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Address: Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
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+61 13 19 63
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Located at the heart of the spectacular Great Ocean Road region, only one...

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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Fabulous half day

This was recommended to us by a local in port fairy and he gets a big thank you as we would probably never have realised what a gem it was (thanks the hub). We did the boardwalk... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was recommended to us by a local in port fairy and he gets a big thank you as we would probably never have realised what a gem it was (thanks the hub). We did the boardwalk which was partly by the lake and partly through the forest. We saw loads of critters 2 koalas, a roo emus and loads... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Contrary to other reports we found this easily as it it well signpotsted off A1. We took the driving tour and saw no wildlife. We took the crater touir and saw no wildlife. We took the lava boardwalk tour and saw no wildlife. However it might just have been one of those days. There was a koala in a tree... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It feels like you are on an adventure as you tour around the trails, one of which circumnavigated the rim of an extinct volcano. There's were very few people around on the day we visited, or animals ... but we know they were somewhere! We did see emus (which was useful as one hacked across the road in front of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

That is another hidden natural treasure located very close to Warrnambool - the last town on the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Everyone has to visit this park, to enjoy koalas and emus in the nature as well as unforgettable views.

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Kingston SE, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We pull in here as a quick stop, and spent 2 .5 hours here and on our way back to our accomodation we took another detour. 5 koalas, many many emus and heaps of kangaroos. This place is a treat for all ages. We walked many of the easy tracks mesmerised by the little fairy wren. A must do detour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hidden jewel is not very public but is just great!!! It's free first of all, and you go with your car like an open range safari. There are lots of free Emus & kangaroos wondering around. Also you can just park your car and go for some short walks (easy and accessible paths). Shortly, if you're in the area,... More 

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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place quite accidentally on our drive through South Australia, and Victoria. They have a lovely picnic area and wonderful cultural/interpretive center. The staff were friendly and helpful. Wish we could have spent more time there but our plans for the day did not allow for that.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tower Hill was our great find on a 4 day Great Ocean Road driving trip. It is tucked away just back of Warrnambool on the way to Port Fairy. We spent a morning there walking trails, seeing all kinds of wildlife (emu family with chicks, Eastern Grey kangaroo and joey, blue wrens, kites, flocks of Black Swans). The Visitors' Center... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw rabbits, kangaroos, emus, koala bears, ducks, and swans, and all of them were up close and personal. It was a wonderful adventure. Our tour guide introduced us to many native plants and explained their historical uses. I wish I could have spent the day wandering around the place. There were lots of trails to walk, ride or run.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was surprised how interesting this place was. Some of the walking trails are quite strenuous and demanding. A visit to the information centre is worthwhile.The staff are friendly and informative and it's fascinating to see how the area has been restored after being cleared by earlier settlers. It's relatively easy to see wildlife wandering about the place.

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