We’re Moving!

We are pleased to announce that the Mega is moving! The reason behind the move is the Townsville Showgrounds have been scheduled to undergo building works, and we were advised that it was a possibility the premises would not be ready in time for us. The Committee searched for another suitable location that was available over the Easter period and suited the vast amount of activities we have planned, with negotiations finally complete we are pleased and excited to announce our new home at Cluden Park.

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Cluden Park is a heritage-listed, multipurpose venue uniquely placed as the home of horseracing in North Queensland. The host of signature social events in Townsville, including the iconic Townsville Cup. Cluden Park is located on private, lush acreage of impressive proportions featuring distinctive nineteenth-century architecture with a modern aesthetic. A haven away from the hustle and bustle for family-friendly events, Cluden Park offers a setting like no other.

The Cluden Park landscape is a highly flexible venue with unlimited potential; from weddings to festivals, corporate functions and indoors and outdoors celebrations. It is an ideal venue for our event, affording us the space we need for all the fantastic activities we have planned.

Sitting at the foothills of Mt Stuart, Cluden Park is ideally located at the crossroads of the Bruce and the Flinders Highways, but is only a short, 12-minute drive from the CBD.

We have secured sole access, to the Cluden Facilities for the Easter weekend including a large undercover area (Party King Grandstand), the Trackside Marquee and the Fig Tree Lawns. Have a closer look at https://www.cludenpark.com.au/  In case you were wondering pets (on leads) are also welcome at Cluden.

As this is a premier racing track with training being held each day there will be some access restrictions in place including no access to the site from midnight to 8:30am each day or access to the track itself.  Unfortunately, due to these and other significant restrictions that would be placed to onsite campers over the weekend, we have decided that in the best interest of our traveling and camping geocachers that will not be pursuing onsite camping for the Townsville Mega Event.  We have made contact with two caravan parks located within a short distance to the site and they have confirmed they have availability over the easter holiday period.   Please mention you are part of the Mega event if you would like to be grouped with other geocachers.

Discovery Parks Townsville 6 University Road (Bruce Highway), Wulguru. Tel: 07 4778 4555 https://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/caravan-parks/queensland/northqueensland[1]townsville/info#content

Townsville Gateway Holiday Park 88 Minehane St, Cluden. Tel: 07 4778 2412 https://www.hampshiretouristparks.com.au/caravan-holiday-park-townsville/


The Shop

With the announcement of our new location being made we are pleased to also open our shop where you can purchase an event shirt, Geocoins, pathtags and other Event specific merchandise.  You can visit the shop at https://cacheqld.onlineweb.shop/ Please be aware that orders will close on March 25th this is to allow time for final preparations and transport to the event and all orders are to be collected at the event. 

Things to Note:
Purchases other than coins and tags are non-refundable as these are made to order.
Once the pathtags and coins sell out there will not be any more ordered.
To add your name to the order you need to click additional details, at the top of the page when at the checkout.
You need to provide your own tracking code

What to do next….

Log a will attend at GC9BVWD if you haven’t already, check out our shop to purchase your event merchandise and start planning your trip. Don’t forget to keep an eye out here for all future updates. We are excited to welcome you at Easter!

CacheQLD Geocache of the Year 2021

And the results are in! After a solid bunch of nominations, we have selected a winning cache for each category, along with a couple of honourable mentions. It was great to see nominations all across Queensland! And to the results… THE WINNERS ARE:

Traditional Cache
GC9860T The Puzzling Trail – Bookcache, by JQTB 
This is really a win for the entire series, as we had multiple nominations for different caches. But we selected this cache specifically as the best of the best.
Honourable Mentions
GC9BYA9 SIMON Wants To Play A Game, by drrnrchr
GC95XM2 ☠️DGS☠️ Mt Spec Tin Mines, by Dirtbags Downunder
GC95PPP Up in the trees…🌳🎣 No.1, by Stephyy

Mystery Cache
GC96MM0 Locked Out, by Orange Crew
A puzzle based on an old classic, but a great container and hide!
Honourable Mentions 
GC97455 Armchair Explorer, by burgo78  
GC9EBBK Paroo 4WD Night Cache, by hatzofff
GC9JFFF Gobbledygook, by smallwombat  (this is a great puzzle!)

Multi Cache
GC8YHNG  Oh Gee! PVC On Mt. Mee, by Captain Terror
Lots of fun at every stage!
Honourable Mentions
GC9GR2Y It’s about the Real Estate, Mate, by BenM70
GC94K3E Signs of Civilisation, by oz bean counter

Earth Cache
GC91EQ2 Poohsticks, by CacheQLD
OK… we did not want to award ourselves here, but the nominations were clear that this was the best! And no rocks involved!
Honourable Mentions
GC97474 Hobwee Basalt, by Orange Crew
GC9DEZ5 Split Rock, by Liz and Bruce

Letterbox
GC9FDBC Tree of the Dead, by 1MinnieMoo
I have to admit, this cache is within 5km of my home and I have not collected it! But the nominations made it clear the container is special.
Honourable Mentions
GC9C49K G.E. & O. Cache, by Speedmistress
GC96R8B You’ve Got Mail in Dayboro (for the series), by CacheQLD  

Wherigo
GC96AE3 Rattle Along The Mary Valley, by AtTheLakeHouse
Great final location!
Honourable Mentions
GC95B5Y Its a BUG CACHE, by dahumbug
GC9B9HN Sky Blue-Reverse Wherigo, by TeamJLBL

Adventure Lab
Lost World Lookouts  by Herbz
Honourable Mentions: 
Post Office by WallabyWanderers
LOOKOUT! Charters Towers by Cachedin NQ

Congratulations to all the COs!