Escape Room Hits Melbourne
A gripping twist on team building hits Melbourne
You’re trapped in a room and the clock is ticking…you have exactly 70 minutes to decipher several strange and unusual mysteries in order to escape… This is either you’re idea of an exciting adventure, or your worst nightmare!
Melbourne’s Escape Room came into being after psychologists Owen Spear and Ali Cheetham returned from a trip to Europe, where they visited puzzle rooms in Budapest, the city where the cult craze began and has since become one of the top rated tourist attractions. The original escape room is called Parapark – which translates as to ‘fear park’ - so take what you will from that!
Australia’s first puzzle room is a little less scary… Participants are given a quick briefing before being locked in ‘Robert’s living room’, a 1950s themed room filled with seemingly innocent objects. The aim is to use lateral thinking to find clues in these objects so as to solve a number of puzzles and combination locks to escape from the room.
We think this is a great team building idea as participants are encouraged to work together under pressure to solve problems using logical thinking… It’s also really fun! But keep the groups small as only 6 people can fit in the room at one time. The room has proved such a success that it's booked out until the end of the year, but the good news is that Owen and Ali have a second room in the pipeline, set to fit 6 as well, so if you're thinking that this might be the perfect thing for your team next year, hold tight!
The Sheraton Melbourne
The relatively new Sheraton Melbourne Hotel is desirably located at the Paris end of Little Collins Street, providing guests with the opportunity to be immersed in Melbourne’s famed laneway culture whilst on the doorstep of the city’s best shopping, theatre and dining precincts. The city’s cultural attractions are easily accessible via transport options close to the hotel.
The hotel features 174 guest rooms, including 11 Terrace Suites all equipped with LED smart TV, a generous work space and High Speed Internet Access. Contact us for more information.
Park Royal Melbourne
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour offers a modern and stylish venue with an abundance of natural light in all 7 meeting rooms and over 550 square meters of flexible event space, designed to cater for 2 to 250 guests. All meeting rooms feature the latest in audio-visual technology, including integrated sound systems, projectors and Wi-Fi access and we can vouch for their dedicated Meetings & Events team, providing friendly and professional service. Contact us to find out more.
Destination Hamilton and Waikato New Zealand
The combination of accessibility and world-class venues make New Zealand’s fourth largest city and region a thriving spot for both business and leisure!
Hamilton is home to a thriving business events centre, with conference, exhibition and event spaces for any sized delegation. The region also welcomes any budget, with countless accommodation options, from 5 star hotels through to lodges and don’t forget to check out any number of the fantastic wining and dining options, wonderful team building activities, and some of New Zealand’s most unique attractions. Read more...
Innovation with Jenny Vandyke
The last you heard, we were hosting a breakfast at The Blackman with innovation consultant Jenny Vandyke... Well it really was a fantastic morning held in the stunning Garden Room penthouse, which boasts pretty spectacular views of the Albert Park Lake. If you weren't able to join us, take a look at the interview we did with Jenny for a taste of her insights!
Read the full interview with Jenny here!
There seems to be a trend in new hotels including ‘street art’ in their designs. The new Intercontinental Melbourne features a new graffiti inspired ballroom and the Tryp by Wyndham in Brisbane has preserved the street art on site. The Cullen, one of the Art Series’ babies has even integrated street art into one of their streets – ‘bringing the spirit of the city’s laneway culture into the hotel’.
Book Review by Katarina Cobain
This time I am not reviewing a book but a launch issue of new woman’s magazine “Womankind”. The Australian publishers of New Philosopher have launched this magazine aimed at “all women”, not being catered for in the current market of celebrity and gossip driven womens magazines.
I got it for my birthday and it’s one of those brilliant ideas that I wish I had come up with myself. A women’s magazine with no advertising, featuring art and interesting topics that I would like to explore more – but never seem to have time to do so. This issue features snippets of the lives of famous female thinkers, poets, artists and writers, as well as women who are currently succeeding in interesting jobs beyond the fashion and make up industries. It is so refreshing not to be subjected to highly polished glossy images, specifically designed to target our wallets, enticing us to buy ridiculously expensive 'must haves'. Magazines are getting so much better at subliminal marketing that it’s often hard to work out what exactly an add is about. I love magazines and so do many other Australians - we are one of the biggest magazine markets in the world. I’ve flipped through the pages of many in my short lifetime and I’ve developed a long list of things that I don’t like about them. I used to look forward to buying them and reading about the latest fashionable item or simply looking through the pictures at the life that I wished I had but knew was somewhat unrealistic and ever-changing as the clever marketers continually dictate what is hot and shun what is not.
I am not sure how the magazine will stay afloat financially, but I am definitely going to subscribe to it and buy it as a gift for my beloved girlfriends. I do hope that they continue producing interesting stories about the world and different topics beyond fashion, beauty and how to improve our 'look'.
Please let me know what you think of the magazine. I hope you are as inspired as I was with the first issue.
Read more about Womankind on their website; http://www.womankindmag.com/