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Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Warrnambool

(4.5/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Hike around the crater of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, an inactive volcano about 4 km (2.5 mi) wide and 80 m (262 ft) high. Thanks to a revegetation project beginning in the 1960s, the crater today offer lush plant life that provides food and shelter for diverse wildlife. As you explore the area, keep an eye out for koalas, emus, kangaroos, sugar gliders, and many species of water birds, including black swans. Guided tours are available on request. Make sure you also stop by the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre to see locally produced Aboriginal crafts. Put Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve into our Warrnambool itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We had not planned to go here but are glad we did. It is very picturesque being in the volcano and there is plenty of wildlife around. The emus were a little too friendly but the koalas were a highlig...  more »
  • We arrive at this park without many expectations, just to stretch our legs a bit after the long drive. but the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve turned out to be a gem for both the beautiful scenery that for the wildlife that we met! Don't expect the classic Park that allows you to feed the Wallabies and hold koalas, here the routes run through the Green, allowing you to spot Wallabies, koalas and get closer to emu (which we have seen many). A word of advice: don't go there early in the afternoon because it will be harder to see the animals, the ideal time is just before sunset whereas the minimum way lasts 30 minutes. I recommend you do at least two because there are areas of the park where there are koalas and other kangaroos and Wallabies.
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  • I took my autistic son there for a nature expedition / picnic.. We had a wonderful time there exploring the bush and tracks and taking photos. The drive in and out is very very pretty and wildlife abo...  more »
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  • Fantastic place to visit. Heaps to see and loads of walks from easier to more challenging. You could easily spend the day exploring and enjoy a BBQ in the grounds during the evening.
  • When I first visited tower hill in 1984 I was stopped at the entrace by a pair of inquisitive Emu's who searched our car for sandwiches, and did quite well. Their descendants are still there, roaming the car parks, like something out of Jurassic Park. The Caldera is partially overgrown now, a steep but essential half hour walk, up and up, revealing a view out and around, with the ocean to the south and Warnambool and Port Fairy to either side. This volcanic crater and lake is relatively recent, about 12,000 years ago and the features are still well defined and fascinating. The guardian Emus are a bonus and the Visitors Centre sheltered and well appointed, if a little worse for wear.
  • Interesting area with all the craters and lakes. And the visitor centre is wonderful. The track were not very well maintained with disappeared signposts, bad map. Also the entrance needs an update, please!
  • Loved the walks you could chose between easy boardwalks or some pretty intense hill climbs, there were heaps of wild animals like emus, lizards and koalas. Would definitely come back.
  • Free access to emus, koalas, native birds and volcano. Great little Cafe there too. Not to far from heart of Warrnambool.