OnlineShop – Now OPEN!!!

We are super excited to announce that the CacheQLD online store is now open! You can purchase your site bookings, Event Pathtags, and Geocoins! We also have personalised event t-shirts, and car flags! Stock is limited so hurry over and secure yours! For personalisation be sure to fill in your details prior to checkout! Please note: Items will not be shipped. All merchandise can be picked up from the Main Hall anytime during the Easter Event (GC8M4ZQ)!

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Camping!

Good news, we have the entire showground booked for our event and the team have been hard at work developing a site map for the showground, as one didn’t exist before!!!

I am sure you will agree the map looks fantastic, with an abundance of sites and different areas for all types of campers.

At the moment this is just a peek at what’s on offer and to orientate yourself with the site. So get chatting with your geo-buddies, work out your preferred area if you want to camp together.

The CacheQLD shop will open for camp bookings and the sale of merchandise from 7:00pm AEST 15th December. We will announce the shop address here first, so keep an eye out.

Aerial view of the showgrounds in use (minus Area 1). The local football and soccer grounds are to the front.

Area 1: is inside the main ring of the showground, with the camping all around the very level ring and a central drive circle with one main access driveway. Plenty of gates to the access the outer part.

To the very far right you can see the vans outside the ring in Area 3. The centre can also be used for unpowered camping (tents and caravans.

Area 2: is slightly raised and has central driveway. This area offers good access to the Main Hall, one of the new toilet blocks and most importantly the camp kitchen and laundry.


Area 3: is close to the main entrance and has a line of trees at the back fence. This area would offer the best for sneaky early exit point to climb those mountains and paddle all those waterways.

Excuse the wet, this was taken the next day after the storm.



Area 4: is located further area from the main area and will be perfect for a quieter location away from the main activity hubs. This site also allows for unpowered campers to mingle with their powered friends. Also this is the closest point to the walkway that connects the showground to Dayboro township.

Along the tree line to the left is the pathway to the centre of town.

Area 5:We have change this area as at 14/12, check the map for area of unpowered camping for van and tents.

Not a great photo, but to the right of the fence is the tent only area. We could fit one or two vans here if needed. You can see the old toilet block in the background.

Bathroom blocks: There are three bathroom blocks. The top block offers for the males three toilets and three showers with a disabled toilet, while the women have their choice of 5 toilets, 3 showers with a disabled toilet as well.

(No the showers aren’t leaning – just my bad photo :D)

The lower block offers for the males a single toilet and three showers, the women get three toilets and three showers. There is also a separate disabled bathroom with a shower.

The older block located near Area 5 has three toilets and 1 shower for women and one shower and toilet for the men. Please note that this block is old and will only open depending on campground numbers.

Camp Kitchen: This is a small space and will fit only 2-3 people at a time. However it is well equipped with a bar fridge, microwave, kettles, toasters, and a sink.

Camp Laundry: a small laundry facility with a single washing machine and dryer and two sinks. Each load costs $4. There is ample clothes lines at the back of the bathrooms.

Dump Points: There are two located in the grounds one near the top bathrooms and one near the lower bathroom. The lower dump point has driveway access for ease of caravans etc.

Thanks for looking over our campsite, we look forward to seeing you in Dayboro over Easter 2021.

Cache QLD Highlight – 12

Well, aren’t we excited here in Queensland with the return of events to the playing field! Our sincere thanks to the reviewers for working with HQ and alongside the current health requirements by our state government to stay COVID safe. Keep an eye for those little red dots to start reappearing on your caching maps.

This month we are pleased to take a wander through all that the Gold Coast has to offer with Gurthewanderer acting as the tour guide. We also welcome BitternA4 to Kids Caching Corner to share his experience with geocaching. Later this month, on the 15th, we will give you an update on the event news, including the grand opening of the shop to book your campsites and purchase some merchandise.

Geocaching Yugambeh

Jingeri and welcome to The Gold Coast! The whole area has been known as Yugambeh by local people for a thousand years and Jingeri is a common greeting.

More recently it’s known as that 50km Glitter Strip stretching north from the twin Cities of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta to Paradise Point and The Sovereign Mile. A mere hour drive from the heart of Brisbane it offers so much more than incredible beaches and 300 days of sunshine. Here you will find superb suburban parks (with full public facilities), world heritage forests, meandering rivers, magnificent sand islands, coastal cityscapes and humble villages dotted through the hinterland. For the purposes of this article I’ve included parts of Northern NSW to Chinderah, Tomewin and Numinbah as they are easily accessible from The Gold Coast Region.

Major coastal centers include Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin and Coolangatta. Hinterland hubs include Robina, Nerang, Coomera and Mt Tamborine. 

The Nerang River meanders through the city as does Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks. The Coomera River offers excellent water sports in the north.

The city is bordered by World Heritage Lamington, Binna Burra and Springbrook National Parks in the south, Mt Nathan, Tamborine skirt the west and Willow Vale in the north. All offering excellent walks and views.

Lucky for people who count geocaching as a hobby there’s a well developed, and growing, list of geocache for people to find ranging from suburban geo-trails to more challenging walks and tree climbs (thanks monkey maker). The Gold Coast is home to the famous cache ‘Rocket’ GC6WXYP – yet to register a find since it’s placement on 11/11/2016 (also thanks monkey maker). It also hosts the oldest running geocache in Queensland GC131 Bravo Hotel (130 favorites).

There are 1134 active geocache within a 40km radius of Surfers Paradise with enough variety to satisfy even the keenest cache enthusiast.

While ‘The Goldie’ is best known for its beaches and city life in caching terms it’s the hinterland and it’s outstanding National Parks that command attention for variety of DT and natural beauty. Isn’t this what most caching enthusiasts are really about?

The Wreck of The Stinson

If you are into physical challenge, a sense of history and abundant natural beauty this series is an excellent balance of all. The Stinson was an Australian Airlines flight that crashed into the Lamington National Park on 19th February 1937. While the authorities were searching for the wreck along the NSW coast Bernard O’Reilly of The Lamingotn Guest House went searching in the thick forest for signs of the vanished plane. His correct assumption was that the aircraft had failed to clear the mountains along the NSW/Qld border. He hiked into the bush 9 days after the it went missing, camped overnight and found two survivors the next day. Bernard O’Reilly is a hero!

This trek will take a day of difficult walking if you hike up from Christmas Creek Road. You’ll be rewarded with 4 traditionals, 2 multis and an earthcache with rare DT combinations.

