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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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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
+61 3 5678 8548
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not big but spent a couple of hours enjoying the zoo. Kids held an emu egg, hand feeding alpaca, kangaroos & wallabies, ranger talks and a personal photo with a koala. Kids loved it. Cafe had great coffee and food.

Thank Steven B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was not a big zoo but entertaining and informative enough for kids to experience direct encounter with australian native animals. My kids really impressed feeding kangaroos, wallabies and llamas in the park.

Thank Davy G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even though this is not as big as the other animal park, it has its own personal touch. This animal park is great and we also spend on the close encounter with the koala. Really cute and the close encounter fee is cheaper than any...More

Thank hsng88
MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

hello hsng88 We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and time with the animals which is a special experience. Thanks for visiting and posting a review Ian and Neroli Heffer

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with Grandkids. Staff very friendly & informative. Fed kangaroos wallabies & emu's. Learnt about Koalas & Dingos at information session. All animals look well cared for & healthy. Following our animal tour played mini golf at the Pirate island & enjoyed the variety of...More

Thank Geoffrey C
MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Geoffrey Thanks for visiting us at Maru and taking the time to post a review. The staff will be pleased when we pass on your comments to know that their friendly manner is showing through. Our Park Staff are very passionate about animal welfare...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed Maru Koala & Animal Park & the Mini Golf course too, the animal park had a great mix of animals & the cafe was pretty yummy too!More

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

Hello Billie Thanks for you review, we are pleased to read that you enjoyed your days visit. There is something for everyone to enjoy and our Homestead Bistro offers food from simple café style snacks right through to full meals prepared in house with a...More

Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Our kids enjoyed this, especially feeding & patting the Roos. They were all friendly & tame & to our surprise a few Albino ones. I have never seen an albino roo b4. Koalas looked happy & well cared for, I guess this funds wildlife rescues...More

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

Hello lizandstu Thanks for your review and for visiting Maru. Just to clarify though the animals visitors like yourself see on display at Maru are all born and bred in our zoo or another one. We do run a Wildlife Shelter where we rescue and...More

Reviewed 19 May 2017

My tour stopped here on our way to Philip Island. This is one of the best animal park I have visited, even though the park is small but its neat and clean. Best spot to spend a day with your family or friends, they do...More

Thank SuriaKS
MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Hello SuriaKS A day tour on a coach is a great way to get to Maru from Melbourne and we have several different companies that come to us each day. The money you gave us for the kangaroo food is used to support the work...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

Great opportunity to get close to the animals with smaller crowds. Take a picture with koalas and feed kangaroos and wallabies. Recommend if you want to pet the native animals!More

1  Thank Lorry L
MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Hello Lorry Thanks for visiting us at Maru and enjoying meeting the animals. Hopefully you learned something valuable about how to help protect and sustain these beautiful animals in the wild as well from our park keepers along the way. Thank-you for our review Ian...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017

Small and neatly kept animal park. Kids loved it. Reception staff are very friendly. Should name it Maru Kangaroo and animal park rather than Koala park. The name is misleading, as there are very few Koalas. It is over priced when compared to other larger...More

1  Thank Joseph_triumphs
MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Hello Joseph WE have 10 koalas at Maru which is quite a large number for a Victorian Park and more than at Melbourne Zoo or Healseville Sanctuary. We appreciate your opinion but do feel at only $20 entry that is a reasonable entry price for...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017

I stopped here with my family (wife and two boys) on my way to Penguin Island. We enjoyed a good couple of hours here. We got to feed, pet and get a picture taken with a Koala. We also fed a whole bunch of kangaroos...More

Thank Aamir_I_D
MaruKoalaPark, Owner at Maru Koala and Animal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Hello Aamir We are pleased to read that your family enjoyed a few hours with us and the animals at Maru. Sheep shearing and Wildlife Shows run every day over the school holidays and Easter period as well as hourly keeper presentations. So lots to...More

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Response from Webgrabber | Reviewed this property |
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.
7 December 2015|
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Response from rvb48 | Reviewed this property |
I am afraid if you are thinking from o;connell street Melbourne it is about a two hour drive so you need to hire a car however, on the maru home page it does give a link for transport to get there. . The transport in the... More