The Great Queensland Week Adventure Trail | THE REVIEW


What do triceratops’ poo, the Avian Cirrus biplane and humpback whales have in common?

They were just three of the answers needed to complete The 2014 Great Queensland Week Adventure Trail.

This annual event is the conclusion to a week of festivities that celebrate all things Queensland – culture, heritage, industry, amazing weather, and of course… a fun-loving and competitive spirit!

So what is the adventure trail anyway?

Qld Week Adventure Trail

The adventure trail challenges teams of two to 10 people to solve clues and compete in challenges as you discover hidden secrets throughout South Bank and Brisbane’s CBD.

Teams can choose from a children’s trail which is suited to families with younger kids, or a more challenging trail for families with tweens and teens.

You can pick up your trail map and clues from 9am in South Bank’s Courier-Mail Piazza, however, it is highly recommended that you register and pay online before the event ($10 per team).

Will my family be able to keep up?

Qld Week Adventure Trail

Yes! Prizes are not awarded for speed; rather, you must complete five compulsory challenges, one optional challenge and answer five questions, before 1pm, to be eligible for the prize draw. If your team is attempting the full trail, you will need to compete more challenges and answer more questions within the same time frame. It is possible to complete the trail with a pram, bicycles, scooters etc.

What are the spoils?

Qld Week Adventure Trail

There are lots of awesome prizes to be won in a variety of categories: best team name, best team costume, overall children’s trail winner, overall full trail winner, lucky door prizes and more. In 2014, the prizes included $2500 of MyFun vouchers, a $2000 flight centre voucher, as well as movie, Ekka, and football game passes. The prizes are awarded at 1.30pm in the piazza, and you must be present to claim your prize.

What’s involved in the challenges?

Qld Week Adventure Trail

The challenges are suited to all fitness levels and ages. Here are some of the challenges that featured at the 2014 event:

Fitness and warm up challenge: Complete a fun obstacle course including jumping, balancing, running and ball skills. This can be done at your own pace and you are not required to do every activity.

G20 map challenge: Name all the countries on the map that will be participating in the 2014 G20 summit, to be held in Brisbane.

The state trace: Construct a device (out of connecting plastic pieces) that can be held by all team members at the same time to trace the outline of the map of Queensland, without anyone actually touching the map!

Queensland Museum inventory challenge: Collect picture clues and then find the corresponding objects among the museum’s collection of artefacts. Be prepared to answer some questions about the objects after you’ve located them.

Channel 10 weather challenge: One member of the team calls out the weather in different parts of Queensland, while the rest of the team don the appropriate gear (which is supplied). Sunny in Cairns? Whack on hats and zinc cream. Rainy in Toowoomba? Grab the umbrellas and ponchos!

What if we finish early?

Qld Week Adventure Trail

In and around the piazza are stacks of free activities for you and your Brisbane Kids to participate in. During the 2014 event, there was face painting, craft workshops (hosted by Reverse Garbage), games of giant pick-up sticks, and the opportunity to have a go at a number of sports including Tae Kwon Do, badminton, fencing and disc golf – with instructors on hand to help.

This event is so much fun for Brisbane Kids of all ages, and is a fitting way to celebrate the Queensland way of life. Best of all, your kids will sleep really well afterwards!

You can find out more about the Great Queensland Week Adventure Trail here.

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