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The Enchanted Maze Garden

Home > Melbourne > Fun Things To Do | Escape the City
Published May 21st 2012
Looking to go somewhere on a weekend? Whether you are a couple, a family with kids or a bunch of friends, make your way down to Arthurs Seat to visit the Enchanted Maze Garden. It may sound boring but it's actually a really fun thing to do on a lovely sunny weekend.

First let me tell you how to get there. Google the directions. It is very easy to get there, as long as you follow the instructions. You will have at least 2 false alarms for exits (especially when you are getting close to Arthurs Seat) but make sure you only exit at the one that says C789. Don't be paranoid into getting out at C784 or C788. Trust me.

Once you get there, you and the kids will be tempted to spend time in the Lolly Shop, but don't get distracted. Get right into the first traditional Hedge Maze. A challenge to this maze is not only to get to the centre, which is a Japanese garden, but to also find 5 Buddha statues and a small topiary garden along the way.

The second Turf Maze doesn't have hedges but it is fun to go round and round until you get to the exit. For pure kiddie fun, there is a Children's Maze which has themed gardens for children to linger to play. There is also a Blue Gum Gallery Maze that challenges you to get to the centre with directions from someone at the bridge.

Can you follow instructions?

When you have finished with the mazes, walk amongst the beautifully kept parterre gardens and admire the flora and fauna. Go and say hello to the monster Enchantasarus at the lake and he'll say hello back! He is not the only creature in the garden though, as there is an animal enclosure where you can go visit. Test yourself with the Brain Teaser Challenges. Some of the more interesting ones were the Tyre Maze and the Rope Maze.

Good luck!

Now one of the main attractions of the garden is the Tube Slides. There are 2 curved slides and 2 straight giant slides to test your nerves on. Grab a coloured tube, hike up to the top, sit in the tube and down you go! It's a fun, scream-happy ride and totally addictive! So addictive that you'll get up and climb up to the top to do it all over again. If you have kids less than 5 years of age, you can share a large tube with one child together.

Last but not least is the amazing 3D Spooky Indoor Maze. You will be given 3D glasses to wear so that you can walk through chambers of splendid 3D fluorescent paintings that jump to life. It can be a little scary but I won't say more as that will take the excitement away. Parents are definitely advised to accompany their children at all times, especially if they are less than 5 years of age.

You'll probably be tired at the end of this. Now you can go back to the Lolly Shop and café for some refreshments. You can sit and enjoy the electrical motor train that travels along the tracks installed near the ceiling on the wall.

For more information, check out the website.
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Why? Get Lost at the Enchanted Maze
Where: 55 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat
Cost: $29 (adults), $19 (children), $23 (seniors)
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