Maru Koala and Animal Park
Maru Koala and Animal Park
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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  • FellowTraveler78930
    7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good animal park, but tired old mini golf.
    The animal park section was great. We spent a couple of hours feeding the kangaroos and getting up close to the animals. There was a good variety of Australian animals, our favorites were the Tassie Devils, wallabies and the quoll. The Pirate mini golf section of the park was a huge let down. We visited maybe 6 or 7 years ago and it was awesome. Now most of the interactive elements of the course have rotted away and not been maintained. The waterfall wasn’t working. The pirate ship has been totally removed, the windmill didn’t work, the pirate statutes and the giant shark statue were falling apart. So sad as I remember it fondly. Hopefully it will get an upgrade and repaired soon.
    Hi FellowTraveler78930, Thanks for visiting and providing your feedback regarding our Mini-Golf course. As an update, Maru currently has some extensive Maintenance work planned for our Mini-Golf course in the near future.
    Written 4 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Composure E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary
    Honestly well worth every dollar, I went along with my two sons they had the best time, my youngest decided he wanted to go with just daddy on his birthday there was a slight mix up but in the end he got a bonus of meeting a snake aswell. Everytime we go my kids have an amazing experience with both staff and also the animals. They love the fact mini Golf is unlimited, the course is very good they say. And the experience add ons meeting the animals. Thank you again and again. Time to get a family pass!
    Hi Composuree, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that the children have had a great time meeting the Animals of Maru, and that everyone has a great time on the Mini-Golf course. Thanks for the kind words and we look forward to seeing you and your family again.
    Written 30 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Pamela W
    Reservoir, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Gorgeous animals. Great to be able to feed the kangaroos. Interesting talks by staff. Nice Bistro though rather pricey. Mini Golf included in the admission price was fun.
    Hello E6145FZpamelaw, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed meeting the animals of Maru and that everyone had a great time on the Mini-Golf course.
    Written 12 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Cathie R
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic family day out
    I took my four grandchildren today. Ages 3, 7, 8 & 9 We had a fantastic day. We were there for hours and hours. The kids and myself loved everything. Our favourite was feeding the kangaroos. And the kids loved the mini golf. Staff were so friendly and helpful. Everything was clean and organised and set out so well. Great price for a great day out. Thankyou
    Hi 558cathier, Thank you for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that everyone enjoyed meeting the animals of Maru, and we greatly appreciate your kind words. Thanks again for visiting.
    Written 26 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 January 2024
  • JR-NC700
    Gastonia, North Carolina71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interact with animals!
    An incredible adventure! We did the koala feeding experience and thoroughly enjoyed it. The keeper was very informative and answered all of our questions. It was fun being up close to the koalas. We had a great time after that feeding kangaroos and wallabies. The grounds of park are on the small side, but that is plus on a hot day as we were able to see all of the exhibits before us and the animals got too hot. We finished the morning in the Bistro with tea and scones. The food was of excellent quality. We did not play mini-golf and finished our time here just before noon. The staff was all friendly and seemed to care about the well being of the animals. I would definitely come back here again!
    Hi JR-NC700, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed meeting and participating in feeding the Koalas of Maru. We appreciate the kind words, and we hope to see you again!
    Written 7 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2024
  • Paul K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An awesome day out!
    We love coming to Maru with all our international visitors! Amazing experiences, including feeding the kangaroos. Always end with the mini golf too which is a fun an creative course. And food never disappoints. Great day out
    Hi Paul, thanks for visiting us with your international guests, and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that everyone always has a great time at Maru and look forward to seeing you again!
    Written 23 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 March 2024
  • RickimusMaximus
    Nashville, Tennessee63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up close and personal with koalas and kangaroos
    My wife and I signed up for the Koala Feeding Experience. We arrived for the early entry at 9 a.m. We met Ian and he was so very helpful, kind, and hospitable. We were able to feed at least 8 koalas and pet them as much as we wanted. Unfortunately, you can't hold koalas here but we were able to have so much time with them. From there, we were able to hand feed the wallabys and kangaroos. This is not a huge animal park but it is a well-run quality experience. They have some great dingos and other animals here too. But, if you really want to pet and get close to koalas, this is the place to be. Loved it. I can't say enough about how much Ian took care of us and made this an incredible experience. (and don't miss the penguin parade if you are already down on Phillip Island.)
    Hello RickimusMaximus, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed meeting and feeding the Koalas of Maru. We appreciate you kind words about the animal park.
    Written 4 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 May 2024
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RickimusMaximus
Nashville, TN63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My wife and I signed up for the Koala Feeding Experience. We arrived for the early entry at 9 a.m. We met Ian and he was so very helpful, kind, and hospitable. We were able to feed at least 8 koalas and pet them as much as we wanted. Unfortunately, you can't hold koalas here but we were able to have so much time with them. From there, we were able to hand feed the wallabys and kangaroos. This is not a huge animal park but it is a well-run quality experience. They have some great dingos and other animals here too. But, if you really want to pet and get close to koalas, this is the place to be. Loved it. I can't say enough about how much Ian took care of us and made this an incredible experience. (and don't miss the penguin parade if you are already down on Phillip Island.)
