Journey into a Volcano-Tower Hill

The journey into Tower Hill that we make often is a short but unique one being as it is into the crater of a volcano.

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Through the gateway we look down on to a beautiful lake—–Tower Hill 011

When we reach the bottom of the hill we drive across the lake or walk around the edge. Water birds glide on the surface,

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emus stride on the surrounding wetlands and busily feed there

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while kangaroos bound along or stop to stare.

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In the landscaped area around the cultural centre people picnic with emus hovering. Here one accompanies Frank to the barbeque.IMGP0022IMGP0027

Koalas are often seen in this area. IMGP0020

Journeys to Tower Hill are journeys through the seasons. Lakes often dry up in summer providing new wetland areas for kangaroos and emus to enjoy.Tower Hill 005 They fill  again in the other seasons for the water birds to enjoy. New born 010 Winter and spring bring the richest green and the glorious gold of the wattles.Tower Hill 1 003  The kangaroo apple trees bear pretty mauve flowers in spring and summer, and later berries that change from yellow to bright orange when the emus and even people eat them. kangaroo apple

Above all a journey through Tower Hill is a journey back in history. Before white settlement Tower Hill, then Tarerer, was part of the tribal lands of the Peek Wurrong tribe. Now the cultural centre as well as the sanctuary is partly managed by local aborigines and aboriginal culture is in evidence. IMGP0009

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At a lookout at the edge of Tower Hill we see how the volcanic landscape appeared to the early European artist, Eugene von Guerard  IMGP0025

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In subsequent years the land was degraded by careless farming, quarrying and some of it even being used as a rubbish tip. Fortunately around the middle of last century several people saw the tragedy of this degradation of the unique area and restoration was commenced. Little remnant vegetation remained as a guide and von Guerard’s painting guided the planting of replacement trees, shrubs and grasses. Today the volcanic sanctuary is managed by Parks Victoria and local aborigines who sometimes conduct history and bush tucker tours. Weeds and rabbit infestation is evidence that remains of European degradation of the area but attempts are constantly made to control both problems. As a reward for the hard work of paid staff and volunteers Tower Hill nowadays is enjoyed by locals and international tourists alike.

 

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One Response to Journey into a Volcano-Tower Hill

  1. danceon2012 says:

    June 7 at 1:11pm ·
    David O’Brien
    oh how I would love to bring my friends from Overseas here particularly Skip from Boston Susan would love it here as she is a great walker and lover of national parks in USA and others it is a unique Australian experience

    Michelle Ross likes this.
    Colleen Jackiw How much fun did we have with the kids here David? Except for the darn emus and their love of sausages. Good memories….

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