Things To Do

11 Of The Best Escape Rooms In Brisbane

By Catherine Blake

Amateur sleuths assemble! Here’s your chance to flex your Houdini muscles within a nice, safe environment at one of best escape rooms in Brisbane/Meanjin, according to Urban List. Here’s how it works: you and some mates get shut in a room. Relying on only your clever wits and powers of deduction, you’ll search for clues and solve puzzles to find the solutions before time runs out.

If you think this sounds mild, remember that the first Saw movie was basically just two dudes trying to get out of one room, so don’t think this won’t get your adrenaline PUMPING. Ideal for team-building and perfect for anyone who likes living a safe distance from the edge, here are the best escape rooms in Brisbane.

Arcadium Adventures

97 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill

Not just an escape room, Arcadium Adventures also doubles as an underground bar, making it the ultimate group experience for you and your code-cracking crew. The objective here isn't to break out, it's to find a hidden treasure, but to do so you'll need to crack codes, decipher rhymes, open locks, and solve puzzles, and the challenges are suitable for everyone over 10 years old. The cocktails may not help you with the puzzles, but they'll sure make the recap afterwards a whole lot more fun. 

Age range: 10+ 

Project Immersive 

115 Hyde Road, Yeronga 

Love a good immersive experience, especially one that gets the heart racing? Well, The Paint Factory in Yeronga is now home to Project Immersive, whose pop-up escape rooms are bound to give you serious jolt of adrenaline.

There’s two experiences on offer, both Area 51-themed, and while they’re not super difficult (making them escape room beginner-friendly), they both feature plenty of visual and sound effects, with some theatrics thrown in as well, so even regular escape room players will get sucked into the thrilling story lines, and feel like they’re in a video game rather than what was once an abandoned factory in the ‘burbs. Keen? You can read up on both experiences and book here

Age range: 14+

Red Lock 

1 N Lakes Drive, North Lakes 

a harry potter-themed escape room in brisbane
Image credit: Red Lock | Website

Inside Westfield North Lakes is this Brisbane escape room venue which has won actual awards for their rooms. While the real puzzle heads might want to tackle The Mob Job, a murder mystery with a nine out of 10 difficulty rating, the reason we’re heading this far north to Red Lock is for The Wizard’s Apprentice, a very Harry Potter-esque room where you’ll have to complete a series of spells to graduate your final year at the Acadamy of Magic. We’re still waiting on our letter to Hogwarts, but this will suffice in the meantime. 

Age range: 8+

Escape Manor

51 Edward Street, Brisbane CBD

Boasting six terrifying scenarios for you to winkle your way out of, Escape Manor is not for the faint of heart. ‘Cabin 13’ is as creepy as it sounds, with groups having to find a way out of a cabin in the woods that is almost definitely haunted. Or check out ‘The Asylum’, which will leave you alone in an examination room after your tour guide mysteriously vanishes.

Make a diabolical deal in ‘The Covenant’, dodge the chair in ‘Death Row, or get to the bottom of the winemaker’s secret ingredient in ‘Wine Cellar’. Each scenario is designed for two to six players, so grab a crew.

Age range: Not specified

Escape Hunt

77 Russell Street, West End

One of the earliest escape rooms to set up in Brisbane, Escape Hunt has always kept us on our toes. Each game can take up to five players, and centres around a different theme. They keep things fresh with wildly different scenarios that are seasonally updated the current selection includes rooms inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and Blackbeard's treasure, plus more grown up options like Bomb At Government House and The Jewel Thief. 

Age range: 10+ 

You might also like: 

Fox in a Box

Level 1/150 Edward Street, Brisbane CBD

a brisbane escape room room
Image credit: Fox In A Box | Supplied 

Hailed as the creators of Europe’s best escape rooms, Fox in a Box opened its first location in Vienna in 2013. Since then, Fox has opened over 30 locations in four different continents and set a universal standard for escape rooms, with high-tech systems and brilliant puzzles like the devious 'Zodiac Killer' or terrifying 'Zombie Lab', with all ages welcome, but the challenges recommended for those 10+.

Their Edward Street location was the first in Australia, bringing 10 creative challenges, and is one of the few franchises that can host seven players. Got a bigger crew? Up to 12 people in two teams can compete in the 'Prison Break head-to-head'.

Age range: 10+ 

Quest Room

56 Little Edward Street, Spring Hill

Quest Room offers six experiences, each designed for two to five players, and around the 60-minute mark and welcoming players 12 years and over. For the ultimate challenge, their 'Darkness' room sees guests blindfolded and working their way through a pitch-black room set in a psychiatric hospital, while the 'Sherlocked' room transports guests to 1885 London. 

Age range: 12+

Cube Escape Rooms

1/514 S Pine Road, Everton Park

Not to be confused with the movie ‘Cube’, Cube Escape Rooms don’t require you to know the powers of prime numbers in order to escape. Cube offers three different escape scenarios, ranging in difficulty and theme to cater to any age. Kids as young as seven can help escape a spaceship in 'The Calypso Enterpirse, while the 15+ crowd can get around the mystery of the sinister librarian in ‘Deadly Silence’. Notably, Cube’s ‘Forbidden Crash Zone’ scenario is suitable for up to 10 players, so it’s perfect if you’ve got a big squad. 

Age range: 7+

Strike Bowling

Wintergarden, Brisbane CBD

This might come as a shock, but Strike isn’t just for bowling. Besides their usual offerings of tenpins and beer, Strike is also home to three brain-tickling escape rooms that are sure to challenge you. Ranging in difficulty and levelled at two to six players, Strike’s scenarios will send you back into a childhood fever dream, on an investigation to reprimand a sociopathic serial killer. Whatever your flavour, Strike’s got your back. They’ve even got karaoke to take the edge off afterwards.

Age range: 15+

Puzzled Room Escape

5/1177 Logan Road, Holland Park West

the interior of an escape room in brisbane
Image credit: Puzzled Room Escape | Supplied 

It's in their name, so you know there is a slim chance of getting out of one of Puzzled's escape rooms without giving the head a good scratch. With a group of between two and six players, you can try and get to the bottom of a missing professor in ‘Mirrored’, escape a devious experiment in ‘Monkey Run’, or find the cure in ‘Dr Irov’s Laboratory’. For larger groups, Puzzled even offers a Battle Mode that pits two teams against each other with opportunities to directly thwart each others’ mission. This option is ideal for up to 12 players so jot this one down for the Christmas party.

Age range: 15+

Mystic Escape

79 Hope Street, South Brisbane

Conveniently located in the buzzing Fish Lane precinct (so something delicious awaits following your getaway), Mystic Escape offers four experiences with unique objectives, with 'City of Ashes' and 'The Fairytales' both running for 45 minutes, and the murder-mystery style 'Storm' a full 90-minute experience. Mystic Escape only welcomes guests 16+, so these ones are guaranteed to be a little more creepy.

Age range: 16+

Looking for more ways to fill a weekend? Head here: 

Image credit: Arcadium Adventures | Supplied 

Urban List Best Of: has our highest stamp of approval—curated lists of the very best recommendations for you to eat, do, see, buy or book, carefully chosen by our Editors.

Get our top stories direct to your inbox.

Get our top stories direct to your inbox.