Holiday Day 2 (Part 1): Tasmazia

This morning we had breakfast in Sheffield before having a last look at the murals and heading for Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot, about 15 minutes away in the wonderfully named Promised Land.

On the way I insisted we stop to take photos of Mt Roland.

Mt Roland from the lookout at Sheffield
Mt Roland from the lookout at Sheffield

It’s a stunning mountain that I just love looking at. I really want to climb to the summit one day. I can remember staying near there, at Gowrie Park, as a child, and I remember climbing the mountain, but I can’t remember if we went to the top. It’s 1233 metres and the walk to the top is 4-6 hours return, so it’s quite possible that we did.

I wasn't sure which shot I liked better so I included one with the fence and one without
I wasn’t sure which shot I liked better so I included one with the fence and one without
With the fence
With the fence

Unfortunately it wasn’t a great day for photos, so I didn’t have a lot of luck, but I loved watching it change as the light changed, the clouds move and we drove along the road.

The road at one of our photo stops
The road at one of our photo stops
Close up of Mt Roland
Close up of Mt Roland

Finally it was time to say goodbye to the mountain and go to the place Juniordwarf had been excited about for the whole week. Slabs and I had been to Tasmazia years ago and loved it, so we were happy to have the chance to go back.

The Manifesto
The Manifesto
Pretending to post a letter at the Lower Crackpot Post Office
Pretending to post a letter at the Lower Crackpot Post Office

There’s 8 mazes in the complex, including the Great Maze, the replica Hampton Court Maze, the Hexagonal Maze and the Confusion Maze. The Great Maze contains a couple of other mazes: the Irish Maze, which we found, and the Cage Maze, which we didn’t.

The Great Maze
The Great Maze
The house that isn't there
The house that isn’t there

We did, however, find the 3 Bears’ Cottage in the centre, which is the goal of the maze.

3 Bears Cottage
3 Bears Cottage

We also found Cubby Town (including the Spook House), the Balance Maze and the Crackpot Correction Centre.

Cubby Town
Cubby Town

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20150117-034 Cubby Town

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Bodgie Bros Builders
20150117-044 Spook House
Spook House: No cry baby people allowed
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Balance Maze

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Once we’d found our way out of the Great Maze, we were in the wonderfully cracked world of the Village of Lower Crackpot. It’s a 1/5 scale model village, which even has its own state Government Department of Blah and Obfuscation.

The Village of Lower Crackpot
The Village of Lower Crackpot

20150117-051 Lower Crackpot

20150117-052 Lower Crackpot

20150117-053 Lower Crackpot

20150117-054 Lower Crackpot

20150117-055 Lower Crackpot

20150117-056 Lower Crackpot
Oops!

20150117-059 Lower Crackpot

20150117-065 Lower Crackpot

20150117-066 Lower Crackpot
Do I work here?

The residential area is called Upper Lower Crackpot and this has all the houses, the fairy princess castle and the Yellow Brick Road Maze.

20150117-060 Yellow Brick Maze

Neither Slabs nor Juniordwarf had any luck in unsheathing the Great Sword of Crackpot.

20150117-067 The Great Sword of Crackpot

20150117-068 The Great Sword of Crackpot

20150117-069 The Great Sword of Crackpot

We negotiated the Confusion Maze, the Hampton Court Maze and the Hexagon Maze. The Hampton Court Maze took us a long time, but we made it in the end.

Hampton Court Maze and Mt Roland - so I knew we weren't really going to get lost.
Hampton Court Maze and Mt Roland – so I knew we weren’t really going to get lost.
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Lower Crackpot on the left, Confusion Maze in the middle and Embassy Gardens on the right

The complex also has a very clever section called the Embassy Gardens, which wasn’t there when Slabs and I visited last time.

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Embassy Garden

It has embassy buildings from over 40 countries and even an intergalactic embassy.

Embassy of Great Britain
Embassy of Great Britain
Embassy of Iceland
Embassy of Iceland
Embassy of Scotland
Embassy of Scotland
Part of the Intergalactic Embassy
Part of the Intergalactic Embassy
Topiary with eyes! I like to call it "Other Topiary" (guess which movie Juniordwarf has been watching recently)
Topiary with eyes! I like to call it “Other Topiary” (guess which movie Juniordwarf has been watching recently)

There’s also a whistleblowers monument and a memorial to boat people lost at sea, so it’s also a place to reflect and contemplate.

Memorial for boat people
Memorial for boat people

We had lunch at the Pancake Parlour, Juniordwarf posted a postcard for real, and then we hit the road for our final destination: Cradle Mountain.

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On the way we passed this scene:

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Beautiful!

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