One Week to Go!

Horses Update

We are loving reading all the Found It logs on the New Dayboro horse geoart! This week however we had to do an update. Please note that due to some safety concerns from nearby land-owners, as they rent their property out for hunting, we have moved Horse 57 & 58.  The puzzles have been updated and an offset is available on the page if you have solved it prior to 22nd March. Please ensure you have the new coordinates before heading out.

COVID19 – Check-in

As you will be aware the global pandemic has placed certain restriction and limitations on events.  We have been very lucky to get this mega up and running.  To make sure we adhere with the current guidelines, we ask that you have some patience with entering the Showground.  Every person will need to check in using the Showground’s QR code – even if you are just popping in for 5 minutes.  Showground QR entry registration needs to be completed each day, and to help with the quick management of this we will have daily colour coded passes. 

You will be required to check in at the front gate each day (yes even if you camped the night before, you need to head back to the gate each day), complete the QR code, show the gate guardians Waz & Vik and receive your day pass.  Keep this on you! Should you go out of the showground, you can flash your day pass to gain quick access.  We may ask you to show your day pass to gain entry to seminars and the trivia event.

Remember we must adhere to QLD Government guidelines, and we need your help to make this happen.

Camping – Pre & Post event

We have been receiving lots of questions regarding pre-event camping.  As we have mentioned, any camping outside of the four days of the Mega Camping; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night, is handled by the onsite caretaker.  Again, we do ask that if you are arriving early you try to set up, if possible, in the Area you purchased.  If this is not possible, we will ask that you move to your designated area once the Mega begins.  We have areas that have sold out, so you will have to move if not in your spot. People have purchased specific areas for various reasons that we must honor. We appreciate your understanding.

Last weekend some areas of the Showground were closed for camping due to flooding.  However, with the new dry weather we should be good for Easter with the forecast looking like more dry days ahead.  The caretaker suggested that people throw in their long power leads just in case there are still some damp areas that need to be avoided. 

Just as a heads up for the super early arrivers, there is an event at the Showground this weekend, a VW Show and Shine, with three days of camping included as part of their event. 

In the meantime, take another look at our showground map and reorientate yourself.

Millicent Mega Catch-up

The committee of the GeoVenture2020 are excited to bring you some information about their Mega Event (GC82DAN) happening in Millicent from 1st – 4th October. Join them for a pre-event lunch at S27 16.299 E152 56.204 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Friday 2nd April to catch up with committee members and learn about all the fun things that the South Australian Crew will have in store for geocaching later in the year.

Caching Supplies

On Saturday and Sunday, you will be able to shop for all your geocaching related items as Brisbane’s own Caching Supplies will have set up their shop in the Main Hall.  Be sure to stop past and support a local business.

Black Cat Creations

Kelly will be onsite over the weekend and ready to take any last minute CacheQLD merchandise orders and talk to you about creating some of your own signature items. If your after our official merchandise you can still order from our online webstore.

Merchandise!

Speaking of merchandise, how can you collect yours?
We are having two sessions per day for collection.  The morning session is from 7:00 – 9:00am and the evening session is from 4:00 – 6:00pm from inside the Main Hall.  This should give everyone plenty of time to collect their purchased items. We thank you once again for supporting our event.  If for some reason you are not able to collect your items, and to avoid having to pay postage, we suggest that you try to organise someone to collect your items for you, in this case please email admin@cacheqld.com to let us know who to release your items to.

Golden Pineapple Award!

We all have a story or two that we can laugh about, after the fact. The embarrassing moments when you felt like a goose. The moments where your shoes were sucked off by mud and you stood on a crab, or perhaps you went to complete a Wherigo and realised you left your phone at home! Maybe you fell off your kayak at an event in a most undignified way?! Whatever it is, we want to hear it! We will publish your story anonymously (to protect the innocent) and have them on display in the main hall for attendees to vote on their favourite story. The winner with the most votes before the closing ceremony on Monday will win the coveted Golden Pineapple trophy!

Remember – it does not have to be your golden story, you just had to be there! Please email your stories to admin@cacheqld.com before midnight Thursday 1st April to be in the running.

