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Maru Koala and Animal Park

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1650 Bass Hwy, Grantville, Victoria 3984, Australia
+61 3 5678 8548
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Small-Group Phillip Island and Wildlife Highlights Day Trip from Melbourne...
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Phillip Island Day Trip with Penguin Parade and Maru Koala and Wildlife Park
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Get in touch with wildlife at Maru where you can pat and hand feed many of the animals. Pat a koala and feed the albino kangaroos, see wombats, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, snakes and more native animals. Then set sail on an adventure at Pirate Pete’s Mini-golf as you putt your way around the Pirate Ship, encounter life-size Pirate figures, the Great White Shark and brave the gold mine under the waterfall. Enjoy something to eat and drink in the licensed Homestead Bistro with views out into the animal park. Come and enjoy the award winning friendly service and atmosphere from this family owned and operated business. Grantville Pirate Festival and other events held at Maru each year, see our website for more details. Finalist in the Victorian Tourism Awards 2011 and 2012.
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1650 Bass Hwy, Grantville, Victoria 3984, Australia
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"animal park"
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"phillip island"
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"australian animals"
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"mini golf"
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"close encounter"
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"feed the animals"
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"take photos"
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"personal experience"
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"extra fee"
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"well taken care"
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"clean toilets"
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"young kids"
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"included in the price"
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"overseas visitors"
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"penguin parade"
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"tour buses"
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"sheep shearing"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank you for a great day! We loved seeing all the animals (and especially how well they seemed looked after) When we paid for our ticket upon arrival we were clearly explained all the different parts we could see and what to do which I...More

Thank JessicaandLuke89
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MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Jessica and Luke We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and met our wonderful friendly and helpful team. We are sorry to hear that the coffee was not up to our usual good quality and appreciate the feedback as this enables us to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Has been upgraded and apart from easy access to Koala, Kangaroo, Tasmanian Devils and other Australian Wildlife, some exotic some rare, we decided the animals could wait and have lunch at the new indoor bistro. A good ranch of frittata, Turkish rolls and pies and...More

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MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello travlbloke Thanks for stopping with us at Maru and maybe next visit you will have more time to experience the Animal Park and Mini-golf too. From your comments it seems you enjoyed your lunch which is great. The 'Dino Deck' area is great not...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have recently had visitors from England who had wanted to see a koala in the flesh and we were happy to take them to Maru for that experience. They said it was the highlight of their visit to Australia. Everything was perfect. The staff,...More

Thank PaulineWonthaggi
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MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Thanks for visiting and sharing a review. We are thrilled that we could provide such a great experience for your family and overseas visitors and look forward to seeing you back again. Maybe inquire next visit about our annual membership so you can visit...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great little place to stop and stretch your legs The animals were absolutely gorgeous and they were really well looked after - you can buy kangaroo food for 2 bucks for a container full - koala photo was gorgeous and they also take your...More

Thank Taryn G
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MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Taryn Thanks for purchasing some kangaroo food as that $2 goes 100% towards the cost of running our Wildlife Shelter where we rescue, care for and rehabilitate injured, orphaned and ill native wildlife and then return them back to the wild and that's all...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a relatively small collection of Australian animals on the way to Phillip Island south of Melbourne. But the size is more than made up for in the personal experience and up-close (even touching) just about every unique Australian animal. Very and frequent talks...More

Thank drwhocooke
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MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello drwhocooke We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit with us at Maru and interacting with animals. We hope the keeper presentations and information have inspired you to have an even greater care and respect our native wildlife and their environment. Thanks for posting this...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped through here on the way to Phillip Island and initially thought I would be quite uninteresting for Australians who are not quite as fascinated with native animal as international visitors. It was great though!! So many friendly kangaroos and wallabies and little babies...More

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MaruKoalaPark, IT at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi Melsa85. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time here at Maru! Was there anything to you would have liked to see?

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

The kangaroos were so friendly and cute! Do pay the $2 for food so you can hand feed them! I had so much fun. Same with the koala- pay the $20 as you’ll have time to pet him and ask ranger questions. There were also...More

Thank jessicasf
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MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Hello jessicasf We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit with us at Maru, including both the animals and our team of staff. Thanks for spending money on the kangaroo food as that all goes back to help run our Wildlife Shelter...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Visited here with friends. On the way to Phillip Island it is smaller and has fewer animals than some other widlife parks but cheaper and worth the drive. Friendly staff, informative encounters with chance to touch some if the animals ( at no cost) Very...More

Thank _stuart1606
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MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Hello Stuart We agree that we are a smaller park than many of the state run zoos but that does not stop us from being BIG on the entertainment and experiences we can offer. Thanks for mentioning our friendly staff and our Homestead Bistro which...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Small enough does not fell like a zoo Walk around and pat kangaroo...and more Friendly and knowledgeable staff The animals are very well taken care of For a small extra fee, $20 each ...You can pat koala ( if not too hot or cold),joey( if...More

Thank LouiseAtlanta1
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MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Hello Louise Thanks for mentioning our friendly staff we will pass on your comments to our team. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to seeing you back again in the future Ian and Neroli Heffer

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Our family with little kid went there in Feb 2018. That was a hot sunny afternoon. The park was not so big, the queue for taking a picture with koala was long. The fee was 20 Australian dollars for each adult to take a picture...More

Thank PujaTarun
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MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Hello PujaTarun Koalas sleep on average 18-20 hours everyday! So we only have a maximum of two koalas available for interactions at any one time as these koalas are changed regularly to ensure they get appropriate rest time, this does mean the queue can get...More

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Carol K
7 December 2017|
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Response from MaruKoalaPark | Property representative |
Hello Carol Yes we are upgrading our website as we are about to add in the ability to purchase koala close encounter tickets online. Our park is still open every day except for Christmas day. In May and June for winter... More
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candle_haha
8 August 2017|
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Response from MaruKoalaPark | Property representative |
Hello candle_ha If you have found an online site that sells our tickets for only $15 then you are onto a bargain as entry is $20AUD/adult for the Animal Park. From our Maru website we offer 6 months to use your online... More
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Bob999
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If you want to book ahead give them call and inform them if its a large group its better to book ahead. Also you can email them as well.
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