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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Area 5:We have change this area as at 14/12, check the map for area of unpowered camping for van and tents.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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 – BurleighBoulders 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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
Remember to hold onto your solved code words and bring them all to the event to be the running for prizes!
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!
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.
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
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
It’s a short and sweet update this as month we’ve been a little quiet as we hibernate through winter. Rest assured though that things are still progressing on Queensland next major event, mostly just the boring quiet behind the scene stuff.
We are still a little way off holding a promotional event of our own, but if you are attending the Community Celebration event, ‘Geocaching Turns 20 – GC8K1KZ’, being hosted by Orange Crew on the 15th August, you’ll catch a glimpse of our very fancy banner that has been dying to make a public appearance. There will also be quite of a few of the committee members floating around if you want to hunt them down and ask some questions.
We are regularly publishing new caches in the Dayboro and region and surrounds. There are a few more out already just waiting for us to submit for publication, so please keep an eye for them. It’s good to see that there is already a lot of local love for the caches and we enjoy reading the logs hearing about how you spent your time in Dayboro.
We have completed our mock ups of our event pathtags and are just finalising the PMS colours and then will be sending of the design to be made into blueprints and then into production.
Now that COVID19 restrictions have been lowered in Queensland we are able to finally get back the showground and finish completing the work on mapping out the campground.
Due to the current level of uncertainty in our Southern States with the pandemic we are a being a little cautious with opening our shop for campsite bookings. We still think there is plenty of time to wait and see how everything is going as we are 8.5 months away from the Big Day. We will leave bookings closed until at least September.
Currently the shop is still in construction mode anyway, but we are hoping to add items over the next month and we will make an announcement when it is ready to go.
August brings about International Geocaching Day, although not really international, but we might use this month to look further afield in Queensland and start to show off a few other great caching locations in this wonderful state.