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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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What a great place to visit

Admission is free! We drove around for awhile looking at emu, swans and other birds. We stopped... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kansas City
via mobile
Special in springtime... let down by staff

Our first sunny day in a while, so we visited Tower Hill and got to see a family of emu chicks, a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Warrnambool, 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 3 days ago via mobile

Admission is free! We drove around for awhile looking at emu, swans and other birds. We stopped by the visitor center/gift shop for a quick look. We drove to the Lava Tongue boardwalk to take a stroll. It's only a 1 km walk on very...More

Thank dixiepeach
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our first sunny day in a while, so we visited Tower Hill and got to see a family of emu chicks, a shingle-backed lizard and a family of swans and cygnets. Unfortunately the rude, sarcastic and racist comments of a staff member in the picnic...More

Thank SWVicWalker
Reviewed 5 days ago

This gets a 5 star rating not just because it is an easy spot to find wildlife for those overseas visitors who don't have the luxury? of kangaroos coming onto your lawn and eating it every morning...but also if you take the time to go...More

1  Thank TrialRun
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw a few kangaroos in the distance and a few emus - and lots of pretty birds. We climbed to the top to see the view - a very limited view because of big trees blocking the view. Talked to a local who had...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tower Hill never fails to disappoint. If you are after a free, native animal spotting experience in a natural environment, then Tower Hill is the place to go. We recently hosted a Japanese student that we took to Tower Hill one night after school. The...More

Thank tracyr66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been many times and keep coming back. Fantastic opportunity to get up close to wildlife. The scenery is stunning and they have a variety of walking tracks. I love the fact you can come visit any time day or night. Watching wildlife at...More

1  Thank josinoz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got the hint to visit Tower Hill Reserve from our host at the motel and are happy to pass it on to you. Tower Hill is an extinct volcano and the island in the middle of the crater is not only easily accessible from...More

Thank Guenther W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing place ! Wonderful post volcanic crater , painted by nature with such an organic precision... filled with the native creatures. Paradise :)

Thank Aurelia Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took some overseas friends here to check out some Australian wildlife. What i like about tower hill is it doesn't come with bus loads of tourists say like your Great Ocean Road visits (which i also take my overseas friends to) this is much more...More

Thank MollyDSimpson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible. Must do if you like nature. With minimal effort we saw wild kangaroos, a couple of koalas including one walking from the ground to a tree, emus and wallabies (I think). There are many trails to go on but we ran out of time...More

Thank Michael S
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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