Adventure Labs

Are you ready for 50 Adventure Labs!  We sure are!  We are releasing our Brisbane Tourist Adventure Lab in the next few days. Event Labs are time limited & this series will be only available for three weeks. Another 40 Adventure labs will be released at 9am on Friday 2nd April.  There will be several gadget labs dotted around the Showgrounds and in the Main Hall and we ask that you treat them carefully so everyone can have a turn.  Please remember that these 40 Adventure labs will be turned off at 9pm on Monday 5th April.  The QR codes for the 40 onsite Adventure labs will be available in the Main Hall. Below is the QR code for the tourist lab for when it becomes live.

Breakfast Update

If you ordered a Country Women’s Association (CWA) breakfast option through the CacheQLD shop you have received an email, and refund from us this week. Unfortunately, they are no longer able to offer their services. But do not fear, you will not have to cache on an empty stomach! By a wonderful coincidence, brand new geocachers, and food truck owners, Luke & Madelaine are staying onsite all weekend and bringing their van along! It will be positioned near the main hall and offering meals throughout the day! Stop in, welcome them to the game, and order yourself a Bacon & Egg roll, or some smashed avo and bruschetta on sourdough! Yum!! They will also be set up for lunch, and an extensive dinner menu for the evening’s entertainment. More info below!

Food Trucks

Each morning, local Dayboro girls, Sarah & Beth, from Thousand Hills will be onsite serving up hot, delicious coffee from 6.30 to 9.30am to get you prepared for the days adventure.

Also available for breakfast, dinner, and a small lunch range are Dogstop360! They may be new to geocaching, but they are not new to serving delicious gourmet meals! They are available Saturday & Sunday onsite for breakfast and dinner, and a limited lunch menu. Accepting both cash and card for payment.

BREAKFAST MENU
Bacon and Egg Roll – $7
Bacon and Egg Roll with Hash Brown – $8
Bacon, Sausage and Egg Roll with Hash Brown – $10
Smashed Avocado on Sourdough with Bruschetta, shaved Parmesan and Balsamic Glaze – $10

DINNER MENU
Bangers and Mash- Two Beef Sausages or Vegan Sausages, Mashed Potato, a handmade croquette, Peas and Carrot, rich beef gravy with a macadamia crumble garnish and a handmade garlic flatbread – $20 (vegetarian/vegan option)
Rissoles and Mash – Two handmade Beef Rissoles, Mashed Potato, a handmade croquette, Peas and Carrot, rich beef gravy with a macadamia crumble garnish and a handmade garlic flatbread – $20
Cheese Kransky Dog – Footlong Deli cheese kransky with sauerkraut and caramelised onion – $13

SNACKS
Fries – $6
Loaded Fries – Bacon, Cheese, Spring Onion and House Sauce – $12

Also available onsite in the evening, and situated right near the event bar is Mama Mac’s! Serving similar cuisine both nights, so you don’t miss out! Accepting both cash and card for payment.

Saturday Night (Trivia Night)
Roast pork or chicken gravy rolls
Loaded fries
Hot chips
Nachos
Hot box items

Sunday Night (Tropi-Cal Party Night)
Chicken schnitzel
Chips & gravy
Chicken curry & rice
Fried rice
Carbonara fettuccine
Beef & Gravy rolls

Plus…!

DESSERT
Brioche Roll with banana, strawberry, strawberry coulis and cream lightly dusted with icing sugar! Yum!!!

Seminars

 We are bringing you all your favourite type of seminars:

Cachetur.no Hosted by KittyKatch

Friday 4-5pm
Cachetur.no is a trip planning tool for geocachers. As an ambassador for the app, Kath will share her knowledge of how to utilize all the apps best features. Cachetur.no lets you plan geocaching trips of all sizes, near or far, alone or together with others. You can quickly and easily see what caches you have planned and what caches you or any of the trip’s participants own or have found. The script even allows you to see your route directly on the geocaching.com and Project-GC maps and to quickly add new caches to your trip directly from those maps (and cache pages)!

