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Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot

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by Jessica McGrath (subscribe)
A freelance writer, journalist and keen photographer living in Kingaroy, Australia. Visit my blog at:
Published March 8th 2017
Get lost exploring the village of Lower Crackpot
Views of Mount Roland from within Tasmazia's mazes.

Down the road from the base of Cradle Mountain, in a small town called the 'Promised Land,' get lost in a world of puzzles, mazes and magic.Tasmazia, is fun for the whole family with eight different mazes to explore, as well as 'The Village of Lower Crackpot.'

Village of Lower Crackpot
Village of Lower Crackpot at Tasmazia.
This 1/5th scale model village is filled with many buildings that tell their own story, perhaps the 'School of Lateral Thinking' might take your fancy or the 'Cathy Freeman Sports Centre.' It is very clever, using real events and people from history to create this whimsical village to explore.

The entire park is one massive maze and, upon entry, visitors are given a list of items to find in order to complete the scavenger hunt. Within this maze are smaller mazes, puzzles and wonders to find to tick off the list. At the time it was planted, the main maze was the 'world's largest maze.'

Balance Maze
Navigating balance maze towards Crackpot Correction Centre.
Even with two hours of exploring and getting lost, we were unable to find the Three Bear's Cottage at the centre of the main maze, or find all of the mazes

For those who are fans of English history, the Hampton Court maze at Tasmazia is an exact replica of the maze at the Hampton Court Palace in the UK. As an extra, it has a viewing platform in the centre as the goal, providing a good view of the mazes. Other challenging mazes include the Hexagonal Maze and the Confusion Maze (the names speak for themselves).

For the kids, there are many mazes that will ignite their imaginations . The Yellow Brick Road Maze is a little village, not far from the The Village of Lower Crackpot, filled with fairytale houses and castles. Be sure to find the Fairy Princess castle or the house that belongs to your favourite fairytale character, amongst the lovely gardens.

Yellow Brickroad Maze
Yellow Brickroad Maze
If you have small children (or for the young at heart), Cubby Town, found within the Great Maze, is a must to discover. There's a school room, theatre, Pancake Parlour, fire station and more, where you can climb inside and explore each little cubby. Put your balancing skills to the test, going between Cubby Town and 'The Lower Crackpot Correction Centre' navigating across the 'Balance Maze.'This correction centre features medieval forms of punishment. Watch out, or you might just be left in the pillory, dungeon, or at the stocks!

Perhaps one of the most clever aspects of the experience, is the Embassy Gardens.

Embassy Gardens
Embassy Gardens
Here, miniature buildings pay tribute to over forty countries. Wander through the gardens past the French or 'Pole-ish' embassies.There are even buildings dedicated to 'national security', 'intergalactic travel' and boat people lost at sea. A cafe, specialising in pancakes, is open 10am-4pm daily at the complex, if a cooked lunch is more appealing than a picnic lunch within the grounds. Make sure getting lost at Tasmazia is part of your plans for your travels through the enchanting Cradle Mountain and Lakes District.
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Why? Have a fun, family-friendly day out getting lost in mazes within a clever world.
When: Oct - April: 9 am - 5 pm; May - Sept: 10 am - 4 pm
Phone: 03 6491 1934
Where: 500 Staverton Road Promised Land, 7306 Tasmania Australia
Cost: $12.50/ Child; $25/ Adult; $70/ Family entry
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A very interesting article Jessica.
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