Ashcombe Maze is home to Australia's oldest and most famous traditional Hedge Maze. Standing over 3 metres high and 2 metres thick it is one of the must visit destinations on the Mornington Peninsula. It's perfect for a family day trip; enjoy the great outdoors, visit nature and its beautiful gardens, revisit childhood memories and discover new adventures. The maze at any time of the year is spectacular however autumn and winter brings forward a unique calmness and beauty to the Peninsula outdoors.
The Ashcombe Garden Discovery Trail is a self-guided track that allows you to explore the 25 acres of gardens. As you follow the winding paths, it will take you on a journey through the trees and flowers to enjoy a scenic experience. Sitting at the base of the property is a picturesque lake that pumps water using wind power to the ponds and fountains across the entire gardens.
The Small Woodlands, Lower Woodlands and Arboretum are in full bloom during autumn. The great elms and oaks of the gardens create a magical carpet of leaves covering the floors below your feet – colours of burgundy, yellows, oranges, reds and many more.
Hegend Maze Get yourself lost and found through the winding paths of the Hegend Maze. Challenge yourself by reaching the four mosaic flags in each corner and follow the path as you weave through the South Maze into the Centre Garden before tackling the North Maze.
Rose Maze The first and oldest in the world, the rose maze is made of over 1200 bushes and 217 varieties of roses, colours and perfume. Find your way through the prickly maze into the Central Arbour, don't forget to stop and smell the roses along the way. Roses are also featured throughout the gardens and flowers from spring, summer and into autumn.
Lavender Labyrinth The Lavender Labyrinth is made of over 4000 lavender plants and overlooks the autumn foliage of the Ashcombe Arboretum. The blue and mauve colours create a winding path leading to the viewing platform that stands above the sea of lavender plants.
Gnome Hunt There are many fun games and activities in the gardens and one of the most popular of all is the fairy walk and gnome hunt. Kids of all ages will definitely have fun discovering the gnomes and fairies that are hidden away in all corners of the garden. You will definitely need a sharp eye to spot them all! When you enter, you will be given a clipboard and pencil with an answer sheet to fill in the names of the gnomes and fairies you find. Complete the challenge and find them all!
Other Features Other features of Ashcombe maze include the Orchard, the Central Garden, the Pot Garden, the Rock Garden, the Summer Garden, the Scented Garden, the Herb Barrels, the Centre Garden, the Lily Pond, the Apple Grove, the Koala Food Trees, the Windmill, Seven Tiers Waterfall and many more.
Café After a day of fun in the gardens, be sure to enjoy lunch at the café and visit the souvenir shop. Here you can enjoy a delicious range of pies, croissants, scones and homemade cookies. A must try is their famous lavender tea.
Prices include admission to all the mazes and gardens, map and gnome hunt activity. Ashcombe maze is opened daily from 8am to 5pm except on Christmas Day. The prices are $18.50 for adults, $16.50 for senior and health care card holders, $10 for children up to 15 years of age and children below 3 years are free. Check their website for the latest updates and special family admission packages.