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Address: Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +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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A Must Place to Visit in Warrnambool!

I've been there for three times when I was working in Warrnambool. Tower Hills in Princess Highway is a natural park that you can see many varieties of Australian endemic animal... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been there for three times when I was working in Warrnambool. Tower Hills in Princess Highway is a natural park that you can see many varieties of Australian endemic animal, such as kangaroo, koala, emu, and many birds. They provides some facilities like BBQ park, tables and chairs, toilet, and spacious car park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Surprised by this lovely little park and drive around the crater. Saw lots of emu and other birds. Great gift shop where we made several purchases of Australian arts and crafts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Tower hill is a must see, with a variety of animals nestled away within the bushland as well as a wide variety of bird life! Plenty of walking, a cultural centre and a large area to have lunch, although watch the emus, they will steal your lunch without hesitation 😂

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful oasis of wildlife in the crater of an extinct volcano. The transformation has been unbelievably spectacular; considering the lunar-like damage done by the short-sighted destructive farming practices inflicted on the area. The walks take you in and around lakes, marsh, woodland and hillsides...tranquil havens for flora and fauna alike...it is a delight to walk through this regenerated landscape.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is the place to be in Warrnambool VIC. Located in a volcanic crater (dormant of course) there are five self-guided walks you can do around the crater. We did a couple of them in the time we had and it was marvelous to see all the wildlife and see the sandy volcanic rock formations it makes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tower Hill is a nature reserve created on a volcanic site. The walk around the volcano is informative, the talk by the indigenous guide is educational. This is the first cultural guide we have met in Australia that is Aboriginal. XXXX is 40 years old and full of history and knowledge. Inside the centre he takes you through the history... More 

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We stopped by here on the way to Port Fairy. It's a dormant volcano so expect the trails to be steep and sandy. Wear proper shoes!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It seems like you are stepping back in time or into a scene from Jurassic Park when you descend into the volcanic crater with a lovely lake circling the perimeter. Within a few minutes we spotted 7 koalas free in their natural environment as well as a some kangaroos and emus. There were many black swans gliding on the lake... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must stop if your passing through. It is so unexpected, so that when you drive in and drop over into the crater its a real eye opener. But dont just drive through. Take a picnic take the kids there is absolutely heaps to do. This place is both a geological and wildlife living planet. Its just a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This very large reserve within a volcanic crater is well worth the visit. The reserve is kept in a wilderness state and there are a number of walks you can do, all well signposted giving average times for each walk. We spent about an hour on one walk and came across emus, various birds and a koala, who was determined... More 

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