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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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Inside Volcano near Warrnambool

Take the entry off the highway west of Warrnambool and take the one-way drive through the crater and be gobsmacked at some amazing scenery. Plenty to see and do. Information... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 18, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Take the entry off the highway west of Warrnambool and take the one-way drive through the crater and be gobsmacked at some amazing scenery. Plenty to see and do. Information centre is great and there are plenty of great walks. On exit - taker a left turn then up the road there is a left turn into a small carpark.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

This is such a lovely place to visit. It's free but would happily have paid to enjoy it. Well signposted walks, all well maintained paths and bridges. We saw snakes, koalas, many species of birds and wallabies. Cafe sells drinks etc at very reasonable prices. Lots of information about the volcano and geology of the area in the visitor centre.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Going on the Great Ocean Road? Don't turn back after the Twelve Apostles. Keep going West, past the expensive and congested Port Campbell and onto Warrambool. Wake up to great potentials within 30 minutes drive away. Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve and Port Fairy are just a short distance away and well worth a visit. They seem off the main tourist... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

We attended with our three children under 8 years old. Upon going into the information centre we met 'Paul' an indigenous employee. Paul was absolutely amazing, he showed the kids many musical instruments & how to play them, the different boomerangs etc..... We have done plenty of travelling & never come across an Aboriginal so willing to educate our kids.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Driving in is a bit of fun, the view is lovely. When we parked and looked out our front window there was a koala in the tree right in front of us. Great start. There was another koala just a few feet away. Plenty of Emus, Blue Wrens. Picnic areas and a few walks around the area. The visitors center... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

The Tower Hill reserve is located at the site of a dormant volcano. The approach road to the reserve is stunning with layers of exposed rock on one side and water bodies on the other. There are numerous self-guided walks starting from the visitor's centre. We did the 'Peak Climb' and the 'Journey to the last Volcano loop'. The 'Peak... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

good quick visit to show visitors some wildlife and the uniqueness of driving into a volcanic crator

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful location. Peaceful , scenic and a welcome place for hikers , campers and people passing through

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenery but difficult to see any animals except a couple of emus walking about and 2 koalas hiding in trees. There are a few walks including a very steep climb to get an overview of the nature reserve.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

We drove up from Warrnambool, passing by farms which afforded a interesting scenic drive. There are a few trails which you can hike/walk. Some more challenging than others. We chose to walk to the rim of the crater. We particularly loved the yellow blooms on the trees. We did not see any emus or koalas at the carpark or on... More 

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