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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

#3 of 31 things to do in Warrnambool Features Animals
Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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A must local tour

This was a great find. We loved the tour and I would highly recommend it. We were able to learn a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Something for every nature lover

We've been there several times and it's always been great. There's lots of different walks and a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great find. We loved the tour and I would highly recommend it. We were able to learn a lot about the history of Australia from an aboriginal which was very very insightful. We all enjoyed the bush grab and snake spotting. The...More

Thank Nthenyalee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been there several times and it's always been great. There's lots of different walks and a picnic area and kiosk. We saw heaps of reptiles,usually at least one Koala, at least one emu around the picnic area and often wallabies and Roos.

Thank Rachel8213
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a detour and came to this reserve after our morning trip to the Grittiths Island lighthouse at Port Fairy. We were blessed, upon driving into the reserve we spotted 2 wild emu drinking water beside the lake and many black swans swimming on...More

Thank rainmanSingapore
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When around at this district at this time of the year, a lot of peoples' idea is to visit Port Fairy and Logans Beach for the Southern Right Whales nursery. And as they go between the two spots the majority of the visitors tends to...More

Thank Maricris F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fantastic visit to Tower Hill. The reserve is free to visit but totally recommend taking the tour for a small fee provided by Worn Gundidj. Learnt a lot about aboriginal culture in the area, got the chance to taste some bush tucker and...More

Thank ATraveller_7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd say that you can easily spend the entire day there walking different trails, trying to spot some animals. If you don't have an entire day to spend, then just pick one of the trails to walk. As far as the animals are concerned, you...More

Thank vkramaro
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Headed out to Tower Hill. Hasn't changed in years. Walked around, did the peak, trees a bit overgrown for the stunning views. A couple of cute wallabies on the Lava Tongue walk. Black swans floating around. I'll definitely go back in spring.

1  Thank Jacqui H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plenty of car parking, wonderful walks, masses of kangaroos, emus, swans, ducks and birdlife, occasional koala sighting, stunning scenery in extent volcanic crater - and all free. Good anytime of year with most wildlife early morning and late afternoon. Whether you choose to just drive...More

Thank Emanpee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss this lconic Australian gem, and worth the walk to the top for a breathtaking view... and its free

Thank Kerry B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Only 5-10 minutes' drive from Warrnambool, and what a lovely spot. Kangaroos, emus, koalas - all literally right there in front of you. If you are lucky you may spot an echidna, or a shingle-backed lizard, on one of the walking trails as well. Snakes...More

Thank ToniAnthony
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Zoe W
What's the opening time and does it charge?
9 April 2017|
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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
Tracey G
i'm thinking of visiting in december of this year, i use a walking frame are the paths suitable?
30 October 2015|
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Response from greatpa | Reviewed this property |
I advise you to check at info area first.The boardwalk track would probably be your best one to tackle. Enjoy your visit