Ages 18+ | By Appointment Only | Up to 36 people at once (more by request)
Functions - Team Building - Celebrations
Team Building & Work Functions
Large Capacity (up to 36 persons in a single one-hour session) Flexible Booking Arrangements 70+ Spaces and Bus Zones (Free Parking) Very Close to The Fyansford Hotel Just off the Ring Road (13 mins from Geelong CBD)
In place of donations we offer the opportunity for you to host a fundraiser event with us, for which we donate a portion of the proceeds back to you.
Contact Us about arranging an event.
Thank You for letting us Host Your Team Building Events...
How does the escape work? See the section labelled 'Format' above.
Can we buy tickets via other sites (eg Eventbrite or TryBooking)? No. We only sell bookings via our own site. We welcome reports of unauthorized ticket sales via our contact us page (please include a link where possible).
Do we participate with others? Are we grouped with strangers? You may be briefed with another group however you and your group will have your own private set of cells to escape from and in cases of groups of four or more you will have your own experience host.
What is the minimum number of people required in my booking? Two persons on Friday and Saturday. Four persons on Tue Wed or Thur. We are closed Sun & Mon.
Do we have to wear handcuffs? No, Handcuffs are in use - but not on your person.
Will we need ID? For proof of age (those who appear under 25 years old) Staff will refuse entry if you do not have photo ID which shows your age (eg Drivers Licence).
What if we are under 18? Do We Need Photo ID? Persons under 18 cannot partake in this activity and there are no exceptions.
If you arrive with a person under 18 your entire booking is cancelled (we don't leave under 18 persons alone out the front) and no refunds are given.
Bring Photo Age ID (eg Drivers Licence) if you appear under the age of 25.
Staff are entitled to refuse entry to anyone who appears underage and cannot provide photo ID.
What if we get stuck? You may ask the security guard (your staff member host) for help.
Are we actually locked in? All Cells are fitted with an Emergency Release. You are locked in a cell but you can get out at any time by asking or via the Emergency Release.
Can we take mobile phones? Use of Mobile Phones within the venue is prohibited. You may ask to leave the venue in order to use your Mobile Phone.
Lock-out The experience briefing will commence on time. Latecomers will be re-briefed whilst in their prison cell. Lock-out occurs 15 minutes after your start time.
Loss of Booking (Late Arrival) If no one from the group is present 15 minutes after start time staff will lock the door and the booking is forfeit with no refunds given.
Loss of Booking (Persons under 18 years of age) If a group contains persons under 18 the entire booking is forfeit with no refund. We do not permit persons under 18 to wait locked outside alone.
Loss of Booking (0.00 Alcohol) Members of your group who have consumed alcohol will be excluded. If all members have consumed alcohol the booking will be forfeit with no refund. The alcohol limit is 0.00 (nothing to drink).
COVID Requirements None.
What should we bring? Reading glasses or contacts if needed.
Bloggers, Editors, News or Radio, TV or YouTube Channel Publishers BE ADVISED Audio recordings of your experience (for example your reactions or thought processes during the experience) will result in criminal prosecution and if convicted a sentence of up to two years in prison under the Surveillance Devices Act.
Audio recordings are expressly prohibited at all times & persons found recording their experience will be referred to the Police for prosecution.
You are permitted to book the experience for personal enjoyment only (it must not feature in any publication).
Why There are a growing number of 'Influencers' seeking new material for viral videos to generate profit from views, comments, subscriptions and viewer/listner engagement to their channels and shows (eg Radio, Instagram, Youtube).
Confidentiality Clause (Spoilers) We hope you enjoy the experience enough to recommend us to others - if doing so we recommend sharing your thoughts and feelings (it was unique, scary, challenging) without using specific details (eg we did this and then we used that to unlock X).
If wanting to review us we welcome and recommend reviews left via our listings (Facebook, Google, TripAdvisor) where we can monitor posts for any inadvertant disclosure of detail. We are eternally grateful to those who have done so in the past in a very tactful and clever way.
We offer a kindly reminder that disclosure of the experience details afterwards (via recollection) is a breach of the confidentiality clause in your booking terms and conditions.
Is it claustrophobic? The cells are 1.8 x 2.4m wide and have open ceilings (no roof). They are well lit (always - no lights out) and persons within can use the emergency release pin to get out at any time.
We welcome anyone wishing to preview the site to contact us and arrange an inspection prior to booking.
