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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  • JemmaB
    Melbourne, Australia264 contributions
    Fun activity with kids
    We stopped in for a game of mini golf with our 3 year old. We spent an hour and a half going round and we all enjoyed ourselves. There's a good mix of easy and challenging holes. It's a good spot to stop on the way back from Phillip Island.
    Hi 87jemmab, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you and your 3 year old had a great time on our Mini-Golf Course!
    Written May 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 30, 2023
  • FellowTraveler78930
    1 contribution
    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 November 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Composure E
    1 contribution
    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 December 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 21, 2023
  • Pamela W
    Reservoir, Australia1 contribution
    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 January 12, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Cathie R
    13 contributions
    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 January 26, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 14, 2024
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gladgirl123
Austin, TX164 contributions
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 February 10, 2024
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Cathie R
13 contributions
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 January 15, 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 January 26, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Pamela W
Reservoir, Australia1 contribution
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 January 6, 2024
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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 January 12, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Composure E
1 contribution
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 December 21, 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 December 30, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

rec998
Elyria, OH77 contributions
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 September 11, 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 September 23, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Fiona N
Yallourn North, Australia9 contributions
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 August 26, 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 August 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Busker999
Tonbridge, UK982 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Fantastic park. Got to see all the key australian animals - kangaroos, wallabies, koolas, kookaburra, emus, tasmanian devil, dingos among many others. All well looked after and acts as animal hospital too.
Written August 18, 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 Busker999, 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!
Written August 27, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

FellowTraveler78930
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Family
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.
Written July 5, 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 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 November 4, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JemmaB
Melbourne, Australia264 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
We stopped in for a game of mini golf with our 3 year old. We spent an hour and a half going round and we all enjoyed ourselves. There's a good mix of easy and challenging holes. It's a good spot to stop on the way back from Phillip Island.
Written April 30, 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 87jemmab, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that you and your 3 year old had a great time on our Mini-Golf Course!
Written May 6, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jessie M
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Family
The kids loved getting up close and personal with the kangaroos and koalas! Great experience for the whole family to enjoy. The park keepers and staff were also very friendly and the keeper talks were engaging and informative. We had a lovely time!
Written April 23, 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 jessiegrace1991, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave us a 5-star review. We are glad to hear that the entire family enjoyed their visit to Maru, and we hope everyone was able to learn something new about the Animals of Maru!
Written May 6, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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