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“amazing!” 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.
Hong Kong, China
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“amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

very recommendable to go early in the morning when nobody there. the rock pattern is amazing!. spot some wild emu, warribe, and some hares.

Visited November 2012
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Canberra, Australia
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“Haven for wildlife”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Quite an unusual landscape inside an old volcano. A haven for birds, especially water birds. Good access road for car and pathways for walks - great path to top for expansive views. Walk is very steep in parts - but not too far.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“These boots were made for walking.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Not suitable for mobility impaired people.

First time for the kids to visit Tower Hill, my 5th...I had forgotten how steep the climb is to the summit!
Saw the koalas, wallabies, emus and much birdlife, which the kids really enjoyed seeing outside of a zoo.
It's a shame so many people are unable to put their lunch rubbish in the bins though, when a 5 year old notices that is disappointing.
Great to meet and hear the Indigenous ranger speak about the history of the centre.
Worth the trip but be prepared to do some walking.

Visited November 2012
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“A real gem.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The woman at the information stop in Port Fairy told us about this little gem and we are so thrilled that she did. It is a small reserve in an area of a volcanic crater. There are several different walks from difficult to easy and several different viewing spots. We were able to get quite close - still in the car - to some emus and enjoyed just watching them walking around eating the flower blossoms. Also saw a koala. Unfortunately the visitor center was closed even though it was before closing time. Well worth the stop if you are looking for a short commune with nature. Longer if you want to take any of the walks.

Visited October 2012
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“Pbarwon Kola”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The real name is Pbarwon Kola, or Hill of Fire, and a far better name. This is a must visit for any family.

Visited October 2012
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