Is this indoor or outdoor laser tag and what's the difference?
Whether you know it as laser tag or laser skirmish it's essentially the same game. Our laser tag is outdoor. It's using realistic adult gaming gear based on Uzi and AK-47 machine guns. Outdoor laser tag doesn't have big heavy vests to wear but rather a headband that goes over your hat which holds the laser tag sensors. Outdoor laser tag has very realistic replica weapons which are made of metal rather than plastic like indoor guns. Real warfare doesn't occur indoors in hallways with crazy flashing lights. It occurs around huts and buildings in village situations, just like our tourism village which is pictured above. Our outdoor laser tag is based on popular online games such as Call of Duty. We think outdoor laser tag is more fun, and our customers regularly tell us exactly the same thing!
How does a 2 hour laser tag session run?
The session will begin at the scheduled start time outside the laser tag HQ. The referee will collect all of the previously completed Indemnity forms and will take all players through an induction, explaining the boundaries of the field, how to use the equipment and the objectives of the games. The group will be offered camouflage face cream as used by the army to enhance their experience and then will be given their replica weapons. At this time the ref will invite you to take any group photos you'd like. Then the two teams will head off to their respective base camps to begin their first skirmish. There will be 5 games in a laser tag session. Between games the players take a break at the undercover seated areas, use the bathrooms, grab a drink of the water we provide and compare scores and war stories. The games are between 10 and 17 minutes each depending on how quickly the referee is able to move the group through the inductions and how long players need on their breaks. During the game 3 different scenarios will be played and the teams will swap ends of the field between games. During one of the breaks all players will be given a complimentary fruit juice based slushie, unless it is a night game in which case it will be a can of soft drink.
How young can players be?
We've had players at young as 4 years old but the minimum age really depends on their size and maturity. We find that 5 year olds who have older brothers and sisters that they play with are generally fine as they are used to playing older games. 5 year olds who are the oldest child in the family often need help from a parent. Parents are welcome to help kids, at no additional cost, and share the gun with them. For smaller children we are also able to tie a lycra sling around the gun which helps take the weight a little but mostly means they don't need to worry about dropping the gun. The guns are realistic replicas so they weigh around 3kg each.
How old can players be?
There is no maximum age. If you want to play, you're more than welcome to play. We often have 3 generations of players for birthday groups and frankly the more veteran players tend to play more strategically while the younger players run themselves ragged.
How do I book?
The best way is the use the online contact form so we can email you regarding availability. Alternatively you can SMS 0438 588 513 between 9am and 5pm and someone will take the booking for you. You will then be sent an email or SMS confirming how many places have been reserved for your group. The message will have details about how to pay your $200 deposit via direct debit or by visiting the café. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit has been received.
What if I’m not paying for all of the people in my booking?
We can book a group in your name but people can contact us individually to pay for their own tickets.
What time do we arrive?
Our standard sessions start at the advertised booking times of 9am, 12 noon, 3pm or 6pm. That's when your guests should arrive and the laser tag briefing will start 15 minutes later. You are welcome to arrive up to 15 minutes before your session time. For birthday groups, we will have set up party tables for you in our function space. Invite your guests to stay for 2.5 hours total. This will give you time in the party space before and after the laser tag session to open birthday presents and have cake and snacks. There will most likely be other party groups in the space before and/or after your group so please be mindful of not encroaching on their party time.
How do I book a party if I'm not sure how many people will come?
You need to pay for a minimum of 10 players for the session to run (12 for the Minecraft laser tag party). It's best to SMS us on 0438 588 513. We will start the booking for you and you can confirm it with a $200 deposit. Then you'll pay the balance on the day based on your attendees. This gives you time to send invitations and get RSVPs. We will reserve the number of places you think you'll need and closer to the game you'll let us know the RSVPs so we can add or drop places from your booking.
Will other people be in the laser tag game?
