill Review”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Unique experience for the traveller - esp Overseas Needs some more activation and the iconic Centre needs to acknowledged as a Robin (?) Boyd design, or else this historic contribution will be lost

Visited January 2012
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