Visiting volcanic Tower Hill

Experience wildlife and Aboriginal culture around an extinct volcano.

The extinct volcano at the heart of Tower Hill erupted over 32,000 years ago, leaving behind extremely fertile soils and a unique caldera-type volcanic formation.

Located between Warrnambool and Port Fairy in south-west Victoria, Tower Hill is a great rest stop to stretch your legs.

Flora and fauna

Much of the land around Tower Hill was cleared by European settlers. In 1961, a major re-vegetation program was begun, guided by an 1855 painting which showed tea trees, wattle trees, sheoaks, banksias and eucalypts. The replanting was based on species that were indigenous to Tower Hill.

Eventually, native animals were reintroduced to the reserve, including: koalas, wallabies, echidnas, sugar gliders, grey kangaroos and more than 160 species of birds.

Wander around on your own or take a tour to discover the natural habitat of many of Australia’s iconic animals.

There are various tours on offer, but the Twilight Bush and Nature Walk is a highlight. Start at dusk to appreciate the nocturnal animals and catch the silhouetted crater of Tower Hill at sunset.

Aboriginal heritage

The Tower Hill area was once a rich source of food for different clans of the Gunditjmara Nation. Descendants of these groups still live in the area and participate in the management of the Tower Hill Visitor Centre.

On many of the guided tours, a knowledgeable guide will teach you how to identify native plants – for food or medicinal purposes – and throw a boomerang.

Tower Hill is just one of the fascinating experiences on the 11 day Tastes of Southern Australia tour from Sydney to Adelaide with AAT Kings! You’ll have the opportunity to learn how to identify native plants and gain an understanding of traditional Aboriginal lifestyles in the area as well as learn about this enormous volcanic crater. Visit RACQ Travel for more information on this tour, or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166. PLUS, book by 31 July and you could secure additional savings thanks to RACQ Travel’s 60th birthday sale and go in the draw to win a Princess Cruise Package for 2!

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