The CacheQLD team have had discussions since the close of the Dayboro Mega and we have come to an agreement that it’s high time we travel north and invite everyone to come and play in Townsville!!
So, we know where, now to the when … taking into considerations the weather and other large events already planned around the country, it’s time to check out how the Easter Bunny copes with the North Queensland weather.
So get your diaries out and pencil in Friday 15th – Sunday 18th of April 2022 for the next Mega CacheQLD event! Log your will attends here for the GC9BVWD
We know people will be keen for further details, and they will be coming in the following months. However, we can let you know that home base will be at the Townsville Showground, which is located only 2.5km to the city centre with ample powered camping spots, approximately 170 sites.
As predicted the weather was slightly in pleasant yesterday with lots of showers. We said farewell to a number of our campers as they escaped the rain and saw more relocate around the grounds to find some firmer ground.
The gadgets continued to be a popular choice with many taking advantage of the covered verandah to complete these. The seminars on Drones and Puzzles were well received
The evening it was a much quieter affair for the Tropi-Cal party night with a good chance to sit down, eat dinner and catch up with friends. Congratulations to Just a Trifle whose commitment to the tropical theme was outstanding and most deserving of the best dressed prize.
A quick reminder about getting your entry in for the photography competition post it on our Facebook page with the hashtag country life.
It’s a very quiet day on the schedule as we wrap up the event. It’s going to be another wet day I site and we understand that for some of you it may be ‘home time’ well before the closing.
8-9 am Pathtag Swap
The final chance to catch up with other targets and trade your signature items. Due to the weather this will be held inside the main hall.
6pm Official Closing
We will be announcing the competition winners and saying our final farewell at 6pm in the hall. If you are unable to make it we will also announce these on our Facebook and website over the coming days.
9pm Adventure Labs close
The four Adventure Labs, Dayboro Orientation, Fun Stuff, Gadget Trail 1 and Gadget Trail 2 will be turned off at 9pm. The gadgets will also be removed and packed away at this time. Our tourist locations Adventure Lab will be around for another two weeks.
Whatever your doing today drive safe and happy caching.
Firstly let’s wrap up yesterday! Wasn’t the first official day of the Mega fun! We kicked off with our Opening Ceremony before the well attended Reviewers Seminar. Then it was caching time before coming back in the evening for the very popular and fun Trivia Night.
Looks like we may finally be out of luck with the rain, so gumboots, raincoats might be the fashion of the day.
What’s On Today
It’s a little bit of a quieter day, with the morning an opportunity to check out Caching Supplies in the Main Hall, enjoy catching up with friends over the day – perhaps making use of the main hall to stay dry!
In the evening we have the last of our two seminars.
4-5pm Droning with The Coffees’
Australians are flying drones in record numbers. If you’re flying as a hobby, you don’t need any special training or certification before taking a drone into the air. But that doesn’t mean you should take your new drone out of the box and start flying it immediately. Instead, learn how to use it safely and effectively to get the best images and video, without sacrificing the safety of yourself and others. Ian has completed a Remote Pilot License for Drone photography (RePL). With his background of workplace training and assessing Ian loves helping and teaching others and is looking forward to passing on knowledge of what he has learnt so far!
5-6pm Puzzle Caching with Ardom
Geocaching novices and pros alike are often daunted by puzzle and mystery caches. Ciphers, enigmatic photos, nonsensical text, or just a blank page — it often isn’t clear what the CO wants or expects you to do, and even less clear how any of it will lead you to a cache. In this seminar, Ardom will cover the basics of puzzle caching!
Tropi-Cal Party Night
Got your tropical party shirt ready? Well it’s time to bring it out and get ready to mingle up in the Main Hall. Our food trucks are on site again and Cal’s Corner Bar will be open. The evening starts around 6pm.
A big thank you to everyone for taking care of the grounds yesterday in relation to the cars and mud. We encourage everyone to continue parking around the outside of the ring and using the available space near check in.
