Visiting Tasmazia & the tiny village of Lower Crackpot
Buried deep inside Tasmazia (the largest maze in the Southern Hemisphere) is a top Tasmanian attraction. Read on to find out what it’s like to visit Tasmazia and explore the town of Lower Crackpot, in the heart of the Promised Land.
Looking for things to do in Tasmania with kids? Or are you a big kid, intent on exploring this beautiful island?
Put Tasmazia straight onto your itinerary.
It’s one of the biggest mazes in the world – in fact, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
It’s located in the ‘Promised Land’, with the backdrop of craggy Mount Roland behind it.
Whimsy awaits. Let’s find out more about Tasmazia and the village of Lower Crackpot, Tasmania’s tiniest town.
Visiting Tasmazia & the village of Lower Crackpot
This guide to Tasmazia and the village of Lower Crackpot will cover:
Lower Crackpot is not the kind of place you can just waltz into.
No, to enter you need to be armed with great wit and courage, be mentally prepared to battle dragons and solve riddles delivered by a gigantic Sphinx… actually, I may be getting real life mixed up with the Potterverse again.
It’s not the first time – it won’t be the last.
History of Tasmazia
At its time of planting, Tasmazia was the largest maze in the world (now the Dole Plantation’s Pineapple Garden Maze in Hawaii wears that crown).
It remains the largest maze complex across the globe, so that’s something at least.
I first visited Tasmazia over a decade ago, with a Tasmanian ex-boyfriend, who lured me there with the promise of decent pancakes in the adjoining cafe.
I believe his exact words were “the best damn pancakes you’ll ever eat in your life”. He wasn’t wrong. (Sadly, the cafeteria now features a self-styled menu – no more pancakes but lots of other delicious meals are on offer).
The last time I went (lured back by the promise of pancakes), I arrived in the morning. The cafe wasn’t yet open, so instead, I went into the maze.
It’s a wee little bit of a journey to get to the village, as you stumble your way around the Great Maze.
There are signs littered here, there and everywhere, featuring a high level of corn that possibly wouldn’t work in any other setting.
How many mazes are there in Tasmazia?
In all, there are eight mazes in Tasmazia – along with the Great Maze there is:
- a replica of the Hampton Court Maze in the UK
- Hexagonal Maze
- Confusion Maze
- the Yellow Brick Road Maze (built for kids)
- the Balance Maze
- the Cage (which leads you to a monument for the famous British plumber Thomas Crapper)
- the Irish Maze.
Within the maze complex there are three attractions besides Lower Crackpot.
along with the Embassy GaRdens which we’ll get to in a sec, there is Cubby Town where you can let your children run wild and the Correctional Centre, where you can lock them up while you yourself go have a calming cup of tea.
In summary, there’s plenty to see and do, which will easily keep you entertained for hours.
Inside Lower Crackpot
And here we enter the Village of Lower Crackpot! The town is a replica of any other village, built 1/5th to scale.
Many of the buildings pay homage to Aussie history and culture.
And there’s even more to be seen along the aforementioned Yellow Brick Road, which leads to the Village Green.
Tasmazia’s Embassy Gardens
When I visited Tasmazia all those years ago, Lower Crackpot marked the end of the road. Yet, there is a whole new addition now… the Embassy Gardens.
How long should you spend at Tasmazia?
You could probably see most of Tasmazia’s attractions within a couple of hours.
Once you’ve exhausted the maze, you can go get some delicious food, at the cafe or buy a couple of postcards to mail from Lower Crackpot.
All in all, I’d allow around three hours to properly experience the maze and all it has to offer.
How to get to Tasmazia
This island takes remote to a whole new level. Tasmazia is no exception. It’s kinda in the middle of nowhere.
The maze complex is around a 40 minute drive from the town of Devonport and 1.5 from Launceston. Last time I visited, I drove straight there after getting off the Spirit of Tasmania.
Give yourself plenty of time to get there. The surrounding area is so beautiful, you might find yourself stopping a lot along the way to breathe it all in.
You could combine your trip with a visit to Cradle Mountain and check out the nearby village of Sheffield, which is covered in murals.
More Information on Tasmazia
Have you visited Tasmazia and the village of Lower Crackpot?
I love the pun on the attraction’s name! Lower Crackpot looks like a cute and humorous model village – it kind of reminds me of the Mini Europe part of Legoland, which I visited years ago. It’s been years since I went in a maze of any sort, though when I was younger I remember doing a lot of mazes (some hedge, some maize) in the grounds of French châteaux on holidays. Entertainment for all the ages!
Haha yeah it’s such a kooky part of Tassie (and the name is the best!). I like them a lot – bit bummed out I never made it to Hampton Court now. Maybe in the future. Would still love to go to Legoland one day, haha. They just opened one in Melbourne, so we’ll see.
Tasmazia sounds like such a fun place that definitely plays tricks on your mind! I would definitely want to go into this maze for that very reason! (Love a good play on words!)
Haha yeah that should be appreciated above all else!
hahahaha, I really love your style of writing and I share your vision of hell! Neighbours forever reminds me of terrible family Christmas lunches where it was a perpetual war on if Neighbours was allowed to be on the television (it clearly wasn’t). Will definitely try to make it here if I ever end up in Tasmania!
Thanks Eliza! Yeah, especially modern Neighbours. It was on the telly the other day and I didn’t realise that was what I was watching until Dr Karl made an inevitable appearance.
This place looks really interesting. I would love to visit it some day.
Wow I never knew this places existed! So cute ❤️
I loved the notice about the notice which was not worth noticing… Oh the pun of it all! I think the town certainly lives up to its name. That being said I would absolutely love to visit it!
Haha there’s some crazy signs littered around the maze!
This looks like such a fun place! As a kid at heart, I think I would have way too much fun here 😛 How long would you recommend for a visit? And tell me more about those pancakes….
I think a couple of hours would suffice. I wasn’t entirely sure if the pancakes were still a thing! They had some on offer but not as many flavours as I remembered. I did have some delicious soup though, so was quite happy.
This whole place has such an Alice in Wonderland-esque vibe to it, especially the signs! The Embassy Gardens is my favourite bit, especially the Principality of the Hobbits, which probably caused me to laugh a lot more than I should.
Haha I thought of you when I put that photo in the post!
Tasmazia seems breathtaking! I’d love to go there soon! Your pictures are jaw-dropping!
Definitely get there as soon as you can!
Oh wow that’s hilarious!! How did you find this place haha
Local contacts! An ex of mine is from Tasmania and he took me there years ago. It’s great!