Tower Hill Lake Travel Blog› entry 24 of 44 › view all entries
February 14th, 2003 – by: koala
Located only 15 kilometres west of Warrnambool, Tower Hill is popular with people of all ages for picnics, bushwalking and wildlife watching.
It formed some 25,000 years ago in a violent volcanic eruption that created a funnel shaped crater - later filled by a lake - and the islands.
Tower Hill’s vegetation was originally very diverse, but early settlers soon removed much of the vegetation in the Warrnambool area, and it wasn’t long before Tower Hill met the same fate.
Moves to restore Tower Hill began in the late 1950s. Luckily, noted Victorian artist Eugene von Guerard painted an exceptionally detailed picture of Tower Hill in 1855 and this was used to identify the species for the replanting program.
In 1961, Tower Hill was declared a State Game Reserve and is now managed by Parks Victoria. Since then, more than 300,000 trees have been planted with the invaluable assistance of many volunteer and community groups.
The revegetation has provided new habitats for many animals. You may see koalas, emus, kangaroos, Cape Barren geese, echidnas and possums, as well as waterbirds. The emus are particularly bold, and can often be seen in and around the picnic area.
The reserve’s koala population has succeeded so well that population control measures have recently become a necessity. State-of-the-art procedures are being trialed in an effort to maintain a feasible population, including the koala’s version of the contraceptive pill!
Waterbirds are another feature. Boardwalks, nesting boxes and a bird hide have been constructed to assist bird watchers in catching a glimpse of many birds, including chestnut teal, musk dusks, and spoonbills.
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