UPDATE: Marapana Wildlife Park is now closed, as they relocate to another premises for 2012.
Marapana Wildlife Park is a property where many different animals are kept. You can walk into many of the enclosures and hand feed, touch and enjoy the company of the animals. You are regularly within a metre of the animals, and many will eat food out of your hands. It is a great example of some of the animals found in Australia.
Where is Marapana Wildlife Park?
Marapana Wildlife Park is 35 minute drive from Perth City, almost midway between Rockingham and Mandurah. It is located on a large property set back a little bit from Pagononi Road. The exact address is Number 157 Pagononi Road, Karnup. You can see it on Google Maps at Marapana Wildlife Park.
What animals are at Marapana Wildlife Park?
There are a large variety of animals found at Marapana Wildlife Park, which are segmented into their own enclosures. Many of the animals wander around together and interact very well. There are Koalas, Snakes, Crocodiles, Parrots, Dingoes, Kangaroos, Ostriches, Emus, Deer, Goats, Pigs, Donkeys, Camels, Alpacas, Ponies, Roosters, Ducks, Swans, Peacocks, Guinea Pigs and Ferrets. Most of these creatures are tame enough for you to touch (except for the crocodiles).
When is it open?
The wildlife park is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day. It opens at 10AM and shuts at 5PM, giving you plenty of time to have a good walk around.
How much does it cost to visit Marapana Wildlife Park?
The costs are as follows:
Adults - $16
Students with Student Cards - $13
Seniors with Concession Cards - $13
Children - $9
Toddlers (0 – 2 Yrs) – Free
Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) $45
There are also significant discounts if you go with 15 people or more. Discounts are available for tour operators too.
Throughout the day several shows and talks are put on, and one of these involves one or more Koala’s. You can touch these after the show, or you can arrange for a special Koala Cuddle. To hold the Koala it costs $20 and you need to book on the day at the office.
Photography at Marapana Wildlife Park
If you have a camera, take it! You will get some exceptional shots of the animals, along with those of your kids, relatives and friends having a ball. You can get so close to the animals that taking good quality photos is very easy!
Hand Feed the animals
Included in each ‘ticket’ in you get given a bucket of feed. This can be given to any of the animals except for the dingoes, reptiles and koalas. The kangaroos will come and eat it out of your hand, and the deer will also do this if you are quiet! You can throw the food out to the animals as you walk around.
Volunteering at Marapana Wildlife Park
If you want to get even more involved with Marapana Wildlife Park then they love to take Volunteers in. Just call the office and have a chat.
Parties at Marapana Wildlife Park
Marapana also offers parties where they cater for the event. The prices are great value, considering what you get. Alternatively, they can bring animals to your location, to give your party a bit of extra spice!
Everyone has a good time at Marapana Wildlife Park. It is not something that many people have done before, so getting close and personal to the animals is a great experience. The kids especially love this park, but so do the adults! I would highly recommend visiting the Marapana Wildlife Park – you will have a great time.