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Get lost in amaze-ing Richmond

HISTORIC Richmond village has a brand-new tourism attraction, with the $8.2m redevelopment of Amaze Richmond officially opening its doors this month.

Challenging visitors to solve 2.6km of hedge and timber mazes, Amaze Richmond is designed to be a traditional, family-friendly experience in a sustainable, contemporary complex sympathetic to its surrounds.

Six years in the making, stage one of the Amaze complex includes a 1.2km hedge maze, 1.4km timber maze, 120-seat licensed café, multi-purpose atrium, visitor centre, providore, and parking for 85 cars and buses.

Stage two of the development is now under way, and will include a platypus sanctuary, maze viewing tower, children’s playground and party room, gelato parlour, cellar door and commercial dining facility.

Amaze Richmond is being developed by The A-MAZE-ING Group, who say the project will initially provide employment for 25 Tasmanians, before stage two adds a further 20 jobs.

With international tourists now returning to Tasmania post-COVID, The A-MAZE-ING Group’s Dean Coleman thinks Amaze Richmond will be a popular destination.

“Our focus at Amaze is on entertainment for the entire family unit,” he said.

“We know that post-COVID, families are placing more emphasis than ever on spending quality time together.

“Combined with the Coal Valley’s modern emphasis on niche agri-produce and fine wine production, it creates an environment that allows this project to blend with the region and the target tourism market.

“By way of repayment we wanted to ensure the longevity of the attraction and build a following which will return time and again to the complex.

“In this manner, all of the Coal Valley’s tourism industry wins.”

Amaze will also collaborate with some of the state’s leading arts and culture organisations to host live concerts, appearances by international guest chefs, local produce classes and seasonal events in the maze.

The original 1980s Richmond Maze and Tea Rooms operated for 32 years before closing in 2016 to allow the development of Amaze.

“The pittosporum hedges have taken six years to grow to a level of two metres, and we have used approximately 2,500 plants in the hedge maze and surrounding site landscaping,” co-developer Wayne Upton said.

“We have significantly invested in the materials used onsite to ensure that operationally the site runs well, looks fantastic and stays that way for generations to come.

“By inserting gates in both the hedge and timber mazes we can regularly change up the experience for visitors with new maze challenges every month.”

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