Freelance writer who enjoys staying active, social and making the most of what Perth has to offer.
Published June 19th 2011
If you are looking for an amusement park with a difference, The Maze encourages you to get active as you navigate your way through a series of mazes, play a round of mini-golf and then take a tour of the wildlife park, all before a barbeque lunch under the trees.
Just a 20 minute drive East of Joondalup, The Maze is a great family day out. As you arrive through the main gates, you are greeted by your first obstacle for the day. A huge timber maze spread over 2500m2 beckons you to its entry, but you could be in there for a while so be sure to have a snack and a drink before taking on the challenge. Assuming you find your way out, you can tackle the pine tree mazes which were carefully planted over 20 years ago and are now a fun and enchanting part of the park. For the younger ones, who wish to embark on an adventure on their own, there are also some mazes that aren't as high as the others, so mum and dad can watch from the outside and give words of encouragement. Mazes have also been constructed from hedges, ropes and limestone so there is no shortage of challenges for kids and adults alike.
For animal lovers, it's just a short stroll to the walk-through kangaroo enclosure, koala habitat and giant aviary which is home to some friendly cockatoos. On Sunday mornings, a truly unique dining experience takes place in Iguana Café; you can enjoy your pancakes, egg benedict or bacon and eggs in the company of The Maze's resident koalas. To avoid disappointment, make sure you ring and book for Sunday breakfast in advance.
Other family activities in the park include mini golf course, giant chess and disc golf. All of these (as well as the barbecue and picnic facilities) are included in the admission price, so the kids can play as many games as they like.
Adult admission to The Maze is $23.50 and $14.50 for children, with discounts for students and pensioners. If you have a family of four, you can all get in for $67, which makes this a very affordable day out, especially if you bring your own lunch.
If you are looking for a few things to do with your family over the school holidays, then you can package your ticket with the Wanneroo Botanical Gardens mini-golf. The combined ticket will get you two lots of 18 hole mini-golf in the scenic botanical gardens and entry to The Maze at the reduced cost. For more information on the package, click here.
So next school holidays, when the kids are bugging you to go to an amusement park, take them on a different kind of adventure in the beautiful surrounds of Bullsbrook at The Maze. They will be so exhausted at the end of the day, you can enjoy the car trip home in peace and quiet.