This month we are providing some great insights as to why Townsville was selected as the next location for the CacheQLD Mega event. Before we get to that, in what turns out to be some fantastic timing for geocachers in Brisbane and the surrounding regions, greencordial, who hails from Townsville, is holding an event GC9C2ET in Brisbane this Saturday the 26th June from 10-11am. A few of the Brisbane based committee members are planning on attending and are happy to answer some early questions you may have. In the meantime check out the Top 10 reasons for traveling to Townsville next April.
Townsville’s location offers a great deal of flexibility in accessing surrounding areas. It’s possible for visitors to the city to “check off” bucket list items such as the Aussie Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, and World Heritage listed tropical rainforests all in a single trip.
2. The City
The once quiet coastal town has grown into a modern metropolis. The undisputed event capital of North Queensland and the largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast.
3. Growing our Game in Regional Areas
Prior to this event the furthest north a mega event has been in Australia was last Easter’s Dayboro event, over 1,000km away. The committee felt it was time to take the Mega experience even further north.
4. Easy Access
With direct flights from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns, Mackay and Mt Isa, nearly all bases are covered. Direct routes to Adelaide are scheduled to begin in August. Alternatively, visitors can use the nearby train station or arrive via their own transport.
With an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, Townsville truly shines.
The Townsville Showgrounds is in a very central location – 2.5km to the city centre, 3.2km to the Strand, 4km to the airport, 1.5km to the train and across the road from a major shopping centre and many restaurants. The site has excellent facilities, multiple pavilions and function rooms and approximately 175 sites for caravans and campers.
7. Muggle Friendly
Close proximity to the City, the Strand, Castle Hill, restaurants and shops means non-cachers will be easily entertained.
8. Cache Quality
With over 600 caches within 25km of the venue, over 800 with 110km and many more planned for the event you’ll need more than a long weekend to discover why the LGA has received more than 3500 favourite points.
9. Local Caching Community
The committee and the locals are extremely enthusiastic about showcasing this part of the world to the broader caching community. With a number of creative activities planned this is an event not to be missed.
10. Magnetic Island
Just a short ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island offers the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise. Rocky granite headlands and towering hoop pines stand sentinel over tranquil sandy bays on this rugged, mountainous island covered with open eucalypt woodlands and surrounded by coral reefs. Most of the island is protected as national park and features a 36 kilometre network of walking tracks which are noted for its abundant wildlife and varied history.
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So, come and play in the Townsville sunshine this April by logging your Will Attend for the CacheQLD Towsville Mega GC9BVWD.