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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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Peaceful and well thought out

It was a wintery day however the rain held off long enough for us to take around 4km's of walks... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
Back to nature

On our family trip we saw koalas and emus up close in their natural setting. There are lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greater Shepparton, Australia
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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 5 days ago

It was a wintery day however the rain held off long enough for us to take around 4km's of walks. Tracks are well sign posted with time and ability level and it's beautiful walking around and spotting emus, kangaroos and so on. There's a central...More

Thank HungryJaks
Reviewed 1 week ago

On our family trip we saw koalas and emus up close in their natural setting. There are lots of fairly short walks (less than 1hr) for those who appreciate nature at its best. There are paid guided tours available and a gift shop and cafe....More

Thank slees2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve during visit to Port Fairy. Very scenic in a natural setting, with lots of animals including emus, kangaroos and Koalas. Worth the visit! We met Paul, a tour guide, while he was on his lunch break. We had...More

Thank Leah P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most fascinating place,a sense of time gone by, the quietness and solitude of the whole area gives one a feeling of time immemorial.Because of the weather we did not do any of the walks but i would do so again.There is a...More

Thank Prudence H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice for a walk, almost certain to see Emu, Wallabies or Kangaroos, and lots of different birds and water waterfowl. Even a drive through the reserve will be nice, especially if followed by a drive around the external crater wall, with a stop at the...More

2  Thank JPKMelbourne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been meaning to go to this reserve for a long time, due to the geological nature of the area. On our way back from Portland we decided to call in and we were not disappointed. We were limited to time so we picked...More

2  Thank Billy007863
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have be down in the reserve in the past and loved it. This time we drove along the surrounding road and stopped at the marked lookout points. Excellent views and a great sense of the grandeur of this volcanic system

Thank Ron H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We called in to have a look and we were amazed at the abundance of birds and animals. It is a walker and photographer heaven.

Thank russ m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a truly immense extinct volcano and you can only start to imagine the colossal forces which created it. It is now a reserve, all planted out and with wildlife all around. Such a lovely place now , with spectacular views and the wind...More

Thank Nyall G
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We visited the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve during visit to Port Fairy. You could see some animals in their natural setting but the site is not huge. A good place to go for a walk enjoying the nature. The signage to the place is poor...More

Thank Anan2012
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Response from Cenizax | Reviewed this property |
It's free
Zoe W
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
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