Photography Hosted by The Coffee’s

Friday 5:00 – 6:00pm
Ian from Coffee Table Images was first involved in photography in the late 70s and early 80s although left his passion behind to pursue other endeavors. In 2014, after the removal of a benign brain tumor his neurosurgeon suggested a creative hobby to help with recovery and it was then that he decided to pick up his camera again. Since that time he has had great successes in photography competitions, and is now a judge with the Australian Photographic Judges Association (APJA). In this seminar Ian will cover some photography basics leaving you to walk away with knowledge of many elements of photography.

You can see some of Ian’s work on Facebook under ‘coffeetableimages’.

Reviewer Panel

Saturday 8:30 – 9:30am
Meet and chat with a panel of reviewers! Here you can ask questions about rules and guidelines and get the latest information on what’s happening at HQ!
Submit your questions to admin@cacheqld.com early to increase your chances on getting answered!

Drones – hosted by The Coffee’s

Sunday 4:00 – 5:00pm
Australians are flying drones in record numbers. If you’re flying as a hobby, you don’t need any special training or certification before taking a drone into the air. But that doesn’t mean you should take your new drone out of the box and start flying it immediately. Instead, learn how to use it safely and effectively to get the best images and video, without sacrificing the safety of yourself and others. Ian has completed a Remote Pilot License for Drone photography (RePL). With his background of workplace training and assessing Ian loves helping and teaching others and is looking forward to passing on knowledge of what he has learnt so far!

Puzzles – hosted by Ardom

Sunday 5:00 -6:00 pm
Geocaching novices and pros alike are often daunted by puzzle and mystery caches. Ciphers, enigmatic photos, nonsensical text, or just a blank page — it often isn’t clear what the CO wants or expects you to do, and even less clear how any of it will lead you to a cache. In this seminar, Ardom will cover the basics of puzzle caching!

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Volunteers

Ask any one of us on the Mega event committee and we will tell you that organising a big geocaching event is lots of fun, but we couldn’t do it without the help of our wonderful volunteers! From our QLD and interstate ambassadors, and guests that offer to help with set up, clean up, listing trackables, moving furniture, directing traffic, and even being on call for cache maintenance! We appreciate your support, and we thank you!

Cal’s Bar

Don’t forget Cal’s Bar will be open both Saturday and Sunday night for refreshments. With a variety of beer, wine, soft drinks and water there’s surely something to quench your thirst as you ponder those trivia questions or get your groove on at the Tropi-Cal party night. A selection of snacks will also be available from the bar. Please be aware the bar operates on a cash system only and it might be handy to have a few cold coins to help with the till.

Itinerary

This is what you have really been reading for, the all-important itinerary and here it is, in all its glory!  Enjoy and we will see you all very, very soon.

March Update

Well, its less than one month until the Mega and things are moving fast! Just a quick update and a few reminders.

CWA Breakfast

If you are after a delicious breakfast that is prepared for you over the weekend of the Mega than look no further than the offerings of the Dayboro CWA.  On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning they will be offering a choice of three pre-paid breakfast options. Breakfast will be served from 6:30am to 8:30am with two takeaway options and one sit down meal. To assist with catering and the organisation of volunteers it is available through pre-order only.  All the options are available to view and purchase from the CacheQLD shop.  There will be a small selection of baked goodies for sale as well.   Orders will be closing around the 19th March.

Merchandise

The new items in the shop have proven to be quite popular with several orders coming through.  In addition, our traditional merchandise such as our Geo-Coins and pathtags have now sold out.  You still plenty of time to get some Dayboro merchandise though.  The first order of our CacheQLD Polo shirts have been delivered and are looking pretty snazzy all printed up.  We also have the pathtags in hand and orders have started to be put together.

Trivia Night

Saturday Night is the night for Trivia, please remember to click the link to book a table, this will be a requirement as we must be mindful about numbers inside the venue. If the numbers of attendees exceed what we can have, we will need to go to Plan B.  So, if you have logged a Will Attend but not registered a team or even a part team please do so now.

