Set amongst 25 acres in the leafy hills of Arthurs Seat, Enchanted Adventure isn't your average theme park. With multiple mazes, Tree Surfing courses, a Canopy Walk, Tube Slides and an aerial playground, it's a natural wonderland smack bang in the middle of the Mornington Peninsula.
Owner Michael Savage bought the original property in 1993, and set to work plotting out the mazes and gardens. His vision was to create an eco-friendly haven amongst the eucalypt forest, where people of all ages could come to play and reconnect in nature. While smartphones were still a few decades away, Mic's vision seems somewhat prophetic, given the need for green spaces is now greater than ever.
Inside the park, there's a plethora of activities and experiences to explore at your leisure. The kids can navigate their way through the lawn labyrinth, or test their skills in the Children's Maze, which is split into quadrants with themed gardens, interactive play areas, and a life-size snakes and ladders game within.
An architecturally-designed viewing platform provides a birds-eye view of the Lower Hedge Maze, allowing you to assume the role of gamemaster, should you choose. And hidden the centre of the traditional Top Hedge Maze? You'll find a calming Japanese Zen Garden as reward for making it through the dead ends.
Once you've mastered the mazes, you can take to the Tube Slides for a white-knuckled ride down the hillside, or sign up for Tree Surfing to really get the blood pumping. There are 50+ lofty obstacles to work your way through as you traverse treetops, ascend over balancing wires, scramble across cargo nets, and tackle the Tarzan swing. For smaller kids, a Nippers Course provides a nice introduction for little adventurers.
Whilst there's a stack of activities on offer, you can also choose to explore at a slightly slower pace. You can cruise along the boardwalk, wander through the pristine formal gardens or stroll along the gently swinging bridges of the Canopy Walk to explore the natural bushland below.
The topiary gardens are themselves works of art, but there are also stacks of sculptures dotted across the property from the former artists-in-residence program. Locally-made wrought iron, timber and glassworks provide plenty of intrigue while blending into the natural setting. Keep an eye out for Nessie the Loch Ness Monster; she's a total show-stopper.
After you've worked up an appetite, you can head to the café for a casual bite, or pack your own picnic to enjoy on the lawns overlooking the Enchanted Lake. With so much to see and do, you'll need at least 2-3 hours to experience all that the park has to offer. It's the perfect destination to get the whole family off their devices, getting physical and enjoying the great outdoors.