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Monday, 9 October 2017

Puzzle this! - Amaze'n, Margaret River, Western Australia

It's been school holidays here the last couple of weeks, and we have had a few sleep-overs and day stays with our grandsons - aged nearly 9 and nearly 11. Last week we took them to Amaze'n, which is just south of Margaret River in the south west of Western Australia. Amaze'n is a great place to spend the day with children and is great for adults too! There are several mazes, as well as a 18 hole mini-golf course, and other games to play, such as a giant chess game, and indoor puzzles. And beautiful gardens to stroll around. You can bring your lunch, cook your BBQ, and sit at the picnic tables in the shady gardens, or buy lunch at the Cafe. And so everyone can be included, all paths are pusher and wheelchair friendly.

The centre piece is the 3 metre high giant hedge Maze which was planted in 1994, spread over half a hectare and with 1.5 kilometres of paths. We let our grandsons take the lead. I had no idea where I was, so I am glad they were leading the way.


The aim of maze is to get to the middle where there is a lookout tower. There are bench seats to find, or sit on, along the way, and an emergency exit, if you can find it, for a way out if you get lost. One of the games you can play is to find all 9 of the different benches. 


After conquering the giant hedge maze we went over to the "turn left" maze. For this maze to get to the exit you can only turn left or go straight ahead. Once they had worked it out the boys had fun seeing how fast they could get around it.
I think this would be a great way to set out a vegetable garden! 


 The maze you see below, sorry the photo doesn't show it very well, is the brick paved hill  maze which is on bricks set around a small hill. 



Next we headed over to the giant chess board which is set up under shady trees.  Nice on a hot day.




 While our eldest grandson and his Pop played chess, I went over to the stepping stone maze with our youngest grandson. This maze is a great one for getting the brain working. You must only step in the sequence of white red black to get to the middle. It took me a while but I eventually made it! 



 And the Labyrinth which the boys also decided to do as a time trial.... oh well, good exercise!


 Then it was time for lunch, after which the boys played a sometimes frustrating game of mini-golf on the challenging 18 hole course. 



On the way home we stopped in at Millers Icecream just out of Cowaramup for a delicious icecream. Made from milk from their own cows, and hand made into icecream by third generation dairy farmers, there is a delicious array of icecream flavours! 
To finish off the boys played in the playground - and once again made it a time-trial obstacle course!  I'm glad I didn't have to participate in that one!




My verdict? The boys had a great day at Amaze'n, though I thought the admission was rather expensive, but you can spend the whole day there, and there are activities for older kids too. They have a family entrance price, which I guess when you divide it by 4, it really is not too bad for a whole day. I thought the price of the mini golf should have been included in the entrance fee to the maze, and that they should provide more toilet facilities.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Do your children or grandchildren have favourite places they like to visit on the school holidays? Perhaps you can tell us about them in your comments.
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Amaze'n, Margaret River 
Millers Icecream, Cowaramup 

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10 things to do in Yallingup without going to the beach 
A walk through Ambergate Reserve, Western Australia 
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21 comments:

  1. It looks like the perfect place to take boys. It seems like all these kinds of places are pricey and getting more so. If you can spend a few hours there it makes it more worth it -- the chess game looks like fun! Have a great week!

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  2. What an great place to take very active grandsons for the day and although they ran around like crazy I don't think you wore them out did you?
    Did they make eating the ice cream a time challenge too?
    Fun for all the family.
    Happy Mosaic Monday.

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    1. no we didn't wear them out, and the icecream was savored slowly :) Thank goodness we had books in the car for the hour drive home.

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  3. Never mind the kids, I'd enjoy that!

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  4. Hello, Jill. Amaze'n looks like a great place to spend time with grandchildren. It's a unique concept that I've never heard of - all those mazes and puzzles. Great for any brains!
    I like to take our grandchildren to Butterfly Gardens for a tropical experience, or to Butchart Gardens where they wander around looking for the various statues or fountains. There is also a carousel that they enjoy riding. Going to the beach is always a favourite, too, in warmer weather.

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  5. Amaze'n looks like a wonderful place and the grands had a great time! I love mazes. Happy Monday!

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  6. Have passed Amaze'n so many times and wondered what it's like! Now I know :) Looks as if you all had a great time, and you've encouraged me to give it a go next time we're down that way.

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  7. What a fun say to be outside and enjoy nature. also, for most things one doesn't need a particular skill, but one's thinking cap:) This I would much prefer for kids than Disney World! Thank you much Jill for sharing this with All Seasons! Have a lovely week:)

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  8. I hope the kids would come and find me when I got lost in there! heehee! My boys always loved to play mini golf....my hubby calls it goofy golf! We can't remember why now! heehee! Hugs!

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  9. I've always wanted to wander through mazes. :-) This does sound like a great place to take kids.

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    1. Unfortunately with 2 boys leading the way it wasn't much of a wander!

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  10. This looks like a very enjoyable place to visit!
    Thanks, Jill, for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/10/beauty-on-wing.html

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  11. Isn't it amazing how much energy kids have? When our kids were that age, we took them on a ropes course that they adored - my husband did it with them while I provided encouragement from below!

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  12. What a fun sounding place. My grandson would love that. I don't think or know if we have anything like that around where we live. I know I'd get lost in a maze. lol

    Thanks for visiting Pictorial Tuesday

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

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  13. Always wanted to get lost in a hedge maze. Love the brick labyrinth. People use them to walk and think.

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  14. What a beautiful place! Looks like fun too.

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  15. Now that would be a great place to take the grandkids. Loved the photos~

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  16. What a lovely place to spend the afternoon.

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  17. What a fun place to visit with kids. My nephews will love it! Stopping for ice cream on the way home sounds like a great way to end the day. Th selection looks yummy. #TPThursday

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  18. I can see your grandson's would love this place Jill. Not only is there fun galore in the gardens, but icecream as well! Lucky ducks. Thanks for linking up Jill. :)

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