We'd checked the weather app that morning, it was all good - maybe a little light shower, but nothing more than that. We explored Avenel town, then headed across the Hume and 4km down the road to reach Avenel Maze. The Ned Kelly themed park looked like a fun place to visit and we had a few hours up our sleeve.
Armed with our quiz sheet/score card and a little pink pen, we began our journey into the Bushrangers Hedge Maze.
We looked for clues...
...and learned about the Kelly Gang's antics in the local area.
Dead ends, high hedges and spider sentries, we were doing great with our checklist. We
pushed our kids through ahead of us to clear the way past the spiders turned back and tried another way to avoid the 8 legged residents of the maze.
A few droplets of rain fell, but only lasted a moment or two. It was all good.
We moved on to the Police Trackers Rope Maze, which held a series of items to look for. Letters, horsehoes and bullet casings were ticked off until we only had a couple more left.
And then...the rain started again. Just softly at first...it's fine, we thought, it will pass in a minute.
It wasn't fine. We ran for shelter under a tree gazebo type thing at the Mini Golf area. It wasn't fine there, either. It was pouring by now. Bucket loads. We ran for the undercover seating area and waited for it to pass. If only we'd packed some food. Or a bottle of wine.
We checked the BOM radar. The only giant raincloud in all of Victoria seemed to be sitting above us.
...and waited some more until it finally stopped. By this time the ground was so wet, we couldn't resume our fun. But on the bright side, we were in a beautiful spot, with amazing views across the ranges.
Ok, you'll have to take my word for it, but amongst all that white rainy mist is rolling hills and lush green grasslands. Gorgeous. Seriously.
If only I'd taken a before photo.
We still had fun and enjoyed our visit, even if we left a little soggier than when we arrived.
What: Avenel Maze
Where: 471 Upton Rd
When: Weekends, Public Holidays, School Holidays
Why: Ned Kelly theme
How much: $14