Amazing Animal Encounters at the Maru Koala and Animal Park

Cuddling a koala and getting up close and personal with the native wildlife is often top of a traveller’s bucketlist when they go to Australia. Maru Koala and Animal Park provides the perfect opportunity to do this. Located amongst the stunning scenery of Phillip Island, with its exquisite beaches and local culture, it’s the perfect place to soak up the outdoor lifestyle in Australia whilst getting to know the cute critters that call the country home.

There are a range of animal encounters to be had at this award-winning park, including the chance to meet a koala, hand-feed a rare and beautiful albino kangaroo, go for a stroll with some dingoes, and have a chat with the colourful resident parrots. If you’re more of a reptile fan, you can head straight to the snake house, where you can get acquainted with a python.

As well as learning more about the animals and their environment, Maru Wildlife Park also offers visitors the chance to hand-feed the creatures, including several baby animals. And there are plenty of animals to keep you occupied, too, like the wombats, Tasmanian Devils, and Wallabies, all of which are native to Australia.

Throughout the day there are a host of keeper talks, where knowledgeable guides share information about the resident animals, including facts about their history, habitats, and characteristics. It’s a great way to learn about Australia’s charming wildlife first-hand.

Maru Koala and Animal Park

A Photographer’s Dream

Keen photographers are made to feel right at home at Maru, too. All around the peaceful park, with its lush vegetation and picturesque scenes, there are an endless supply of photo opportunities, whether it’s of the animals themselves or the breath-taking surroundings. The ‘Close Encounters’ experiences are the perfect way to get up close and personal with the critters and take some National Geographic worthy images of Australia’s finest creatures, but they also offer the chance to learn more about the rehabilitation programme that the park runs, where it rehabilitates injured and sick animals.

Not Just an Animal Adventure

It’s not just animals that Maru shares with its visitors, though. In fact, it provides a fun day out for all the family, with a Mini-Golf Adventure set inside the beautiful ground. Designed in the style of a pirate ship, the 18-hole course is the ideal way to unwind in the late afternoon, before heading to the Homestead Bistro to tuck into some seasonal dishes.

After lunch, you can wander the winding pathways through the park, dipping in and out of the landscaped areas and enjoying the natural views that the park is well-known for.

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.

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