I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published January 22nd 2019
A new treasure hunt experience in Fremantle
A few weeks ago, I was disappointed to find there is a distinct lack of treasure hunt trails and similar activities in Perth and the surrounds. And then, ClueChase came my way.
ClueChase is a unique, part-treasure hunt, part-escape room style experience. It is a fantastic way to see Fremantle's most famous attractions, get your brain working, get some exercise and fresh air and have a bit of fun in the process.
It's similar to an Escape Room in that you have clues to figure out within a given timeframe, but is based outdoors and you aren't 'trapped' in a little room - perfect for claustrophobics! I say 'trapped' but seriously, you can actually leave at any time if needed.
ClueChase is brand new to Fremantle. It is Western Australia's first and only outdoor 'escape room' that will take you around the sites of the port city while solving the given challenges and complete your mission. It is an activity that all ages can enjoy, and I recently went along to have a go with my sister, her two children aged 8 and 11 and my two tots aged 1.5 and 3.5 years.
So how does it work? Once you arrive at the ClueChase office in Fremantle to start the mission, you are briefed by your friendly ClueChase informer as to what you need to do to. You are provided with a ClueChase pack and an iPad. The contents of the pack will help you on your way and are also explained in detail. We were also offered sunscreen and water before we started.
The iPad will give you the backstory to your mission and provide you with the map outlining where the challenges are. We chose 'Magic Portal' over 'Operation Mindfall', as Magic Portal is more suitable for younger players.
Then, it's time to get started! And time, by the way, is of the essence, as you only have 90 minutes to complete the mission before the iPad self-destructs. Ok, I made that last bit up. If you don't finish within 90 minutes, you don't complete the mission but you can still finish the game.
The trail itself is about 1.5 kilometres in length and will take you to Fremantle Prison, Esplanade Park, the famous Fremantle Markets and even outside Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream! Just a warning - if you are taking children with you, expect to have to make a stop to buy Ben and Jerry's while you complete the challenge. I actually completed a challenge while my sister brought ice cream for her two kids. I must say I was pretty pleased with my efforts!
My brainiac sister and her equally brainiac son solved most of the puzzles between them. The challenges are a mix of puzzles and riddles that are completed either using the items in the bag, on the iPad or by observing your surroundings. They are difficult enough to make you think, but not so hard that you are throwing the iPad down in sheer frustration. If I can complete two of the challenges myself without help, there is hope for everyone!
Our experience was a rather slow process with two tots in tow and we ran out of time, but still managed to complete the mission. It was a lot of fun regardless and was a lovely way for us all to get out and do something different, rather than wander aimlessly around Fremantle, a city we have visited countless times but have never done a treasure hunt in!
ClueChase is $38 for adults and $25 for children aged between 8 and 15 years, who must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 8 are free. Games are run every day of the week.
I walked my two in the pram, but do be aware that the building the ClueChase headquarters is located in is heritage listed, so there are only stairs, which makes getting a pram up very tricky. Thankfully, our lovely mission informer brought everything down to us and briefed us at the bottom of the stairs, which was very much appreciated!
I would highly recommend ClueChase, especially for people with older children and for those who love treasure hunts and escape room-style challenges. As someone who loves walking and seeing the sites of cities near and far, a treasure hunt is something I've been searching for and am delighted to have found one.