Please remember if you are on site already, you need to complete the QR check in for the Showground and head down to the front gate to get your Saturday Day pass – today’s is white! We need to keep a record ourselves of who is on-site.
Friday saw many of our guests arrive on site and put their minds to work on the gadgets labs. We took a few inside for the night, rest assured they will be back out for puzzling over tomorrow from around 7am including the Locationless Banner. We also heard of many milestones being reached through the day so congratulations to all those teams.
After our good weather yesterday it seems we are heading for some light showers today and a cool evening – pack a jumper for Trivia Night.
Coffee Van, Food Trucks& the Bar
You may have noticed the coffee van arrived yesterday afternoon and this will be open in the morning to perk you up for a great day.
The food trucks will be arriving during the day and we ask that you please keep the parking area around the main hall free as one will be positioned out the front and the other down at the bar end of the main hall.
The bar is stocked ready to go for Saturday and Sunday night – the bar accepts cash only and we ask that you please consider using small notes and coins as we may be unable to change a large note.
COVID RESTRICTIONS: All food and drink items must be consumed sitting down at a table.
8am Opening Ceremony and Offical Photo
What would an event be without an official opening? Who knows, and we won’t have to find out here as at 8am we ask that everyone present on-site head to the Main Hall to be officially welcomed to the CacheQLD Dayboro Mega and it being declared opening. This is also where you will receive the verbal clue for the Opening Ceremony in the Fun Stuff Adventure Lab. You’ll need to be there to get it or beg your mates later for the codeword. After the welcome, we are gathering onto the Showground ring to take the official Dayboro Mega photo.
8:30-9:30 am ReviewersPanel
Sadly we have lost a reviewer to illness but we still have at least one reviewer going to be represented here. So if you have a question about the review process this is the perfect opportunity to see if you can get your questioned answered.
5-6 pm Pathtag Swap
The location for the pathtag swap is at the undercover area at the back of the main ring (part of the Orientation Adventure Lab). If you have pathtags to trade this is the place to be. We have a second pathtag trade session on Monday morning if you miss this one.
6pm – Trivia Night
We have the current table seating sorted. This is going to be a large event in itself and we must adhere to some rules. Firstly you must be registered, secondly you must sit at your allocated table in the spot that it is located, please no number switching. As this will be an indoor event, with all the doors open we can muster, we need to be mindful of the space and strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask, unless you are medically exempt. Not only will this keep you and everyone else safe, it will help lower the risk of someone lip reading your answers! BONUS!!
COVID RESTRICTIONS: As mentioned above, all food and drink must be consumed sitting down at your table. Masks can be removed for eating.
Welcome to the pre-event day of the CacheQLD Dayboro Mega. As you go about your caching business today, please be mindful that it is a public holiday, there’s bound to be traffic and an increased police presences our roads checking for speed etc. Being a public holiday also means that pubs, clubs, some restaurants and shops will be closed, so please be prepared for this and make sure you have your dinner plans sorted.
You’ll also notice with the increased rain some of the areas inside the Showground are getting pretty muddy. It might be a good idea if your camping to park your car elsewhere and walk to your caravan – this will save the roads and in particular the Showground ring from being churned up by vehicles.
What’s On Today
Today we are having a settling in kinda of morning. With just a few thing happening in the morning as we wait for our guest to arrive before kicking off the Mega with our first seminars from 4pm.
7am Check-in Opens
Everyone needs to check in with our gate guardians during the day. Be sure to use your QR scanner to register at the Showground. You will also need to leave your name with Waz and Vik as part of the event tracking. We know it’s painful to do it twice but it’s a requirement in these times to do both. In exchange you will receive your all important Friday Day Pass, this will allow you to go out and come back in with ease.
If you have paid for camping you will also need to pick up your camping area pass, please attach this to your extension lead. This is a once only pass.
