Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
4.5
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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve sits in a large volcanic crater. It is one of Victoria's most fascinating and significant geological formations. It's a short detour from the Great Ocean Road and offers ample walking opportunities for people of all abilities – from easy boardwalks to scenic climbs. Tower Hill is home to some of Australia's best loved wildlife. Emus, kangaroos, koalas, swans, ducks and blue wrens all live inside this magnificent dormant volcano. Walk across wetlands, craters and bushland and learn how the park was exploited by early settlers before being restored by volunteers. Join a tour run by experienced local guides to discover how Tower Hill was transformed from a desolate wasteland to the park you see today.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Claimat
Norwich, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had spent the previous day on the Ocean Road and had to race to our accommodation in Port Fairy that night, without visiting the Tower Hill Reserve as planned. We therefore had to decide whether or not to slightly back-track the next day - and I’m so glad that we decided to.The reserve is a beautiful and peaceful place, and on the walk we took around the Lava Tongue boardwalk we saw a koala in a gum tree, a skink by the water, and a kangaroo - on the boardwalk!
Written 22 January 2024
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Teacake_Taster
Chesterfield, UK1,064 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Good: Went for a walk around the short waggon walk which goes round the lake. Plenty of birdlife. Easy walk and toilets. Other, longer walks available. Saw a koala up a tree on the road out.
Bad: people were feeding a friendly emu - not a great idea as it was begging and they are a bit big!
Other: very scenic. Interesting geology. Also worth a trip around the area, particularly at Tower Hill lookout. Note that entrance to the nature reserve is directly off the A1. On Google it’s marked “Tower Hill Park Boundary”.
Written 22 November 2023
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Aussie_2012
Melbourne, Australia921 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
About 15 minutes from Warrnambool is this amazing park nestled in the heart of the extinct volcanic caldera. There are numerous walking trails most of which are very easy walking and some wheelchair friendly. Keep and eye out for the wildlife - on our visit we saw emus, plenty of birds, a couple koalas and a fox. Watch out in summer months for snakes on some of the trails as the trails themselves are narrow in places. Also take the road above the extinct caldera to take in the lookouts for the views looking at the wide vistas.
Written 12 June 2023
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Kamal P
Byron Bay, Australia3,501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Tower hill volcanic area had a completely different surrounding with volcano lip eroded to show layers with gaping holes. The basin of the caldera was filled with water forming a beautiful lake. This environment was hosting many native species including the Kangaroo and Emu. There were many koalas dozing off on Eucalyptuses while on our way back on the peak climb trail we spotted a full-size Black snake a “lowland copper head” who has just slithered out of the shrub on to the side of the path. There was a ‘Shingle back lizard” and “Superb fairy wrens” hopping and flying enjoying their day. Unfortunately, we were not able to enter the visitors centre as it was closed that day.
Written 5 May 2023
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Lester M
Dingley Village, Australia507 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Nothing special. Was disappointed as i was expecting something special, instead there was just a tall rock and a few emus
Written 21 April 2023
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Lisa M
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
As teachers, we loved the rock formations and craters formed by volcanic activity. The wildlife was in hiding, saw emus and there was recent evidence of koalas, but could not find them. However, we were visiting for the geology, not the animals.
Written 19 April 2023
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yazitravels
Bordeaux, France415 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
On our arrival we were welcomed by an emu, then we saw a fox slowly walking through the parking. We spotted koalas in the trees. We walked to the volcano crater. Make sure to wear tennis shoes. You walk on soil up and down hill. The view on top is worth it. We also saw a wallaby eating while walking back to the parking.
Written 19 April 2023
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PeteLucy434
Uxbridge, UK2,073 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This is not the first time we've been here, and we were dismayed by the neglect that the centre and overall reserve has seemed to endured.
Written 11 April 2023
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia27,724 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
We had a private tour and met the aboriginal people of the area. They graciously showed us their traditional tools and weapons and we had a better understanding of their culture. The wildlife was fantastic and put on a show of their own, just by being there. The walking tracks were easy and the facilities for picnics and BBQs were handy.
Written 29 March 2023
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Emma R
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Excellent nature and wildlife experience in a fascinating landscape. We did a self-guided wander which was fine, would do a guided your next time!
Written 19 March 2023
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