GC139YK Smurfin’ Pig in the middle – Traditional
GC139YH Smurfin’ Christmas Creek – Traditional
GC3M72F J.G. Westray – Multi
GC64MNA Larapinta Falls – Earthcache
GC4EE4W Stinson Crash Site – Multi
GC15YHA Stinson – Traditional
GC17MHH Point Lookout – Traditional
If you are really brave and have time to do an overnight you can visit Herbz famous yet rarely visited earthcache GC666G5 Running Creek Falls – 7 visits in 5 years.

Binna Burra, The Border Track and Herbz Challenge – Our Backyard

The Binna Burra arm of the Lamington National Park has a range of much more accessible and equally rewarding cache.  There are approximately 27 active cache within the park (depending on how you count them!). All are quite findable but require varying amount of time to find. You could easily spend a day to search for GC6TJGZ Herbz Garden (multi) – but why not bring some gear and spend the night at The Rat-A-Tat Hut? A mostly flat 24km round trip for which you’ll need sound navigation skills. But you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views and some pretty neat cache. Here are some nice ones dotted along the border track:
GC121B9 Worendo – traditional
GC7E314 Echo Point – multi
GC4XBXY – Wanugara Lookout – multi
GC1PAQF – Way-Gawn – traditional

Within the park itself you could find:
GC3X2PJ – Stern Up – multi
GC50PR8 – Split Rock – unknown
GC5F6XC – Surprise Lookout – unknown

To find all 27 you’d need at least 4 days!

View from GC1PAQF – Way-Gawn

Of course, there’s the famous cache DT 5/5 GC 3FGJF Herbz Challenge –Our Backyard! Just eighteen finders in 8.5 years and no wonder… To find this cache you need to collect clues from 10 other cache dotted around the Gold Coast Hinterland in simply amazing (and challenging) locations. It took the first finder a month to complete, which is still a record I believe (well done Fangsoki). But wait – there’s more. To locate the final co-ordinates, you need to solve a specially designed Sudoku! It’s one of only three 5/5 cache within the 40km radius. Another is the currently disabled Egg Rock GC28R3W (another Herbz creation! I’ve been assured it is still findable) and the third is by the irrepressible EJ on South Stradbroke Island GC7EHNE – Easy for Some. For this you need a watercraft

Water Craft

We have a small but impressive list of watercraft only accessible cache on The Goldie.  From the South there’s the Advancetown Amble series of three on Hinze Dam – GC8DKER.

There are 11 cache accessible on The Broadwater – five traditionals on the southern tip of South Stradbroke Island, three on Wave Break Island (including one placed in 2008 – GC18JEV) and three on Goat Island. 

You can craft over to Couran Cove for some caching adventure on South Stradbroke Island.  There’s a single cache titled Gilligan’s Island – GC6YJ8B – which is a fun find. Although I found the island a little creepy. It’s on the Coomera River, access by Brittany Drive Reserve.

You can ‘Float your Boat’ down the Coomera River from Jabiru Island Park and pick up 6 cache in the ‘Float Your Boat’ trail. Beginning with GC36G43 by the incorrigible Herbz!

Geotrails

In this category I’ve identified trails that have a minimum of six cache in the series. I’ve identified the first in the trail – and leave the rest up to you. All of them are interesting and fun for a variety of reasons.

I’ve already shown you the Float your boat series, here are 10 more:

Patience and Karma GC5HQD6 by D&Mocha.
Six traditionals. Each one of these cache contains a field puzzle which you must unlock to sign the log. The walk can be completed in about a 3 hour round trip.
P-Y-S-H-W-L GC5RWNM by PigWig2.
Six traditionals plus a bonus. This series is at the base of Tambourine Mountain. It is challenging! With many steep hills. Walk it from the mountain down or from Wongawallan up. Either way you’ll be treated to some lovely views and a beautiful creek crossing. Leave a full day.
Herbz Nature Trail GC50VZM. By Herbz
Twelve traditionals in Coomabah wetland. It’s an easy walk. You’ll see kangaroos, plenty of lizards and if you are lucky koalas. Return is about 3 hours.
Gold Coast Power Trail GC33KPX by Herbz
You will need a watercraft to do the whole series. 22 traditionals which will take you a day to complete all if you want to get a little wet!
Ashmore Amble GC2H6PC by Aussie Liahona.
An easy walk around suburban Ashmore. Takes about 2 hours to find the 6 cache.
Emerald Lakes GC2WEFN by Aussie Liahona.
Showing off an interesting bit of lakeside suburbia. Will take about 3 hours on foot. Better on cycle.
Beautiful Burleigh GC7NDQ9 by Auswanderers.
A great series of 10 cache on the foreshore at Burleigh heads. You can be sure Auswanderers provide challenging hides as well. Some you will find immediately some you will need to scratch your head for a while.
Paradise Series – Tranquility by Crew 153.
While not strictly a trail this series is worth a mention because it takes in many beautiful parts of the Gold Coast. Collect the clues from 6 cache to find the final.
Worongary Wandering GC88RX3 by Gurthewanderer.
Five traditionals and a multi which will take you on a circuit of San Fernando Drive and perhaps one of the best views of the Gold Coast. It’s about 2 hours return but there’s a very long and steep hill to traverse.
Puzzle Trail GC78X5J by Aussie Liahona.
A series of 8 cache at Tweed Heads West, each with a puzzle inside to solve before you can sign the log.

I do apologize to any CO’s if I have missed any. I’ve been as thorough as I can when I put this together.

The following is not meant to be a comprehensive list – just some favorites. Someone else might compile a completely different list! I’ve just picked some titles and chosen a few cache in this category that I think are worthy of a visit.

Tree Climbs
GC64MZ7 – Year of the Monkey by Monkey Maker
. No find since August 2017. I have seen it but it’s very high and treacherous!
GC6V529 – Harvest a cache near Brickworks by EJ. This took me 2 visits to find.
GC88RX3 – Worongary Wandering: Yp Ya Tree by Gurthewanderer. You’ll need to decipher the coordinates first.
GC60RA8 – A Tribute by Monkey Maker. Yea decipher the coordinates that’s hard enough. But when you do… we’ll you’ll have to see for yourself. A regular size up a tree shouldn’t be too difficult right? Ha ha haaaaa… 19 finds in 5 years!
GC8BANH – Cowboys Lasso by LizBeth1998. Yes, good luck with this one on your own. Better to come in a group.

Multis
GCKKYV – Cookout at Delta Bravo by sid knee. Fun walk around Coolangatta North Head.
GC4KR4K – The Cougals West by Herbz. This is a challenging walk but very rewarding.
GC34ERX – Stroll Down Memory Lane by Gurthewanderer
GCGA6C – Comet Spit by Team Astro. This one requires a drive once solved. I found it to be quite a fun one to solve.

Virtual
GC892AY – Surfers Paradise
by EJ. Of course you need to come here to see the heart of it all!
GC88ZVT – Feed the Lorries by Barbbowman.
GC891JZ – Turtles at Cook Island by 4Ando. This virtual has a T of 5.