7-9am Merchandise Collection
If you ordered merchandise from the shop you can pop up to the Main Hall reception area during this time window to collect your goodies. Should you miss this morning session we have another time in the afternoon. If possible we ask that you wait until at least 8am as due to the lockdown we do not have all the merchandise sorted into their orders and this will take some time.
9am Adventure Labs Go Live!
The Adventure labs will go live at 9am – we originally had planned for our tourist lab to be published earlier for our early arrivals, but with lockdown it was held over. Be sure to check out where those labs are if your heading in to the city area. All labs are set in the Showgrounds so you will be able to find them easy. They can also be done in any order
12pm SA GeoVenture2020 pre-lunch event
Sadly due to the recent lockdown and unknown border restriction our host for this couldn’t make it. However, there is nothing stopping you from taking a drive out to the location and grabbing some lunch on the way or staying on site and making plans for an SA Adventure in October.
4-6 pm Merchandise Collection
If you ordered merchandise from the shop you can pop up to the Main Hall reception area during this time window to collect your goodies. Should you miss this session we have another two collection times tomorrow.
4-5 pm Seminar 1 – Cachetur.no hosted by KittyKatch
Cachetur.no is a trip planning tool for geocachers. As an ambassador for the app, Kath will share her knowledge of how to utilize all the apps best features. Cachetur.no lets you plan geocaching trips of all sizes, near or far, alone or together with others. You can quickly and easily see what caches you have planned and what caches you or any of the trip’s participants own or have found. The script even allows you to see your route directly on the geocaching.com and Project-GC maps and to quickly add new caches to your trip directly from those maps (and cache pages)!
5-6 pm Seminar 2 – Photography hosted by The Coffee’s
Ian from Coffee Table Images was first involved in photography in the late 70s and early 80s although left his passion behind to pursue other endeavors. In 2014, after the removal of a benign brain tumor his neurosurgeon suggested a creative hobby to help with recovery and it was then that he decided to pick up his camera again. Since that time he has had great successes in photography competitions, and is now a judge with the Australian Photographic Judges Association (APJA). In this seminar Ian will cover some photography basics leaving you to walk away with knowledge of many elements of photography.
We are loving reading all the Found It logs on the New Dayboro horse geoart! This week however we had to do an update. Please note that due to some safety concerns from nearby land-owners, as they rent their property out for hunting, we have moved Horse 57 & 58. The puzzles have been updated and an offset is available on the page if you have solved it prior to 22nd March. Please ensure you have the new coordinates before heading out.
COVID19 – Check-in
As you will be aware the global pandemic has placed certain restriction and limitations on events. We have been very lucky to get this mega up and running. To make sure we adhere with the current guidelines, we ask that you have some patience with entering the Showground. Every person will need to check in using the Showground’s QR code – even if you are just popping in for 5 minutes. Showground QR entry registration needs to be completed each day, and to help with the quick management of this we will have daily colour coded passes.
You will be required to check in at the front gate each day (yes even if you camped the night before, you need to head back to the gate each day), complete the QR code, show the gate guardians Waz & Vik and receive your day pass. Keep this on you! Should you go out of the showground, you can flash your day pass to gain quick access. We may ask you to show your day pass to gain entry to seminars and the trivia event.
Remember we must adhere to QLD Government guidelines, and we need your help to make this happen.
Camping – Pre & Post event
We have been receiving lots of questions regarding pre-event camping. As we have mentioned, any camping outside of the four days of the Mega Camping; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night, is handled by the onsite caretaker. Again, we do ask that if you are arriving early you try to set up, if possible, in the Area you purchased. If this is not possible, we will ask that you move to your designated area once the Mega begins. We have areas that have sold out, so you will have to move if not in your spot. People have purchased specific areas for various reasons that we must honor. We appreciate your understanding.
Last weekend some areas of the Showground were closed for camping due to flooding. However, with the new dry weather we should be good for Easter with the forecast looking like more dry days ahead. The caretaker suggested that people throw in their long power leads just in case there are still some damp areas that need to be avoided.
