Escape rooms have become one of the most popular group activities worldwide, offering an immersive and thrilling experience for those seeking a real-life adventure. Australia is home to some truly exceptional escape rooms that push the boundaries of imagination. In this blog post, we will explore the top 8 escape rooms in Australia as voted by Escape Room Enthusiasts in the Top Escape Rooms Enthusiast Choice Awards (TERPECAs), which identifies the best in the international escape room industry. You may not be surprised to hear most are in Sydney!


La Rebellion: Cipher Room, St Peters

(No 67 in the world)

La Rébellion is set in a dystopian France, where a despotic leader is in power. You are part of a brave resistance group known as the Rebelles.

The Rebelles have heard about a secret bunker owned by the evil leader. Inside this bunker is something that may help your rebellion, and ultimately bring down the presidency. Your mission is to locate it. And fast.

Can you infiltrate the bunker without being detected? What lengths will the other rebels go to, to assist you in your mission?

Cipher Room La Rebellion

Mr Pepper’s Toy Shop: Cipher Room, St Peters

(No 101 in the world)

Your business card might say ‘Real Estate Agent’, but that’s only part of the story. You work for S.C.A.R.E. (Supernatural Consultancy And Real Estate) a quirky agency that specialises in haunted properties.

One day you’re sent to inspect a dilapidated and abandoned toy shop. Tucked down an alleyway in the old part of town, the shop has been empty for over 70 years. Lately, however, strange noises and lights have been reported coming from inside. It’s your job to venture in and discover the truth.

Cipher Room Mr Peppers Toy Shop

The Game: Next Level Escape, Sydney

(No 105 in the world)

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the greatest game of the century is back! Split your group into two teams, Red and Blue, and compete for fame and fortune. Will your team leave in a blaze of glory or in a cloud of shame? If you’ve ever wanted to be on a TV game show, this is your big chance!

Oh, and ignore the remnants of the Green Team, our crew is working on cleaning that up…


Next Level The Game

The Hotel: Riddle Room, Canberra

(No 151 in the world)

In an old abandoned Hotel lies a treasured stone. Tasked with the job of retrieving it, you enter the Hotel, but soon find that you might be an unwelcomed guest.

Riddle Room The Hotel

Marlowe Hotel: Cipher Room, Newtown

(No 171 in the world)

Step into your own black and white, film noir adventure! You are a private investigator in 1950’s New York. One day you receive a letter from Betty McGee – a singer at the notorious Marlowe Hotel. She informs you that the gangster kingpin and hotel owner, Eddie Marlowe, is trying to blackmail her with incriminating material. She needs you to break in and retrieve the documents. You know Eddie is bad news, but you agree to take the case.

What secrets await you inside the hotel? How will you locate the photos? What do you really know about Eddie Marlowe?

Cipher Room Marlowe Hotel

Inheritance: Narrow Escape Rooms, Penrith

(No 227 in the world)

You receive word that your Aunt May has passed away.

She was your favourite Aunt & she wants YOU to inherit her FORTUNE! However her Maid and Butler have other plans, can you find the will or will they take it all?


Ex Libris: Next Level Escape, Sydney

(No 248 in the world)

Calling all literary heroes! The world of literature has broken free and has merged with reality… and you, unfortunate soul that you are, have been sucked into one of these portals.

Dive into your favourite books to puzzle your way back to reality. And if you have time, be a knight and take on additional challenges to seal the portals!

Next Level Ex Libris

Unstoppable: Mission, Sydney

(No 254 in the world)

You are a special forces group, code-name ‘Skyfall’ from the Australian National Security Agency and there is a highly classified mission for you:

You have received intelligence that a terrorist has placed bombs containing a mutated virus on a train soon to depart from Sydney.

With limited clues, you must discover which train it is, and defuse the bombs as soon as possible. You must act quickly to prevent a tragedy…

Mission Escape Rooms Unstoppable - Soldiers hijacking a train.

How do the TERPECA awards work?

Escape Room enthusiasts who have played 200+ escape rooms nominate up to 15 of their favourite escape rooms.  Escape Rooms that receive enough nominations from these enthusiasts get nominated as a Finalist.

As you can imagine, only a small number of Australians have played over 200 escape rooms, compared to some other countries where escape rooms have been around longer. It is difficult to get nominated and a massive honour to be on the finalist list.

The finalists then go through to the ranking stage. In this stage, enthusiasts who have played 100+ escape rooms rank the escape rooms that they have played that are on the finalist list.

After the ranking is closed, the TERPECA team do their magic to create the results based on the Perron-Frobenius theorem to rank all the finalists. You can read more about the methodology on the TERPECA website

By exploring Australia’s finest Escape Rooms, you can unlock a world of excitement and intrigue. These meticulously crafted experiences transport players beyond the confines of reality, immersing them in captivating narratives and testing their problem-solving skills to the limits. Whether you’re a seasoned escape artist or a first-time explorer, these internationally acclaimed rooms provide an opportunity to embark on an extraordinary journey.

Have you played them all? We have!

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