Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve


Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Tower Hill is home to some of Australia's best loved wildlife. Emus, kangaroos, koalas, swans, ducks and blue wrens all live inside this magnificent dormant volcano near the Great Ocean Road. Walk across wetlands, craters and bushland and learn how the park was exploited by early settlers before being restored by volunteers.

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve sits in a large volcanic crater. It is one of Victoria's most fascinating and significant geological formations. Volcanic cone-shaped hills rise from the lakes. It's a short detour from the Great Ocean Road and offers ample walking opportunities for people of all abilities – from easy boardwalks to scenic climbs.

Join a tour run by experienced local guides to discover how Tower Hill was transformed from a desolate wasteland to the park you see today - and the dedicated volunteers who made it happen. Visit the Tower Hill Visitor Centre, designed by celebrated Australian architect Robin Boyd.

Things to do in the area

An Indigenous guide discusses traditional artifacts with a couple on a walking tour in front of the lake at Tower Hill.

Tower Hill Visitor Centre

Visit the Tower Hill Visitor Centre, designed by celebrated Australian architect Robin Boyd.
A woman teaching child how to throw a boomerang.

Worn Gundidj tours

Experience Tower Hill through an Indigenous lens with a guided bush and nature tour. Discover one of Victoria’s oldest dormant volcanos and experience some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife in their natural habitat.
A three year old boy leads his mum and younger brother through the forest near Grants Picnic Ground.

Family activities

Stash some supplies into a back pack and take the family out for a day trip and in only a short drive from Melbourne you can be surrounded by nature.
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.


Head outdoors for lunch in the warmer months and enjoy a picnic in some of nature's most relaxing and inspiring settings.
A couple looks on at a Wombat on Wilsons Promontory National Park,

Wildlife viewing

Get up close and personal with some of Australia's shy native wildlife or look up to spot tree-dwelling mammals and flocks of colourful birds,

Tower Hill

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:


Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Tower Hill Reserve is located 18 km west of Warrnambool and can be accessed from the Princes Highway.

When to go

If there has been good rainfall in spring, the ponds and wetlands will be brimming with native birds and amphibians.

Need to know

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Tower Hill Reserve - Improvement Works - Visitor Centre and Toilets Closed - Temporary Toilets Available

    The Visitor Centre and toilet building in Tower Hill Reserve are currently closed for renovations. 

    Temporary public toilets are available near the picnic ground. Access to the temporary toilets requires navigating several stairs to a portable building. 

    The closest accessible and ambulant toilets are: 
    • Koroit township - 174 Commercial Road, Koroit, 15 minutes drive north
    • Killarney Recreation Reserve - Mahoneys Road, Killarney, 15 miunutes drive west

    Tower Hill Reserve - Journey to the Last Volcano and Wagon Bay Loop Walks - Temporarily Closed

    The Journey to the Last Volcano Loop Walk and the Wagon Bay Loop Walk are currently closed due to construction and track upgrade works. 
    No access is permitted to these walks at this time.
    Parks Victoria apologises for any inconvenience 

    Tower Hill Reserve - Dance Ground temporarily closed for improvement works

    The Dance Ground area within Tower Hill Reserve is currently closed for upgrade and improvement works. 

  • Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

    Tower Hill Reserve - part of Lake Edge Track Closed for Works

    A section of Lake Edge Track, near the Lava Tongue Track, is closed for track maintenance works. No access is permitted at this time Please plan your walks accordingly. 
    Parks Victoria apologises for any inconvenience 

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Entrance Road
Tower Hill VIC 3283
131 963
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