Just as a heads up for the super early arrivers, there is an event at the Showground this weekend, a VW Show and Shine, with three days of camping included as part of their event.
In the meantime, take another look at our showground map and reorientate yourself.
Millicent Mega Catch-up
The committee of the GeoVenture2020 are excited to bring you some information about their Mega Event (GC82DAN) happening in Millicent from 1st – 4th October. Join them for a pre-event lunch at S27 16.299 E152 56.204 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Friday 2nd April to catch up with committee members and learn about all the fun things that the South Australian Crew will have in store for geocaching later in the year.
On Saturday and Sunday, you will be able to shop for all your geocaching related items as Brisbane’s own Caching Supplies will have set up their shop in the Main Hall. Be sure to stop past and support a local business.
Black Cat Creations
Kelly will be onsite over the weekend and ready to take any last minute CacheQLD merchandise orders and talk to you about creating some of your own signature items. If your after our official merchandise you can still order from our online webstore.
Speaking of merchandise, how can you collect yours? We are having two sessions per day for collection. The morning session is from 7:00 – 9:00am and the evening session is from 4:00 – 6:00pm from inside the Main Hall. This should give everyone plenty of time to collect their purchased items. We thank you once again for supporting our event. If for some reason you are not able to collect your items, and to avoid having to pay postage, we suggest that you try to organise someone to collect your items for you, in this case please email email@example.com to let us know who to release your items to.
Golden Pineapple Award!
We all have a story or two that we can laugh about, after the fact. The embarrassing moments when you felt like a goose. The moments where your shoes were sucked off by mud and you stood on a crab, or perhaps you went to complete a Wherigo and realised you left your phone at home! Maybe you fell off your kayak at an event in a most undignified way?! Whatever it is, we want to hear it! We will publish your story anonymously (to protect the innocent) and have them on display in the main hall for attendees to vote on their favourite story. The winner with the most votes before the closing ceremony on Monday will win the coveted Golden Pineapple trophy!
Remember – it does not have to be your golden story, you just had to be there! Please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight Thursday 1st April to be in the running.
Are you ready for 50 Adventure Labs! We sure are! We are releasing our Brisbane Tourist Adventure Lab in the next few days. Event Labs are time limited & this series will be only available for three weeks. Another 40 Adventure labs will be released at 9am on Friday 2nd April. There will be several gadget labs dotted around the Showgrounds and in the Main Hall and we ask that you treat them carefully so everyone can have a turn. Please remember that these 40 Adventure labs will be turned off at 9pm on Monday 5th April. The QR codes for the 40 onsite Adventure labs will be available in the Main Hall. Below is the QR code for the tourist lab for when it becomes live.
If you ordered a Country Women’s Association (CWA) breakfast option through the CacheQLD shop you have received an email, and refund from us this week. Unfortunately, they are no longer able to offer their services. But do not fear, you will not have to cache on an empty stomach! By a wonderful coincidence, brand new geocachers, and food truck owners, Luke & Madelaine are staying onsite all weekend and bringing their van along! It will be positioned near the main hall and offering meals throughout the day! Stop in, welcome them to the game, and order yourself a Bacon & Egg roll, or some smashed avo and bruschetta on sourdough! Yum!! They will also be set up for lunch, and an extensive dinner menu for the evening’s entertainment. More info below!
Each morning, local Dayboro girls, Sarah & Beth, from Thousand Hills will be onsite serving up hot, delicious coffee from 6.30 to 9.30am to get you prepared for the days adventure.
Also available for breakfast, dinner, and a small lunch range are Dogstop360! They may be new to geocaching, but they are not new to serving delicious gourmet meals! They are available Saturday & Sunday onsite for breakfast and dinner, and a limited lunch menu. Accepting both cash and card for payment.
