For an additional fee, make your visit to Maru especially memorable by enjoying a personal 'Close Encounter' experience where you can pat, cuddle and interact with one of our animals. Learn about the animal by name and character, as you interact with them. You can take your own photographs and we will also provide a professional photo in a Maru folder to take home as a souvenir of your special experience.

Koala Encounter

Pat and feed a Koala as you come eye to eye with them

Dingo Encounter

Cuddle and meet one of our friendly dingoes

Close Encounters Pricing

Koala Encounter

$30.00

For up to 2 people of any age
(Children under 4 free with any paying adult)

$10 for each additional (up to 4)
(includes two copies of one professional photo in a souvenir Maru folder)

Dingo/Snake/Lizard/Joey Encounter

$35.00

For up to 2 people of any age
(Children under 4 free with any paying adult)

$10 for each additional (up to 4)
(includes two copies of one professional photo in a souvenir Maru folder)

Ultimate Encounter

$100.00

For up to 2 people of any age.
Enjoy an encounter with any 3 animals of your choice.

Includes two 6”x8” professional photo of each encounter plus a USB stick with the digital image of every photo we have taken during the 3 encounters.

$30 for each additional person (up to 4) into the same Ultimate Encounter experience.


Koala Experience

$55 per person

Enter the Koala yard for a 30 minute session with one of our keepers in an educational experience for all

* Learn about interesting facts about the conversation of Koalas alongside two of our beautiful Koalas.

* Includes one encounter photo.

* Held at 12:00 noon daily.

* Limited to 8 people per session, ages 6+.

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Dingo Experience

$55 per person

Meet the Dingo pack and spend 15 minutes in their enclosure for some pats, cuddles, play time and probably a few licks!

* Two dingoes off-lead in a free roaming encounter.

* Includes USB with photos from throughout session.

* Held at 11:30 AM daily.

* Limited to 4 people per session, ages 6+.

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Animal Encounter Timetable

Animal Encounter Times (Limited encounters per session)
Koala Every Koala Entry from 11am until 4pm.
Reptiles (snake or lizard) 10:30am
Dingo Experience 11:30am
Koala Experience 12pm
Joey 1:30pm
Dingo 1:30pm
Reptiles (snake or lizard) 3:30pm

Note: Animal Encounters occur daily and are only available at the designated times above. All encounters are at the keepers discretion and may be unavailable in extreme weather conditions to ensure the welfare and safety of our animals and visitors.