A zany, action-packed scavenger hunt described as “part Amazing Race and part obstacle race” is coming to the heart of Civic as part of the City Renewal Authority’s continued attempts to revitalise the centre.
This Saturday (9 November), teams of two will embark on foot on a treasure hunt through the streets, parks and secret spots of Australia’s capital, all with the goal of being the team with the most points at the finish.
The Civic Hustle starts with a list of cryptic questions and a map; teams are tasked with decoding the clues to plot their route before time runs out.
From activities as simple as taking a selfie, to beating an oldie at bowls, to more extreme ‘Amazing Race-style’ high-stakes and high-points challenges, the race is suited to a wide demographic. Event director Richard Old, of Fully Rad Adventures, says the fastest team won’t necessarily win.
“Put simply, teams of two will explore Canberra’s city precinct on foot, answering questions, solving puzzles, completing challenges and collecting points along the way; most importantly, whilst having fun,” Old says.
“Everyone and anyone can participate, and entries are open with special rates for students and kids. We can’t wait to see Canberrans hustle.”
As part of the challenge, a variety of local businesses will be holding events and getting involved in different capacities on the day. Capital Games, Pacific Suites, Hog’s Breath Cafe and Capital Pancakes are on board to serve up challenges.
Old says the Civic Hustle is designed to get people outside and back into the city.
“We want to get people to look at the city from a different point of view, so they can see it as a space where they can play as adults, be physically active and be a bit adventurous,” he explains. “It can be more than just a place where they come to shop or work.
“We had great success with this in Port Stephens in July, and in Mandurah in WA in August, so it’ll be great to bring the fun to Canberra.
“All you need is a pair of joggers, a sense of humour and perhaps to be up for anything.”
The Civic Hustle, hosted by Fully Rad Adventures, is part of the City Renewal Authority’s program to enliven public spaces in Civic, Braddon and Acton. City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow believes the event will increase activity in the city centre and encourage higher visitation.
“The Civic Hustle offers participants a new and different way to experience the city centre – a treasure hunt through our streets and connecting with participating local businesses in a variety of ways, from offering prizes, to being part of the clue hunt or even hosting a challenge,” Snow says.
“I look forward to seeing how the community and businesses connect with this urban adventure challenge and, through their participation, learn more about our city centre.”