The Ashcombe Maze is Australia’s largest and oldest hedge maze, located just over an hour from Melbourne on the popular Mornington Peninsula. The mazes are a great way to get outdoors and exercise lazy limbs while enjoying the unique natural surroundings of hedge mazes and gardens.
The mazes are open daily from 10am to 5pm except Christmas Day. Admission to the grounds (all mazes and gardens included) is $16 for adults and $9 for children. Toddlers under three enter for free, and seniors and large groups can receive a discount. Driving along the Monash Freeway and taking the Mornington Peninsula exit is the best way to get there and plenty of parking is available.
The main attractions are the 3 metre hedge maze and lavender labyrinth which will get you walking in circles before long. The gardens are also well known for their water features, most of which can be found once you reach the centre of the maze.
Altogether the property contains over 10 different themed gardens, including a circular rose maze, Fairy Walk and Gnome Hunt which is sure to be a hit with the kids. Gnomes and fairies are hidden away all over the forest and it takes sharp eyes to spot them all.
The Maze Café is just what’s needed after you’ve lost yourself in the mazes and need to sit down. The café serves light lunches, afternoon tea and local made biscuits and cakes. For souvenirs and rose products, the gift shop is also worth a look on the way out.