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

Encounter for One


Per adult or child

With one animal of your choice
(includes one photo)

Encounter for Two


Encounter For Two Together

With one animal of your choice

(includes one photo)

Ultimate Encounter


Enjoy an encounter with any 3 animals of your choice

Includes one 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 to add another person into the same Ultimate Encounter experience.

  • Receive a free 6”x8” professional photo in a souvenir Maru folder with each encounter.
  • $10 to add another person into the same encounter to a maximum of 4 people.
  • Children under 4 years of age can enjoy the encounter for free with any paying person.

Dingo Discovery (Booking Required)

$45 per person

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

* All four 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+.

Animal Encounter Timetable

Animal EncounterTimes (Limited encounters per session)
KoalaEvery Koala Entry from 11am until 4pm.
Reptiles (snake or lizard)10:30am
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.