I’d visited Melbourne many times before moving here but there are so many parts of the city that I’d never really looked at. From the Gold Rush and Art Deco architecture to royal shopping arcades and a hidden bullet factory, Melbourne has a rich history and culture that I’d never properly taken the time to stop and admire. Until now. Last week I took part in a Big City Scavenger Hunt and it gave me a chance to really stop and stare at some of Melbourne’s oldest attractions and get a buzz out of correctly solving puzzles about them too!
Big City Hunt is a self-guided scavenger hunt powered by smart phone and brain power! Each hunt is customized depending on what type of adventure you’re after and you can take part alone – for a self-guided tour with a twist – or add multiple teams and players if you want some serious competition. I took part in the hunt alone – I’m pretty competitive even against myself! – but I could see this being a great activity for corporate team-building or having a quizzical giggle with your girlfriends on a hen’s weekend.
I don’t want to give too much away but I let the app know I was a newbie in Melbourne who mainly wanted to sight-see and then after that my afternoon was in the hands of the app. Setting out on foot I started out at the Princess Theatre and then followed the instructions step by step onto the likes of Parliament House, State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Central. The app gives you a little background info interspersed with humour at every stop, then sets a challenge for you to complete before you can move onto the next place. The aim is to collect as many points as you can along the way in order to make into the leader board. You have to answer each challenge in order to move onto the next step but you can hazard a guess if you get really stumped.
Things I Liked About Big City Hunt
Using an app like this for sight-seeing really makes you pay attention to what you are seeing. Answering quizzes about what you can see on the top of the buildings, for example, makes sure you give the details more than just a passing glance.
The hunt takes you to a mix of well-known attractions and hidden gems so you learn something new about places you already knew and discover new places altogether.
The whole thing can be completed on foot in under two hours. Although it’s a fair bit of walking you hardly notice the exercise as you make your way from challenge to challenge.
The directions on how to get to each stop are extremely clear – it would be super hard to get lost on this tour!
Top Tips For Big City Hunt In Melbourne
Make sure your phones are fully charged and you pack a backup charger – running out of battery half way around would be the worst! Bring your camera too for all the awesome photo opportunities.
I thoroughly recommend you fuel up on coffee (and maybe a cheeky cake) at Federici Bistro, which you’ll find at the starting point.
You can start the hunt at a time that works for you and pause it for up to 20 mins at any point – for coffee/shopping on Bourke Street /toilet breaks at Myer etc – or put it on hold until a different day entirely.
Big City Hunt are available in over 135 cities and can be done in your home city or on holiday – click here to find a Big City Hunt in Australia. Tickets, sold online, start from $11 per person and are valid for 2 years from date of purchase. Follow @scavahunt on Instagram to see what Big City Hunters around the world have been up to!
This post was written in conjunction with Big City Hunt. All opinions are my own.