Most Favorited
GCNJ6W – Pam & Dan & Us
by Angel Dust. Traditional 142 Favorites
GC131 – Bravo Hotel by sid knee. Traditional 130 Favorites
GC3VWCD – Wheel of Fortune by Aussi Liahona Traditional 117 favorites
GC1R2D6 – Natural Bridge by funkymunkyzone Earthcache 95 favorites

Unknown
GC4JPTQ – Dolphin Code
by agap2.
GC5M2QB – Welcome To Gold Coast by endeavor3
GC4YRNF – Clear as Mud! By Gurthewanderer
GC5P1CA – Mmm… Pi by monkey maker
GC65KX6 – Eight legged beasts from the forbidden planet by radnoski
GC5F36A – Dawn of the Alien Vampire Space Pirate Apocalypse by radnoski

Earth Cache
GC1R2CX – Burleigh
Boulders by funkymunkyzone
GC1R2D3 – Tweed Caldera by funkymunkyzone. This is at Best of All Lookout!
GC24JED – Nyah Nyah! Purlingbrook Falls by Humulus

Letterbox
GC8Q09H – Homestead Letterbox
by Aussie Liahona
GC757C1 – Message to EJ by Gurthewanderer
GC6AVG7 – Yazz by GazaCGC5AHPP – #27 by monkey maker, a nice little walk in a suburban forest

Highly Recommended
GC1EVPY – Dead Reckonings Treasure by Tenkae.
A three waypoint multi that will take you to the bottom of an abandoned mine. Awesome!!
GC1D10W – Geotalk XoE – Down The Back by Zactyl.
You need to listen to the podcast Geotalk XoE cache episodes 31, 32 & 33, get the coordinates from another cache then walk a long way down the back creek. If you love waterfalls it’s worth it.

Auswanderers Love Fest!
The Auswanderers really know how to construct a cache. Good luck with finding these!
GC7TXP5 – Trail or trial. Do you like a challenge?
GC7KZHP – GCCC goes Bananas
GC8BGDA – Cat chat, nah very well constructed
GC8BGD6 – Deadwood again well-constructed and concealed.
GC2DRFM – Lacking Liquidity – Cache flow #1
GC8J7BH – Lizards Gizzards

Nottinghamers Love Fest
Notinghamers takes pride in concealment. Here’s a few of his gems!
GC44F9B – Rest a while. Excellent concealment
GC48ZY7 – Show me the Mudgey.
GC2JPHP – Waterbirds Delight. Stumped many
GC6H14C – Explorers Secret.
GC5R0WW – River Tree Park
GC4724K – Standing Stones

Thanks for reading this article.  Hopefully I’ve spurred some of you to take a break on The Good Old Goldie, search for some of our cache and mostly enjoy our amazing outdoors.

Kindness
Shaun McGurgan
AKA: Gurthewanderer
I AM GUR

SEMIK made time to catch up and chat with a young cacher, BitternA4 who is 11 years old and caches with his Dad, brother and her.

S: How did you choose your geocaching name, BitternA4?
BA4: I have always loved steam trains and wanted the name “Mallard” [which is a famous steam engine] but since it was already taken I chose Bittern [another famous steam engine] and that was taken.  I decided “Bittern” probably sounded like a better name so I added the [engine] class “A4” to get “BitternA4”

S: How long have you been geocaching?

BA4: Over a year.  Dad says since May 2019

S: What is your favourite part of geocaching? 

BA4: The ones in the trees.  I like climbing trees!

S: What is your favourite type of cache?
BA4:  I have only ever found Traditionals.

S: Do you have a favourite cache?
BA4: The one in the plane! Dad says: You mean the one where the bird scared me half to death? BA4: yes! That one! [ACT GCHDKP]

S: Have you been to any events?
BA4: Yes! The camping ones at the same place.  S: Kilkivan? At the showgrounds? BA4: Yes those!  [We attended two events held in Kilkivan, QLD this year:  2019-2020 New Year Cacheup GC8E7YV and the un-official event held during school holidays in July]

S: Have you met other geocachers?
BA4: Yes. S: Who do you remember most? BA4: Your friends.  The ones that went all over Australia and go travelling a lot. S: Liz and Bruce? BA4: Yes, them!

S: Can you describe something that happened while geocaching that was funny/surprising or mind-blowing?
BA4: [looks at his Dad and smiles really big] It was night time and we were looking for a cache on a plane and Dad went to the front and this bird came flying out of a hole as fast as it could and it scared Dad half to death! 

S: Can you remember any place you went while geocaching?
BA4: The giant cache
S: Why do you remember it?
BA4: Because it was so big I could climb into it. So I did! [Rumble in the Jungle GC88BHY]


S: If you we’re trying to tell someone about geocaching, what would you tell them?
BA4: This is the hardest question.
S: Think of a friend you have not told about geocaching, picture them and what you would say.
BA4: It’s a nice way to get out and about and have some fun during the day.  You get to find odd spots and it’s really cool to see nature.  And people can be really creative and figure out how to use nature to hide stuff.

Cache QLD – Event News 11

Well, we are fast approaching the end of 2020 and what a year it has been! A year of devastation, particularly for lovers of events both big and small, we have seen them one by one cancelled or postponed as the country dealt with COVID-19. While Queensland still has restrictions in place for holding events due to State Government guidelines, we are being optimistic that these restrictions might continue to ease and we can once again enjoy catching up socially with registered events.

On Sunday the committee met and reaffirmed that we should press on with our planning, surely packing a stadium with 49,000 people will mean that we can soon have outdoor gatherings with 100 people!

While we promised the shop opening in October we had understandable concerns about whether we would be able to go ahead with our event as we watched a second wave hit the country. The uncertainty of it all is crushing, but here we are and we need to press on from limbo land. So that all being said …

We are pleased to announce the new Shop opening date of 15th December.

Cache QLD Highlight – 11

You may have noticed we missed October’s event news, so did we. Whoops! We were just a little sidetracked with some other event projects.

This month our highlight takes you to the Outback region of Queensland and we thank RoddyC for putting in a lot of work this month to share his thoughts and promote the Queensland Outback Geo Muster.

Caching the Queensland Outback with QOGM.

Outback Queensland is vast.  From Mount Isa, through Longreach to Barcaldine south to the Queensland border, it covers more than half the State’s landmass.

QOGM Country covers the five LGA Areas of Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo. Murweh (Charleville) and Paroo (Cunnamulla), with the major Highways passing through all these areas being the Mitchell and Landsborough highways.

The QOGM Area

So, what is QOGM?

