Brisbane City Council is hosting a physical choose your own adventure story around the Brisbane CBD and South bank using QR codes. It’s free and you can win prizes!

Rather than reading the Choose Your Own Adventure in printed book form, our project will be placing QR codes around Brisbane city and South bank that you can scan with your smart phone. Then once you read the next part of the adventure you can choose from several options to continue your story. Each new part of the story takes place in the location of the QR code, showcasing Brisbane landmarks in a whole new way!

The adventure will start from a single point in Reddacliff Place (opposite Queen Street Mall) starting on the first day of the Brisbane Writers’ Festival (4 September) to the 15 of September 2013 and then branch off into three separate stories. Will you choose become the apprentice of death, the sidekick of a rather dim Hero or fight off a zombie invasion?

To help you make it to the end, we will be providing discounts to local stores for each person who finishes a branch as well as the chance to win the grand prizes!


When does it start?

4 – 15 of September 2013

Starting from the north of Reddacliff Place near George Street, any time you want.

Hey, it’s your adventure.

For those who don’t have a smart phone or want to do the story with a fellow adventurer, why not take one of our tours? Brisbane Writers’ Festival volunteers will be conducting ‘tours’ of the adventures on the Saturday the 7 and Sunday the 8 of September. There will be three tours a day leaving from the start point in Reddacliff Place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Just look out for the volunteer wearing the BWF t-shirt.


Age group

15+  Basically, anyone who has a smart phone!

Suitable for younger families with parental supervision.

Zombie branch recommended reading age: M 15+.

Hero branch recommended reading age: G.

Death’s Apprentice branch recommended reading age: PG.


What do I need?

  • A smart phone with data allowances or internet enabled tablet.
  • A QR code reader application. Download your free QR code App from the iTunes or Android App stores.
  • Your walking shoes (and perhaps some sunscreen and a hat).
  • As many people as you can bring along!


How does it work?

  1. Use the QR code App on your smart phone or tablet to scan the code on the pavement poster in Reddacliff Place.
  2. Load the webpage and ‘read’ the story, ‘hear’ the music and ‘see’ the art.
  3. Choose which adventure you want to follow, look for the next pavement poster and scan again. (All posters will be on the ground). The Death, Zombie and Hero stories all have different looking posters so you know you’re following the right story.
    • If you are afraid of getting lost, download the Map from the Maps tab and print it out.
    • If you want to listen to the music but don’t want to use up too much of your mobile data to listen to it, then download the music at home from the music tab above before starting your adventure.
  4. When you reach the end of your adventure, enter your name and email into the form on the final webpage to go into the draw to win prizes.
  5. Go back and try it again!


What is a QR Code?

A Quick Response Code, commonly known as a QR code, is a barcode made of small black squares and rectangles arranged in a square pattern, QR codes can be read by QR readers or scanners that uses the camera on a smart phone or device. QR codes direct users to text, web content or other information. In Street Reads, QR codes link to online information including maps, text, webpages, images or audio files.



As part of the adventures we’ll be asking you to do ‘activities’ and get photographic evidence. To be eligible for the grand prizes you have to present your photographs to prove you did the adventure, no photographs, no prize, sorry. (There are very sneaky, sneaky, people out there, we need to be vigilant…) Every person who finishes a branch will get a two for one beverage from the Shingle Inn, plus other great discounts around Brisbane.

The Grand Prize currently includes a high-tea for two at the Shingle Inn, two tickets for the Wheel of Brisbane, as well as a $100 book and T-shirt pack from the Brisbane Writers Festival. There will be four runner-up prizes each with a $50 iTunes voucher and a 2-for-1 pass to the Wheel of Brisbane. More prizes will be added as the month goes by so don’t forget to check back to hear about more event prizes!

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  1. There is one grand prize pack and four runner-up prizes to be won.
  2. Entry to win prizes must be completed using the online form at the completion of a Street Reads adventure.
  3. Entrants need their parent/guardian’s permission to enter if they are under 18.
  4. Prizes will be drawn 29 September, randomly…from a hat.
  5. Winners will be contacted via email by Monday 30 September to arrange delivery of the prize.
  6. Entrants who do not win a prize will not be contacted.
  7. In the event that a prize winner does not response to the notification email within three business days, the prize will be redrawn.
  8. Each winner will be asked to email a photo taken on their adventure as proof of their participation in Street Reads.
  9. If a winner cannot provide a photo taken on their adventure, they forfeit the prize and it will be redrawn.
  10. Entrant details will not be kept or used for any other purpose after the prize draw.


Play Safe

You will need a smart phone or tablet with Internet access and a QR reader to participate in Street Reads. Every attempt has been made to ensure download size is minimal.

Allow approximately 30 minutes to complete one story of Street Reads. Allow enough time to play all three! Be aware of your surroundings and ensure you follow road rules and be safe while you participate in Street Reads. If one of the street decals is missing or damaged, please contact council on (07) 3403 8888 or email creative (dot) communities (at) brisbane (dot) qld (dot) gov (dot) au with a photo of the location.

What Are The Adventures?

Death Works: Training Day

It’s your first day on the job with Death. You’ll learn that it’s not just about sending souls to the afterlife. Find out more here!

Strange Daze: A Zombie Apocalypse

You’re a student and out to learn about Brisbane’s art. But instead of a pleasant stroll, you find yourself running from the living dead and instead of learning about art, you’re learning how to survive. Fast. Find out more here!

The (Hero’s) Apprentice

You’ve been literally plucked from the crowd and chosen to be the reigning Hero’s new Apprentice, but are you heroic enough to take on the challenge? Find out more here!

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