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Tasmazia & the 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 out at the village of 'Lower Crackpot' in the middle of Tasmazia, small colourful buildings in the middle of a maze.
Lower Crackpot from above.

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

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This guide to Tasmazia and the village of Lower Crackpot will cover:

  • The history of Tasmazia
  • Navigating Tasmazia
  • How many mazes Tasmazia has
  • What Lower Crackpot is like
  • Tasmazia’s other attraction: the Embassy Gardens
  • How long you should spend at Tasmazia
  • How to get to Tasmazia
  • Tasmazia details

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A sign that reads: Welcome to the village of Lower Crackpot. Please show respect for our little town. Do not deface or climb on the buildings. Offenders will be (image of a boot) out.'
The sign welcoming you to Lower Crackpot. Sad that some people have to be reminded of this fact.

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.

Surrounding countryside of Tasmazia, which is known as the 'Promised Land'.
The ‘Promised Land’.
Colourful, waist-high buildings inside Tasmazia, representing the village of Lower Crackpot.
Inside Lower Crackpot.

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 entrance to Tasmazia. There is a postbox to the left, which you can send... well, postcards from. They get stamped as being sent from 'Lower Crackpot'.
The postbox for Tasmazia is to the right.

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.

A cheeky green rosella stares straight at the camera
Spotting my first Green Rosella.

Navigating Tasmazia

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.

A sign which reads 'If you notice this notice then you'll notice that this notice is not worth noticing'.
Putting the maze together was obviously a lot of fun.

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.

Some random gallows within the maze.
Lower Crackpot’s Correctional Centre.

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.

Looking out across the maze. You can see the village of Lower Crackpot in the centre and Mount Roland in the distance.
The maze with Mount Roland in the distance.
A street within the village of Lower Crackpot, lined with brightly coloured building.
Just some of the buildings which line the streets.
A teal and red painted house, sitting upside-down. The sign reads 'Inventors Society of Lower Crackpot'.
The upside down house is my favourite.
The gold-roofed town church and a building with the Australian Aboriginal flag emblazoned upon it.
The town church, along with a nod to Australia’s Indigenous population.
The 'Crackpot Chronicle' building and a replica of a car dealership.
“All the news that’s fit to print and other lies.”

And there’s even more to be seen along the aforementioned Yellow Brick Road, which leads to the Village Green.

A pink building that looks like it may be a brothel. Written on it is the word 'Scandal'.
Raunchy.
The Ivy Cottage, which is covered in... ivy.
The very literal Ivy Cottage.
Three buildings which are labelled 'Mike's pad', 'Dan's pad' and 'Steve's pad'.
Pads for everyone!

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.

Inside Tasmazia's Embassy Gardens which features monuments to countries from around the globe... and beyond.
Inside the Embassy Gardens.

A green fence around the 'Invisible House'. One sign reads 'watch out for invisible forces'. Another 'Embassy of the invisible forces that control the world'.
Yikes.

A monument replicating a tree stump. The sign reads 'Principality of the hobbits'.
For our neighbours across the ditch.

A memorial for asylum seekers. The plaque reads 'In memoriam. The boat people who perished at sea, their life denied. Hopes of a promised land unrealised. Their fatal journeys remembered with anguish, their souls remembered with sorrow, here, at this promised land.'
A really touching memorial to those who have tried and failed to carve out a better life for themselves in Australia.

An Arab-styled oil tanker and the Eiffel Tower.
A couple of really obvious embassies.

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.

A sign reads 'If you have a complaint please press the red button'. A mousetrap is attached to the red button.
No complaints here. I swear.

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.

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20 Comments

  1. 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!

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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….

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

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