Tropi-Cal Night

Sunday night is Tropi-Cal party night.  This is the night to get your tropical shirts out and wear them with pride, perhaps a big pair of oversized sunnies and top it all off with a flower lai around your neck and you will be good to go.  We will have the festive music playing, perhaps some ukuleles playing (maybe).  There is still time to practice your hula dancing.

The Dayboro Grapevine, Police & Markets

We wanted to take this time to let you that we have put an article in the local community newspaper ‘ The Grapevine’, which is due out before the Mega.  This gives the locals a heads up that we are coming to play in their community.  We have also met with the local police and spoken to them about our event and the increased traffic and weird roadside stopping that will be occurring.  During our correspondence with the community paper they informed that the local markets will be on Saturday, so that might be worth a wander down into town to enjoy the country hospitality and goodies on offer.

Dayboro Mega Horse

Hopefully, you have seen that our new Geo-Art has been published, you going to learn a fair bit about horses over the solving of this diverse collection of puzzles.  While collecting the series we ask that you be mindful that cache placement is in a rural location and the locals will most definitely notice the increase in traffic.  So please consider carpooling, going during daylight hours, if a local resident stops to check on you (and they will see if you need help) please just tell them what you are doing and that you will be on your way in a minute.  Over the next week will create a page for the Geo-Art to keep you informed of any changes to puzzles (off sets etc), this will be a good place to check before you start the cache collection trip to ensure you do not miss a change.

We will be back around the middle of the month to share some more news!

CacheQLD – February Event Update

Hold onto your hats people it’s a big one, hence the delay and this will be our only post this month. If you have questions before our next post in March, please send us an email at admin@cacheqld.com.

Trivia Night

The host of the SE Queensland’s podcast “Geocaching with Net88 and Friends” Net88 has jumped on board to host the CacheQLD Trivia night. Joining her will be frequent guest on the show, Captain Terror. This should be a great night for an evening of geocaching-themed trivia with our guest hosts! If you were geocaching back in 2015 you may have attended the first Queensland Mega-Event, held in Stanthorpe were both Net and CT were committee members! We reckon they may have a story or two to share.

The trivia night will be held at the showgrounds; however, it is a separate event to the MEGA. You can log your Will Attend for CacheQLD Trivia Event by clicking the link. Make sure you register your table by clicking here or on the event page! Tables can be booked for 1 person up to a group of 6. If less than 6 you will be asked during the registration process if you’re happy to be placed on a team with others. All registered players will be notified of their teams, and table number prior to the event!

Time to start studying your geo-trivia!

CWA Breakfast

CacheQld is committed to supporting local businesses and charities were possible.  We have been in discussion with the local branch of the QLD Country Women’s Association (CWA) and they are delighted to get on board with some hearty homecooked breakfasts.  On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning they will be offering a choice of three pre-paid breakfast options. Breakfast will be served from 6:30am to 8:30am with two takeaway options and one sit down meal. To assist with catering and the organisation of volunteers, it is strongly advised that all patrons pre purchase their breakfast.  All the options are available to view and purchase from the CacheQLD shop.  There will be a small selection of baked goodies for sale as well.

New Merchandise

Black Cat Creations have certainly been busy this month coming up with new merchandise opportunities for the Mega Event featuring our favourite mascot, Cal and the Dayboro Sun.  We have added several items to the shop as you can see below from hats, bags, water bottles to a great looking tee.  These items are all made to order so jump onto the CacheQLD shop if you see something you like.  If you are interested in having something similar created with your own personal logo / image be sure to chat to Kelly of Black Cat Creations over the event weekend or jump on her Facebook or Instagram page.

Volunteers

One of the best things about living in Queensland is the friendly helpful members of the geocaching community.  As we have managed to get out and about to some events, a pressing question we have been asked overwhelmingly is “What can I do to help?’ and ‘Where can I sign up to volunteer?” 

If you have not attended a geocaching MEGA event before, there is a lot going on and most of it takes a bit of coordination and helping out is a great way to give back to our great game.   At the moment, we are looking for a small number of helpers for on-site and local area tasks during the event.

