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“Wild animals roaming about, yet safe”

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
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$287.28*
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3-Day Melbourne to Adelaide Small-Group Tour via...
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Warrnambool
Certificate of Excellence
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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 December 8, 2014 via mobile

A learning experience on its own and we also get to meet local wildlife.

Saw lots of emus and koala.

Different walks for different appetites.

Emus approached us with their chicks and lots of wrens.

And a very helpful guide at the store.

Thank AAA20102011
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"extinct volcano"
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"picnic area"
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"information centre"
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"tongue"
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"their natural habitat"
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"port fairy"
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"blue wrens"
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"for sale"
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"your eyes"
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Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

We spent a lovely few hours here exploring the various trails. Heaps of native birds and we even saw an Echidna! We absolutely loved the ridge/crest walk all around the crater!

Thank wengya
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Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

Tower Hill is a lovely place to visit. There is no entry fee and you can stay for as long as you please! You can go purely for animal sightseeing or you can get in some exercise and walk/ride/run along the set paths! It's a great place to visit as you can just drive through or you can hop out and look around as their is set parking. There are always plenty of animals around, every time I have gone I have managed to find a koala.

Thank Mysteryhuman
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Reviewed December 5, 2014

It was a while back that we visited there, we had a great walk. The marvellous thing about the place is they just have soooo many koalas. There was one koala just came wandering down on the ground through the picnic area and that was really great especially for the person in the wheelchair.

Thank kerbar
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Reviewed December 4, 2014

The area is well signed with various walks available on good paths.
Did the Lava Boardwalk walk. If you are quiet and observant, there are a few koalas to be seen, plus wallabies, emus and bird life .
A souvenir shop is near the car park with a decent range of souvenirs.

Thank Dreckly56
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