Historical information

The Tower Hill Reserve is located inside a dormant volcano, and features a lake and wetlands. It became Victoria's first national park in 1892, but by the 1930s the early settlers had cleared much of the land for grazing, cropping and quarrying. In the 1960s the bare hills and islands were revegetated based in species identified from Eugene von Guerard's painting of Tower Hill.

Tower Hill was formed around 30,000 years ago in a violent volcanic eruption. The initial eruption created the outer rim of the volcano, and later smaller eruptions formed the internal hills that are evident today.

The layers of volcanic ash layers include artefacts relating to indigenous communites.

Physical description

A series of colour digital photographs showing Tower Hill, near Port Fairy, Victoria. Tower Hill is an extinct volcano.