QOGM is the acronym for the Queensland Outback Geocaching Muster.  QOGM commenced in 2018 in Barcaldine, followed by the Blackall-Tambo event in 2019.  Due to Covid-19 in 2020, QOGM was held over.

A QOGM group is formed for each location, and consists of local cachers from each area under the leadership of RoddyC, Youngoldfella and hatzofff.  Hatzofff with Ridgeedidge from Barcaldine were responsible for hatching the original concept of an outback geocaching event.

Geocachers have come from all over Australia – just about every state has been represented, and international geocachers, too!

MaccaMob
Baby & Mrs Gopher

The aim is to have geocaches placed throughout the event area which allow attendees to experience the Outback and its unique geography, flora and fauna, and its geology, too. 

Especially the Earth Caches!

But more importantly, it introduces geocachers to the outback locals. 

While the girls do the work!

Through an extended stay, geocachers contribute financially to outback recovery.   For example, in Barcaldine, we estimate from contributed expenditure records that our wonderful QOGM attendees spent close to $45,000 in the Barcaldine Region in 2018 and close to $50,000 in the Blackall-Tambo Region in 2019. 

QOGM Quotes:
Jane Searle
It is fantastic to hear such a great report of cachers helping the economy and doing the right thing. 👏👏👏👏👏 Well done

From the Mayor of the Blackall-Tambo Council, the following response was received:

Thank you Rod. I am glad you all had fun, the towns certainly enjoyed hosting an event that was way outside their normal understanding of “things” !!

I am sure your group will go from strength to strength.
Cheers and merry xmas to you and yours.
Andrew.

This money is spent with the local businesses in the towns – a fact which is greatly appreciated by the local Councils and Business Groups, as they mostly miss out on the government subsidies which normally go directly to farmers.

Night caching outback style!

What does attending the QOGM entail?

QOGM is four or more days of organized Events and Geocaching trails, challenges and socializing. 

Drinks and nibbles at the end of a busy day!

QOGM usually commences with a ‘pre-event’ gathering as an ice-breaker, followed next day by the main “Welcome to Country” Geocaching QOGM Event – accompanied by a Council sponsored Meal together.  In subsequent days and locations spread geographically through the event region, there is a Flash Mob Event, a CITO Event, a Welcome to QOGM next-year Event, and an official Closing Event and Dinner.  At the Flash Mob event, we bring out the Kazoos:  Waltzing Matilda under the Tree of Knowledge and Click go the Shears at Ram Park.  In Cunnamulla, it has to be Slim Dusty’s The Cunnamulla Fella, doesn’t it?

QOGM Quote:
Bobby Smith
The Phoenix ferals really enjoyed their first QOGM and have already been discussing plans for next year. One of the boys told me

” i like it and we actually learn and experience more doing this than we do in a week of school!”

Thanks so much to everyone who was involved in organising and running QOGM 2019 and to all the other Geocache peoples we met and were able to assist or them assist us. Thanks everyone, see you in 2020!.😁😎

Click go the shears, boys, click,click, click

In between the events are geocaching activities through the release of new geocaches, and of course, the mandatory Muster, which is a full-day event, car-pooling for FTFs, competitions and many fun geocaches of different types.

The Muster Day
In Barcaldine 2018, the Muster travelled from Aramac up to Lake Dunn, then down to Jericho for and evening event and dinner at the local Pub.  The highlight of that muster was the fabulous Art Trail of Mylinda Rogers. 

QOGM Quote:
Sheridan Davis
I loved doing this trail while at the event. The art is just fabulous a real highlight of the trip

Follow this link for a fabulous video expo: The Sculpture Trail

JT and the winning kick – Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail

In 2019, it was the ‘Turd’ Trail where the caches pages were fun-filled word plays, followed by chicken races and Dinner in Tambo.

QOGM Quote:
Bazzanne Gilmour
And on the turd stroke 💩💩💩💩💩 we won’t really give a cowpat.

QOGM 2021 is in Paroo Shire, based in Cunnamulla.  The three local cachers there are keen to get caches out and go from an area that had but three up into the hundreds for our geocaching enjoyment.  And give us all a time to remember. 

Nasty Nano! Where are you?

Keep up to date on the QOGM Facebook Pages

Future dates: QOGM is set for the next three years

QOGM 2021 Paroo (Cunnamulla) 21 to 25 September 2021
QOGM 2022 Longreach 20 to 24 September 2022
QOGM 2023 Murweh (Charleville) 19 to 23 September 2023

Charmaine Atkinson
Looking forward to attending all of these. A big thank you to Rod Collins, Pauline Collins and John Marshmann for putting this together every year. It’s always great to attend and as always, catch up with old and new faces ❤❤❤

Whats Next

Once again we send our thanks to RoddyC and the QOGM team for this months highlight. Next month we comes back towards the coast and have a look at Gold Coast

Cache QLD Highlight – 10

This month we are highlighting the Sunshine Coast.  While some of the team were away exploring our great state dahumbug was very busily preparing this month’s feature for you all.  We thank him for his time and effort in bring us this great report.  There is so much to do in the Sunshine Coast! It was not possible to fit it all in.  We may bring you another Sunshine Coast Highlight as we get closer to the main event.

Welcome to Geocaching in the Kabi Kabi area!

Or more commonly known as the Sunshine Coast.  Sunshine Coast is a peri-urban area and the third most populated area in the Australian state of Queensland. Located 100 km  north of the state capital Brisbane in South East Queensland on the Pacific Ocean coastline, its urban area spans approximately 60 km  of coastline and hinterland from Pelican Waters to Tewantin.  

The area was first settled by Europeans in the 19th century with development progressing slowly until tourism became an important industry. The area has several coastal hubs at Caloundra, Kawana Waters, Maroochydore, and Noosa Heads. Nambour and Maleny have developed as primary commercial centres for the hinterland. When referring to Maleny, you also must refer to other magical towns nearby. Montville and Mapleton are only a small stones throw away. Lets not forget about the beauty of the Glasshouse Mountains in the south, and the mystique of towns of Pomona, Cooroy and Eumundi in the north.

The Sunshine Coast, as a term recognised by most Australians, is the district defined in 1967 as “the area contained in the Shires of Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa, but excluding Bribie Island”. Its use is frequently colloquial, however. Since 2014, the Sunshine Coast district has been split into two local government areas (LGA OR COUNTIES AS PER PROJECT GEOCACHING), the Sunshine Coast Region and the Shire of Noosa, which administer the southern and northern parts of the Sunshine Coast respectively.

Major rivers of the Sunshine Coast include Noosa River, Maroochy River, Mooloolah River and the Stanley River. The region includes several lakes such as Lake Cootharaba and Lake Weyba. Ewen Maddock Dam, Wappa Dam and Baroon Pocket Dam have been built for water storage.

