Remember the scene in Alice in Wonderland where Alice drinks from a bottle labelled “DRINK ME” and shrinks to a size too small to reach the key on the table? Then she finds a cake with “EAT ME” and grows into a giant. Follow the Alice in Wonderland white rabbit to Tasmania where these five family attractions in Tasmania that will make you feel like you’re in a fantasy world.
No, it’s not a spelling mistake. Wander around the Village of Lower Crackpot or get lost in the Yellow Brick Road Maze.
Escape from reality at Tasmania’s Tasmazia, a complex with eight mazes and model village packed with fun and games that will bring out your inner child.
Located 40km from Devonport in the state’s North West, you’ll be enchanted and amazed at what can be accomplished on a former dairy farm.
The Embassy Gardens has 60 buildings representing 40 countries and in case you like lavender, the property is a working lavender farm which you can see in full flower during the month of January.
Back in the 1930’s the residents of Doo Town, about 80km south of Hobart, really got in the community spirit when architect Eric Round named his shack ‘Doo I’.
The idea caught on and these days most of the shacks in this small seaside town near Pirate’s Bay are named according to this quirky tradition.
The thing to “doo” after visiting the Tasman Peninsula, Tasman Arch and Eaglehawk Neck is to whip around town and snap photographs of ‘Doo’ shacks. There’s Doo Drop In, Dr Doolittle, Make Doo, Doo Me, Wee Doo and Didgeree Doo.
There’s the Doo-lishus Fish and chip at Tasman Blow Hole. How about Doggy Doo, Hooley Doo Lee and See & Do? Can you think of a good “Doo” name? Do leave your suggestions in the comments below.
Harry Potter meets Mad Max in western Tasmania where Queenstown once held the crown as the world’s richest mining town. You’ll feel like you’ve arrived on the moon as you wind your way along the moonscape to Queenstown.
For a Harry Potter moment, head to the Western Wilderness Railway terminal on Orr Street and board the train. The restored Abt steam locomotive pulls passenger carriages through a wonderland of rainforest and cavernous gorges.
Queenstown’s colourful buildings are full of character. Check out the Empire Hotel and its National Trust-listed staircase of Tasmanian Blackwood. There’s also a heritage-listed gravel-surface football oval.
4Railton Town of Topiary
The first topiary at Railton Town of Topiary was planted at “Looking Glass Cottage”.
Since then, the horse and farmer topiary has expanded and the town’s topiary has grown to over 100 in the main street.
There’s “Ned Kelly” and Bluey’s “crocodile”, which is outside the service station.
Located between Latrobe and Sheffield in North West Tasmania, the town is a topiary mosaic from the imaginations of the residents and a gallery of elephants, ducks, giraffes, kangaroos and other fascinating shapes including a farming scene of Railton leading on to a miniature scene of Cradle Mountain national park with fly fishermen, wombats, wallabies, spiders and a Tasmanian Tiger.
5Amarna at MONA
If God was going to build a gazebo, they say it would look like Amarna, a 20m by 30m wide temple of light designed by Arizona artist James Turrell.
Named after the city built by Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten in the late Eighteenth Dynasty, Tasmania’s Amarna is a mesmerising rectangle space-age fibreglass shelter on the roof of MONA.
Turrell calls it a skyspace, a mesmerising installation and one of 80 around the world (Tassie’s is the largest). It’s free to visit and open at sunrise or sunset. Just turn up and gaze in wonder at this 21st-century work of art.