We invite you to register your interest by adding your name to the official volunteer registration form by clicking the picture below.

Geocaching Downunder – Podcast

Committee Member, JACS Team, will be a Special Guest on this month’s Geocaching Downunder podcast which is live on Monday 8th February at 7:30pm.  She will be answering questions regarding the Dayboro Mega event giving you another fantastic way you can catch up with the latest details and perhaps have the chance to get your question answered. 

You can watch live via Facebook or YouTube so check out their socials to get listening.

What’s On

Here is your first official look at how the event weekend is panning out.  Please note we are still officially in draft mode and there may possible be changes made over the next 6 weeks.  However, this will give you a general idea of the main events.

CacheQLD – Event News Jan 21

Just in case you missed the announcement our application to HQ for Mega status was received and granted!

This means that QLD will hold it’s second Mega event ever!  Of course with Mega status comes a whole new ball game and as we predicted we have had a lot of questions coming through to the Mega Committee (how awesome is it to say that!)


Are you getting Signal or the banner for the Locationless Cache?

In 2020-21 HQ are celebrating 20 years of geocaching with the availability of a single Locationless Cache to find GC8FROG.  In order to meet the logging requirements for this cache you must find Signal the Frog mascot or the official 20th anniversary Signal the Frog banner in person and take a photo of yourself or a personal item with either the banner or mascot.  Both items are created and distributed only by Geocaching HQ and “are most reliably found at Mega and Giga Events.

We had confirmation overnight in regards to our application for the Mascot and Banner.  Sadly we won’t be receiving the new Signal the Frog Mascot, instead we will be having the older one you may have seen around at other Australian Mega events.  However, we are getting the official banner!  So with all things going to plan you will be able to pick up this very special cache type over the four days of the event. It will be located inside our Main event room at the showgrounds from 8am Friday 2nd until 9pm Monday.

What about Special Adventure Labs?

Good news!  We have already applied and been awarded 5 Adventure labs of 10 locations each.  So, there will be the availability of up to 50 temporary labs over the Easter long weekend.  Please be aware that Adventure labs associated with the Mega have a life span of 3 weeks.  Not all will be available outside the four days of the Mega as we will have special items placed around the Showgrounds during our booking. 

We have some amazing things already created for some of the labs – gadget cache trail!  The Gadget caches will be available from 8am Friday 2nd to 9pm Monday 5th.  Depending on how they wear after the Mega they may find themselves relocated as regular caches in the months after.


Will there be new Geo-Art?

Of course, there is going to be more Geo-Art!  Dayboro is already host to three great arts: We Love Geo, Geosaurus and Pac-Man.  However, there is just enough space for us to add our own country inspired art for all the geocachers who have completed the local ones and are looking for something new.  Cache placement is already well underway, and those puzzles, well they are being deviously designed as well.

We are planning to release the Geo-Art on February 15th.

What about Challenges?

We have an awesome challenge series created for you!  With the cache placement for these in a fantastic location, best get those walking boots dusted off, as these are located on a mostly pleasant, looped walking track – there are a couple of hills so take this into consideration when planning your day.

We are planning on releasing the Challenges on March 15th.

I’m thinking of coming, are there camping spots still left?

Yes! As we have the entire showground booked there are plenty of sites throughout the grounds.  We have spaces in each of the designated areas.  Make sure you check the Area map to see where you would like to base yourself, the online web shop  has the availability level displayed so you can see if there is a spot available in your preferred location. If the sites you are looking for doesn’t appear on the main page, you will need to click into Categories and camping.

Please remember we have identified a few sites that are wheelchair/mobility impaired/disability friendly if you require access to one of these please contact the committee at admin@cacheqld.com to organise for one of these sites to become available for booking.   

Are the coins and pathtags going to be ready?

Our two coins are here!  They look amazing!  These two coins are proving very popular and we strongly suggest that you get in early on purchasing one or both of them.  The pathtags are also on their way and should be here in the next couple of weeks.

Can I use Cal or the Sun on my personal pathtag?