Several stretches of the Sunshine Coast are lined with unbroken beaches – from Sunshine Beach near Noosa to Coolum Beach, the coast from Point Arkwright to Mudjimba, the Maroochydore–Mooloolaba stretch and from Buddina past the Caloundra CBD to Pelican Waters .

The Sunshine Coast is home to more individual national parks than any other region in Queensland. The natural biodiversity of the area has been protected by five separate parks in both coastal and inland regions, including Mapleton Falls National Park, Kondalilla National Park,  and The Glass House Mountains National Park.

Sunshine Coast has a humid subtropical climate typical of South Queensland. Summers are generally hot, but moderated compared to areas on similar latitudes elsewhere. Winters retain warm days, but have cooler nights rendering it falling into the subtropical fold. There is no dry season and precipitation is generally quite high. Enough with the boring intro, let’s talk about what you’re here for … the caches!

There are currently 1255 active caches collectively in the Sunshine Coast and Noosa LGAs, making it the third most abundant area in all of Queensland after Brisbane and Moreton on the north side.

Where shall we start?  Lets start with somewhat what the Sunny Coast is famous for …the sunny coastal beaches.  In no order of preference, we start at the top.

Noosa
Noosa is famous for its beaches and upmarket shopping.  While the Main Beach is easily accessible, the hidden joys are hidden around the headland.  Why not treat yourself to a walk around Noosa National Park.  Here’s a couple of caches to get you there.  GCWBBA #1 Keyring Cache at Noosa – this is an easy walk along a popular track, a little care needs to be taken near the cache site but it’s not too treacherous.

GC737 Plantman #17 – one of the great Plantman caches hidden by Plantman while on a working holiday back in 2003.Original Logbook and Container you can find on this one. A struggle to believe once you find it.  Located at the southern end of Noosa National Park. While its one of the hardest spots to get to, you will be rewarded with access to one of Noosa’s remote beaches and also visit one of the caches listed on Queensland oldest 100 caches.

There are also several Earthcaches located on Noosa National Park where visitors will not be disappointed.:
GC72A85 Paradise
GCWCF0 No Granites At Granite Bay
GC6WCF0 Hells Gate

While you’re in the area don’t forget to visit Sunshine Coast’s “Most Visited Cache” GCRKN4 Laguna Lookout with over 860 Finds since 2005 you don’t want to be one to miss out looking out to stunning views over Noosa. We have the cacher powellbruce to thank for that offering.

Let’s move on down the coast a little to the awesome beachside town of Coolum.  While there is lots of beaches to enjoy here at the coastal village of Coolum, you would be missing out by not climbing Mount Coolum GC4G6XW Mount Coolum.  At a height of 208mtrs Mt Coolum has a remarkable botanical diversity with more than 700 different species of plants identified there. Vegetation types include eucalyptus forest, coastal wallum, paperbark wetland, rare coastal montane heath.

The walk to the summit is along an Australian Standards class 4 rated track with a 1.6K return journey which recommends that you allow 2 hours return. The pathway has recently been reconstructed and is well maintained with plenty of areas for a rest on the way up and down.   It is estimated that up to 140 people a day climb Mount Coolum!  With over 50 Favourite Points it must have something to offer.

Lets move on down the coastline, to the golden beaches of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.  Most recommended here is the two Adventure Labs – Green Team’s Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway a cruisy walk from Cotton Tree to Maroochydore.  After this you can try your hand at  Konie’s A Wander Around Mooloolaba, a journey that takes you from Alexandra Headlands to the Spit at Mooloolaba. (PS…I recommend Fish and Chips down the Spit).  Konie and Green Team have been caching for eons and are enjoying their golden years placing caches on easy terrain these days!

Before we finish talking about the beaches, we better not forget about Caloundra. One of the original sunny coast holiday hotspots. Once a very affordable holiday spot for young families but now home for an abundance of baby boomers. You could say all the travelling grey nomads could feel at home here…just joking. For caching lets look at the most favourited cache on the Sunny Coast. With a hundred odd Favourite Points the location is to die for GC3TK2J Kings View If it’s too tricky to find Wesso is always good for a PAF!

While in the area you can try your hand at Wesso Family’s Adventure Lab Discover Caloundra. Another easy one to find on the app.  Do not forget the Virtual Cache, we will list that one later.  Caloundra region is abundant with caches looking to boost their numbers.  Caloundra is also the doorway to the Northern tip of Bribie Island, which is also home to a pleasure of caches.

Moving away from the coastline down to the Glasshouse Mountains.  There is a plethora of caches available for the masses down there.  Whether you like easy to find park and grabs, or maybe challenge yourself with a daring mountain climb.  We will mention a few to get you in the right area.

Mount Ngungun
GC1E307- The Glass House Mountains – Mount Ngungun
At a height of 253mtrs Mount Ngungun is made of rhyolite and the vegetation is the most varied of the Glass House Mountains. 126 of 178 plant species found in the Glass House Mountains are found within the forests of Mount Ngungun.

The walk to the summit is classed as one of the most accessible in the Glass House Mountains. It is a class 4 track with a 2.2K return journey which requires you to allow 2 hours return. Note-A little bit of trivia with this one…This mountain was home to the first geocache ever hidden on the Sunshine Coast back in March 2001 GC2A5JF Glass House Lava Plugs (Queensland).  This cache is the epitome of the Glasshouse Mountains.  A real showcase.  While the last two caches are the easier mountain offerings, we should not fail to mention a couple of challenging caches GC264D Gorilla, on top of the world, or at least the head of a gorilla, hidden in November 2001.  The original cache hidden on the gorilla mountain Mount Tibrogargan GCQFKP Big Bold Beautiful Beerwah a replacement cache for the highest mountain of the Glasshouse Mountains. This will test your stamina and rock scrambling ability.  DO NOT ATTEMPT IF WET.

Let’s move on up the hill from the Glasshouse region to Maleny.  The original home of alternative culture on the Sunny Coast.  Do you know that the world-famous Woodford Folk Festival had its origins as the Maleny Folk Festival? Once a buzzing town of hippy culture and alternate thinking, now the home of trendy up market real estate.  Why is that?  Well the rolling hills soaked in glorious mountain air, and abundant in views to die for you should treat yourself and immerse yourself in a Maleny experience of your own.  Caches to highlight GC892WA Hinterland Highlight Virtual and GC4R718 Heard of Cows a pairing of caches to get you in the right area to enjoy Maleny Meanderings.

Moving on from here north to Montville… along the way there is a couple of breathtaking reflections to behold.  Don’t miss this one GC17G2J Gerrards Views one of the many lookout caches along the way.  Once you’re at Montville, you can enjoy the quaint little village feel  while doing WallabyWanderers Adventure Lab Montville Meandering.- GC17G2J Montville Coddiwomple.

