It’s been on your bucket list for a decade, it’s what every staff group in every rom com ever does for corporate bonding and it'll probably leave you with some gnarly bruises. It’s paintball. And fortunately for you, we’ve rounded up all the places you can play it in Melbourne, because what better excuse to get out of house than in the name of war?
Here’s everywhere you can fire paint pellets at your friends and not get arrested in our wonderful city.
World Series Melbourne Paintball
Oakleigh / Little River
Boasting Melbourne’s cheapest paintballs, World Series is the most centrally located of the lot, sitting pretty in little old Oakleigh. They subscribe to the philosophy of accuracy through volume, which is code for ‘we sell our paintballs at bargain prices so you’ve got a better chance of hitting stuff’. Not only do they offer kiddie paintball, but they’ve got an action-packed course full of old car wrecks for the adults too (it’s also a ripper place to host a hens or bucks party).
Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne
Snipers Den has earned itself the best paintball rep in the city. It boasts nothing less than a 7-acre pro-level playing field, tournament standard gear and fully trained referees that ensure you’re getting the most hardcore paint job possible. The course itself is open to players of all abilities and is said to be the best value paintball sesh in the city. They’re also open for birthday parties, bucks parties and corporate events if you’re looking for an excuse to get back at Dave from HR for nicking your Fruche.
Delta Force Paintball
Delta Force in Dingley is famous for its movie-themed paintball sets. The course will see you ducking and weaving past key landmarks like the Egyptian pyramids, a USAF aircraft, missile silos, and the Wild West. Better yet, these guys boast a 100% safety record because each of their training team is extensively trained to ensure you don’t cop a pellet to the noggin and have to sit in the car for the rest of the bucks party.
Le Mans Paintball
For something a little different, head along to Le Mans Paintball in Dandenong South where you and your mates can try ‘Glow Ball’ in their double storey complex. Glow Ball is a combat option that’s actioned at the flick of a switch, plunging the entire arena into darkness where the only thing you can see is splatters of glow in the dark paint—a good photo op if you weren't too busy fighting for your life (sort of).
Xtreme Paintball in Plumpton has three types of game fields—'Car Wreckers', a popular choice which provides good cover from your mates trying to get back at you for never paying them back for brunch, 'Castle'' where you can defend your fort in a very non-medieval way but still come out as a victorious King or Queen, or 'Tyres' which has small hiding places but would be a fun choice if you chose to use their paintball 'grenade' on unsuspecting enemies. With what is apparently the highest standard paintball facility in the entire state and the latest in paintball gear, you can be confident that you’ll be getting your money’s worth when it comes to slugging paintballs at your annoying siblings.
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Ground Zero Paintball
Serious paintballers only please. Be prepared to whip out some army style tactics at Ground Zero, with 50-acres worth of paintballing battefields to choose from. Take your time deciding on which of the nine different courses you'll hire—go au-natural with their bush fields, or take your pick from their man-made battlefields. Either way you're guaranteed to get back at your bestie for spilling wine your favourite top.
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