Of course you can! We ask that you use one of our approved images.  Send us an email and we can send you the file along with the approved PMS colours.  Don’t forget that we also have a CacheQLD back that you can add to your tag if you wish.

What’s going to happen over the weekend?

We have an itinerary in progress, just confirming small details here and there and plan to formally release next month.  However the following are confirmed:

Seminars
Cachetur hosted by Kittykatch
Beginner Puzzles hosted by Ardom
Photography hosted by The Coffee’s and launch of the photograph competition.
Drone hosted by The Coffee’s
Meet the Reviewers with Brisbane based reviewer Jingeri

Saturday Trivia Night:
Hosted by Queensland Podcaster, Nett88. This will be a good chance to get a table together with friends and show off your geocaching and other general trivia knowledge.

Sunday Party Night:
This will be a themed party, celebrating all things Tropi-cal.  We will have a bar open on the night and encourage everyone to dress to the theme.  There will be music, dancing, decorations and just a whole bunch of fun to be had!

Sunday Easter Egg Hunt & Games
You can’t have easter without a visit from the Easter Bunny leaving behind some eggs to be hunted down.  There will also be some fun kids games to be had in the Arena.

Can I buy geocaching related goodies over the event weekend?

We are pleased to confirm that Queensland based Caching Supplies will be onsite during weekend and you can pick up any geocaching related goodies from them.  Black Cat Creations who are printing our shirts, will also be around for last minute orders and can work with you to create custom merchandise.

Further Questions

If you have any more questions please send them through to admin@cacheqld.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  We do have a Facebook group and page as well that you can join to keep up with information.
 

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)!

Click on the banner

Camping:
You will find all the camping options under the Categories: Camping.

We have a limited number of mobility friendly sites, these are not open to booking without prior consultation with the CacheQLD Team. Please contact us through admin@cacheqld.com to discuss your needs.

Shirt Sizing:
There is a size guide in each of the description sections. Ensure that you choose your size carefully as once printed no returns can be made.

Adding a Team Name / Tracking Code:
When ordering a team name and/or tracking code you can add these details on the final page of the Checkout under Send Additional Instructions (see below).  If ordering more than one personalised item, please be clear which team name and /or tracking code goes with each item.  If in doubt please send an email to the team at admin@cacheqld.com to confirm, we may contact you prior to printing to confirm details.

*** This is an image only, so you see where to add the details.  You will need to click the square for the text box to open**

Directs to Online Shop

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!

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

May 2020 – Newsletter 05

Event News

It’s been a busy month for the Cache QLD team with plenty of decisions being made and options explored.  So let’s delve into what the team has been up to in the past month and learn about the remainder of our State Ambassadors.

Pathtag Competition – Winner Announced

With several submissions into our pathtag competition the committee had a hard time working through all the great options to narrow it down to the winning design.  After much discussion, we are pleased to announce that it was the “D’Aguilar” entry by Glenn Downes that rose to the top and will feature as one of the event set of tags.

Inspiration for the Dayboro 2021 tag entry, “D’Aguilar” features Cal looking at the hot air balloon high in the sky above the valley, the content from a compilation of tourist sites promoting hot air balloon rides of the scenic D’Aguilar Ranges and across the valleys and foothills where Dayboro lay. This entry spans more than just the Dayboro region as there are several sights for scenic hot air balloon rides throughout Queensland putting the best of what scenery Queensland has on grand display.

Merchandise

Several decisions were made regarding the merchandise for the event – which as I am sure you can agree is super exciting and make it all seem so much more real.  One of our main goals for the event is trying to keep things local and we are pleased to announce our partnership with a local business owner (& geocacher) Kelly from Black Cat Creations to handle the majority of our merchandise. We’ve made decisions on the shirts, (green, grey and metal) these will range in sizes from a mens small up to a 5XL and the ladies from size 8 to 24. We are also looking at caps and of course if you love a great souvenir you can also purchase a customised named car flag to proudly have on display!

There will also be trackables, the pathtag set and two geo-coins to purchase. We are currently investigating setting up the shop and expect this to be open to purchase items (including camping) in a few months.

