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Thursday, December 31, 2015

16 Dec 2015 - Tasmania Day 3: Tasmazia & The Village of Lower Crackpot

Our first activity for today was to conquer the mazes in Tasmazia and The Village of Lower Crackpot at Promised Land.  It's a 30 mins drive from Silver Ridge to Tasmazia and we reached there around 10:45am. Tasmazia includes 8 mazes, featuring The Great Maze, at the time of planting the world's largest, as well as The Village of Lower Crackpot, a whimsical model village built to 1/5th scale, Embassy Gardens, The Pancake Parlour, a Gift Shop, a Lavender Farm, and ever present views of majestic Mount Roland.

After purchasing our tickets, we entered the Great Maze.  The main objective of the Great Maze was to locate the Three Bears Cottage at the center of the maze.  To make it more challenging, there are many hidden objects residing within the maze to us to discover.  Our target was to locate all the hidden objects on the list.  In fact there are a few mini mazes within the Great Maze such as the below Irish Maze.
Following are some of the hidden objects that we found in the maze.
Within 30 mins of exploring we found the 3 little Pigs houses (a straw house, a stick house and a brick house).  Initially we thought this is our main objective but after a while we realized that we were supposed to find the Three Bears Cottage, not Three little pigs houses.  
The Cage is another mini maze within the Great Maze.
More hidden objects discovered.......
Javier was so concerned that Humpty Dumpty had fallen off the wall.
Finally, after more than an hour of exploring in the Great Maze, we found the Three Bears Cottage,
These are the Three Bears but where is Goldilocks?  She's probably sleeping on the bed in the upper deck.
At this point, we had located about 80% of the hidden objects in the list.  We decided to take a short water break at the Balance Maze (below).
Next we took on a smaller maze called the Confusion Maze.  The objective is to reach the tree platform at the center of the maze.  This maze may be smaller but it's easy to enter but difficult to get out.
We went into the maze together and took us quite a while to reach our goal.  I then suggested for Jerlene and Javier to try to escape the maze themselves which they agreed.  However, after seeing them kept going round and round the same area, we decided to give them some help.
After going through 3-4 mazes, we decided to stroll along the Village of Lower Crackpot.
It's lunch time.  We had sausages and pasta at the one and only cafeteria.  It was at this point where Javier suddenly fell in love with sausages.  Throughout this trip, he had been asking for sausages.
After lunch, Jerlene and Javier wanted to have some fun at a small sand pit with shelter.
There is a small lavender farm beside the playground but the flowers were not blooming yet.
As we did not achieve all our goals in the Great Maze, we decided to give it one more try.
Here were a few more hidden objects that we missed out earlier.
In the end, we gave up after achieving about 95% of our goal.  Javier then decided to try the Yellow Brick Road Maze which is meant for toddler and small children.
Before leaving Tasmazia, we went to another section where there are many mini iconic landmarks around the world, including our very own Merlion.
Overall, Tasmazia is a good place to have a day of fun, especially for families with kids.  We all enjoyed it.



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