Must-Do #3 Tasmazia
The Inders—or Laird and Lady Crackpot as they are ceremoniously known—are children are heart, which is probably why the realm over which they reign remains ever popular with young families.
Kids and adults alike are welcome here—for who ever really grows up? You can take your pick at the mazes, but the littlies may want to do as Dorothy did and follow the Yellow Brick Road—a footpath maze full of enchanting fairy-tale magic that will catapult you back to your younger years. There’s also a hexagonal maze, a balance wall maze, even an Irish maze. The mother of them all is the Great Maze, a sprawling labyrinth with all sorts of secret passageways and hidden delights. Oddities abound down every turn; keep a look out for the Three Bears Cottage, Jack & Jill’s Hill and Rapunzel’s Tower.
The description “one of a kind” is used quite liberally these days but it certainly applies to Village of Lower Crackpot. You’ll feel like you’ve entered a whole new world while strolling its quaint streets, one whose dimensions have shrunk to a fifth of actual size. The buildings here are straight out of a storybook, yet feel curiously familiar. There’s a university, a medical centre and a business precinct as well as a rougher part of town, housing less reputable establishments like Wild Jo’s Disco and Crackpot Angels Motor Cycle Club. The Inders really have thought of everything.
While you’re in the ‘Promised Land’ (an actual postcode area if you can believe it) you should also visit the recently opened Embassy Gardens, which contains sixty buildings dedicated to over 40 countries. Always wanted to see the Taj Mahal or the Forbidden City? Make your friends jealous by getting up close—real close—to the Eiffel Tower and snapping a selfie (no one need know you haven’t left Aussie soil!). When you’re peckish, pig out in the Pancake Parlour and then browse through the Gift Shop for locally made crafts and clothing, many exclusive to Tasmazia.
Getting lost here is kind of the point, but you’ll be given a map upon entry to help you navigate your way around. The only must bring? A sense of humour, according to Laird Crackpot.
Where: 500 Staverton Road, Promised Land, North West Tasmania
Opening hours: Oct-April 9am-5pm and May-Sept 10am-4pm.
Cost: Adults (16+) $25, children (4-15) $12.50, seniors (valid card) $20 and tots (3 and under) free.
Introducing the Laird
He grew up wanting to own a maze so he built one of the world's largest...get to know the story of the Promised Land, in Brian Inder's own words.