I'm a beginning writer with a Brisbane Bucket-list and a desire to see it all and report back.
Published April 3rd 2017
City Wide Scavenger Hunt
Last weekend the husband and I teamed up to verse a bunch of complete strangers in a city-wide scavenger hunt created by Breakout Brisbane. This small but fabulous business is run so that people like us can experience the amazing Brisbane city from a very different point of view.
We booked the tickets only a couple days before our chosen date and were given a specific location and time to meet. Upon arrival we chose our "team colours" and were given bandanas to identify ourselves. Then we chose which course we wanted to complete. There are three options which is awesome so you can come back and know that the next course will be completely different;
The CBD and the botanical gardens Southbank and Kangaroo Point
We chose the latter and so were taken away from the other two groups to meet the three teams we were up against. These teams were made up of couples, families and friends of all ages and fitness levels.
We chose a challenge in South Bank and Kangaroo Point.
The challenge started with a quick timed number puzzle that gave us the required code to open a locked briefcase. Unfortunately we came second which only gave us 60 points, and meant that we had 40 points between us and first place. Suddenly, this lack of points caused our competitive nature to erupt, and we were off and running.
Basically for the next hour we jogged, fast walked and sprinted around Southbank ticking off a variety of photography challenges and finding out information that can only be found from physically standing in a particular location (and not looking online).
I won't give you a real example of what is expected, (so you can have the same surprise as we did), but if you can imagine you have to find an iconic place in Brisbane and then take a photograph of one of your doing a headstand in front of it, then you will know the sort of challenges you are in for.
One of us working, whilst the other takes a break.
After an hour you are required to meet again with one of the hosts in a particular location. Every minute you are late means you will lose 10 points from your total score, so of course we made sure we were not-a-second late. At the meeting point you receive water and some lollies to boost your energy levels, before undertaking a second challenge which will give you those all-important bonus points. After dominating in this second challenge we were off again, this time hunting all over Kangaroo Point for the next hour.
At the very end of the two hour game your answer sheet is checked, and the adjudicator investigates your photographic evidence, while you rest and catch your breath. Of course we were slightly more competitive than most, but it paid off in the end because we won two brilliant medallions!
If you have even a slight competitive streak in you, I would recommend you wear your best running shoes for this one. But even if you don't, I would recommend you book in for a unique and fabulously fun activity.