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About Street Reads 2014

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


This is the second year Street Reads has run.

If you can’t wait until September for this year’s event, click here to do last year’s stories!


Rather than reading the Choose Your Own Adventure in printed book form, our project will be placing QR codes around Brisbane city and the Cultural Precinct that you can scan with your smart phone. Once you read or listened to 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 2014 in September and then branch off into two separate stories. Will you choose to be a pirate captain, or remake Brisbane in a pixellated virtual reality?

This year each story can be enjoyed one of two ways: You can listen to the story as it is narrated to you via audio; or you can read the story yourself on your smart phone.

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?

During the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, September 2014

Start from the north of Reddacliff Place near George Street, any time you want during the event.

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 during the festival. Stay tuned for more details.

While you can only do Street Reads 2014 in September, you CAN do the stories from Street Reads 2013 right now! Click here to download your map! Get a feel for the experience that awaits you in September.


Age group

10+  Basically, anyone who has access to a smart phone!

Suitable for younger families with parental supervision.


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 sticker in Reddacliff Place.
  2. Load the webpage and ‘read’ the story, ‘hear’ the music and narration, and ‘see’ the art merge fiction and reality.
  3. Choose which adventure you want to follow, look for the next sticker and scan again. (All posters will be on the side of pavement stickers). The Pirate, and virtual game stories 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/narration 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…). Each participant in the event will get a two for one drink voucher from the Shingle Inn.

The Grand Prize currently includes a private gondola ride for up to 6 people (valued at $95) on the Wheel of Brisbane, a High Tea for two from the Shingle Inn, and a $100 book and T-shirt pack from the Brisbane Writers Festival. Watch this space as more grand prize items are announced over the coming months. There will also be four runner-up prizes, each with a double pass to the Wheel of Brisbane (value at $35) and a $50 voucher (of your choice from either iTunes, Amazon or Kobo).

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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 stickers 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.


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More information coming soon!


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