Welcome to Tower Hill Reserve


After a century of deforestation and environmental degradation, a detailed 1855 painting of Tower Hill by Eugene von Guérard (now exhibited in the Warrnambool Art Gallery) was used to identify species for a replanting program; over 300,000 trees have been replanted since 1961.

Parks Victoria manages the park and it's one of the few places where you’ll spot wild emus, kangaroos and koalas hanging out together. It's also home to over 200 species of bird, with its wetland habitat attracting both resident and migratory birds.


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Tower Hill Reserve activities

$330.08 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Melbourne to Adelaide 3-Day Tour: Great Ocean Road, Grampians

Day 1 We begin the ultimate road trip, cruising towards the Great Ocean Road and stop to watch surfers in action at famed beaches such as Bells Beach and Torquay (home of surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver). We also visit artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne. We’ll stop at the historical section of the Great Ocean Road that was carved through cliffs by returned World War I servicemen. We take a walk through the Great Otway National Park, home to some of the world’s oldest temperate rainforest. There’s no better place to finish the day than the famed Twelve Apostles. This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best appreciated at sunset from the boardwalk. Take the opportunity to view this spectacular sight from the skies in a helicopter (extra cost). Tonight, we sleep in dormitory style accommodation in the dormitory rooms of a backpacker’s hostel on the Great Ocean Road. Day 2: We continue along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at several extraordinary rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast, such as the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. We enjoy lunch at Tower Hill Reserve, the site of a dormant volcano, lake, wetlands and habitat to lots of wildlife: emus, koalas, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and many types of birds. We enter the Grampians National Park in the afternoon, where we visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about local Aboriginal history, before taking a walk (40 minutes) to MacKenzie Falls. Before sunset when the local wildlife, such as wallabies, kangaroos and kookaburras come out to play, we walk (an easy hour) to The Balconies, which provides a magnificent viewpoint and photo opportunity of the surrounding ranges and valleys.  Tonight we sleep in shared wood cabin accommodation, with the mountains towering around us. Day 3: We get up to hike a challenging 2 hours to the Pinnacle in the Grampians National Park, but it’s worth the effort for such awe inspiring views. We will enjoy lunch in the Grampians National Park before hitting the highway and arriving into Adelaide city at approximately 7pm.

$330.08 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians Trip from Adelaide to Melbourne

Day 1  We escape the city and cruise through the scenic Adelaide Hills with a morning stop to grab a bite to eat and a tea or coffee. We stop for lunch before entering Halls Gap, gateway to the famed Grampians National Park. At around dusk, when wildlife, such as wallabies, kangaroos, cockatoos and kookaburras, come out to play, we walk (an easy 1 hour) through rocky outcrops and forests to The Balconies, another stunning geological formation. Tonight, we sleep in dormitory style accommodation in the heart of the Grampians. Day 2 We wake up and hike 2 hours to The Pinnacle, probably the finest viewpoint in the Grampians. We visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre to learn about the local Aboriginal history, before departing this wondrous place. For lunch, we stop somewhere truly spectacular: The Tower Hill Reserve, home to wetlands, a lake, abundant wildlife and a dormant volcano. The magnificent Great Ocean Road beckons! We stop at several extraordinary rock formations along the Shipwreck Coast, such as the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. For many, the most amazing sight is the famed Twelve Apostles. You can even view these sights aboard a helicopter flight (extra cost). This spectacular collection of limestone stacks is best appreciated at sunset from the boardwalk. Tonight, we stay in dormitory style accommodation on the Great Ocean Road. Day 3 We start our final day with an easy walk through the Great Otway National Park, which boasts some of the world’s oldest temperate rainforest. Sections of the Great Ocean Road were carved through cliffs by servicemen returning after World War I, and offer some of the most impressive coastal roads you’ll ever see. You can take a quick dip in the ocean or explore the artistic beachside villages of Apollo Bay and Lorne. You can watch surfers in action at famed beaches such as Bells Beach and Torquay (home of the surf brand outlets Rip Curl and Quicksilver) before making our way to The Big City. Please Remember Sometimes the itinerary must be flexible due to road and weather conditions. The hike to the Pinnacle is the most challenging walk on the tour through rough terrain, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

$1071.82 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Adelaide to Melbourne Tour Including the Great Ocean Road