Is it safe? The activity, props and cells have all been tested and made safe and have had zero incidents since opening on 4 September 2016. However we do remind people that the venue itself is an old heritage building built in 1878 and as such not all contruction is compliant with the Building Code standards of today.
What should I wear? Casual and comfortable is best.
Please note: The Paper Mills have bluestone stairs and uneven bluestone paths - no high heels, sandals or thongs.
Souvenir Photo Participants are not permitted to take their own photos inside the venue. You may take a souvenir photo outside the venue.
Do we need a reservation? Yes. The experience is by appointment only.
Do you take cash? No.
Can we pay on the day? No - there are no payment facilities on site.
You can ask the operator to add one person - they will email you an invoice which can be paid by you on your smart phone on the day (but you cannot make a new booking on site).
Will we be in the dark? No - the rooms are always well lit and we will not turn out the lights. Lithium ion lanterns are availabe in an emergency.
Are there toilets? Yes - there are public toilets available. NOTE: We do not control the upkeep of these facilities.
Can we compete? Yes, however we encourage groups to be respectful of all those participating and of the room equipment.
How do I cancel? You may cancel using a link in your confirmation email or by contacting us.
Cancellations with at least seven days notice receive a full refund. Note: Cancellation inside seven days notice will not receive a refund.
Can I change or transfer my booking? Bookings cannot be transferred. Changes to the date cannot be made without seven days notice. Changes to the names of persons attending can be made anytime. Please notify us of any changes to your booking.
Adding extra people before you arrive If you notify us in writing by email or web submission 30 minutes or more prior to your booking we can add extra persons (subject to availability).
Adding extra people at-the-door on the day Your booking will be delayed by 5-15 minutes if you turn up with extra persons on the day without notifying us. Your operator will email you an invoice which you can pay online (via your smart phone). The price at the door is the full rate ($49 per person). Please note: We do not accept cash on the day & we do not have card payment facilities.
What if someone cannot make it? You are welcome to replace persons on the booking. No refunds are given for non-attendees.
Groups of 11 or more are refunded down to ten persons. Example: 12 booked but 8 show up, you are refunded for x2
When should we arrive? You should aim to arrive at the venue 5-10 minutes early but no earlier than 15 minutes.
Is there secure storage? We encourage participants to bring their valuables with them. There will be a container for your items on site.
Can we bring food and drink? No food or drink allowed anywhere inside the Paper Mills (no rubbish bins). Bottled water is okay.
I didn't get a confirmation email... Please check your junk email. If your confirmation email is not there please contact us.
I didn't get a reply... Sometimes a typo can occur when submitting an email address. Please try contacting us again if you do not hear from us within 48 hours. We can be reached by Email, or Web-page submission.
Is there a smoking area? The entire venue is smoke free.
Can we drink alcohol beforehand? The event is alcohol free (.00) Any person suspected of having consumed alcohol will be refused entry.
Do you allow on-selling? No. On-selling is where another service provider uses our service as part of their own service.
Examples: A Mystery Picnic Adventure that offers a food hamper + our experience + movie tickets all sold as one package; or an NDIS service provider booking for a client or group of clients.
Examples that are not on-selling: Team Building, Club or work functions, etc.
Is there wheelchair access? As the builing is a heritage site built in 1878 we have no control over some of the features (ie a gravel section or cobblestones). We have built the structure to allow wheelchair access - however please contact us prior to allow us to make arrangements to cater to any access needs and to allow us to provide you with further info.
Do we hand out Donations to Clubs or Charities? In place of donations we offer the opportunity for you to host a fundraiser event with us, for which we donate a portion of the proceeds back to you.
I run an event business. Can I bundle your escape room experience into a package deal? No. Unauthorized sale of our event as part of a package deal will result in legal action for the entire value of any package deals sold (not just our ticket price) and will further result in refusal of entry without refund.
Is the venue heated / air conditioned? No. The bluestone walls and high factory ceiling keep the venue cool in summer. We recommend dressing warm in winter.
Do you have a COVID Safe Plan? Yes. All cells are cleaned with a Worksafe-approved cleaner/sanitizer between bookings with an initialled check-list to keep track. Note: We have maintained and will maintain this practice indefinitely.
We wish to acknowledge the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin nations, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are gathered today. We pay our respects to the local people for allowing us to have our gathering on their land and to their Elders: past, present and future.