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Hedgend Maze

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Published March 1st 2011
When one thinks of Healesville, Hedgend Maze is not often the first thought that comes to mind. But those who do know of the maze return again and again to experience the ever-growing range of activities as well as the tranquility that only the Yarra Valley can create.

Just over an hours drive from the city centre lies the 20 acre property housing Hedgend's 3 mazes, mini golf course and gardens. Hedgend is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am until 4pm (Wednesdays by appointment only), and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 5pm. Entry costs $16 for adults, $13.50 for children, and kids under the age of 4 are free.

Once in the property, take the time to stroll through the Bushtucker Walk that has been filled with plants indigenous to the Healesville area as well as many plants that are important to the Aboriginal culture. The really lovely thing about this self-guided walk is that it was planted in 2009 by children who were affected by the Black Saturday bush fires.

Also be sure to stop by Hedgend's newest attraction, an Edible Garden that was launched in September last year. I found the real appeal of this garden to be online where the Maze's owners have compiled stacks of handy hints for growing your own edible garden, using everything from coffee to beer to ward off bugs of all kinds. See the hints in action while visiting the maze, then check out how to do the same thing at home.

The kids will love playing a round of frisbee golf out in the back paddock. I must admit that on my first few visits to the maze I actually completely missed this activity just because I had no idea it was there. Keep an eye out for the signs because it's definitely worth a go.

The giant checkers are always a hit, although on busy days you may have to wait a while to get a shot as there is only one set. Play against a friend, or make a couple of teams to help you heave the pieces around the board - it's all about testing your skills.

After navigating your way around a few of the attractions, the kids might start complaining that they're hungry, so stop by the tea room for something tasty to eat or drink. If you would prefer to bring your own, find a table or free BBQ in the picnic grounds, or bring a blanket to spread out on the grass.

The main attraction of Hedgend, the Giant Hedge Maze, is definitely where visitors should spend most of their day. If the 1200 metres of winding pathways wasn't enough to get you lost, trying to decode the secret message as you go certainly will (the clues are on the map you collect on entry).

Hedgend Maze
The Giant Hedge Maze

Once you've found your way to the other side of the maze, you'll find yourself in a little courtyard that makes up the paved Rainbow Maze. It was the first of its kind to open to the Australian public, and it takes a lot of skill and patience to navigate the 4 different coloured routes.

Venture up the Lookout Tower, also in the courtyard, to grab a spectacular view across the hedge maze and into the Yarra Valley beyond (or to sneak a peek at the quickest way back out of the maze if you had a bit of trouble the first time around, no one has to know).

The newest maze to the property, the Native Maze, was planted in 2008 by students at Healesville's St. Brigid's School as a part of a maths experiment. They had to measure out and plant the entire maze, using native rosemary and mint plant varieties. The special thing about this maze is that it has been designed with young children and people with disabilities in mind so that they are given the chance to explore and experience the gardens as well.

The mini golf course is pretty standard when it comes to the set up of each hole, however, the great thing is that entry to the maze includes unlimited games on the 18-hole course.

Finally, the Stables is an area that is able to be hired out for functions. The building includes its own private courtyard, open bar, heating, and tables and chairs. All functions include entry to the mazes and other activities, which is great for kids parties or night events. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can also be fully catered for using the on site chapel. Don't be surprised to see school groups roaming around if you visit on a week day; the
maze offers excursions that have a focus on the environment and sustainability (which the maze owners are huge advocators of).

While on first glance it may not look like a lot, in truth you can spend the whole day exploring Hedgend Maze's grounds, making the long drive worth your while. It's a great spot to go for a day trip, especially because Healesville is such a beautiful place to visit, and you'll have just as much fun as the kids.
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Why? A day trip that can actually take all day
Where: 163 Albert Rd. Healesville Victoria 3777
Cost: $16 for adults and $13.50 for children over the age of 4 (kids under 4 are free)
Planning a day trip to Healesville to visit the grass parrots and Tassie Devils at Healesville Sanctuary and if we have the time, think the Hedgend Maze looks like it could be our second destination in the township.
By Tabatha - senior reviewer
Saturday, 28th of January @ 02:12 am
Planning a day trip to Healesville to visit the grass parrots and Tassie Devils at Healesville Sanctuary and if we have the time, think the Hedgend Maze looks like it could be our second destination in the township.
By Tabatha - senior reviewer
Saturday, 28th of January @ 02:13 am
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