Escape room: breakout

Are you prepared to Breakout of the Old Castlemaine Gaol? 

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In the last 160 years many have attempted it... few have succeeded.

You have 45 minutes till the Warden comes to shakedown your cell and find your breakout plans!

Solve the clues to escape or face life behind bars.

Ages 18+


Frequently Asked Questions


What is an escape room?

An escape room is an interactive puzzle where you are locked into a room and given a series of clues and hints to find your way out. The Old Castlemaine Gaol Escape Room uses the unique venue and challenges you to break out of your cell before the Warden comes to ‘shakedown’ your room.

How many people can I have in a room?

You will be divided into groups of two (odd numbers will have three to a cell). We currently have 5 rooms, so a maximum of 10 people per session. We will have more rooms coming soon.

What if we are under 18?
Currently Escape Room: Breakout is only for adults 18+. We are currently developing a new room that will allow us to extend this experience to under 18s.

Do we participate with others?
No, you will only be grouped with those you booked with. For example if a group of 5 booked, we would put 2 into one room, and 3 into another. There may be other groups participating in other cells in the same session.

Will we hear other people?
The cell walls are thick stone brick so you will not hear others.  

What if we get stuck?
Our ‘Warden’ will be there the whole time to help if required, and hints are offered at 35 minutes to point you in the right direction.

Are we actually locked in?
You are locked in a cell but if you need to get out at any time, we will be there to open the door.

Can we take mobile phones?
You may bring your mobile phone to the event. You may use your phone inside the prison but not while inside the room. No photos of the rooms are permitted at anytime.

Is it safe?
The puzzles and clues inside the room are all safe and have been tested thoroughly. The door and lock, if handled incorrectly, could cause harm, but we ensure all participants are aware of the correct way to open, and handle the lock from the inside.  

What should I wear?
Casual and comfortable is best. 

Can we look around afterwards?
We offer all our Escape Room participants to take a photo in our mugshot room to remember your escape from the Old Castlemaine Gaol. The gaol is open to anyone who wishes to have a look through.

What if I arrive late?
We will attempt to contact you after ten minutes. If there are other bookings, we will commence them, and you may have to wait until these groups have started to be briefed.
If there are no other bookings we will wait 20 minutes, after which we will close the session, and you will be required to rebook.

Do we need a reservation?
Yes. The experience is by appointment only.

Are there toilets?
There are toilets available inside the gaol, and outside.

How do I cancel?
You may cancel using a link in your confirmation email or by contacting us. 
Cancellations with 48 hours notice receive a full refund.
Inside 48 hours will not receive a refund, unless at the discretion of management.

Can I change or transfer my booking?
Bookings cannot be transferred. Changes can be made provided the original person remains on the booking. Please notify us of any changes to your booking.

Can I add extra people?
Yes - please contact us to arrange.

What if someone cannot make it?
Please notify us in advance so that we can make any necessary arrangements.

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.

Can we bring food and drink?
No food or drink allowed anywhere inside the prison.
Bottled water is okay. 

Can we drink alcohol beforehand?
The event is alcohol free (.00) 
Any person suspected of having consumed alcohol will be refused entry. 

Is there wheelchair access?
Unfortunately our current rooms are not wheelchair accessible. We have a room coming soon that will be.  




Refunds: Refunds will be in full, unless less than 48 hours before the booking, then only at the Managers discretion.