VISITORS to the Myrrhee valley will soon have another reason to explore the picturesque rural countryside a short drive south of Wangaratta, with the Brookfield Maze set to open on Saturday, August 16.
Created by Jeff and Eryl Neil – whose six acre property next to the 15 Mile Creek has featured in Australia’s Open Garden scheme – the traditional puzzle maze leading to a lookout in the centre has taken four and a half years to grow, but it has been worth the wait.
“We’ve been here 25 years but it’s only in the last five years that we thought a maze would be an ideal extension to the garden, and it grew from there,” said Eryl.
“We googled a lot of different maze designs and adapted one to fit where we wanted to put it, and chose a diamond within a square pattern.”
The hedge maze measures 80 metres by 50 metres and with over a kilometre of gravel pathways, it is one of the largest in Australia, with the central lookout unable to be seen from its boundaries.
On stepping inside the giant puzzle, each turn looks disconcertingly similar to the last, and it takes only a few minutes lose all sense of direction and become completely baffled.