BREAKFAST MENU Bacon and Egg Roll – $7 Bacon and Egg Roll with Hash Brown – $8 Bacon, Sausage and Egg Roll with Hash Brown – $10 Smashed Avocado on Sourdough with Bruschetta, shaved Parmesan and Balsamic Glaze – $10
DINNER MENU Bangers and Mash- Two Beef Sausages or Vegan Sausages, Mashed Potato, a handmade croquette, Peas and Carrot, rich beef gravy with a macadamia crumble garnish and a handmade garlic flatbread – $20 (vegetarian/vegan option) Rissoles and Mash – Two handmade Beef Rissoles, Mashed Potato, a handmade croquette, Peas and Carrot, rich beef gravy with a macadamia crumble garnish and a handmade garlic flatbread – $20 Cheese Kransky Dog – Footlong Deli cheese kransky with sauerkraut and caramelised onion – $13
SNACKS Fries – $6 Loaded Fries – Bacon, Cheese, Spring Onion and House Sauce – $12
Also available onsite in the evening, and situated right near the event bar is Mama Mac’s! Serving similar cuisine both nights, so you don’t miss out! Accepting both cash and card for payment.
Saturday Night (Trivia Night) Roast pork or chicken gravy rolls Loaded fries Hot chips Nachos Hot box items
DESSERT Brioche Roll with banana, strawberry, strawberry coulis and cream lightly dusted with icing sugar! Yum!!!
We are bringing you all your favourite type of seminars:
Cachetur.no Hosted by KittyKatch
Friday 4-5pm Cachetur.no is a trip planning tool for geocachers. As an ambassador for the app, Kath will share her knowledge of how to utilize all the apps best features. Cachetur.no lets you plan geocaching trips of all sizes, near or far, alone or together with others. You can quickly and easily see what caches you have planned and what caches you or any of the trip’s participants own or have found. The script even allows you to see your route directly on the geocaching.com and Project-GC maps and to quickly add new caches to your trip directly from those maps (and cache pages)!
Photography Hosted by The Coffee’s
Friday 5:00 – 6:00pm Ian from Coffee Table Images was first involved in photography in the late 70s and early 80s although left his passion behind to pursue other endeavors. In 2014, after the removal of a benign brain tumor his neurosurgeon suggested a creative hobby to help with recovery and it was then that he decided to pick up his camera again. Since that time he has had great successes in photography competitions, and is now a judge with the Australian Photographic Judges Association (APJA). In this seminar Ian will cover some photography basics leaving you to walk away with knowledge of many elements of photography.
Saturday 8:30 – 9:30am Meet and chat with a panel of reviewers! Here you can ask questions about rules and guidelines and get the latest information on what’s happening at HQ! Submit your questions to email@example.com early to increase your chances on getting answered!
Drones – hosted by The Coffee’s
Sunday 4:00 – 5:00pm Australians are flying drones in record numbers. If you’re flying as a hobby, you don’t need any special training or certification before taking a drone into the air. But that doesn’t mean you should take your new drone out of the box and start flying it immediately. Instead, learn how to use it safely and effectively to get the best images and video, without sacrificing the safety of yourself and others. Ian has completed a Remote Pilot License for Drone photography (RePL). With his background of workplace training and assessing Ian loves helping and teaching others and is looking forward to passing on knowledge of what he has learnt so far!
Puzzles – hosted by Ardom
Sunday 5:00 -6:00 pm Geocaching novices and pros alike are often daunted by puzzle and mystery caches. Ciphers, enigmatic photos, nonsensical text, or just a blank page — it often isn’t clear what the CO wants or expects you to do, and even less clear how any of it will lead you to a cache. In this seminar, Ardom will cover the basics of puzzle caching!
Ask any one of us on the Mega event committee and we will tell you that organising a big geocaching event is lots of fun, but we couldn’t do it without the help of our wonderful volunteers! From our QLD and interstate ambassadors, and guests that offer to help with set up, clean up, listing trackables, moving furniture, directing traffic, and even being on call for cache maintenance! We appreciate your support, and we thank you!
