Getting lost in a maze is one of the greatest ways to spend an afternoon. If you're with company you enjoy, trying to strategise your way out of the maze can be a fantastic bonding experience; if you're with bratty family members or friends that you don't really like, you can make escaping into a competition and hope the other party gets lost. Here's my pick of Victoria's best mazes.
A Maze'N Things
Located on Phillip Island, the A Maze'N Things maze is a fun and frustrating maze, the objective of which is to reach four different flags. Just when you think you're drawing in, you realise that the flag is on the other side of the fence, and you have to go all the way back and try a different route!
The fun doesn't stop at the maze, either- there is plenty else to see and do at A Maze'N Things, including optical illusion rooms and a mini golf course.
Ashcombe Hedge Maze
One of Victoria's best-known mazes, Ashcombe Hedge Maze is the oldest in Australia and possibly the grandest. Ashcombe also boasts a quiant Rose Maze, which includes over 200 rose varieties, and a huge Lavender Labyrinth. There is no tacky mini golf course in sight at picturesque Ashcombe.
Calling it 'Avenel Maze' is a little misleading, as Avenel is comprised of five individual mazes. There is something to set Avenel apart from all the other mazes in Victoria- and it's not a mini golf course (although, of course, it has one of those too). As Ned Kelly grew up in Avenel, the maze takes the theme of our most infamous bushranger. This makes Avenel, with its decidedly Australian feel, a great place to take kids for the educational value.
The Enchanted Maze Garden
The Enchanted Maze Garden at Arthurs Seat features several mazes including the requisite traditional hedge maze, a children's maze and the challenging Blue Gum Gallery Maze. Perhaps the most exciting part of the Enchanted Maze Garden is their 3D Indoor Maze
. The creepy dark journey, with glowing UV light murals and hologram effects, is sure to delight children and adults alike and means an adventure can be had no matter what the weather. I consider the Enchanted Maze to be easily the best in Victoria.
Wandiligong Hedge Maze
The indoor 3D maze at Arthurs Seat.
Wandiligong's claim to fame is being the largest living hedge maze in Australia. Of course, like seemingly every other maze, Wandiligong has a mini golf course onsite. Other than that, it is quite basic as far as mazes go, but is still worth a visit for a family day out.
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