Writing Retreat Cruise #2

Continuing my report of my writing retreat cruise (read #1 here).

As I said last time, there were two highlights from my day in Perth. After lunch we went to an Escape Room. I’ve always wanted to do one of these (I do write mysteries after all) so I was very excited.

Our mission was:

Can you graduate from the Academy of the Australian Secret Services with your final mission?
You have been through years of spy training at the Academy of the Australian Secret Services. Now, it’s time for their final test. You must enter the apartment of the world’s most elusive hacker and recover secret government documents to graduate the academy. Only the best will pass the test.


Turns out, this room happened to be the hardest of them all and 3 of the 4 of us were first timers to an escape room. Needless to say, we didn’t escape the room in time – we were about 3 minutes over 🙁 All things considered, though, I think we did really well.

We got stuck on about the second task. We were so close but didn’t quite get there. Right idea, just over-analysing it. Once we got going from that we did pretty well – except for the fact the timer ran out before we got out of course 😉

I had a blast and will definitely be doing this again when covid lets us back out of the house.

Celebrating our near-finish 🙂
L-R: me, Annie Lynch, Fiona Greene, Nikki Logan

Have you ever done an escape room (or wanted to)?

To be continued…

11 comments on “Writing Retreat Cruise #2

  1. Giggling Fattie

    April 26, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I’ve never done an escape room but it seems to be a fun idea! But I thought they let you out when the timer runs out! You have to stay in until you solve it?! 🥺😬

    I’m glad you had a fun new experience with your friends!!

    • So much fun! And yes you can leave – you can actually leave at any time (they don’t lock the door). There was no-one booked in the room after us and we were so close, so even though the timer had run out they said we could finish.

  2. I’ve wanted to do an Escape Room for several years. I guess there are different levels–I’ll start with beginners!

    • Yes, starting with beginners would make sense, lol. But you should do one when things reopen, Jacqui…heaps of fun.

  3. No, I have never done an escape room. Glad you had a good time.

  4. I’ve never done an escape room but it sounds like you had a great time!

  5. Giggling Fattie

    April 27, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Ooooohs I see!!!! Haha sounds like fun!

  6. Fun! I’ve only done two but had a blast both times. My husband and I would have been a bit (okay, very) lost the first time if not for our sons, who were more experienced. I thought the clues would be sequential…find the first one, which leads to the second, etc. But that’s not how ours were at all!

    Cute picture!

    • No, ours weren’t sequential either. In fact, when we were in the third room we had to keep going back and forth to the second as some were sort of solved in line with each other. Makes it tricky.

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