Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is the Fantastic Race Sydney?

Fantastic Race Sydney is an interactive, clue-based adventure game. Or, as one recent participant called it, “a scavenger hunt on steroids.” We think it is the best and most unique way to discover Sydney.

So it’s like a scavenger hunt?

Kind of, but not really. The average scavenger hunt has you go from place A to place B while collecting trinkets. And it’s often boring. Fantastic Race Sydney is anything but average, and far from boring. It’s like the “Da Vinci Code,” “The Amazing Race,” and “National Treasure,” rolled in to one package, except instead of watching it, you’re actually living it. It is immersive, challenging, and completely addictive.

Sounds cool. Tell me more.

Fantastic Race Sydney is a competition where teams of two or more start off at a common location, receive the first of a series of cool clues that leads them to a second location where they’ll receive a second clue and so on. But these aren’t your ordinary clues. They’re tricky, sometimes very tricky. Often you won’t even know what they are; the trick may be in actually finding the clue. The team that solves all the clues and crosses the finish line in the least amount of time is the winner.

Don’t you mean the team that crosses the finish line first is the winner?

Not necessarily. As we said, Fantastic Race Sydney is not your average game. Sometimes participants need help. We are happy to provide assistance, but it’s not free. Hints cost a team 5 minutes, outright solutions cost teams 15 minutes. Frequently a team crossing the finish line first has had a number of hints; so that team is not always the winner.

Sounds complicated. I’m just here for a vacation. I don’t want to be in over my head.

You won’t be. First and foremost, Fantastic Race Sydney is FUN. Yes, it’s a race; you will do some outside-the-box problem solving, and you may find yourself running around. But that is all secondary to the experience. You’ll meet some great people, and you’ll go to places the average tourist will never get to see. You won’t be physically or mentally overwhelmed, and you will enjoy a terrific day.

I’d like to play, but I don’t have a team.

Absolutely not a problem. We will happily place individuals on teams. Many lasting friendships have come from players assigned to teams.

Are there age minimums/maximums, other restrictions?

We do not have any restrictions. BUT, children under 8 or so, the elderly, and those with limited mobility may find it too challenging. Also, although we welcome all players, the course is not very pushchair or wheelchair friendly (read: NOT suitable) as there are stairs and public transport may need to be used.

What do I wear? What do I bring? What else do I need to know?

You should wear light clothing, and comfortable, flat shoes. You don’t need to be in tip-top physical shape to compete, but the race is mostly on foot; so you have to be prepared to do some walking (or running, depending upon how competitive you are). We strongly recommend sunscreen, and although we will provide beverages at the finish line, you should bring some bottled water. A smart phone with data will be required per team. It will be helpful to have headphones as well, but this is not necessary. Other than that, we will provide you with all the tools you will need to prevail at this great game.

What happens if I get lost or confused?

All teams will be provided with a mobile phone number that has a direct link to Fantastic Race Sydney “mission control”. If you need help with a clue and/or get lost, you can call mission control. But you need not fear getting lost. While we pride ourselves on taking guests off the beaten path, our Sydney race covers an area one can easily walk in one day; so you shouldn’t find yourself too far astray. Nonetheless, if you do wander off course, we will gently guide you back.

We’re a team of two. Does that put us at a disadvantage or advantage against larger teams?

The most successful teams have a variety of skills and are able to work together. We’ve had winning teams of two, and winning teams of ten. Team size doesn’t matter.

What do I get if I win?

Typically the winning team receives medals and bragging rights. Second and third place teams get medals and a sense of pride.  All teams, regardless of where they finish, enjoy a completely unique experience, some really cool and unusual Sydney attractions, and the post-game awards party. We provide free nibbles as well as soft drinks (or a beer) at the party, and the opportunity for you to relive the awesome experience you’ve just shared with your fellow Fantastic Race Sydney participants.

What happens once I’ve signed up?

All players will be met at a designated spot by an Fantastic Race Sydney host. Once teams have finalized the registration process, you will receive team badges, and a brief explanation of the race. All teams will then be given their first clue and begin their unforgettable experience in Sydney.

What time does the race start?

The race starts at 10:30 AM but please arrive 10-15 minutes early for registration.

Where do teams meet?

We meet just outside Central Train Station.  Once at Central Station, look for Platform 1 (regional trains).  Near this platform is a sign saying “Exit 1 Forecourt” (Pitt Street end of Central Station).  Take this exit, turn right and the Fantastic Race Sydney host will be down about 20-30 metres (by the taxis).  Call 0477 50 88 41 if you are lost or running late.  We have a 5 minute grace period.  If teams arrive late they will have to wait for the briefing again.

Awesome. I’m in. Where do I sign?

Click on the “Book Here” tab at the top of the website. We look forward to seeing you at the starting line.

Is this race suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs?

Because of the nature of this race, it is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs and we don’t recommend using either. Stairs and public transport are used during the race.


$80.00 per person (includes GST)

Refund Policy

All sales final. However, if a guest is unable to honor their reservation, they may be able to reschedule at management’s discretion. Please note, the Fantastic Race Sydney runs rain, hail or shine. In the unlikely event that we cancel due to weather or any other reason, we will issue a full refund.

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