Meandering mostly through municipals muchly starting with M, meets us with another mention called Mapleton.  The hometown of “The Bug”(dahumbug) who has made sure there is nearly one of every cache type here for punters to amuse themselves merrily with.  Meantime, there is a cache that should not go unnoticed GC4XHMZ Baxter Falls searchers for this cache will be rewarded with a stunning rainforest walk and a look at a waterfall few people know about.  You will follow a well-made and signposted walking track to Baxter Falls.

There is heaps more hinterland towns that could be mentioned with much detail. The kaleidoscope of caches at Kenilworth with nice offerings in town on the edge of the Conondale National Park to the south and a montage of mountain musings at Kenilworth Bluff, otherwise known as Humbug Mountain.

Eumundi with its efficient placement near the highway and situated nicely to promote travellers onwards to Noosa. Home of the famous Eumundi Markets which take place most Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The old timber town of Cooroy, home of the famous EVIL CACHES. Cachers come from all over the world to find them. Here’s a bit of an EVIL ONE.  Let’s not forget about Pomona, home of the world famous mountain race King of the Mountain where such humans subject themselves to race from town to the summit of the local Mount Cooroora. Don’t be afraid to come embrace your very own piece of Serenity of the Mountain.

There is so many more that I’ve forgotten to mention all the Adventure Labs. There is 10 ALs listed on the Sunshine Coast Map.  Pull up the app and look at the map for yourself.

There are 4 Virtual Caches placed on the Sunshine Coast, a couple already mentioned previously:
GC892WA Hinterland Highlight Virtual
GC891FT A Good Egg
GC891Q8 Emu Mountain
GC890CH  Centaur Memorial

Being the Sunshine Coast most people think of the water.   There are many, many water based caches spanning the whole Sunshine Coast, plenty of space for you to get your yak out and go for a paddle.

What’s Next:

Our big thanks again to dahumbug for highlighting the Sunshine Coast.  Next month we hope to bring you another guest writer and introduce you to a whole other part of Queensland.

September 2020 – Newsletter 09

Over the last few months we have had a few questions about how COVID will affect the Dayboro event, and the answer is that currently we just don’t know. Our goal continues to be hosting the event in Dayboro during Easter, 2021 and we are all busy working behind the scenes to make that possible.

We will continue to monitor National and State guidelines and advice, and keep you updated in our monthly Event News. We hope to make a final decision on proceeding by late Jan/ early Feb in order to give everyone enough time to plan.

If it becomes safest to postpone Dayboro, 2021 we have secured the Easter, 2022 date with other caching committees. This is great news for two reasons. First, if Dayboro is postponed we can host the event the following Easter. Second, (and the best case scenario) is that we proceed with Dayboro 2021, and then have Easter, 2022 for another big Queensland event. This is great news so watch this space!

New Caches

Our most recent published cache is entitled – Go Fish #1. A few months ago we did a highlight on trees and we mentioned this newish cache placement type of tree fishing.  There are few more being placed around the area shortly. If you haven’t tried tree fishing before, this will be a good chance for you to have a go, and there is a good chance we will have a tree fishing pole that you can borrow from the Showground for an hour at a time to have a crack at getting these few local ones.

Other recent published caches in the region include a trio of kayak (or blow up boat!) caches in the heart of Dayboro at Lees Crossing – the three caches have vary degrees of DT ratings 1/5, 2.5/5 and lastly a  4/5 (which seems to prove a tricky one to find).  This is a lovely area for a swim and perhaps cooling off after a big day of Easter caching.  You will need a watercraft of some sort, and be prepared to do some portage in between the three.

You can keep up with any CacheQLD publications by using this public bookmark.

“Arriving at the car park I was greeted by Mrs SP who was a bit flustered, seems she had forgotten one vital part of her boating equipment…. the paddle 🤣 HAHA! Whoops!!! Ah well, let’s just see how far we can get with my two small dodgy ones?  So with Mrs SP in the lead with one paddle I was being towed behind in my blow up with the other paddle. Surprisingly Mrs SP was quite talented with her stroke work and had us cruising down the river at a decent speed in a straight line. Hats off to her! Lots of laughs were had on the way to GZ, all that was missing was my grapes.  It was a lovely day to be on the water with good company in this gorgeous part of the universe.”

Dayboro Bakery

Firstly, this is not a sponsored advertisement, but if there is one thing that the local caching community can tell you about Dayboro it is that they have a fantastic bakery!  As you read through the logs, trying to find those little puzzle and GZ hints (you know you do it!) you will be sure to read that normally a day caching in Dayboro might start or end or be interrupted with a visit to the local bakery.

Their most recent accolade is winning a public vote on the best bakery in Moreton Bay 2020, beating out 50 other bakeries in the region.  One of our committee members is an avid pie eater and highly rates them as well – Check out their Facebook page to see what they have on offer.  So, why not plan to drop in while in town next Easter they open every day from 5am to 5pm and cover all your basic pies types, other baked goodies and have vegetarian options as well.

The Shop

We are still moving forward on the shop and getting it ready to be opened during October.  The showground has been mapped and we can confirm a great mixture of 10 and 15 amp power sites. 

You can expect to see a range of merchandise from the usual shirts, pathtags, geocoins, to car flags and other goodies.

The Puzzle

Remember to hold onto your solved code words and bring them all to the event to be the running for prizes!

What’s Next

As mentioned in the Toowoomba Highlight, we are turning our heads to the Sunshine Coast for October and checking out all the excellent things they have to offer to the caching community.  We will be holding out that restrictions will be easing at the end of the month and we may be able to host an event!

Cache QLD Highlights – 09

Welcome to September!

The CacheQLD Toowoomba event was up for the briefest of moments, however COVID decide to come out and play in our environment and restrictions were handed down by the government and swiftly reinforced by our Reviewers to keep us safe. Hopefully soon the restrictions will be lifted, and we can get back out there and do a follow up event. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this selection of what the Toowoomba Region has to offer.

Geo-Art

The main reason we wanted to talk about Toowoomba in September is because on the 8th it is Star Trek day! We are just a little bit fond of Geo-Art here at Cache QLD, so it’s no surprise that the top of our Toowoomba list is Brother Colin’s offering of the Starship Enterprise (SSE).

The Starship Enterprise geoart is an eclectic mix of 104 space-themed puzzles. Once solved they take you on journey around the picturesque rural outskirts of Toowoomba.

Brother Colin credits this uniquely varied series to the help of many different puzzle makers. The variety keeps solving interesting, and means you’re bound to learn a trick or two that you can add to your puzzle solving toolbox.

