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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
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Ranked #4 of 36 things to do in Warrnambool
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed September 4, 2013

I have been there before, this time there were not alot of animals around, could have been time of day. however we had a good time, driving through the reserve, my husband took the 2.6km tourist walk. taking great photos of animals in their natural environment. very peaceful and tranquil. nice drive through.

Thank matronbb
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

I discovered this place just before dusk and was captivated. Great that it doesn't close as I was able to stake out a spot by the boardwalk where there was obvious echidna activity, and saw my first specimen of this elusive animal. Also plenty of grey kangaroos and koalas, and black wallabies, particularly attractive with their chocolate brown fur. returned at 7 a.m. the next morning to enjoyed the abundance of birdlife (many of which I couldn't identify).

I have just five months working in Melbourne, but this will definitely be a regular weekend retreat. Looking forward to seeing the changes through the seasons.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

A couple in the pub in Warrnambool suggested we visit Tower Hill and we are really glad that we did. We saw emus and kangaroos in the first minute and eventually saw a koala and some roos up close. Very pleased we visited.

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

diving into tower hill starts the experience for you . Its a steep decent down into the base of an old volcano . It is now partly filled with water and bushland , and is home to many australian animals . a great place to dive through , or pack a picnic and stay awhile. you can walk along tracks or visit the aboriginal information centre. A fun place to take the family .

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Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

The drive in was probably my favourite part of the experience. The views were truly beautiful. The hot chocolate we had from the visitors centre was nice, and very relaxing as the park was very quiet and serene.
The lava tongue boardwalk was okay, but just afterwards along the road we saw a koala very up close and this proved to be more exciting than anything else.
I think I would bump this review up to a 5 if I could spend more time on the walks and get a better look at the place.

1  Thank CaroBooth
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