Clare Valley

Escape Rooms open in spooky Blyth hospital

Set in a spooky old hospital just outside of Clare, there are three rooms to plot your escape from, with more in the works.

Everyone knows the Clare Valley for its wineries and possibly, the Clare Valley Cup race day, but what else does the region have to offer, especially for families?

As of this month, Nicole Haitana and her husband Max want you to know that there is something else, and its called Blyth Breakout, the first Escape Room experience in South Australia outside of the metropolitan area, just ten minutes down the road from Clare, in the state’s mid-north.

All about thinking outside the box, Blyth Breakout’s rooms come in three varieties, the aptly titled ‘Jail Break’, which will see you start your escape handcuffed and behind bars, ‘Prohibition’, an authentic re-creation of a 1920s whiskey bar, and ‘Genies Lamp,’ ‘an opulent room full of magic,’ perfect for the smallest members of the family.

“Over the last few years we’ve loved trying out all the Escape Rooms in Adelaide and on trips overseas,” said Nicole.

“What we’ve created here in this old hospital building (the former Blyth Hospital) is something fun and unique, perfect for families who come to the area to visit the wineries, but might be looking for something else to entertain the kids and themselves.”

Eighteen months in the making, the idea to do something different in the area came after what Nicole describes as her and her husbands ‘tree-change’ from the city. Noticing that there wasn’t much in Blyth outside of the local cinema and a couple of galleries, Blyth Breakout is their way of giving people another reason to visit ‘their little town.’

Using the old hospital building, which the couple bought in 2016, they’ve been slowly turning it into a number of different types of accommodation, and what they hope will become a well-known tourist attraction.

Considering herself and her three children ‘enthusiasts’ of the Escape Room experience, after some early positive feedback, Nicole and Max already have two more rooms in the works, one pirate-themed, and another featuring a morgue trolley that got left behind. Think ‘Dr. Death’ and you’re getting close.

“All of our rooms have that ‘wow’ moment you look for in an escape and are an immersive hour of fun. We’ve done all the clues ourselves based on what we’ve learned over the years and tried to make it as accessible as possible for all ages, while still offering that challenge you want.

Not everyone will escape!”

Blyth Breakout is at 3 South Terrace, Blyth. For more information on opening hours and how to pre-book your escape check Blyth Breakouts website www.blythbreakout.com.au

All rooms last one hour apart from ‘Genies Lamp’ which is a 30-minute room best suited for children 4 years and up. Group bookings are currently capped at 6 people per room. For more updates go to their Facebook page.

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