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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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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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“extinct volcano” (56 reviews)
“picnic area” (37 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
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+61 13 19 63
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"extinct volcano"
in 56 reviews
"picnic area"
in 37 reviews
"information centre"
in 47 reviews
"tongue"
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"port fairy"
in 42 reviews
"their natural habitat"
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"visitor center"
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"blue wrens"
in 8 reviews
"car park"
in 39 reviews
"walking trails"
in 18 reviews
"gift shop"
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"guided tour"
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"for sale"
in 11 reviews
"great place to visit"
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"beautiful scenery"
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"the great ocean road"
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"emus"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The place is located inside an old volcano turned into lake/rolling hills. I was giving a map and advice about where to walk byba friendly rastafarian in the visitor center. I ended up walking much more because it is a really nice and tranquil place...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

With water at the base of an extinct volcano, there are some nice scenic views bordered by interesting rock formations. Apart from an Aboriginal cultural centre (where you can buy boomerangs and didgeridoos) there are some reasonable-length walks, including a boardwalk. Wildlife included birds, wallabies....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Tower Hill wildlife reserve with 7 others. Tower Hill is an inactive volcano and has a lot of natural bush land, as well as some lake areas. There are quite a few walks which are easy to do and sign posted. One to the...More

Thank Alison R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was staying at Harmony at Tower Hill (right next door) so I got a very early start. The early morning is great to see wildlife - koala, emus, birds galore. I spent the whole day doing all the signposted trails and then walked around...More

Thank Rachel B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located only 15 minutes drive west of Warrnambool, Tower Hill is a fantastic place to visit for both adults and children alike and it’s free! Pack a picnic lunch for a barbecue and discover Australian wildlife and the ancient history of this landscape and it’s...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unlike many of the volcanoes there is an excellent drive around the rim so that you get excellent views over the crater with its lake all the way down to the coast. The birdlife is prolific and varied and there are quite a few animals...More

Thank Trimley11
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were advised to go and see Tower Hill. It is amazing. A big volcano crater with lakes and walks, it is so quiet and very big area Lots of different parking areas and also a visitor centre. Go take a look it is well...More

2  Thank Gwenda W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to visit for a stroll in amongst wildlife and trees. Great walking tracks and always emus, kangaroos, koalas and snakes to see. Lovely place for a picnic or bbq on the provided amenities.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is amazing to view the inside of an extinct volcano. There is so much greenery to see. There are emus and koalas. Take a walk to the crater lake's edge and absorb the tranquillity along the way. Also enjoy the stunning view from the...More

Thank nibacchus
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

We had Just driven into the park and came across a number of Emu's grazing by the road. This is a great enclave of natural history. We saw Kangaroos, birds and a very active Koala. The visitors centre is excellent, designed I think by Robyn...More

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Kite_12
24 March 2018|
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Response from sm05060 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it's always best to pre book tours if it's something you really want to do so as not to be disappointed. If you are in Warrnambool over Easter or school holiday times it can be very busy. Enjoy your stay: )
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Response from Cenizax | Reviewed this property |
It's free
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Zoe W
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Response from jedimullet2002 | Reviewed this property |
Hi zoe sorry l missed your question! The park opened at dawn and closed at dusk. There is no cost to visit the park and has lots of wildlife, walking trails and picnic areas. Well worth the trip. Watch out for the emus! They... More
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