Owners Rik and Lisa Dillon are selling their Alstonville tourist attraction. They created the criss-cross pattern maze using 10,980 hedge cuttings.
Owners Rik and Lisa Dillon are selling their Alstonville tourist attraction. They created the criss-cross pattern maze using 10,980 hedge cuttings. Marc Stapelberg

Amaze-ing place up for grabs

AN ALSTONVILLE property with a unique hedge maze, cafe, 100-year-old house and pool is for sale.

After 17 years' owning and later operating tourist attraction Amaze 'n' Place, Rik and Lisa Dillon are ready to retire.

"We're getting older and we're running out of energy ... it's time for us to move on," Mrs Dillon said.

"And I've got other projects I'd like to work on," Mr Dillon said.

"I've got a 3D printer I have ideas for ... jigsaw manufacture I've got the equipment for."

Mr Dillon said he still had ideas he would have loved to develop for the tourist attraction, but wished he "thought of them 30 years ago".

Mrs Dillon said she would miss serving meals to cafe customers while listening to the sound of children laughing in the maze.

"We've got quizzes and things to do in the maze, so you hear 'Mum! Mum! I found the blue tortoise! I found the dragon!'. It's just lovely to hear them having such fun," she said.

When the couple bought the place at 149 Wardell Rd in 1998 there was only the house, a pool and sheds.

Nine years later, Amaze 'n' Place opened.

"When we started out we had 10,980 cuttings (for the maze hedges)," Mr Dillon said. "They started up in Queensland and I used to go up every week to tend to them.

"Then when we bought this property, we brought them down here and planted them.

"We had to work out how to tie them together because it'd never been done before."

The Dillon's hard graft is evident today in the unique design of the hedge branches, which have been trained into a criss-cross pattern.

"It's open, it's not claustrophobic and families can communicate (with) one another if they separate," Mr Dillon said.

The couple said the 2ha property would be great for younger owners with new ideas, or people looking to lease out the cafe.

Expressions of interest close on December 18.



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