Don’t forget Cal’s Bar will be open both Saturday and Sunday night for refreshments. With a variety of beer, wine, soft drinks and water there’s surely something to quench your thirst as you ponder those trivia questions or get your groove on at the Tropi-Cal party night. A selection of snacks will also be available from the bar. Please be aware the bar operates on a cash system only and it might be handy to have a few cold coins to help with the till.
This is what you have really been reading for, the all-important itinerary and here it is, in all its glory! Enjoy and we will see you all very, very soon.
Well, its less than one month until the Mega and things are moving fast! Just a quick update and a few reminders.
If you are after a delicious breakfast that is prepared for you over the weekend of the Mega than look no further than the offerings of the Dayboro CWA. On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning they will be offering a choice of three pre-paid breakfast options. Breakfast will be served from 6:30am to 8:30am with two takeaway options and one sit down meal. To assist with catering and the organisation of volunteers it is available through pre-order only. All the options are available to view and purchase from the CacheQLD shop. There will be a small selection of baked goodies for sale as well. Orders will be closing around the 19th March.
The new items in the shop have proven to be quite popular with several orders coming through. In addition, our traditional merchandise such as our Geo-Coins and pathtags have now sold out. You still plenty of time to get some Dayboro merchandise though. The first order of our CacheQLD Polo shirts have been delivered and are looking pretty snazzy all printed up. We also have the pathtags in hand and orders have started to be put together.
Saturday Night is the night for Trivia, please remember to click the link to book a table, this will be a requirement as we must be mindful about numbers inside the venue. If the numbers of attendees exceed what we can have, we will need to go to Plan B. So, if you have logged a Will Attend but not registered a team or even a part team please do so now.
Sunday night is Tropi-Cal party night. This is the night to get your tropical shirts out and wear them with pride, perhaps a big pair of oversized sunnies and top it all off with a flower lai around your neck and you will be good to go. We will have the festive music playing, perhaps some ukuleles playing (maybe). There is still time to practice your hula dancing.
The Dayboro Grapevine, Police & Markets
We wanted to take this time to let you that we have put an article in the local community newspaper ‘ The Grapevine’, which is due out before the Mega. This gives the locals a heads up that we are coming to play in their community. We have also met with the local police and spoken to them about our event and the increased traffic and weird roadside stopping that will be occurring. During our correspondence with the community paper they informed that the local markets will be on Saturday, so that might be worth a wander down into town to enjoy the country hospitality and goodies on offer.
Dayboro Mega Horse
Hopefully, you have seen that our new Geo-Art has been published, you going to learn a fair bit about horses over the solving of this diverse collection of puzzles. While collecting the series we ask that you be mindful that cache placement is in a rural location and the locals will most definitely notice the increase in traffic. So please consider carpooling, going during daylight hours, if a local resident stops to check on you (and they will see if you need help) please just tell them what you are doing and that you will be on your way in a minute. Over the next week will create a page for the Geo-Art to keep you informed of any changes to puzzles (off sets etc), this will be a good place to check before you start the cache collection trip to ensure you do not miss a change.
We will be back around the middle of the month to share some more news!
Hold onto your hats people it’s a big one, hence the delay and this will be our only post this month. If you have questions before our next post in March, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The host of the SE Queensland’s podcast “Geocaching with Net88 and Friends” Net88 has jumped on board to host the CacheQLD Trivia night. Joining her will be frequent guest on the show, Captain Terror. This should be a great night for an evening of geocaching-themed trivia with our guest hosts! If you were geocaching back in 2015 you may have attended the first Queensland Mega-Event, held in Stanthorpe were both Net and CT were committee members! We reckon they may have a story or two to share.
The trivia night will be held at the showgrounds; however, it is a separate event to the MEGA. You can log your Will Attend for CacheQLD Trivia Event by clicking the link. Make sure you register your table by clicking here or on the event page! Tables can be booked for 1 person up to a group of 6. If less than 6 you will be asked during the registration process if you’re happy to be placed on a team with others. All registered players will be notified of their teams, and table number prior to the event!
Time to start studying your geo-trivia!
