Visiting the Maru Wildlife Park

Phillip Island is a haven of wildlife, promising animal lovers in Australia the chance to get up close and personal with some of the country’s best-loved creatures. Set against a back drop of picturesque beaches, lush rainforest, and stunning views, the island is the perfect place to explore the natural wildlife of Australia.

In the heart of it all you can visit the Maru Wildlife Park, where you can really interact with the animals which include some of Australia’s favourites, like koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, emus, and wombats.

As well as seeing these creatures in their native habitat and learning more about their behaviour and history on the island, you can also watch them being fed and join one of the talks where a knowledgeable handler shares stories and anecdotes about the animals.

Things to Do at Maru Wildlife Park

Cuddle a Koala

The koalas are one of the most popular residents at the Maru Wildlife Park. These cute critters sit up trees and chew away on eucalyptus leaves. You can wander along the raised boardwalk to get up close to them, or venture inside their enclosure with the keepers to hold one for yourself.

Hand Feed Kangaroos

Try your hand at being a keeper as you hand feed the kangaroos. These fascinating Australian creatures form a large part of the Maru Wildlife Park, and you can feed them yourself and see them up close.

Sheep Shearing

It’s not just native creatures that the Maru Wildlife Park has on hand. There is also plenty of livestock, including sheep which take part in a regular sheep shearing show. During it, you can watch the local sheep handler cutting the sheep while learning more about the process and what happens to the wool after it has been sheared.


If you’re really keen to get involved, you can also spend a day as an animal handler and look after the native critters. While doing this, you’ll learn a great deal about their habitat and their behaviour, as well as take part in some of the major conservation projects put in place to protect them.

The Maru Wildlife Park is a great place for a day out. You’ll get to experience the natural beauty of Phillip Island while getting up close and personal with some of Australia’s best-loved creatures. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s also a café on-site and, in the grounds, other activities like golfing.

Explore the Maru Wildlife Park on our Phillip Island Tour.

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