Written 3 May 2024
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Hello RickimusMaximus, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed meeting and feeding the Koalas of Maru. We appreciate you kind words about the animal park.
Written 4 May 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Nice, short stop while driving to Phillips Island/Penguin Parade, this lovely fairly small/compact, starts with the Tasmania devil warming in the sun, then koalas most of them in their typical state sleeping in the low eucalyptus trees, can actually get picture taken @ an additional $30 BUT unfortunately the 4pm timespot didn't work.
Kangaroos are in the biggest section- feed & pet them, all in different size
If you love animals this is your place for sure.
Written 30 March 2024
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Hi tammyBaltimore_Md, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear that your enjoyed meeting the animals of Maru.
Written 7 April 2024
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Paul K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We love coming to Maru with all our international visitors! Amazing experiences, including feeding the kangaroos. Always end with the mini golf too which is a fun an creative course. And food never disappoints. Great day out
Written 23 March 2024
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Hi Paul, thanks for visiting us with your international guests, and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that everyone always has a great time at Maru and look forward to seeing you again!
Written 24 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JR-NC700
Gastonia, NC71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
An incredible adventure! We did the koala feeding experience and thoroughly enjoyed it. The keeper was very informative and answered all of our questions. It was fun being up close to the koalas. We had a great time after that feeding kangaroos and wallabies. The grounds of park are on the small side, but that is plus on a hot day as we were able to see all of the exhibits before us and the animals got too hot.
We finished the morning in the Bistro with tea and scones. The food was of excellent quality.
We did not play mini-golf and finished our time here just before noon. The staff was all friendly and seemed to care about the well being of the animals. I would definitely come back here again!
Written 3 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi JR-NC700, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed meeting and participating in feeding the Koalas of Maru. We appreciate the kind words, and we hope to see you again!
Written 8 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

gladgirl123
Austin, TX168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We bought the koala feeding experience tickets and it was the BEST EVER! The staff was informative and very kind and it was an amazing wildlife center! All the animals were well taken care of and looked healthy.
Written 10 February 2024
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Hi gladgirl123, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Koala Feeding Experience. We hope that you were able to learn something new during your experience from our Staff.
Written 1 March 2024
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Cathie R
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I took my four grandchildren today.
Ages 3, 7, 8 & 9
We had a fantastic day.
We were there for hours and hours.
The kids and myself loved everything.
Our favourite was feeding the kangaroos.
And the kids loved the mini golf.
Staff were so friendly and helpful.
Everything was clean and organised and set out so well.
Great price for a great day out.
Thankyou
Written 15 January 2024
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Hi 558cathier, Thank you for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that everyone enjoyed meeting the animals of Maru, and we greatly appreciate your kind words. Thanks again for visiting.
Written 26 January 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Pamela W
Reservoir, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Gorgeous animals. Great to be able to feed the kangaroos. Interesting talks by staff. Nice Bistro though rather pricey. Mini Golf included in the admission price was fun.
Written 6 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello E6145FZpamelaw, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed meeting the animals of Maru and that everyone had a great time on the Mini-Golf course.
Written 12 January 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Composure E
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Honestly well worth every dollar, I went along with my two sons they had the best time, my youngest decided he wanted to go with just daddy on his birthday there was a slight mix up but in the end he got a bonus of meeting a snake aswell. Everytime we go my kids have an amazing experience with both staff and also the animals. They love the fact mini Golf is unlimited, the course is very good they say. And the experience add ons meeting the animals. Thank you again and again. Time to get a family pass!
Written 21 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi Composuree, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that the children have had a great time meeting the Animals of Maru, and that everyone has a great time on the Mini-Golf course. Thanks for the kind words and we look forward to seeing you and your family again.
Written 30 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

rec998
Elyria, OH73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We did the koala feeding experience. Staff was so kind and patient with kids. It was super neat being close to the koalas and feeding them. Very cool to feed the kangaroos and wallabies as well. The scone and coffee with the experience were great. The mini golf was fun and had some unique holes! Highly recommend!
Written 11 September 2023
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Hi rec998, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Koala Feeding Experience, and we hope that your family learned something new about the Koalas and other animals of Maru!
Written 23 September 2023
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Fiona N
Yallourn North, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Had a great day at Maru koala and animal park.
Staff were super helpful and friendly. Got to see lots of animals.
Written 26 August 2023
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Hi Finroy, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to give us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed meeting the animals of Maru, we hope that you were able to learn something new!
Written 27 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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