After pickup from your centrally located Adelaide hotel, travel into the Adelaide Hills. Explore Hahndorf, a traditional German town in the Adelaide Hills and take in the sweeping views over Advelaide from Mt Lofty Summit. Continue to Keith for lunch before traveling to the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves to learn of the fossil discoveries of Mega Fauna. You'll then travel into the scenic and world renowned Coonawarra wine region. After sampling some local wines from this highly awarded region, continue on to your overnight destination, Mt Gambier and accommodation; The Commodore.Day 2 starts with a visit to the ‘Blue’ crater lake in Mt Gambier, then onto Port Fairy before visiting Tower Hill Reserve where you are likely to see emus, koalas, kangaroos and echidnas. Lunch in Warrnambool. After lunch, start traveling down the Great Ocean Road with the impressive limestone stacks of the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. Visit London Bridge and ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts, photos and documents from the ‘Loch Ard’. You'll then discover one of Australia’s icons, the Twelve Apostles. Hear about the creation of these limestone stacks and the constant wearing away of this coastline. Continue into the Otway National Park and through to Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek. Arrive at your accommodation set high on a hill with great views overlooking the Southern Ocean. These private villas set within native forest offer the perfect environment to relax and unwind. Tonight’s dinner is at the iconic and award winning ‘Chris’ at Beacon Point’.  On Day 3, the first stop after our breakfast in Apollo Bay is within the Otway National Park at ‘Maits Rest’. This is a 1-kilometer walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully discovering trees and ferns that date back millions of years. Heading towards Melbourne, travel along a very scenic section of the Great Ocean Road en route to Kennett River for a fantastic viewing of wild koalas in their native setting. Also visit many scenic spots for photos and hear the stories behind the making of the road. Stop for lunch at the largest of the seaside villages, Lorne. After lunch, continue along the surf coast and take in the surf culture of the region with a visit to Torquay and Bells Beach. We also visit Anglesea Golf Club where we will hopefully see kangaroos in their natural environment. The journey then takes you through the historic gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Geelong before heading over the ‘West Gate Bridge’, famous for its grandeur and checkered history and into Melbourne where your tour ends.

$416.44 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full Coastal Tour - 4 Days, 3 Nights

Your award winning Great Ocean Road Explorer tour starts at 9:30am in the morning, when you will be picked up from your Melbourne Hotel/Accommodation in a luxury air conditioned vehicle. Your personal driver and guide will greet you personally and whisk you off towards the start of the Great Ocean Road. A lunch-stop will be made in the pretty coastal township of Lorne before exploring the nearby waterfalls, Kennet River and Great Otway National Park.  We will stop in the evening in Apollo Bay for dinner and you will be dropped off at your chosen accommodation (own cost). The following day (day 2), you will be picked up from your accommodation and driven deeper into the Great Otway National Park where you will get  chance to walk some of the popular trails/walks. With this extended tour option, you have additional time to explore some of the extensive Nationa Park including the Otway Lighthouse as well as the Otway Fly. In the evening we will return back to Apollo Bay On day 3, we will head straight to the 12 Apostles where you will have the chance to upgrade your tour experience by taking a personal helicopter joy flight over the rock formations below. We will make a stop for lunch at Port Campbell or a local cheese tasting lunch if preferred. Then onto Warrnambool, where guest can join a light and laser night show at the highly rated Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. On the final day (day 4), we will make a side-trip to Griffiths island in Port Fairy (famous for its birdlife) as well as Tower Hill reserve where we will try and spot wild Emu, kangaroo and koala's, before the journey back to your Melbourne hotel/Accommodation. As this is a private tour, you may contact us prior to the tour date (or to your guide on the day) if there are any specific areas you wish to visit. Our drivers know the best areas of the Great Ocean Road to visit, but are always flexible if you have certain interests or places to visit in mind.

$592.11 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Grand Tour - 6 Days, 5 Nights

Your award winning Great Ocean Road Explorer tour starts at 9:30am in the morning, when you will be picked up from your Melbourne Hotel/Accommodation in a luxury air conditioned vehicle. Your personal driver and guide will greet you personally and whisk you off towards the start of the Great Ocean Road. A lunch-stop will be made in the pretty coastal township of Lorne before exploring the nearby waterfalls, Kennet River and Great Otway National Park.  We will stop in the evening in Apollo Bay for dinner and you will be dropped off at your chosen accommodation (own cost). The following day (day 2), you will be picked up from your accommodation and driven deeper into the Great Otway National Park where you will get  chance to walk some of the popular trails/walks. With this extended tour option, you have additional time to explore some of the extensive Nationa Park including the Otway Lighthouse as well as the Otway Fly. In the evening we will return back to Apollo Bay On day 3, we will head straight to the 12 Apostles where you will have the chance to upgrade your tour experience by taking a personal helicopter joy flight over the rock formations below. We will make a stop for lunch at Port Campbell or a local cheese tasting lunch if preferred. Then onto Warrnambool, where guest can join a light and laser night show at the highly rated Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. On day 4, we will make a side-trip to Griffiths island in Port Fairy (famous for its birdlife) as well as Tower Hill reserve where we will try and spot wild Emu, kangaroo and koala's, before we head northwards towards The Grampians National Park. We will spend 2 nights in Hallps Gap, the main centre of the National Park allowing for a whole day of sightseeing. On the final day, we make our way slowly back to Melbourne but not before stopping at the town of Ballarat to visit Sovereign Hill (the open air heritage museum) in addition to Ballarat's wonderful wildlife park. As this is a private tour, you may contact us prior to the tour date (or to your guide on the day) if there are any specific areas you wish to visit. Our drivers know the best areas of the Great Ocean Road to visit, but are always flexible if you have certain interests or places to visit in mind. Please note that you will need to cover your own accommodation, food, drink and entry fee's for private attractions. The tour cost covers only the vehicle hire and tour guide/driver.