Is the AmazingCo Mystery Picnic Melbourne Worth Doing? An Honest Review in 2024

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Looking for a unique date night or day out with friends or family in Melbourne? Find out why an AmazingCo Mystery Picnic Melbourne is a fun way to explore the city!

First time in Melbourne but don’t know where to start given all the amazing things to do here?

Or are you a Melbourne local looking for a unique way to rediscover the city?

Perhaps you’re planning a first date and want to do something really special to make an impression?

Well, I’ve found something that ticks all the boxes! It’s a mystery picnic curated by expert experience company AmazingCo.

Wanting to play tourist and travel around Melbourne in a unique, different way, I grabbed a couple of my girlfriends recently and we went along to discover for ourselves what all the fun is about. Here’s what we experienced, along with the pros and cons of taking a mystery picnic.

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What is a Mystery Picnic Melbourne?

It’s exactly what it sounds like!

It’s a Melbourne walking tour, of sorts. To find the delicious ingredients that you need for a picnic in Melbourne, you need to solve a series of clues that will lead you to a variety of different vendors where you’ll pick up your goodies.

After solving all the clues, you’ll end up with a stack of delicious food to enjoy at one of the many Melbourne picnic spots (also a mystery, so you’ll need to solve that one as well!).

As you pick up your picnic snacks, you’ll also be directed to some of Melbourne’s coolest attractions, such as street art, as well as learn some interesting facts about the city.

A narrow alley with graffiti artwork depicting Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski on a wall, surrounded by various bins and urban fixtures. An AmazingCo Mystery Picnic Melbourne also includes stops to see some of Melbourne's cool street art.
Some of the cool street art you might see on your mystery picnic

AmazingCo mystery picnics are for everyone, with experiences curated for:

You can also choose a variety of locations for your Mystery Picnic, which is a great way to see different parts of the city. In Melbourne, AmazingCo currently has mystery picnic options for:

  • Melbourne Laneways
  • South Yarra and Botanic Gardens
  • St Kilda

There are also experiences further afield in:

  • Yarra Valley
  • Dandenong Ranges
  • Macedon Ranges
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Bellarine Peninsula
  • Grampians
  • Bendigo
  • Ballarat
  • Beechworth
  • Torquay
  • Phillip Island
  • 12 Apostles

Melbourne isn’t the only Australian city with mystery picnic options. You can also find them in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Cairns, Gold Coast and more.

What to expect on a Melbourne Mystery Picnic

Now for the tricky part – how to tell you about this experience without giving all the secrets away!

Booking an AmazingCo Mystery Picnic is super easy online.

There are options for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. The great thing is that you can let them know how many in your group have special dietary needs, so everyone is individually catered for.

There’s an option to add on a bottle of wine. We didn’t choose this, as we decided to pick up a bottle ourselves once in the city.

We chose the City Laneways option and booked our experience a week out from our selected date. Two nights before our picnic experience, I received an email with instructions and our first clue. I recommend solving that first clue the night before, so you know where to begin your picnic experience.

Our picnic experience started at the Queen Victoria Market, where we picked up a range of cheeses, charcuterie meats, dips, crackers and more from two different vendors (ssshh, I’m not telling which ones!).

Exterior view of 'The Corner Larder' shopfront in Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, offering meats and cheeses, with customers at the counter and others walking by. The Queen Victoria Market, where our AmazingCo mystery picnic Melbourne began.
Not one of the places we visited on our mystery picnic… or was it?

Each of the vendors was really friendly and happy to play along as we filmed and photographed receiving our goodies.

A cheese display case filled with a wide variety of cheeses, each labeled with names and prices, inside Melbourne's iconic Queen Victoria Market. So many of the amazing cheeses on display at Queen Vic Market.
So many of the amazing cheeses on display at Queen Vic Market

The Queen Vic Market was also a good place to get coffee (from Market Lane) and a hot chocolate for me (from Koko Black – their hot chocolates are extremely decadent).

After solving the next clues, our adventure continued with some stops at some of Melbourne’s best street art locations, before we picked up bread, water and sweet treats at our next stops.

There were more street art stops before we arrived at our picnic destination in the city – one of Melbourne’s many grassy, leafy parks.

As we crisscrossed the city, we ended up walking around 10,000 steps on the day, so we felt we’d really earned our picnic spread.

