Maru Koala and Animal Park
Get in Touch with Wildlife
Pirate Pete’s Mini-Golf
Keeper for a Day over School Holidays
Take the opportunity to experience being an honorary ‘Keeper for a Day’ at Maru this School Holidays. Work closely with one of our experienced Park Keepers and assist them with a number of tasks during the day as they feed and take care of the Animals of Maru.
Full day and Half day options are available and we have a special discount for bookings with two people. No experience is necessary to take part in this unique day. Keeper for a Day will be available on Tuesday 6th, Friday 9th, Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th of April, and spaces are limited.
Pay It Forward Memberships
Maru Koala and Animal Park have come up with a unique way that people can donate to support the care of the animals, but also a local family or person in need. Simply purchase a ‘Pay It Forward Membership’ and Maru will use those funds to help pay for the feed and care of the animals but we will then ‘pay forward’ the membership to a local family or person in need that is financially challenged and would not otherwise be able to afford to visit.
Maru is open 10am-5pm (Weekdays) and 9:30am-5pm (Weekends & Holidays) with Last Entry at 4pm
Our current opening hours are 10am-5pm on weekdays and 9:30am-5pm on Weekends and Holidays, with Last Entry at 4pm.
Online Booking for Entry is available here, and tickets for our Animal Experiences are available here. We recommended booking your tickets to avoid missing out as limitations will apply.
We also have an Annual Memberships available. This allows for unlimited entry of our Animal Park and Mini-Golf for one year from the purchase date. Click here to see our Membership Booking Page.
We encourage you to visit our social media channels such as our Facebook page and Instagram where we will continue to post pictures of our many animals as our way to bring joy during these challenging times.
We thank-you for your continued support.
Welcome to Maru Koala and Animal Park
Maru is a family run attraction where you can see koalas, wombats, crocodiles, kangaroos, Australian birds, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, emus and even more! This wonderful animal park is paired with the exciting Pirate Pete’s Mini-Golf where you escape into another world as you encounter life-size pirate figures including Captain Jack Sparrow! There are eighteen holes of fun that navigate you through different Australian landscapes from beach to bush to outback. After you’ve met the wildlife and putted your way to victory its time to eat some delicious breakfast or lunch at the Homestead Bistro.
Located on the Bass Highway in Grantville in South Victoria, only fifteen minutes from Phillip Island and the penguins. A perfect day trip from Melbourne or stop on your way to your Phillip Island adventure.
Maru Koala and Animal Park’s Animals
At Maru you can hand feed many of the animals, pat them and take as many photos as your camera or phone can hold. We aim to give visitors the opportunity to really interact with most of the animals such as the koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, emus, parrots, wombats, crocodile and other Aussie animals.
Maru Koala and Animal Park’s Experiences
We also have regular talks and presentations including our feature Wildlife Show on weekends and holidays. We also have the exciting Koala Encounter which offers the opportunity to meet one of our friendly Koalas! Truly superb!
Maru’s Presentations and Shows
Pirate Pete’s Mini-Golf
There’s so much more to Maru than just animals. Set sail for 18 holes of adventure as your putt your way around the Princess Caribbean Pirate Ship. Encounter life-size pirate figures, a great white shark and brave the gold-mine under the five meter thunderous waterfall.
This pirate wonderland is right next to the animal park and it provides for such a fun day out. For the family, the traveller, the Melbourne man searching for a day trip or maybe what could be the coolest first date ever.
Animal Encounters and Experiences
Meet the Dingo pack and spend 15 minutes in their enclosure for some pats, cuddles, play time and probably a few licks.
Fully Guided tour of our Koala areas. Hear from the Park Keeper about Koala Conservation efforts as you meet and pat the Koalas here at Maru.
Enter the Settlers Hut enclosure for a once in a lifetime encounter with our Squirrel Gliders and Ringtail Possum.
Take a walk on the wild side, and meet, pat and feed one of our famous Australian Dingoes.
Spend your Day at Maru
Come and enjoy both our Animal Park and Mini-Golf course when you purchase our 'Maru Entry Ticket'. Afterwards, you can enjoy a meal or snack in our Homestead Bistro that overlooks the animal park.
We are a winner of many local business awards including Bass Coast Business of the Year 2013 along with Hall of Fame Inductee for Bass Coast Business Awards Good Access is Good Business and Hall of Fame Inductee for Gippsland Business.
Pat a koala, hand feed an albino kangaroo, walk with the dingoes, talk to the parrots and get wrapped up in a python, it's all made possible at Maru where you can really 'get in touch with wildlife'.
Maru Koala & Animal Park Address
1650 Bass Hwy, Grantville VIC 3984