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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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Just about guaranteed to see Australian wildlife in its natural habitat!

Everytime I visit this amazing place I always see wildlife including emus, koalas, kangaroos, also seen turtles, possums and lots more.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Warrnambool, Australia
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Warrnambool, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everytime I visit this amazing place I always see wildlife including emus, koalas, kangaroos, also seen turtles, possums and lots more.

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Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a visit on the off chance. If it didn't look any good at the car park, we were off. So a good couple of hours later we left - what a gem, tucked away down a long drive. Tranquil, calm, plenty of walks available. Plenty to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had no idea what to expect. What we got was 3 emus and 5 koalas and a wealth of scenery and birdlife. Easily lose a day here with walks and a picnic. Unique in its being in the crater of an old volcano.

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Thank Janet B
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Was in the area and decide to check the place out and omg it was amazing just to see the sheer size. We didn't get to see everything so we went back the next day to see the rest of it .

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Thank Brenton-Jolly
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went for a hike up the hill, was a great incline for a bit of a jog as well to burn some calories. The view was worth it, just beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is beautiful. I have visited every year since i was 4! Thats 24 years and i still love it! Its so calming and exciting at the same time!

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Thank Bec M
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I with our 16month old visited the reserve in the morning! Came across a number of wallabies and many birds! GREAT FOR BIRD WATCHING if that's what your into! All walks easy access from the visitor centre! Road is a 1-way drive with parking spots along the way.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Like others have said, I was expecting a bit more of this place but in any case, we saw a koala, an emu and a kangaroo. The walk up to the crater lake didn't take long but it is quite steep in some places. The crater does make it difficult for animals to leave so you have a better chance... More 

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the reserve just before we left Warnambool heading for Melbourne. It is situated in an extinct volcanic crater, with plenty of water. We got there about 07.30. There was only one other person there. We spotted koalas, wallabees and emu's in a very short time. Well worth a visit.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The walk is awful, there are no stops for photos, nothing to see and no points of interest. Weeds, dead trees and 3 swans were the highlights. I'm unsure why they suggest this as an easy walk for the whole family when there is actually nothing to see at all ?

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