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An amazing guide to South Australia’s best mazes!

Adelaide and South Australia have a wide range of mazes for you to explore, whether you’re young, or young at heart.

Whether you grew up watching the Labyrinth, Maze Runner or Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there’s something about a maze that lures both the young, and young at heart. Luckily for those of us in South Australia, we have an abundance of mazes to keep us adventuring, right across the state.

South Australia is also home to Australia’s oldest maze – the Belair maze, which was planted in 1886. It’s a Hawthorn maze, which makes it one of only 3 left in the world. While it’s no longer ‘maze-like’ and is more showcasing the historic remnants of a maze, you can make out the six concentric circles of hawthorn trees which were originally planted.

For those wanting more impressive structures, here’s 6 of the best to check out with, or without, the kids.

WOODHOUSE ACTIVITY CENTRE – THE LABYRINTH, ADELAIDE HILLS

Navigate a giant maze tackling quizzes and riddles at the many dead ends.

Work your way through the giant split-level maze, with a fun fireman’s pole, a slide and 2 flights of stairs adjoining the 2.8m drop from top to bottom tier. 135m direct route from start to finish, or extend the experience to 537m by finding quizzes and riddles at each of the 17 dead ends. 

Think you’ve memorised the path to the finish line? The internal panels are interchangeable so the route will be changed up regularly to keep this cool new activity fresh and exciting. How A-MAZE-ING is that?!

*COVID-SAFE: It is completely achievable to get from start to finish without touching anything (using the stairs), however the slide and fireman’s pole are being regularly sanitised for those choosing to use those. We also recommend that you sanitise or wash hands as soon as possible after completing the maze. While they are limiting the number of visitors on site at any one time, Woodhouse also ask that if you can see there are too many people to be able to social distance, please move on to another activity and come back later.

APPROXIMATE TIME TO COMPLETE: 10-25 MINUTES  

Woodhouse Activity Centre, 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly South Australia 5151

MAXWELL MAZE, MCLAREN VALE

Alongside its restaurant and many cellar door experiences, Maxwell Wines is also the home to a mind-bending maze that is located at the bottom of the vineyard, opposite its stunning vines.

The famous maze will help keep your children entertained whilst you relax in the beautiful picnic grounds with a bottle of wine.

To make your experience even more memorable, you can book a premium picnic package that includes non-exclusive access to the maze, picnic tables, fun lawn games and much more.

The Maxwell picnic grounds and maze are available for customers on a first-come, first-served basis during normal business hours for groups of 11 adults or less.

Groups of 12 or more adults are by appointment only and must book the Premium Picnic Package.

97 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, 5171

MINTARO MAZE, CLARE VALLEY

Come and lose yourself in a unique experience of a living hedge Mintaro Maze, consisting of over 800 conifers, featuring fountains, twists and turns to trick even the most committed explorer, have loads of fun with their range of giant sized games featuring local Mintaro slate. A truly water-wise garden, the maze hasn’t been watered since the year 2000.

Be amazed by the quirky gifts in the maze gift shop where you can browse or try your hand at puzzles and games. They also specialise in locally made aromatherapy products made in our natural therapy clinic adjacent to the maze, or enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea. A great experience for everyone.

At Easter enjoy a bunny hunt with free giveaways, and their Fairies, Elves and Pixie Picnic on the Sunday of the October long weekend. Mintaro also have a Father’s Day Challenge and Mothers Day flower give-away. The Maze is also available for your own private function such as weddings and birthdays.

Over the Clare Gourmet Weekend, Mintaro host the haggis hunt along with another Fairy, Elves and Pixies Picnic. Come along and enjoy the wonderful garden.

Please note the Mintaro Maze is open every day in the SA school holidays and is closed every February for annual maintenance.

Lot 91 Jacka Road, Mintaro, Clare Valley, South Australia, 5415

GLEN-FOREST MAZE, EYRE PENINSULA

A little further from Adelaide, is the Glen-Forest Maze. The $200,000 tourist park maze opened in 2019.

The wheel-chair accessible maze was architecturally designed by Englishman Adrian Fisher, who is renowned for his maze-designs. With nearly 1000 mazes to his name, across dozens of countries, the design features five towers, removable sections and up to six different maze configurations.

It took over 70 tonnes of Cypress Pine to build the structure, which is just one of the features at the tourist park, which is known for its wide array of wildlife.

The Adventure Maze costs $10.00 per person (or $8 with entry fee).

MONASH ADVENTURE PARK PLAYGROUND MAZE, RIVERLAND

Monash Adventure Park provides fun for all ages including crazy leaning towers, a Burmese rope bridge, wave bridge, mini basketball, flying fox, slippery dip and lots more.

Take your family wandering through the huge maze, with its high walls, secret doorways and little playground hidden inside.

There’s free electric barbecues and picnic facilities along with a paddleboat kiosk, and a lovely creek meanders through the park.

Monash Adventure Park is a great place for any family to visit and one of the most popular attractions in the Riverland.

Madison Rd, Monash, South Australia 5342

BELAIR NATIONAL PARK FORT MAZE

Let the kids explore an active wonderland at Belair National Park’s adventure playground while you grab a hot drink from the kiosk, open during business hours on weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

Be sure to check out the adult-size wooden fort and the maze of tunnels, perfect for a game of chasey or hide-and-seek. While it’s not strictly a maze, it’s close enough for this guide!

Make a day of it and spend time exploring the rest of the park too.

Know of any other great mazes in South Australia? Email [email protected]

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