A local chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, suggested Maremma guardian dogs could be used to protect the penguins. Swampy had successfully used Maremmas to help protect his free range chickens.
In a world-first, Maremma dogs were trained and placed on Middle Island to protect the penguins from foxes during the breeding season. The project has been a huge success using guardian dogs for conservation and raising community support and awareness of the environment.

Middle Island has been closed to the public since 2006 to protect penguin burrows from human trampling which can harm penguins, penguin chicks and eggs. The closure of the island has contributed to the increase in penguin colony size. over summer each year, people can book a place on the Penguin Protectors Warrnambool and experience the project firsthand.

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The Maremma guardian dogs spend time on Middle Island during the penguin breeding season and the Maremma education dogs spend time at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, helping to educate people about environmental conservation.

The education dogs will be onsite at Flagstaff Hill this month, with the exception of the dates below*:

Friday 29th March
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March
Monday 1st April
Saturday 6th and 7th April
Saturday 13th and Saturday 14th April
Saturday 20th and 21st April
Thursday 25th April
Sunday 28th April
Thursday 2nd May
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May

*subject to change without notice


By Day - Museum and Village Admission

Adults $20.00
Concession $16.00
Child (5-15 years) $9.80
Infant (0-4 years) FREE
Family $52.00

By Night - Sound and Light Show Admission

Adults $33.00
Concession $30.00
Child (5-15 years) $17.60
Infant (0-4 years) FREE
Family (2 adults and 2 Children) $85.00

Day and Night Package

30% off your Day Entry when you purchase Night Show.

Adults $47.00
Concession $41.20
Child (5-15 years) $25.35
Infant (0-4 years) FREE
Family (2 adults and 2 Children) $121.40
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village

Don’t just learn about maritime history – experience it 
in our Living Museum and Spectacular Sound and Light Shows

89 Merri Street Warrnambool
Pets, including dogs are NOT permitted on-site at Flagstaff Hill at any time. Assistance dogs permitted with supporting credentials.

Open daily: 10am – 5pm
Tea Rooms: 11am - 3pm
Lolly Shop: 11am - 2pm
*subject to change without notice.

New Year’s Eve – 10am – 4pm

Night show: Nightly on dusk
Closed 25th & 31st December
Limited availability, pre purchase online or phone

Ph: (03) 5559 4600
flagstaffhill [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au