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The Gold Coast’s Best Escape Rooms To Break Free From

By Isabel Croker

one of the Gold Coast's best escape rooms

Some may say the idea of being voluntarily locked in a small room with other people and then attempting to break free is an odd, if not slightly strange, concept. But for those who haven’t experienced the peculiar excitement associated with escape rooms, don’t be so quick to judge.

In order to get you finding clues, deciphering puzzles, decrypting codes and solving mysteries, we’ve investigated some of the Gold Coast’s best escape rooms for you to track down and break out of in 2023.

Fox In A Box

Surfers Paradise

One of the newest escape rooms on the Gold Coast, Fox In A Box is one of Europe's best escape room companies and it has earned its hair-raising reputation for a reason. Test your mettle in an old Western saloon, attempt to break out of a prison or go face-to-face with the Zodiac Killer. From just $34 a player, this is undoubtedly one of the Gold Coast’s best escape rooms.

Escape Hunt Gold Coast


You know Escape Hunt is going to be a blast with games called Murder In The Cellar, A Timely Escape, The Lost Weapon and The Rising Alchemist. More than a standard Gold Coast escape room, Escape Hunt’s thrilling spaces come in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and will have you solving crimes, breaking into homes and locating weapons.

Escape Hunt is also our top pick for if you’re looking for a unique corporate event, birthday party or celebration. Best of all, you can download the online version and play from the comfort of your home, if that’s your thing.

Strike Escape Room

Surfers Paradise

If ten-pin bowling and karaoke isn’t your thing, why not try Strike's escape rooms in the heart of Surfers Paradise? Start by being blindfolded and led into either the Alien Invaders room or The Old Haunt, while you race the clock to figure out a way to escape with your mates. If you need some liquid courage, they’ve also got a well-stocked bar for pre or post-drinks. 

Lost Locks

Surfers Paradise

Lost Locks is a locally-owned Gold Coast escape room where the team are passionate about puzzles that bring people together. There is a variety of different rooms with unique puzzles and mysteries to solve in 60 minutes—race against the clock or split into teams to compete.

Choose from seven different puzzles including bangers like tracking down lost pirate treasure and Game Masters Trials. Lost Locks' escape rooms are perfect for first-timers and puzzle masters alike, with themed rooms of varying difficulties for all ages.

Padlock’d Escape Rooms

Surfers Paradise

Padlock’d is also locally owned and is the biggest escape room venue in Australia, with eleven games that will see you visiting a cemetery, trapped in a serial killer’s cage and unravelling the mystery surrounding the haunted toy store.

Check out Padlockd’s party and corporate event packages, or simply come with friends for 60 minutes of brain-bending fun. If you’re on the hunt for one of the best escape rooms on the Gold Coast, this has to be it.

Epic Escape


Epic Escape has two hair-raising rooms to test your mettle: Blood (you decided to come, now will you escape before you’re killed?) and Jilted (Thaddeus is dead and we all know why. The question is, who had the guts to do it?).

They’ve also just opened their epic Smash Room, which is basically exactly what it sounds like and is one great way to get out any pent-up frustration. If murder and mystery is your thing, these are the best Gold Coast escape rooms for you.

Looking for more things to do on the Gold Coast? Get outside and conquer the region's best bush walks.

Image Credit: Escape Hunt

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