Ambassadors – Part 2

Last month we brought you the first half of our Ambassadors and today we would like to introduce you the second half of the extended team.

MaccaMob (VIC) David is a retired RAAF Electronics engineer, and Mary a retired RN. We began our caching adventure on 14 April 2002, when we found gmj3191’s “The You Yangs Library Stash”, GC4CD3, with our daughter GeoJo. She in turn had been introduced by our other daughter and her husband, Slider & Smurf. Keeping it all in the family, our son and his family cache as Maccaholics. There have been so many highlights over the years: the very first Victorian Event, and many more Events since, hugs, meeting new friends, and lots of travel in Australia and around the world. One that does stand out was our completion of cache finds in all 50 US States in 2014. Like you, we are confining ourselves at home in maccamob HQ in what will no doubt be the longest ever caching slump, but looking forward to being let loose to meet at some future Event.

AlphaDeltaIndigo (VIC) Hi my name is Adi and I started caching in Sydney in 2013 and got absolutely hooked after attending a GCNSW Association event. I made my first geobuddy at that event. I attended my first Mega Event in SA in 2014 and after many years of attending Mega events & multiple annual June Long Weekend Events in SA, I have a broad circle of caching friends.  My favourite thing about caching is that I get to socialize with people & make friends inter-state and internationally. I can’t wait to see everyone at CacheQLD Dayboro in 2021! It’s going to be epic!

Liz and Bruce (QLD) got their first GPS in 2001.   When Bruce brought it home I asked what is it and what are we going to do with it.  Bruce did not have an answer initially but within a few months he learnt about the new game being played in America called Geocaching.  Little did we know how absorbed we would become in this game over the next two decades.

In 2004 we started a ten year road trip seeing as much of Australia as we could while towing our caravan around.  Geocaching was great in complementing our travels offering adventure, affording us the opportunity to get some exercise and taking us to wonderful places only known by the local cache owner as we passed through their town.

Our caching has taken us to overseas locations as well and it is fun.  We often seek out the virtual caches as the location will have some historical significance or offering something unique thus providing us insight to the area we are visiting.  Of course the power trails in the USA also get our attention especially when they are in the amazing deserts around Nevada or Arizona.

Talking of unique we reckon geocachers are a pretty special group of people. We have met so many like-minded people through this game and our lives would not have been as rich without the friendships we have formed over the many years. We love caching with just the two of us but what fun we have had out caching with friends and then enjoying a chat and a drink come the end of the day.   We view events as a social opportunity with geocaching taking second place.

Freddo is one of South Australia’s early geocachers, having signed up in January 2002. It’s almost impossible to go geocaching in SA and not find a Freddo cache, with over 900 hides. He spent four years from early 2013 onward as the ANZ Earthcache reviewer. His cache ‘Sitting Down on the Job’ in front of Government House, near the North Terrace cultural precinct is the states most visited with just shy of 2000 finds. Spots 2 through 4 in that list are also occupied by Freddo caches. Freddo is currently working on the Millicent Mega due to be held in October 2020 and was previously involved with Oz Mega in 2014.

RideTheGeoWalrus (an obscure Futurama reference) is also a very busy person at this time currently working on bringing us the Millicent Mega in South Australia.  Having been a cacher since 2012, his highlights have included doing the most favoured web cam cache in the world outside Abbey Road Studios, as well as caching in and around the World Heritage Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia.

What’s Next

Next month bring us World Environment Day on the Friday 5th June.  We continue celebrate the great environment we play in and this month we look at enjoying the great outdoors with some geocachers best friends, their geo-pups. (In case you were wondering our campground ALL pets are allowed). We also talk further about Cache QLD going green for the environment.

January 2020 – Newsletter 01

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Welcome to Dayboro!

Downtown Dayboro – Heritage Building, Dayboro Tennis Courts & Pool, Gift Shop

Well, not quite yet.  You may have heard our announcement back in November when we were 500 days away from the Grand Opening, and that we have selected the picturesque rural town of Dayboro to be our host location for 2021.