We spread out our picnic and enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon snacking on all the delicious foods we’d found.

Overhead view of two people's hands toasting with wine glasses over a picnic spread that includes boxes of cakes, dips, and a cheese platter on a floral picnic blanket. The delicious picnic spread we ended up with on our AmazingCo Mystery Picnic Melbourne.
Our delicious picnic spread

And don’t worry if Melbourne’s fickle weather is playing up – AmazingCo can make sure you’re protected from the elements when it’s time for your picnic (they also have a good refund/reschedule policy).

For us, even though we’re Melbourne locals, we discovered new vendors selling incredible, fresh products and learned some new trivia about our city. It was a great day out!

What to take on a Melbourne Mystery Picnic

The email from AmazingCo lists a few things to take with you on your picnic, and here are some other suggestions based on our experience:

  • Good walking shoes – you’ll walk a few kilometres on this experience!
  • Picnic blanket
  • Picnic basket or hamper or cooler
  • Notepad and pen – some of the riddles are easier to solve if you can write them out
  • Cutlery – some of the vendors handed out bamboo cutlery, but better to bring along your own just in case
  • Cheese knife (or other sharp knife)
  • Plates – we bought some plastic ones from a cheap shop in the city
  • Plastic cups – if you’re taking a bottle of wine with you
  • Serviettes/napkins/paper towel
  • Portable phone charger so your phone doesn’t die in the middle of your riddle solving
  • Portable speaker and an epic picnic playlist
Close-up of a picnic spread on a floral blanket, featuring an assortment of cheeses, bread, olives, and dips, with two bottles of wine and glasses partially visible. The delicious spread we ended up with on our AmazingCo Mystery Picnic Melbourne.

Melbourne Mystery Picnic: Pros and cons

So, what was great about our picnic and what could be improved?


  • A great, stress-free way to experience a city – whether it’s your own city or not – without having to think or plan anything
  • Introduces visitors to some of Melbourne’s best food and sights
  • Solving the clues was a really fun way to spend the day and reward ourselves with the food we found
  • Easy to book and organise, options for certain dietary requirements
  • We ended up with a lot of food – we certainly didn’t go hungry!
  • Range of locations across the city – and outside of the city – to choose from, which means you can explore areas that are new to you
  • The picnics support local businesses
  • You can buy gift cards for the mystery picnic experiences, so go ahead and spoil your loved one! (Check out other gift ideas with my guide to gift delivery in Melbourne and my Melbourne Christmas gift guide)
A woman in a hat and sunglasses holds a wine glass, talking to another woman in black attire on a picnic blanket with an array of snacks and open food containers. These are the author's friends, who accompanied her on the mystery picnic. A Melbourne Mystery Picnic is a great activity to share with friends, family or your other half.


  • For visitors to the city, it might be tricky to organise what you need for the day – picnic blanket, cooler, cutlery and plates; it would be great if AmazingCo Melbourne offered these items in a pack as a paid add-on
  • You’ll need at least 3-4 hours to properly complete the experience, which isn’t great for those on a tight timeline (although we thought the time required was perfect!)

Final thoughts on AmazingCo’s Melbourne Mystery Picnics

I’m always looking for interesting ways to explore Melbourne, and AmazingCo’s range of mystery picnics ticks all the boxes for me. It’s a great experience for both locals and visitors.

It was a really fun way to explore the city, spend time with my besties and do one of my favourite things – eat!

Whether you’re exploring the city with friends, planning a mystery picnic date, or heading here with kids in tow, I’d highly recommend booking an AmazingCo Melbourne Mystery Picnic.

Two women (the author on the left and her friend) enjoying a picnic, toasting with wine glasses in a grassy park. They are seated on a colourful picnic blanket with various foods spread out in front of them. A Melbourne Mystery Picnic is a great activity to share with friends, family or your other half.

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Important note: I am an affiliate for AmazingCo so I received this experience for free. However, this review is completely my own and 100% honest.

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I’m Rebecca, a Melbourne local excited to show you the best of Melbourne. I've visited more than 40 countries and have a Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management. After living abroad for 8 years, I’m back home in Melbourne, rediscovering this city that I love and have missed. My aim is to help you find the best things to do in Melbourne.

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