CacheQld is committed to supporting local businesses and charities were possible. We have been in discussion with the local branch of the QLD Country Women’s Association (CWA) and they are delighted to get on board with some hearty homecooked breakfasts. On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning they will be offering a choice of three pre-paid breakfast options. Breakfast will be served from 6:30am to 8:30am with two takeaway options and one sit down meal. To assist with catering and the organisation of volunteers, it is strongly advised that all patrons pre purchase their breakfast. All the options are available to view and purchase from the CacheQLD shop. There will be a small selection of baked goodies for sale as well.
Black Cat Creations have certainly been busy this month coming up with new merchandise opportunities for the Mega Event featuring our favourite mascot, Cal and the Dayboro Sun. We have added several items to the shop as you can see below from hats, bags, water bottles to a great looking tee. These items are all made to order so jump onto the CacheQLD shop if you see something you like. If you are interested in having something similar created with your own personal logo / image be sure to chat to Kelly of Black Cat Creations over the event weekend or jump on her Facebook or Instagram page.
One of the best things about living in Queensland is the friendly helpful members of the geocaching community. As we have managed to get out and about to some events, a pressing question we have been asked overwhelmingly is “What can I do to help?’ and ‘Where can I sign up to volunteer?”
If you have not attended a geocaching MEGA event before, there is a lot going on and most of it takes a bit of coordination and helping out is a great way to give back to our great game. At the moment, we are looking for a small number of helpers for on-site and local area tasks during the event.
We invite you to register your interest by adding your name to the official volunteer registration form by clicking the picture below.
Geocaching Downunder – Podcast
Committee Member, JACS Team, will be a Special Guest on this month’s Geocaching Downunder podcast which is live on Monday 8th February at 7:30pm. She will be answering questions regarding the Dayboro Mega event giving you another fantastic way you can catch up with the latest details and perhaps have the chance to get your question answered.
You can watch live via Facebook or YouTube so check out their socials to get listening.
Here is your first official look at how the event weekend is panning out. Please note we are still officially in draft mode and there may possible be changes made over the next 6 weeks. However, this will give you a general idea of the main events.
Just in case you missed the announcement our application to HQ for Mega status was received and granted!
This means that QLD will hold it’s second Mega event ever! Of course with Mega status comes a whole new ball game and as we predicted we have had a lot of questions coming through to the Mega Committee (how awesome is it to say that!)
Are you getting Signal or the banner for the Locationless Cache?
In 2020-21 HQ are celebrating 20 years of geocaching with the availability of a single Locationless Cache to find GC8FROG. In order to meet the logging requirements for this cache you must find Signal the Frog mascot or the official 20th anniversary Signal the Frog banner in person and take a photo of yourself or a personal item with either the banner or mascot. Both items are created and distributed only by Geocaching HQ and “are most reliably found at Mega and Giga Events.
We had confirmation overnight in regards to our application for the Mascot and Banner. Sadly we won’t be receiving the new Signal the Frog Mascot, instead we will be having the older one you may have seen around at other Australian Mega events. However, we are getting the official banner! So with all things going to plan you will be able to pick up this very special cache type over the four days of the event. It will be located inside our Main event room at the showgrounds from 8am Friday 2nd until 9pm Monday.
What about Special Adventure Labs?
Good news! We have already applied and been awarded 5 Adventure labs of 10 locations each. So, there will be the availability of up to 50 temporary labs over the Easter long weekend. Please be aware that Adventure labs associated with the Mega have a life span of 3 weeks. Not all will be available outside the four days of the Mega as we will have special items placed around the Showgrounds during our booking.
We have some amazing things already created for some of the labs – gadget cache trail! The Gadget caches will be available from 8am Friday 2nd to 9pm Monday 5th. Depending on how they wear after the Mega they may find themselves relocated as regular caches in the months after.
Will there be new Geo-Art?
