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 - This tour involves uneven ground and walking through water to waist deep to get to the island. Staff reserve the right to cancel or alter the tour on safety grounds if required. No guarantee of seeing penguins or getting to Middle Island Island is made.
Tours operate subject to weather tides and penguins/maremma dogs being in a suitable mood to welcome guests to the island. 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.