We have 20 laser tag guns. When you book for your group you are booking the guns, not exclusive access to that session. If you have, for example, 10 players for your birthday party, then there will be 10 other spots still available. This is why we will ask on the phone the approximate age of your players. In the event that another group wants to book players in for a birthday party at the same time, if the ages are compatible, we will take the booking. You will each have separate function spaces for your groups to use for party food etc between games. We would divide both groups in half to form teams so that you group will have of their friends on their team and half in the other team to shoot at. This doesn't often happen, and whenever it has, everyone has loved the game. Generally people will opt to take a different timeslot rather than share a game but we book up quickly and this isn't always possible. If you are adamant that you don't want others in the same timeslot then you'll need to either have enough players to fill the game or be willing to pay the total session price for the game, which is $500.
What do players need to bring and wear?
Every player must have 3 things to play:
1. A signed Indemnity form
2. Enclosed shoes
3. A hat or beanie for the laser tag head sensors to go over
It's entirely up to you whether you wear long pants or shorts or even a skirt. For night games you may want to think about wearing darker clothes to help you hide in the shadows.
What about the Indemnity Form?
Every player must have a completed indemnity form to be able to play. This is so that you are covered by our specialist sports insurance in the event that you're hurt. For players under 18 years of age this must be signed by their legal guardian. We have forms available when you arrive or you can print them in advance and bring them along with you (which is especially helpful for groups including kids who may not be dropped off by their own parents).
For parties - what about catering?
For party groups you are welcome to bring cake and snacks and extra drinks. We will provide a water dispenser and disposable cups. The laser tag session also includes a complimentary slushie for all players (or a soft drink for the night games). So you probably don't need to load yourself up with extra drinks to cart along. There will be some fridge space available for you to use. You cannot heat or cook anything on our premises. So you probably want to think about things like chips, lollies, sandwiches and biscuits. If you want hot food we have a café on the premises. We can offer a themed meal per player for $7.50 with a giant sausage roll and sauce, a scoop of vanilla ice cream with topping and another slushie drink or a juice box. In our experience kids really don't want more food than that when they are spending the majority of their time running around.
What about parking?
There is ample parking in our main carpark for guests for your party or group. If you are the party host and are bringing snacks and drinks you are welcome to park behind the party space to shorten the trek with your gear. You will see the parking area on the left as you come up the main driveway behind the very first building you come to. You'll park near the dam. But please encourage the rest of your guests to park further up the driveway in the main carpark.
What if it is forecast to be bad weather?
Our equipment is actually able to be used in the rain so it really becomes more of a decision about the enjoyment of the players. If it hasn't been raining on the day of your party but during the party we get a shower, we will leave it up to the players as to whether the game continues or not. I'd say that we'd give a partial refund except that no player EVER has given up the opportunity to play in the rain. They LOVE it! If it's been raining already that day or storms are forecast, we get you to make a decision. We can reschedule to another available time and day, or we can refund any money you've paid, or if you think it's worth risking getting a bit wet we can go ahead. It will only be for high risk forecasts like cyclones and lightning storms that we will cancel the game for your safety.
Can the "laser" damage eyes?
There aren't actual lasers in the equipment so it's perfectly safe. It relies on invisible infra red beams to activate the opponent's gun and this technology is exactly the same as in your TV remote control. There is no risk to eyes from the infra red beams.
What facilities are available?
We have undercover tables and chairs available for players and spectators. There are ample bathrooms and parking. We provide unlimited drinking water for everyone. The café operates during daylight games until 4pm. There is EFTPOS available at the café to pay the balance of your laser tag game.
Will the café, gift shop and art galleries be open while the sessions are on?
Our urban combat simulation relies on using the buildings for realistic warfare. So the buildings which can be used for cover in the game will be open for players and for browsers who don't wish to join the laser tag game. The café will be open during daylight games serving food, drinks and coffees until 4pm. For evening games, unless arranged in advance, the café will not for open for food or coffee service but will have cold drinks available.