Enchanted Adventure Garden at Arthur’s Seat is one of Mornington Peninsula’s favourite family attractions. While the award-winning adventure playground is famous for its mazes, patient seek there is actually lots more to experience. You can stroll around the different themed gardens, buy try tree-surfing, tube slides, an indoor 3D maze and a pram-friendly treetop canopy walk.
We were only able to visit a limited number of attractions as the weather was quite wet, but we enjoyed what we did see.
The gardens are very picturesque in themselves, with manicured hedges and a cooling lake at the bottom of the decorative gardens.
We ran around the traditional hedge maze inspired by Hampton Court’s maze which included a restful Japanese garden inside.
The Labyrinth Maze with giant topiary dragon was great for little kids as we could see them all the time.
Our favourite was the truly enchanting children’s maze with fairies, African animals, panda chairs and a beach box and sandpit.
In other parts of the gardens are giant puzzles which are more suitable for older kids, wrought iron vehicles and sculptures and a friend with similarly-aged children (2 and 4) said the tube slide was the biggest hit with their kids. You lie on a rubber tube and slide down an artificial ski run – apparently Australia’s largest tube sliding attraction.
Older kids may want to glide amongst the canopy of trees with a tree zip line courses (extra cost). They do have a tree-surfing course for Nippers for kids 4+ years who are accompanied by a supervising adult (who pays a full fee).
Enchanted Adventure Garden is a great destination if you’re visiting the Mornington Peninsula and it’s suitable for toddlers right up to adults. I think it’s good value for for a half or full day visit as there’s lots to do but I advise BYO picnic as the cafe didn’t seem to be particularly appealing.
HOT tips (for visiting with under 5s):
- The children’s garden was our highlight so go there first. Our kids didn’t want to leave the sandpit!
- If you go on the tube slide with little kids then you will need to help them to pull the tubes uphill.
- Take food, snacks and water bottles with you so that you can avoid the middling cafe and way-too-tempting lolly shop. The water fountain is the spout coming out of the big mouth underneath the cafe deck.
- Tree Surfing costs extra and must be booked in advance.
- Don’t go when it is very hot or very rainy as there’s not a lot of shelter.
Do you have any other tips for visiting Enchanted Adventure Garden?