Of course, there is going to be more Geo-Art! Dayboro is already host to three great arts: We Love Geo, Geosaurus and Pac-Man. However, there is just enough space for us to add our own country inspired art for all the geocachers who have completed the local ones and are looking for something new. Cache placement is already well underway, and those puzzles, well they are being deviously designed as well.
We are planning to release the Geo-Art on February 15th.
What about Challenges?
We have an awesome challenge series created for you! With the cache placement for these in a fantastic location, best get those walking boots dusted off, as these are located on a mostly pleasant, looped walking track – there are a couple of hills so take this into consideration when planning your day.
We are planning on releasing the Challenges on March 15th.
I’m thinking of coming, are there camping spots still left?
Yes! As we have the entire showground booked there are plenty of sites throughout the grounds. We have spaces in each of the designated areas. Make sure you check the Area map to see where you would like to base yourself, the online web shop has the availability level displayed so you can see if there is a spot available in your preferred location. If the sites you are looking for doesn’t appear on the main page, you will need to click into Categories and camping.
Please remember we have identified a few sites that are wheelchair/mobility impaired/disability friendly if you require access to one of these please contact the committee at email@example.com to organise for one of these sites to become available for booking.
Are the coins and pathtags going to be ready?
Our two coins are here! They look amazing! These two coins are proving very popular and we strongly suggest that you get in early on purchasing one or both of them. The pathtags are also on their way and should be here in the next couple of weeks.
Can I use Cal or the Sun on my personal pathtag?
Of course you can! We ask that you use one of our approved images. Send us an email and we can send you the file along with the approved PMS colours. Don’t forget that we also have a CacheQLD back that you can add to your tag if you wish.
What’s going to happen over the weekend?
We have an itinerary in progress, just confirming small details here and there and plan to formally release next month. However the following are confirmed:
Seminars Cachetur hosted by Kittykatch Beginner Puzzles hosted by Ardom Photography hosted by The Coffee’s and launch of the photograph competition. Drone hosted by The Coffee’s Meet the Reviewers with Brisbane based reviewer Jingeri
Saturday Trivia Night: Hosted by Queensland Podcaster, Nett88. This will be a good chance to get a table together with friends and show off your geocaching and other general trivia knowledge.
Sunday Party Night: This will be a themed party, celebrating all things Tropi-cal. We will have a bar open on the night and encourage everyone to dress to the theme. There will be music, dancing, decorations and just a whole bunch of fun to be had!
Sunday Easter Egg Hunt & Games You can’t have easter without a visit from the Easter Bunny leaving behind some eggs to be hunted down. There will also be some fun kids games to be had in the Arena.
Can I buy geocaching related goodies over the event weekend?
We are pleased to confirm that Queensland based Caching Supplies will be onsite during weekend and you can pick up any geocaching related goodies from them. Black Cat Creations who are printing our shirts, will also be around for last minute orders and can work with you to create custom merchandise.
If you have any more questions please send them through to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We do have a Facebook group and page as well that you can join to keep up with information.
We are taking a short postponement from the scheduled post due today. We will have an update and highlight for you on the 4th January. So check back in then – or hit the Follow button to have the news sent to your email address as soon as it’s published.
In case you missed it – We made the magical qualifying 300 will attends on the 30th December. The committee certainly gave their refresh buttons a work out as the numbers rose throughout the day. Particularly when there was a lull with only three to go! Never fear though the geocaching community rallied and our current numbers are at 315! So exciting!
Rest assured we have already submitted our application to HQ for Mega status and now we wait for a reply. Fingers crossed everyone!
The shop page has now been updated with all the information from our previous post. Please make sure you do your sizing measurements on shirts and include details for names and or tracking codes in the Additional Notes section when ordering.
All the Geocoins and Pathtags have been produced and are currently making their way to Australia. If you are interested in purchasing either coin we suggest you get in quick as we only have 19 left of each coin. The finished product looks amazing.
We wish you and your family a fantastic 2021 as we say goodbye to 2020. Safe travels if you managed to get away and even safer travels if you now have to hurry home.