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Most definitely a lot of thought would have gone into the clues that form the City Quest Legendary Laneways experience. This 'Amazing Race' experience was just sensational as a group but it is just as great to do alone. Some of the laneways that this experience led me to, I have been to before; whereas there were others that were a complete surprise to me. It was great learning more about the history of some of Melbourne's most popular laneways and shopping centre buildings, such as the Block Arcade. It was also a surprise to find a respected and cherished piece of art that also coveys what Melbourne is all about, moved from its original position in Bourke Street Mall along the way.
This experience is great if you are not a local living in Melbourne, and even if you are a local living in Melbourne, you will still be challenged. An awesome experience that was (and still is) worth it's weight in gold. A great Quest only goes for around 90 minutes, and it is also a great surprise to know what your 'mystery' restaurant will turn out to be at the end of the Quest after you have solved the final puzzle. The fun is in this big surprise. For all of you fellow Melburnians out there reading this article, the City Quest experience is definitely worth the $19.95 investment (plus whatever you end up spending on lunch at your mystery restaurant afterwards). Something would be wrong with you if you finished the City Quest experience without a much greater appreciation for this great city that is called Melbourne. My Quest experience ended with a much needed lunch break at a nearby French creperie.
You will need to notify City Quest when you plan to start your Quest, as they will also contact your 'mystery restaurant' and make a reservation on your behalf beforehand. If you want to have fun and if you love orienteering and the challenges it brings, make a booking with City Quest and have an abundance of fun and appreciation for Melbourne and it's origins. The good news is, it doesn't matter what your level of intelligence or fitness is; you will have a lot of fun on your next City Quest.
This great Quest takes you through some amazing street art
The Melbourne City Romp is back on in 2012 by popular demand, and is a great chance to enjoy a an 'Amazing Race' experience starting at Treasury Gardens, and is held on the 25 March 2012 to help raise funds for charity at the same time. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The challenges will be solved in teams of 2-6 people per team. The challenges will range from geography, trivia and mathematics.
The 2011 Great Melbourne Treasure Hunt was an interesting experience. The fist clue was quite tricky. I found myself at Treasury Gardens, and I could not find any Marshals to validate my map and enter me into the draw to win a great prize for solving the first clue. I was spewing to discover that the first clue was at a park, that was only a block from where I lived at the time, and where I still live in Melbourne today. Oh well, it was challenging, although the second clue on Valentines Day in 2011 was dead easy: The State Library of Victoria. There were roughly six clues in total that had to be solved in order to be in the draw to win prizes. The timing for me was appropriate as I had just moved to Melbourne from Sydney at the time. The City of Melbourne is yet to confirm whether or not this event will run again in 2012.
Another 'Amazing Race' experience that runs fairly often, although the dates for the next event are yet to be confirmed. You are placed in a small team competing with seven other teams. Your memory, puzzle solving and handball skills are put to the test around Melbourne City. Contact Uplift Events for more information.
Have you ever seen teams of people wearing the same uniform around Melbourne City and Southbank hang around in a circle together with pieces of paper in their hand? If you have, then chances are these people are usually on an 'Amazing Race' experience in Melbourne. This experience is interesting, because each member of the team has a different role at each interval, from leader to negotiator and even being an OH&S person.
Amazing Race' and orienteering experiences are so popular in Melbourne for a number of reasons:
We love our city, and thus want to spend time exploring it and putting our geography skills and general knowledge of Melbourne City to the test.
We want to gain a greater love and appreciation of our city in a fun way.
We are smart people, and being part of an 'Amazing Race' experience, which something that is a fun thing for us Melburnians to do in our leisure time.
We love challenges and taking risks where appropriate.
Once again, we love to have fun when it also comes to solving puzzles and clues; as well as going on treasure hunts. Good luck on your next 'Amazing Race' experience in our wonderful city that is called Melbourne.
One of my favourite things about Melbourne is its eclectic lane ways and hidden cafes. It's a great, inexpensive day out. There is clever graffiti down Croft Alley, yummy restaurants down Hardware Lane, and boutique shopping in just about every other crevice. Put your comfy shoes on and go for a wander - you'll love it.