AANT - Meet the Maremma - Middle Island Penguin Project Experience
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Meet the Maremma - Middle Island Penguin Project Experience

Warrnambool Tours


Tours operate from December until April each year. Tours do not go to Middle Island, instead they offer a personal meet and greet with the Maremma's to learn about this exciting project and pat these incredible guardian dogs, made famous in Oddball the movie.

For tour date timetable please look to www.flagstaffhill.com
Search the date you wish to do the tour to check on time of departure. Any queries call 1800 556 111.

Warrnambool's Middle Island is home to seabirds such as the Short-tailed Shearwater, the Black-faced Cormorant and the Little Penguin.

The Little Penguin population has been decimated by fox predation over the years, with an estimated 800 penguins in 1999 reduced to less than 10 by 2005.

Since 2006 Maremma Guardian Dogs have been trained to protect Middle Island's Little Penguins from foxes, allowing the population to slowly build to well over 140 penguins today.

This world first award winning project relies on the assistance of businesses, organisations and volunteers to help with penguin counts, penguin breeding monitoring and improving habitat for penguins by revegetating areas with native species.

PLEASE NOTE - The tours no longer go to Middle Island. We are trying to protect the fragile penguin colony and therefore need to keep people off the island so that the birds are not disturbed. Staff reserve the right to cancel or alter the tour on safety grounds if required.

Map & Directions

Foreshore Pavilion, Viaduct Road, Warrnambool, 3280


The tour will leave from the south side of the Foreshore Pavilion Cafe building at the Breakwater. The tour leader will be wearing a high vis vest and will be visible at kiosk entry on ground level.
Warrnambool Foreshore Pavilion, Viaduct Road.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds provided with less than 24 hours notice of guests withdrawing from the tour. If the tour is cancelled by the operator a refund will be arranged.