Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot, dubbed the world’s largest maze complex, is on your way to Cradle Mountain at a little place called Promised Land in Tasmania’s North West. Yes, sounds like something out of an Enid Blyton book, doesn’t it? Well, wait till you see it.
Tasmazia was declared one of the world’s best 10 family attractions by GoTravel24.com, South Africa’s premier travel company. Aside from the tea rooms’ scrumptious pancakes (oh my goodness)
and the view out to the lavender fields, it’s easy to get lost in Tasmazia – and I’m not just talking about the mazes.
Princess Ella particularly loved the fact we were taking the usual mazes from her activity books and turning them into a real life experience. And there are plenty to choose from – Hampton Court Maze, Confusion Maze, The Balance Maze,
Hexagonal Maze, Irish Maze and of course The Great Maze (which we survived, I might add).
The girls were particularly taken with the Village of Lower Crackpot and this little house called Fairy Princess Sam’s Pink Palace:
Built just for us, right?
The village was by far the highlight for Ella and Holly, whose imaginations ran wild.
Add to that a list of things you have to try and “seek’’ out, like The Three Bear’s Cottage,
The Crackpot Correction Centre, Cubby Town (Ella loved the theatre complete with little stage),
Humpty Dumpty’s Wall,
The House That Isn’t There, Hobbit’s Hole, Signs with Sayings (over a dozen)
and even the Kitchen Sink.
You receive a little map on entry, so it’s relatively easy to navigate. There’s also a little gift shop with the most lovely staff, a noodle bar and some development over the hedge with some new little houses being built. Yes, we couldn’t help but sticky beak. The only point would be that it’s a little pricey for larger families, with adults $20 and children $10 each. Bear in mind, you will spend quite a lot of time there though.
While our girls (4 years old and 16 months) were happy to wander through the mazes and discover the village, I can imagine it would be even more ideal for children of reading age who would be able to take over the provided map and dictate the adventure a little. Overall, we highly recommend it if you’re heading to Tassie’s North West and love places with an element of fun – and maybe a little quirkiness thrown in.
Where: 500 Staverton Road Promised Land, North West Tasmania
Opening hours: Dec-April 9am-5pm and May-Nov 10am-4pm.
Cost: Adults (16+) $20, children (4-15) $10, Seniors (valid card) $18 and tots (3 and under) free.
Are you into mazes? Does your area have a place that fuels children’s imaginations?
DISCLAIMER: We receive complementary tickets to experience Tasmazia. All opinions expressed are purely my own.