Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Hedge your bets on this maze
Perth's first commercial hedge maze is finally open, and just in time for the school holidays. After 6 years of planning, growing and pruning, the hedge maze is ready to receive visitors who can look forward to exploring its 1600 sqm span to reach the lookout at the centre of the maze.
Enter the Maze
This hedge maze is a perfect addition to family park, and compliments the existing suite of fun filled puzzles, mazes, games and wildlife attractions.
Heralding from the UK, I've visited a number of hedge mazes in my time, and often their huge size means that whilst they look a whole lot of fun for the family, they often lead to frustrations with kids slowly losing the plot when 45 minutes into the 'fun' they are still no closer to the middle of the maze, and thus no nearer to the exit. This hedge maze is a perfect size for families and whilst there are definitely a number of challenges to overcome, and over 20 dead ends to stumble across, a typical completion time would be around 20 minutes making it very kid friendly. For the more keen maze runner out there, it's also a maze you could do again perhaps trying to beat your personal best.
Dead ends aplenty
For parents of little ones, you'll be happy to know that there are emergency exit doors you can utilise throughout the maze. This came in vitally handy at the midway point when my son decided that it was toilet time, and by using the emergency exit doors, we were able to make a hasty escape to the toilet facilitates. Phew!
The half way point
View from the look out
The Maze has a number of other attractions to keep you busy on your visit including additional mazes, puzzles, games and play areas. A hit for my two boys was the tractor tyre maze, although I am pretty confident that the rules were abandoned part way through the quest to the finishing flag.
Big and little kids also seem to enjoy the gigantic inflatable jumping pillow, which provides endless opportunities for bouncing fun in addition to the adjacent adventure playground, which poses lots of play based challenges for the kids in your party.
Around the park, wildlife lovers can look forward to spotting koalas, emus, kangaroos and a host of bird life. On our trip there was a local kangaroo jumping around, much to the delight of the visitors.