Boggo Road Gaol: the story of a dramatic escape

Well hello there everyone. Would you look at that. She’s back!

I wrote in my last blog update that I had been away for a bit but was back to writing weekly blogs… that was a few months ago and this is now terribly awkward. However, we must soldier on and push through this. So I am here to tell you a story.

It was a cool spring evening, the sky was clear and a blood moon cast shadows through the night. The courtyard of Boggo Road Gaol was filled with anxious prisoners, awaiting the moment they would be locked behind the menacing bars as so many had been locked away before. We refused to give away our true identities, responding only to the aliases as we were known in the criminal world.

The moment came. Marched into the walls of the gaol, put in our place by an angry prison guard and locked away, behind the dark walls of the abandoned building. With only the cunning and charm of each criminal mastermind, we were set the task of escaping. 90minutes, a series of tasks and an angry guard who could appear at any moment and ruin our whole plan. Could we do it? Of course. We are, afterall, the finest criminals in the land.

I know, this probably sounds a bit insane. Allow me to explain.

Here in Brisbane we have a wonderful piece of heritage called the Boggo Road Gaol. Home to some of the scariest people around but abandoned long ago, this has been a highly valued tourist destination for many years.

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Photo credit goes out to my wonderful friend Miguel, the guard of the Boggo Road Mass Escape.

However, soon it is going to be ripped apart to make way for new development. With the incredibly creative mind of an entrepreneur, this was turned into an opportunity. An opportunity to take the well loved ‘Escape Hunt’ and magnify it, for a group of 80 people, to be a thousand times more epic. What is Escape Hunt you ask? Well how about we just have a look at the description on their website:

We offer a true “experience” where you play the part of a famous London detective with your colleagues trying to solve a murder mystery. As a team you play against the clock in one of our rooms to find the guilty suspect’s identity and thereby find your escape. The adventures last around 90 minutes. The game is 60 minutes and after the game we have a little surprise for you.

Well now. Doesn’t that sound like a dandy time! Perfect for friends, family and even work outings and located in the heart of the ever growing West End, this little corner of the world is a great way to escape into a land of adventure, cunning and just a touch of style.

But just imagine this on a larger scale, with more people and in a magnificent piece of heritage listed perfection which won’t be around for much longer. I think that sounds like a pretty decent time, don’t you?

This experience is on until next Sunday (11 October) and tickets are $50 each. You can bring a group as big or as small as you’d like and there is even a couple of 18+ sessions for those brave enough.

So, I ask you: Are you prepared to take on the challenge that is the Boggo Road Gaol Mass Escape? Because it is most certainly a touch of brilliance.

Keep smiling,
Always adventure
And try something new

– A

If you would like to check out this amazing experience, visit:

Disclaimer: I am not employed by Escape Hunt and I have not been asked to write this review. I am merely a friend with a good story and a good thing to share. So please be a part of it 🙂