A Mystery Picnic is a great way to combine travel, food and fun. The idea is you solve a series of clues that take you to shops where you add things to your picnic basket. The treasure hunt gets you out and about exploring a great location as you collect your picnic supplies.

The experience isn’t only about the food. Along the way your clues send you to places of interest in the area, so you get to do a bit of sightseeing too. Not only will you see some of the local sites, but there might also be clues there to your next foodie destination. With all the puzzles solved and your food collected, you finish at a beautiful spot where you can relax and enjoy your hamper.

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AmazingCo Mystery Picnic

AmazingCo are the leading provider of mystery picnics in Australia. We couldn’t have been happier with how easy it was to book our picnic, how well organised it was and the good communication between them and us. As well as Mystery Picnics, they offer a bunch of other fun experiences. There is everything from Mystery Weekends and Games Nights to Foodie Fun Nights and Murder Mystery parties.

Mystery Picnic

BOOK YOUR OWN AUSTRALIAN MYSTERY PICNIC

Starting with a picnic basket, have fun solving personally curated clues and riddles that’ll take you on a journey to collect your special gourmet picnic food bit by bit. A Mystery Picnic is the perfect tour guide finding great food, wine and scenic spots right across Australia. Book your date here. 

Who can do a Mystery Picnic?

One of the best things about the Mystery Picnics is that anyone can do them. We went on the Mystery Picnic Date but there are also Mystery Picnics with Friends and Family Mystery picnics available. If you have friends or family interstate, gift cards are available. You can either choose to give a particular experience or send an open card with a value of your choosing – it is a flexible and easy to use system. They can cater for special dietary needs as well.

Where are Mystery Picnics available?

We treated ourselves to a Mystery Picnic, but what makes them such a good gift is that through AmazingCo, they are available across Australia. Not only are they available from most capital cities, but they are available in a growing number of regional centres too including Ballarat, Cairns, Gold Coast and Geelong.

Mystery Picnic

BOOK YOUR OWN AUSTRALIAN MYSTERY PICNIC

Starting with a picnic basket, have fun solving personally curated clues and riddles that’ll take you on a journey to collect your special gourmet picnic food bit by bit. A Mystery Picnic is the perfect tour guide finding great food, wine and scenic spots right across Australia. Book your date here. 

How does a Mystery Picnic Work?

Your Mystery Picnic is a paperless experience, it all happens through your mobile phone. The evening before your picnic you receive your first clue so you can work out where you are heading in the morning.

Now don’t worry if you’re not a gifted puzzle solver. This is a picnic, not a MENSA test so the clues are all gettable. But, if you do get stuck, there are hints and if worse comes to worse the answer is only a swipe or two away – so you won’t go hungry!

Your picnic forage and sightseeing adventure takes 3 – 4 hours. As well as your picnic rug, plates, glasses and cutlery, you will also want to bring along a cooler bag to keep your picnic goodies fresh. You get details of what you need to bring before you set off. Prices for a mystery picnic start at $120 per couple. There is also a Premium Picnic that costs a little more and includes some extra goodies.

Barossa Valley Wineries

Our Barossa Valley Mystery Picnic

We would love to tell you about the fun morning we had on our Mystery Picnic, but we don’t want to spoil the mystery. We can tell you a few things. Our Mystery Picnic was in the South Australia’s Barossa Valley, so we spent the morning driving around one of the world’s great wine regions, not bad at all!

We had received our clue for our first destination the night before but hadn’t gotten around to solving it. It was only as we were driving in the general direction of the Barossa that we looked. It was then we discovered that a pen and paper would be handy as we had an anagram to solve that gave us the name of our first destination.

Mystery Picnic from Adelaide

Starting with a picnic basket, have fun solving personally curated clues and riddles that’ll take you on a journey to collect your special gourmet picnic food bit by bit. From Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula, Glenelg or Adelaide City - the choice is yours.

Barossa Valley Gourmet Shops

Our first stop is…

Usually when we write about our travels, we try to include as much as information as possible. We want to take you there. That doesn’t work so well here! If we paint the full picture of the Barossa Valley Mystery Picnic there won’t be much mystery left for those who do it after us!

So, what we can tell you is that by the end of our Barossa Valley mystery tour our freezer bag had cheese, chutney, tarts and meats in it. We had some fresh bread and wine as well. There are lots of towns dotted through the Barossa – Lyndoch, Tanunda, Nuriootpa to name but a few. We popped into one or more of them along the way.

Hopefully, that amount of information doesn’t need a spoiler alert.

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Solving the clues

As well as not looking at our first clue the night before, we had also forgotten to re-fuel the car. After fixing the fuel situation, we got down to solving our first puzzle. We bumbled our way through the anagram we had to solve. There were a couple more of these, a riddle or two and cipher to crack.

The puzzles were all great fun and added a lot of enjoyment to the day. It was hoot not knowing where you would be heading and quite exciting when the solved the riddle or puzzle pointed to our next location. What made the adventure even more enjoyable was the enthusiasm and friendliness of the people who served us at each of the stop.

They were as excited as we were about the mystery picnic idea and took great delight in giving us our next goodie for the picnic hamper. As is so often the case with local artisans, they are more than happy to chat about all the yummy food and wine they had on offer. Meeting the people in the shops and learning about their products was as much fun as hopping from location to location.

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The last piece of the puzzle

Besides taking something to write on, make sure you have a good breakfast before you start. The closer to lunch time it got, at each place we visited it got more difficult not to buy a delicious looking pie or a piping hot Cornish pasty to tide us over. Fortunately, we didn’t snack because there was food left over after we had our picnic lunch – so you will be well fed when you sit down at your last stop!

We did our mystery picnic on a chilly late autumn day. By the time we unfurled the picnic rug at the last stop the breeze had dropped which finally let the sun warm up the day. As we emptied the yummy contents of our picnic basket onto the blanket it was like looking at the final solution to a puzzle. If there is one thing about the day that was no mystery at all, it’s that a Mystery Picnic is a great experience.

UPGRADE TO A MYSTERY WEEKEND AWAY 

Extend the Mystery Picnic into a full weekend!  Once you’ve enjoyed your picnic, check into your wonderful accommodation. We’ll help you discover your beautiful location through local attraction suggestions. It’s the perfect romantic getaway, filled with lots of mystery, riddles, laughter and amazing time together. Simply select your location and book for the perfect weekend.

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