While collecting these caches expect to see a mix of Aussie native plants and animals, and wandering local livestock. This well maintained series, with good coords is a must-do whether you are caching alone or enjoying the day with friends or family. Close proximity to town means you have the option to duck into town for breaks, or pack a lunch and enjoy the views. Check out this bookmark list.

Happy solving, or should we say. Cache Long and Prosper 🖖

“When this series was just a twinkle in the CO’s eyes, I was lucky enough to be asked to help create a few of the puzzles that would be part of something big.  Unfortunately, I was very busy with work at the time, and was only able to help out with a few.  Since publication, I have enjoyed some of the distress felt by those trying to solve them! Eventually it was my turn to feel that pain, as I worked through puzzles ranging from mostly easy to ridiculously impossible.  To all the CO’s I take my hat to you as makers of something very special!”
Swellerfungus

Challenge Caches

Another wealth of awesome things Toowoomba is it mix of Challenge Caches. There are challenges for getting a number of types (8 & 11), collecting souvenirs (25 & 50), collecting different size caches (micro, small, regular, large & virtual), completing scavenger hunts for Bronze, Silver & Gold levels and a tough little Nickel challenge. Have you got an Australian only JASMER? If you do, there’s a challenge for that! Toowoomba offers another for completing your 365 day calendar of finds, and your DT grid! All these are topped off with something to reward you for being a ‘well-travelled cacher’.

Adventure Labs

Toowoomba is home to Queensland’s very first Adventure Lab ‘Laurel Bank Park’. The 5-point Adventure will take you on a stroll around the Laurel Bank Park which is one of the premier parks featuring manicured gardens, mature trees, children’s play equipment, barbecue and picnic areas, and two croquet lawns! It is a must-see destination during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The most recent Adventure Lab offering is a Walking Tour of Picnic Point which is one the premier tourist destinations in Toowoomba because of its stunning views over the Lockyer Valley.

Top Favourited

Undertaking a quick search of the top favourited caches in the region it is a very interesting results with two letter boxes taking out the top two spots No Junk Mail (73) and Hampton Information (61) to round out the top three we have the Alphabetic Animal Challenge Cache (51) which requires you to find an animal for every letter of the alphabet.

Tabletop Mountain

What would a discussion be about Toowoomba without mentioning Tabletop.  This is a real bucket list climb and something quite unique to experience from the unusual rocks to climb up, the scree, the gap of doom (or is that just me) and then finally making it to the very flat top, some might say it’s quite ‘table’ like!

This is a very popular climb for locals and visitors, so chances are you won’t be alone and if you need a break you will have plenty of chances to be polite and let other pass through – perhaps even a man and his cat.

With five caches waiting for your visit include one of Queensland 100 oldest caches “Nutters Knoll” and the previously mentioned highly favourited animal challenge cache it certainly is worth the trek and should only take a few hours depending on your fitness level.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

It’s time to spring into Spring! Picture-perfect flora, plenty of family-friendly fun and local foodie adventures are all on offer over the course of the entertainment-filled festival from September 18–27. Okay, you have us, so this technically isn’t caching related, but it is a very good reason to visit Toowoomba.  This year’s Carnival of Flowers offers over 170,000 blooms that have been planted across the city’s major parks and public spaces to create a spectacular canvas of colour for much needed celebrations in September.  All events, experiences and areas will be managed with COVID-19 safe plans in place.

“Toowoomba is primed and ready to showcase it’s natural beauty. Nothing can stop the power of the flower and we are inviting people from all over to come and play in the petals this Spring,” Mayor Antonio said.

For the latest information please visit: https://www.tcof.com.au/all-events/

What’s next

It’s Event Newsletter time, and then we turn our focus towards the Sunshine Coast in October’s Highlight!

August 2020 – Newsletter 08

Seven and a half months to go!  We were saddened to see our southern friends in Victoria have postponed their Whittlesea event due to COVID19.  With so many caching plans and events have been thrown up in the air this year – it’s almost like a reset for everyone in 2021. 

Looking forward this means that the Cache QLD Dayboro event is the next largest event to be held in Australia (at this stage).  We would dearly love to get it to the magical MEGA milestone mark and have something to really get excited about by bringing Signal to our Sunny backyard.  Thankfully Queensland is still open to Queenslanders and fingers crossed soon we will be able to welcome all of our interstate friends back into the country.

In the meantime we are continuing to focus on regions of Queensland in our monthly Highlight posts with Toowoomba next up on the cards to coincide with Star Trek Day on the 8th – hmmm! I wonder what the connection is there?

Promotional Events

As mentioned last month we had our banner out for its first official public appearance recently at Orange Crews Community Celebrations event.  How good does it look!

We are currently in the publishing queue for our own event to be held in Toowoomba on Saturday 12th September. 

Perhaps after reading about all the awesome things on offer in our next Highlight post due on the 1st September you might like to pop into the Toowoomba event share some stories or perhaps make a weekend of it and track down some of the great caches. Maybe you could identify any that were missed that really should be included in a visit to the region.

Caches

We are continuing to publish caches out in Dayboro region with more on the way!  We loved the personal connection to our most recent cache ‘Crackerjack’ by FTF’er pajamateam.

‘This is a very special first to find for me.  My Grandfather and Nanna was one of the first members here at this great little bowls club.  My parents were members and players for many years.  All four held positions of office at this club and you should be able to find their names on different boards etc within the clubhouse.  There is a white bench dedicated to my Grandfather here at the club located outside the bar.’ 

The Shop

We have come to a decision that the ‘shop’ will be opening for sales and campground booking from October 3rd.  This is will be the 6 month mark until the event and we think a fair date given travel restrictions currently in place.  Now is the time to start discussing with friends and family about accommodation whether to go powered or unpowered!

Opening Ceremony: Trivia Night

Hot off the Presses! We just approached Net88 to be our Trivia host for the event and she has agreed!  Net88 was part of the Trivia team from the Stanthorpe Mega, so we know that we are in good hands.  In the meantime you can always catch up with Net88 on her excellent podcast ‘Geocaching with Net88 & friends’. There may be some good trivia mentioned in addition to the great advice, stories and tips from her guests.

Seminar: Cachetur

Seeing as we are talking about some of the event program we are also pleased to announce that Kitty Katch from Canberra has agreed to host an information session on using Cachetur.  If you have ever wanted help to plan an epic geocaching adventure then Cachetur is the trip planning tool for geocachers and is it powered by the Geocaching API. 

What’s Next

Cache QLD Highlight – 08

Over the next few months we want to highlight some other great geocaching locations in our beautiful state.  This month we are featuring Townsville and we want to thank Burgo78 for his great write up of his own personal playground!

