Best Scavenger Hunts in Sydney for Kids
Looking for something new and exciting to do with your adventurous kids? Have you ever considered doing a scavenger hunt? Just think, The Amazing Race coming to life for your family, right here in Sydney! And the best bit - your kids will actually learn some history as they spend time away from their screens, in the great outdoors. Yay!
Here’s a list of the best scavenger hunts in Sydney for kids.
Want to see a new side of Sydney? Explore Sydney through a series of fun cryptic clues in a scavenger hunt game played directly on your mobile. With a collection of popular trails already around the city - The Mad Botanist is the first specially designed trail for families and kids.
Picture this: the Mad Botanist has just escaped from his secret laboratory nearby. He is in the final stages of mixing his dangerous potion and needs one final ingredient to create a deadly plant species never seen before on Earth. Very special and rare plants are at risk from his deadly experimentations and time is running out! Professor Whiz needs YOU! Set in the spectacular Sydney Botanic Gardens you will work together as a family to solve mysteries and clues. A fun day out for families with kids in a safe environment. Find out more about Adventure Clues here.
An ellaslist favourite, especially as it’s the brainchild of a local Sydney Mum, PuzzleTrails has three types of trail styles across different locations around Sydney and most are wheelchair and pram friendly. Embark on nature or history trail that are either Code Breakers, Murder Mysteries (think Cluedo meets classic village treasure hunt) or an Explorer Quiz at locations including Narrabeen lakes, The Rocks, iconic Sydney’s landmarks and their latest at Clontarf Reserve.
The whole idea is that you get outside, away from screens and enjoy your time together on this self-guided walk, so download the hunt booklet, grab a pencil and get going! It’s suitable for kids and adults and would make a fun birthday party activity or a unique adventure for overseas visitors. At only $20 per family, it’s cost-effective and healthy fun for less than the price of a cinema, theatre, bowling or laser tag ticket.
Oh and don’t worry, if you truly get stuck, there is a secret instant SMS helpline available but shhh don’t tell the kids!
Urban Hunt has trails all over the globe with nine in Sydney. Admittedly some are not suitable for children (Drinking Holes & Industrious Souls is perhaps better suited for the office Christmas party!) so look out for the family-friendly and pram-friendly options when viewing their trails. Prices range from $20 -$30 and they have also teamed up with Sydney Living Museums to offer two FREE hunts.
Urban Hunt games use screens as it’s all done through Facebook Messenger and they recommend playing with teams of 2-4 players for the best experience. To keep it fast-paced, they apply time penalties and bonus points.
Read our ellaslist explorer’s review of Urban Hunt's Royal Botanic Gardens Hunt.
Possibly one of the most detailed for locations, with over 40 to choose from, Trail Quest enables you to explore different parts of Sydney, discovering more about the area whilst providing enjoyment for all the family. Each Quest has a puzzle to solve, so follow the directions and decipher the clues to solve the puzzle! The answer will reveal a true story about the area. Personally, I love finding out about the history of the area I live in, so I was excited to find a scavenger hunt for my suburb on the list. Quests are $20 each and downloadable, to be completed at your own pace.
Scavenger Hunt By Big City
Big City is a big company that run scavenger hunts worldwide! It's especially big in the USA, so the Sydney Scavenger Hunts are limited and based on iconic tourist locations around the city - fun if you have overseas guests for sure! Explore the city together finding all the hidden gems, and complete fun photo challenges, test your knowledge of local trivia, and solve riddles. Each hunt is about two hours and is all walking. It’s all completed via the smartphone app and you earn points along the way! Once you buy your tickets, you can unlock an epic adventure and experience.
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