Dayboro is a small country town and located less than an hour’s drive and some 45km north-northwest from Brisbane.  The Dayboro region is made up of several surrounding localities such as Ocean View, Mount Mee, Mount Pleasant and Laceys Creek.

This country town has a population of around 2000, but don’t for a minute think that this is a sleepy little village it is well known for its annual Dayboro Rodeo and the Dayboro show which celebrates the towns distinct country lifestyle and history. It is ever growing in popularity for visitors and families to come and enjoy the family friendly environment and stunning rolling pastures.

Activities available in Dayboro include horse riding and four-wheel drive adventures, and leisurely pursuits include vineyards and feeding farm animals.  Of course geocaching is a big part of Dayboro too, check out our previous post January Highlights for information on three geo-arts in the immediate vicinity of Dayboro.

Our home base in Dayboro will be the Dayboro Showgrounds, where we hold a booking over the full Easter period and during this time Cache QLD will be managing all camping bookings through this website – so stay tuned in for that in the second half of the year. 

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Dayboro Showgrounds – main pavillion

Dayboro Showgrounds have many powered camping sites and an abundance of unpowered sites.  In 2016 the local government committed to a 1.5 million upgrade to the showgrounds which saw new multipurpose and function facilities and upgrades to the camping facilities amongst other things.

The camp ground is serviced by two separate shower/toilet block, a camp kitchen and coin operated washing machine and dryer.   The views of the country side are beautiful, and it’s is only a short walk into the town centre of Dayboro via a direct connected pathway.  However perhaps the best news of all for those loyal geo-dogs and even geo-cats, all our furry friends are welcome to camp with their owners.

If your concerned about internet coverage in this rural location, you’ll be pleased to know that Dayboro and the surrounding locations have just recently had an upgrade to their connectivity to the internet to make it even better than it was before – although it still will be best to save lists offline when hitting the hills.

Long story short, our location is fantastic with plenty of on ground camping accommodation, which will be available to book through the Cache QLD website from the second half of the year.

Introducing

Let me introduce you to someone who is an important part of the Cache QLD team.  This is Cal!  Short for Calibre of course, being that he is part ammo can.

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!  When we described what we were looking for “some kind of cartoon ammo can man” he mocked this up this little gem on a plane trip in about 15 minutes!  We fell hard for little Cal and we hope you do too.  Cal is going to be hanging out with us on all our promotional material and will feature on our event pathtags and geocoins – he may even make an appearance on trackables!

Contest Time

So with the introduction of Cal made, we are going to have a little competition featuring our new friend. Are you good at drawing, designing or just have a really cool imagination?  We are looking for a single round event pathtag to be designed featuring our mascot, Cal.  The design should be family friendly which features Cal and/or highlights Queensland as a destination. It should also include the words ‘Dayboro 2021’.

Now, the Cache QLD Committee are a punny bunch of people and we have had a lot of fun ourselves thinking of Cal related puns and we were wondering what you could come up with ie. Tropi-Cal, Musi-Cal, Physi-Cal just to name a few.  You might like to incorporate a pun into your design.  Just to be clear this is not a requirement of the tag design, but if you make us smile and laugh that’s obviously going to bring some happy points.

If you’re interested go and click over to the Contest tab to see all the rules and conditions and to get Cal’s images and PMS colours.

Pathtags

Speaking of pathtags, Cache QLD have been working with Pathtags.com and have designed up our own special pathtag backs.  When creating a pathtag you can elect to have this design as your back from the Give Back section.   The finals have all been approved and should be showing as an option very shortly in the gallery, if not already. 

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Cache QLD Pathtag ‘Give Back’ backs

Sponsorship

Cache QLD are proud to be keeping it local and announce that Caching Supplies have come on board! 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.

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What’s Next

On February 1st we will have our post of Cache QLD Highlights. February we are ‘Leaping into Love’.  We will have a look at some of the most loved up caches in Queensland, some related challenges where collecting those favourite points would be handy.  As it’s valentines on the 14th we will highlight a few loved themed caches and the rose geo-art in Kilcoy.  We are also introducing a new segment – Kids Caching Corner.  So, don’t forget to check back on our website from the 1st February 2020.