Geocaching in Townsville

With more than 320 days of sunshine each year, World Heritage-listed national parks and lush tropical gardens, Townsville is home to some spectacular natural landscapes, attractions and of course great geocaches.

With over 600 caches within 50km of Townsville’s CBD there is plenty to keep even the most seasoned cacher entertained. Visitors have plenty of variety to choose from: Remote Hikes, Park and Grabs, Challenges, Gadget caches, Powertrails, Tree Climbs, Adventure Labs, Island Hopping, Puzzles and even a Scuba Cache on a Shipwreck.

The full 81 combinations of the DT matrix are available for those looking to tick off their first or their next loop.

For the puzzle lover Townsville is home over 100. The Breaking Bad Geo Art series, themed on the TV show of the same name includes 17 puzzles, with accompanying field puzzles along 11km of National Park trails, overlooking the ocean and lagoons. The series has been very well received racking up the favourite points and includes ‘Scales’ (GC7AVR5) which at the time of writing has the honour of being the top cache in Queensland by favourite percentage at 93.75%. A further 2 caches in the series also sit in the top 20.

Besides Brisbane’s ‘A Dark Night’, Townsville has the only other geocache in Queensland that has been awarded Geocache of the Week by Geocaching HQ. ‘A Box of Red Herrings’ (GC6NQC2) is hidden with permission inside the Aitkenvale Library. It is not difficult to spot, but the logbook inside is as well protected as J.K. Rowling’s sorcerer’s stone.

Other noteworthy hides include Legoland (GC74CPA), the most favourited cache in the region which combines a Lego puzzle box with a magnificent view of the city and the island below. Key Element (GC4ME3F) is a recreation of one of West Virginia Tim’s Birdhouses. While Steps (GC6ZNVE) is an online puzzle which requires some lateral thinking to progress up the virtual steps before tackling the physical steps of Castle Hill to claim your prize.

The Ross River Power Trail (RRPT) has been replenished by Geocaching Townsville since the devastating floods of February 2019. The RRPT stretches 28km from the mouth of the Ross River all the way to the Ross Dam and boasts 74 hides along the river banks for walkers plus a further 31 which can only be accessed by boat or kayak while avoiding the ‘big green lizards’ (I’m joking – only harmless freshies are found here).

If you enjoy adventure, then Townsville will soon have you feeling like Indiana Jones.  There are caches on many local peaks and trails, around bays, up trees, underground and as mentioned before even underwater (GC6VGM0). Friendly locals may be able to assist with TOTT’s to prevent the excess baggage charges accumulating as 4WD, boat, kayak, climbing gear and ladders have all been employed around the region. There is even one that requires a boat and a ladder (GC7P58W).

Step back in time visiting abandoned mine shafts at GC8FV0Q and wander through disused train tunnels at GC8BM2M. Search a WW2 Catalina wreck on a deserted island to uncover its ‘black box’ (GC6WM4D). Visit the mangrove lined S.S. Adelaide wreck off the coast of Magnetic Island (GC7V99M). Or let the Wherigo guide you through history on the ‘Early Townsville Heritage Trail’ (GC7PAND).

Want to claim a 5/5 then Townsville has 3 to choose from. GC7JR20 ‘Caching Bingo Challenge’ rewards well rounded cachers who qualify with a golden ammo can and another golden view.  The multi ‘The Ross River Challenge’ (GC8TTGY) hits all the adventurous attributes, with a puzzle, a paddle, a UV field puzzle, a drone (yes that’s right a drone only accessible location to collect info) and finishes with a tree climb. Finally, the plain evil ‘8 Bit Caching Rebooted’ (GC6QHW8) requires players to complete a Geocaching themed Mario style platformer that has caused many to scream with frustration.

Whatever you choose you will not be disappointed. Just ask those that have visited in the last couple of years such as Crooked Pete, JACS Team, Slow Puncture, Karicka, bella at waggy and Pprime’. Failing that visit this bookmark for a list of (in my opinion) Townsville’s finest hides.

With Queensland open for Queenslanders and return flights from Brisbane on offer for under $200 what are you waiting for?

This month we welcome Jezza_theGeoKid to the Kids Caching Corner

Tell me how you started Geocaching?
We used to travel between Longreach and Townsville a lot and Mum thought it would be a fun way to spend ‘family time’ and we had found the solitary cache at that time in Longreach. Now it’s a love/hate relationship… Mum loves it and I hate that she loves it! It’s nearly all she talks about. And we have SO much geocaching stuff!!

What are some of the coolest spots caching has taken you to in Townsville?
One weekend we took the back road from Charters Towers to Townsville. Along the way we stopped to climb ‘The Rock’ GC1RR6C. It was a bit of a walk but not too hard going. You get to climb a cool rock chimney and I made it all the way to the top easily. Mum’s fear was a little overpowering that day but she’ll do it another time I’m sure with a rope, she did however get the cache. Before heading on to Townsville we also visited The old Greenvale line tunnels GC8BM2M. This was a VERY long walk but it was awesome to walk through the tunnel and it was that pitch black you could barely see the light at the end of it. We visited the second tunnel but there had been a landslide so not as impressive as the first. Oh, and while we were there, we found the cache too – Mums log may give you a giggle.

Have you ever had a FTF?
My very first FTF was on the road between Barcaldine and Aramac. Mum had to promote my account to premium just so that I could log it. We were lucky to have enough signal. It was also a bit of a tree climb. My other FTF’s were awarded to me at the Queensland Outback Geocaching muster in both Barcaldine and Blackall.

Have you been to many Events?
Our local events are usually in Townsville on the strand so I can either swim in the rock pools or scooter along the beach front. Every Easter Mum books us in to a Mega. We have been to Alice Springs, Lake Macquarie and Canberra (As a tradeoff we flew home Business class). We were supposed to go to Millicent, but we were in lockdown. There is lots to do at Mega events – even an Easter egg hunt and the lab caches are fun. I had my 15 seconds if fame at the Clearwater event performing a card trick in Cachers got Talent! The downside to Mega’s… camping… no power…no Xbox – good old family time.

Thanks for sharing with us this month Jezza, we look forward to seeing you at Dayboro!

Photograph Highlight

We couldn’t let the month go by without a photograph highlight.  Recently alphag_25 completed Tunnel Vision 2 in Townsville, these images were posted on the Geocaching Townsville Facebook Page and they have given us permission to share them with you all.  Loving the suits!

Contest

Complete the puzzle and find the code word.  Remember to retain it for the big event!

Puzzle counting squares and numbers across:
Square 3 position 4
Square 5 position 8
Square 6 position 8
Square 8 position 9
Square 5 position 3

What’s Next

On the 15th we will post another Dayboro update. So stay tuned we will be advising the dates of our shop opening ready for campground bookings.