October Highlights

This month we welcome OzGeoker to the blog as they share with us their insights and local knowledge to geocaching in Mackay.  We share some photos from two small events to promote the Mega, pay our thanks to the Townsville Geocaching Community for their hard work at the recent Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser.  Provide a sneak peak of the Mega Pathtag set that will be available to purchase at a later date.

Caching in Mackay by OzGeoker

Mackay is situated roughly halfway between Rockhampton and Townsville.  There are over 450 caches within 50km of the city, with this figure growing monthly.

A fun adventure which may help visitors to get their bearings is ‘Mackay’s “Reverse Cache” Wherigo’ (GC6Q54Q). 60% of visitors have dropped a favourite point to attest to this.

Mackay city doesn’t have a lot in the way of high D/T hides but those that are can be a real challenge. Three puzzles that should be attempted are ‘The Imitation Game’ (GC6KGQA) ‘Do you really have the time?’ (GC6T60J) and ‘X – marks the spot’ (GC5X1YT).

Heading out of the city is where the real adventures begin.  You can see Platypus at Broken River, near Eungella (1hr 20mins), and a drive to Cape Hillsborough to see the wallabies and kangaroos on the beach at dawn are well worth a stopover.

Some caches of note on the way to Eungella are ‘Ye Old Pinnacle Town’ (GC4KRZ4) (53FP’s), ‘Finch Hatton Gorge’ (GC59N4X) (Earthcache) and ‘FREDDO’S GLASS and A HALF’ (GC3MRFW).

On the way to Cape Hillsborough, there are two caches that are worth a mention. ‘The Leap’ (GC6GFD3) which involves a climb to the top of a rocky outcrop and ends with stunning views and the Earthcache ‘Mount Jukes and the Neilson Leucogabbro’ (GC59QZP) which takes you in to the belly of a volcano.

The Cape Hillsborough area has a couple of caches worth the effort for those that enjoy a walk. ‘Finlayson’s Littoral Challenge’ (GCWWXE) and ‘Can you see the Turtles???’ (GC15YG0).

For those that like to get the numbers up quickly there are four power trails south and west of the city. 

The first is on the old Bruce Highway (Marlborough-Sarina Rd) honouring all of Australia’s Victoria Cross winners (102 caches) (GC8W2ZW).  The remaining three are for the RAN (45) (GC91AQ6), RAAF (107) (GC9EA7D) and Australian Army (201) (GC9G2GY) (still under construction).

No matter what your preference, there is sure to be something for everyone around Mackay.

Bunnings Fundraiser & Planning Event

As mentioned in September’s update CacheQLD was able to secure a fundraising spot for a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle.  Our huge thanks to the Townsville Geocaching community helping to put on a great BBQ and raise funds to bring you an excellent Mega event. 

Information Events – Mackay & Darwin

During the school holidays the CacheQLD Team were able to host two small Information Events as part of their holiday travels.  Both events were attended by the local geocachers were plenty of information was shared, plans were discussed and made.  We look forward to welcoming our new Darwin and Mackay friends to Townsville in April!  Hopefully as we move forward to borders reopening, we can visit more locations and share information.

Burgo78 visited Mackay and met up with alphag_25, Rainforest Cookie, caitlyn1105, TMAC61, dandent, OzGeoker & BlackPearl26

JACS Team visited Darwin and met up with corunnaroad, Doodle Bug Oz, CAD 1, Monchichi1 and low1. 

Merchandise

The team have also been quietly working away on merchandise and today we received our order for the event pathtags!  Check out this little four set beauty! Can you get any cuter? 

If you were observant, you may have noticed the new official event shirts for Townsville as modelled in our two event photos – we’ve gone Orange!

Upcoming Info Event – Cairns

Friend of CacheQLD and local Townsville geocacher, greencordial, will be hosting an information event in Cairns on Saturday 24th October from 10:00 to 11:00am at the Esplanade. If you are in the area and want to learn about the Mega event in April or get more information on caching in the Townsville region drop your will attend on GC9GCPE.

