I moved to Tasmania in January 2015, and am enjoying exploring the area with my family. It's a wonderful place to live!
Published January 27th 2016
Are you looking for something different to do with the children? Bored of swimming and bushwalking? Looking for a way to reduce screen time during the holidays or at weekends?
Located an easy 40 minute drive from Launceston, Tasmania, Glengarry Bush Maze provides lots of family fun at a good price (family ticket $25). I visited with five children aged from 7 to 12, and all five enjoyed themselves and said they would love to visit again.
The main maze is a proper hedge maze with a gazebo full of bells at the centre, meaning that we could not fail to notice when the first of the group very loudly proclaimed their arrival! Some of us found it harder (and more frustrating) than others, the hedges are tall and thick and there are no opportunities to cheat. The younger members of our group were keen to do the maze several times.
There are several puzzles and games located both inside and outside the coffee shop, which kept the children amused whilst I enjoyed a nice latte. Some are puzzles which can be done alone, but there is also a wide range of activities which can be done collaboratively or competitively. Examples include a giant Connect 4 game, a giant (tricky but fun) Labyrinth, giant Chess, and more.
If all these mazes, games and puzzles are failing to hold everyone's attention, there is a 20 minute bushwalk available down to the creek. We did the bushwalk, but it was for my benefit rather than the children's! Apparently you can sometimes spot a platypus in the creek, and other wildlife, but our exposure to wildlife was limited to listening to the birds. Noisy children may well be responsible for this lack of wildlife!
A fun morning
All in all, we spent a lovely morning at the Glengarry Bush Maze. It was quiet, only a few other visitors, and we had plenty to keep ourselves amused for about three hours. The family ticket price of $25 is good value in my opinion, and the children welcomed a break from the bushwalking and swimming trips which have dominated our holidays.