Tower Hill Revitalisation - Visitor Centre conservation

Project status

May 2023

  • Final planning underway for conservation works on the Robin Boyd-designed Visitor Centre.

The project

Located outside Warrnambool, in Victoria’s south-west, the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is a unique volcanic landscape with significant cultural, environmental, geological and historical values.

Already much-loved by the local community, Tower Hill is also becoming a stop-off destination for visitors, particularly given its proximity to the Great Ocean Road region and the Budj Bim National Park World Heritage site.

In 2021, an Activation and Linkages Plan was released following public consultation to improve visitors’ experience of the reserve, celebrate its cultural heritage, and explore better connections with the surrounding region. 

Guided by this plan, initial works will be delivered to conserve the Robin Boyd-designed Visitor Centre.  

Opened in 1971, the Robin Boyd-designed Visitor Centre is an iconic feature at Tower Hill. Following approval by Heritage Victoria, repairs and maintenance are ready to commence, ensuring the building continues to welcome visitors into the future. The building’s conical roof, which reflects the dormant volcano in which it sits, will be carefully replaced, along with improvements to exhibition spaces.

Project funding

Restoration of the Visitor Centre is being funded from a Victorian Government investment in Tower Hill, which has already delivered upgrades to the reserve’s entrance, including car parking and a viewing area.


Project timeline

Subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions, project works are expected to start in May 2023.

This timeline will be updated as the project progresses.

Who are we working with?

Parks Victoria and Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation are working in partnership on this project funded by Regional Development Victoria.


Access changes

Any changes to visitor access during this project will be shown under 'Change of Conditions' on the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve park page.

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