Townsville Event News – August

Welcome to August! This month we are introducing a new CacheQLD friend, talking about Charters Towers and announcing some sponsorship for the event.

Introducing….?

Remember Cal, our official CacheQLD mascot?

This friendly little guy was designed for the committee by none other than puzzle guru Cully Long.  Despite us geocachers knowing him best for his book “How to Puzzle Cache”, Cully is also very talented scenic designer, graphic designer and illustrator! 

Joining Cal in Townsville this year is Minty the crocodile! Both Minty and Cal are going to be hanging out with us on all our promotional material and can be found on some of our event pathtags and geocoins!

Last month we ran a promo on our Facebook group and then used a random number generator to select the winner. Congratulations go to Tim Williams! We will be in touch with your code for a one year geocaching membership.

Keep an eye out for more chances to win in the coming months!

Caching in the Towers

Following the Overlander’s Way, approximately 130km south west of Townsville, you’ll soon be upon the historic town of Charters Towers.  Once a booming Goldfield, the Charters Towers region now has new hidden treasures with more than 130 caches to be found.

Sometimes known as the ‘Bat Park’ Lissner Park in the heart of town is home to two of our Wherigo’s GC8VD3J GC8YT4N and an Adventure Lab so a great place to start learning about times gone by.

Cache your way north of town along Weir Road GC8TDN6 to the beautiful Burdekin River. Upstream from the weir you will find ‘Cachedin NQ’s’ We’ir series GC8ZQJN

Be sure to bring your watercraft and enjoy our glorious weather and water course.  With a Wherigo, an Earthcache, 2 Letterboxes, 3 Multicaches, 4 Puzzles and 11 Traditional caches there is sure to be something for everyone. 

Towers Hill is another popular caching spot. Perfect for taking in the views, reading about the history and picking up a few smilies along the way. At some GZs you will be caching next to abandoned mines so stick to the track and exercise care GC8N5T6

The Acacia Vale road is home to a short trail with differing containers some with room for swag. This trail is perfect for the bike enthusiast GC7E5DJ.

Between Charters Towers and Townsville is a little township of Mingella worthy of a stop. From here you can head south on to Ravenswood picking up some cute and quirky ‘Orth’ caches along the way GC9AMV6.  Continue on to Burdekin falls dam or head east and loop back to Townsville via Clare/Ayr GC3PP3D.

Traveling North towards Greenvale GC7EV64 will get you to Harvey’s Range road which eventually loops you back to Townsville via a gorgeous scenic route via the Heritage Tea Rooms GC1RR6C and various interesting caches including Harvey’s Range Tunnels which are a must visit and an iconic photo op GC8BM2M.

With so much to see and do be sure you include a trip to the Charters Towers region in your itinerary when attending the CacheQLD Townsville Mega Easter 2022.

Sponsorships

Caching Supplies

Cache QLD are proud to be keeping it local to Queensland and announce that Caching Supplies have come on board for another CacheQLD event! They will be available onsite over the Event weekend.  We look forward to seeing them there, but in the meantime please check out their website.

What’s Next: Check back next month to see all the event updates and make sure you follow our Facebook page for any further competitions to be announced.

Save The Date

The CacheQLD team have had discussions since the close of the Dayboro Mega and we have come to an agreement that it’s high time we travel north and invite everyone to come and play in Townsville!!

So, we know where, now to the when … taking into considerations the weather and other large events already planned around the country, it’s time to check out how the Easter Bunny copes with the North Queensland weather.

Check out that average rainfall for April!

So get your diaries out and pencil in Friday 15th – Sunday 17th of April 2022 for the next Mega CacheQLD event! Log your will attends here for GC9BVWD

We know people will be keen for further details, and they will be coming in the following months. However, we can let you know that home base will be at the Townsville Showground, which is located only 2.5km to the city centre with ample powered camping spots, approximately 170 sites.

If you would like to read more about what Townsville has to offer click on the link to the excellent article written by burgo78 https://cacheqld.com/2020/08/01/cache-qld-highlight-08/