Maru Koala and Animal Park
Pat a koala, hand feed an albino kangaroo, walk with the dingoes, talk to the parrots, meet Honey the golden possum and then get all wrapped up in a python snake, It’s all made possible at Maru where you can really get in touch with wildlife. Winner of seven awards in 2013 including Business of the Year for Gippsland and People’s Choice Business of the Year for Bass Coast as voted by our visitors.
Enjoy hand feeding and patting the kangaroos and wallabies, including rare albino animals. Meet the Koalas up close on hourly tours where the Keeper will take you right inside the enclosure to personally introduce you to our Koala family. See wombats, Tasmanian Devils, dingoes, wallabies, native birds and more in the animal park. Talk with the Keepers and be introduced to a different animal by name at hourly talks on all weekends, school and public holidays.
Bring your camera and take advantage of the ample photo opportunities or have a professional photo taken during a special ‘close encounter’ experience with a koala, joey or one of our other special animals. Learn about our Wildlife Shelter operation to rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured native animals back into the wild.
Then set sail into Pirate Pete’s Mini-Golf Adventure and enjoy 18 holes of Pirating fun. Putt your way around the thirty meter pirate Ship and encounter life-size pirate figures, including one of Captain Jack Sparrow. Enter the gold mine under the five meter thunderous waterfall and watch out for the grouch in the old outback dunny. Don’t miss our annual Pirate Festival which is each year in Autumn and on the 17th May in 2014.
Do either activity or for one low price purchase an ‘All Day Pass’ to give you unlimited access all day long to the Animal Park and Pirate Pete’s Mini-golf. Relax with a freshly made meal or snack in the licensed Homestead Bistro, while the kids enjoy our large indoor playroom. Maru has sealed paths throughout and amenities for disabled patrons, with plenty of seating and sheltered areas. We welcome group bookings and also cater for Koala or Pirate themed children’s parties. Enquire about our specialist programs such as being a ‘Keeper for a Day”.
Founded, owned and operated by the Heffer family for thirty years, at Maru we personally take the time to ensure you enjoy your visit.