IT’S been six years in the making and now Tasmania’s newest tourism attraction, an $8.2m redeveloped maze at Richmond, has opened.
Amaze Richmond opened at the start of the month and challenges visitors to solve 2.6km of traditional and timber mazes.
Forget apps and maps to guide you through the twist and turns, Amaze Richmond has focused on creating a challenging and traditional family experience in a sustainable environment that will also highlight Tasmania’s culinary offerings.
Stage one of the attraction, which is now complete, includes: • 1.2km traditional hedge maze; 1.4km timber maze with changing gates;
• A 120-seat licensed cafe;
• Undercover multi-purpose atrium;
• Visitor centre and provedore offering Tasmanian gourmet products; and
• Parking for 85 cars and buses.
Stage two is underway and will include:
• Platypus Sanctuary;
• Maze viewing tower;
• Children’s playground and party room;
• Whisky/gin cellar door and a commercial dining facility; and
• Gelato parlour.
The company behind the attraction is the A-MAZE-ING Group with Dean Coleman (Project Management/Design) and Wayne Upton (builder) at its helm.
“Our focus at Amaze is on entertainment for the entire family unit. We know that post-Covid, families are placing more emphasis than ever on spending quality time together,” Mr Coleman said.
“Combined with the Coal Valley’s modern emphasis on niche agri-produce and fine wine production, it creates an environment that allows this project to blend with the region and the target tourism market.”
General manager Matthew Waller said youngsters would enjoy the freedom and safety of the complex, teenagers could revel in the intrigue and challenge of the mazes and older visitors could enjoy the best of Tasmania’s gourmet offerings.
Mr Upton said the pittosporum hedges had taken six years to grow to a level of two metres.
“We have used approximately 2500 plants in the hedge maze and surrounding site landscaping,” he said.
“We have significantly invested in the materials used onsite to ensure that operationally the site runs well, looks fantastic and stays that way for generations to come.
“Even the original timber maze materials have been reused round the site.
“The timber maze has been constructed using a mixture of long-lasting timbers based not just on appearance but also sustainability, so you can spot the use of marine ply, but also spotted gum and Tasmanian oak,” he said.
“By inserting gates in both the hedge and timber mazes we can regularly change up the experience for visitors with new maze challenges every month.’’