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Lantasia Dreaming at Boneo Maze

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Published December 10th 2016
Experience Light after Dark on the Mornington Peninsula
The return of the much-anticipated lantern festival at Boneo Maze and Gardens is set to light up the night sky on The Mornington Peninsula this Summer.

Lantasia Dreaming
Lantasia Dreaming

Last year, the grounds of the Boneo Maze in Fingal played host to the enchanting Lantasia festival for the first time.

Due to the success of last year's illuminating delight at the eco-tourism complex in Fingal, the lantern festival heads back to Boneo Maze over Summer 2016/2017 but this time with a different theme; Lantasia Dreaming.

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Image c/o

The beautiful outdoor light festival mixes two traditions; the age old art of Chinese lantern making, with Aboriginal Dreamtime storytelling.

Lantasia Dreaming sees native wildlife spring into colourful life as Dreamtime characters such as the Elder wombat, Waa the wise crow, the heroic eagle Bunjil, the thirsty frog Tiddalik and their fellow friends shower visitors with magical light.

Some of the sculptures will reach up to 3m high, casting spellbinding reflections over the lakes and waterways of Boneo Maze.

"By opening the gardens of Boneo Maze again, creating unique light sculpture ambience, we're hoping to bring a little bit of magic to the Mornington Peninsula," said Tyson, one of the Managers of Boneo Maze.

Lanterns at Lantasia Dreaming are made with silk. These beautiful sculptures are crafted in the same traditional Chinese lantern making methods, much like the Dandenong Festival of Lights. Each lantern is hand made and intricately painted.

Dandenong Festival of Lights
Dandenong Festival of Lights

Over 80 lanterns are set to shine bright as the sun disappears over the horizon. Once the sky becomes inky black, sculptures will illuminate the grounds of the Boneo Maze and Gardens. These awe inspiring crafts will take you on a journey into fantasy and tranquility.

Lantasia Dreaming encourages visitors of all ages to wander through the beautiful 27 acres of gardens, boardwalks and outdoor play areas. You and your family are encouraged to picnic under the stars, surrounded by glowing sculptures, alternatively, enjoy an evening feed at the lakeside café as you watch the gardens shine bright into the night.

Festival of Lights
Lanterns at the Dandenong Festival of Lights

Working in collaboration with Lionel Lauch, of Living Culture (a Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man) alongside his niece Carla Lauch, this is an opportunity to more about Aboriginal Australian culture through Lionel's didgeridoo meditation performances, bush tucker gatherings and tools and weapons demonstrations.

Boneo Maze's popular twilight mini-golf is included in ticket entry price and the newly licensed cafe will serve Indigenous inspired meals accompanied by locally sourced Mornington Peninsula wines and beers.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the Mornington Peninsula at dusk this Summer, when the stunning surrounds of the Boneo Maze really do come into their own.

Explore Lantasia Dreaming at Boneo Maze, every night from the 26 December 2016 until April 2017.

Tickets available at the gate or pre-purchase for dinner deals HERE
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Why? Experience light after dark on the Mornington Peninsula
When: 26 December 2016 - April 2017 (until Easter)
Phone: (03) 5988 6385
Where: Boneo Maze, 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal VIC 3939
Cost: From $18
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