Maru Koala and Animal Park
Get in Touch with Wildlife
Pirate Pete’s Mini-Golf
Keeper for a Day this School Holidays
At Maru this school holidays, you can take the opportunity to experience being an honorary ‘Keeper for a Day’ and work closely with one of our experienced Park Keepers and the animals/
Full and half day options are available, along with a special discount for a two person booking. Some of the days activities include;
- Assisting Park Keepers with the feeding and cleaning of the various animals and their enclosures.
- Special ‘behind the scenes’ access with the Park Keepers into the animal enclosures, feed preparation and hospital areas.
- Witnessing the treatment and feeding of any native rescued animals that have come into the Wildlife Shelter at Maru for care before hopeful release back into the wild, these animals are not on public display but kept in our hospital areas and usually not seen by the public.
- Assisting with the preparation and presentation of environmental enrichment activities for one of the animals.
- Assisting the Keepers who are giving hourly animal talks to the rest of our guests.
- Assisting with the afternoon feed up of the animals.
No experience at all is necessary but you do need to be physically able to work actively outdoors in all weather conditions and follow the directions of our Keepers. Visit our Booking Page here for more information and to make a Booking.
Maru to re-open from Saturday 11th September.
Maru Koala and Animal Park will be able to re-open as of this Saturday 11th Seeptember. Thank-You to everyone who has supported our take-away meals from our Homestead Bistro or purchased memberships or sponsored koala trees. We are thinking of our Melbourne metro friends and everyone else worldwide still in lockdown and hope it can end for you soon too.
Our current opening hours are 10:30am-4pm on weekdays with Last Entry at 3pm 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.
You can also help by sponsoring the planting of a tree in our new Eucalyptus plantation. When you donate $55 we will plant a new tree for you of one of the Eucalypt species that koalas like to eat. So not only will it provide ongoing food for the koalas in our care, but also financially support us at this challenging time to keep caring for all of the animals here at Maru. The plantation will also provide a natural haven for wildlife in our area. Visit our Sponsor a Koala Tree page for more information.
Maru Koala and Animal Park has also 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. For additional information, please visit our Pay It Forward page here.
We will continue to update our Facebook and Instagram pages daily with pictures of our animals. We hope this can bring some joy during this difficult period, and we hope that everyone is able to Stay Safe. We look forward to welcoming everybody back in the near future.
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 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.
Maru’s Koala Encounter offers the oppurtunity to pat, feed and interact with one of our friendly Koalas.
Feeling a little more daring? Maru offers the chance to hold onto and curl up with one of our Snakes.
Participate in 3 of our Encounters and receive a USB stick with digital copies of your Encounter Photos for no extra charge.
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