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.

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.
 

Cache QLD Highlights – 09

Welcome to September!

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

Geo-Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

Challenge Caches

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

Adventure Labs

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

Top Favourited

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

Tabletop Mountain

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

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

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

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

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

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

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

What’s next

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

Cache QLD Highlight – 08

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

Geocaching in Townsville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This month we welcome Jezza_theGeoKid to the Kids Caching Corner

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

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

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

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

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

Photograph Highlight

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

Contest

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

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

What’s Next

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

Cache QLD Highlight – 05

Waterways

This month we are celebrating our Waterways!

Us Queenslander’s definitely have a love of paddling down our rivers and creeks collecting caches.  If you search through the Terrain filter on your preferred geocaching app you see plenty of caches pop up in the T4.5-5 range along various creeks and rivers in the South East corner.

Plenty of trails for a longer adventure or a just the quick stand-alone cache.  Many, many occasions of a group floating kayak squad out and about on a grand adventure.  Often there will be call out on Facebook group with an open invitation to join a group attack, this can be a great way to get yourself out meeting people, getting some exercise and of course collecting smiles.

Not only do Queenslanders love caching on the water, but it seems we are also a little fond of cleaning up our waterways with quite a few water based CITO’s organised in the past years.  Of course anytime out on the kayak is a good time to collect any floating rubbish and dispose of it thoughtfully back on land.

Here are a few waterways with trails:
Sunshine Coast: Muru-kutchi Trail, Eenie Creek, Paynter’s Peaceful Paddle, Cooroibah Creek, Cooloothin Creek
Brisbane Region: Four Mile Creek, Jackson Creek, Nudgee Creek, Pine River, Lake Kurwongbah, Lake Samsonvale, Lake Manchester, Lake Wivenhoe
Gold Coast: Coombabah Creek, South Stradbroke Island, Wave Break Island

Of course it should be no surprise that we also have water based Geo-Art! (Yes, we do have an abundance of art).  Both of these current offerings are from 4Andos.  Probably helps that they have a JetSki, but all are accessible by kayak or boat.

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Fish and Cache: Is a series of 24 challenging puzzles forming up to create, of course, a fish!  Located in and around the islands to the north of the Gold Coast, you will need to have not only your paddling skills going, but you will find yourself walking some beautiful sandy beaches.  Keep your eyes out some local wildlife as well, with mentions of sighting whales, crabs, stingrays.

Dark Side of the Cache: Is a visually stunning series of 110 caches in the shape of Darth Vader’s helmet based at Lake Somerset.  These are land based caches, however you will need a watercraft to access them all.  The puzzle are sure to delight any Star Wars fans, and of course we all know that May the 4th is Star Wars day, so what better time than now to start to solve these creative puzzles.

How do you pronounce Dayboro?

This question, recently asked by ambassadors Peter & Cat (pprass), quickly had the committee divided … was it:

* Day-bra
* Day-borrow
* Day-bro
* Or something completely different?

We couldn’t agree so we took the question to the locals!
 


With just over 50 replies here is what we learnt … With a respectable 6 votes we have the pronunciation ‘Day-bo-rah’ – sounding like the name Deborah.

With a few votes each we heard: DaybOrO, Day-ber-ahh, Day-bro, Day-burra, Day-bore, Day-borough, and Day-bowrow! Getting only one vote each, are these two gems (and our personal favourites!) Dee-Town, and Da town a yesta-year!

However, the clear winner coming in with a combined 27 votes (over 50% of the total) is ‘day-bra’ or the very similar ‘day-bruh’.

Mystery solved! Thanks for the great question pprass!

Who do you go geocaching with?
My Dad.

What do you like best about geocaching?
I like to go kayaking and climbing trees.  Let’s talk about kayaking (because that happens to match this month’s theme…)!

Do you have your own kayak?
At first, I went in Dads kayak but when I turned 10, I got my own kayak that is green and white.

What was your first kayaking cache like?
It was on a creek and we (Dad and I) found it not long from where we started to kayak. We found it on a tree branch and at first I couldn’t see it and I told Dad “ I want to find it myself” and the next moment I found the cache!

Where else have you kayaked?
Dad and I have been to a lake and on a couple of rivers and creeks.  We have explored hidden pathways off the side of creeks.  After one really long kayak we found hidden door in a tree!

Any other fun kayaking adventures?
One time Dads friends came and kayaked with us but the funny thing was that we had to dress up! It was really cool to see what the other people had dressed up as. When we stopped at the island and we were coming back on our kayaks we had to push it on the water, but the funniest thing is that two people fell in the water. They couldn’t get back in so they pushed the kayak back to the ledge then did it again, they were finally successful!

Adult Bit: Kayaking L Plates was put out by JACS Team as a great location for first time paddlers.  She discovered the spot of course by a nearby cache, but also as a place to test her new kayak and give both her son and his cousin their first kayaking paddle in a safe space. This is designed to be an easy find with no need to exit the craft (see middle pic).

“I was impressed by how unbelievably clear the water is! Many small lillies growing around was extra nice. It’s relatively shallow, protected, serene place – actually ideal for learning to paddle! Being competent in the kayak though, I slowly cruised along, drinking in the surrounds (and picking up a few floating plastics). As I got closer, I spent longer than is normal looking into the water at the rocks and logs below. Did I mention how clear the water is?  Another thoroughly enjoyable paddle geocache – one I’d also recommend for those new to the kayaking game. Thanks for this little waterborne adventure, JACS Team :)”

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Each month in the lead up to the main event we are running a little contest for you to collect code words.  These will come in handy – so don’t leave it until the minute to solve. 

Last month we ran a CITO contest where you just had to email the committee letting us know the most unusual thing you’ve found on a CITO.  We received serval entries and using a random generator the winner is … Waz and Vik, who found koala’s during a CITO they attended here in Petrie.  Congratulations they won the 2020 CITO trackable.

Find the first code word once you have solved the crossword.  Save each code word as they will be required at the Dayboro Event!!!

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What’s Next

On the 15th we will be sharing with you the latest information from the Committee as we nudge ever so closer to April 2021! We will also be sharing the rest of our amazing Ambassador team. Talk about what we got up to for Blue Switch Day and a feature on Queensland first geocache.

Cache QLD – Highlight 02

NEWS FLASH: We’re Leaping into Love

This month our highlight post features the caches that we love, the caches that need some love, and a couple of challenges to work on where these caches will be helpful.

We introduce you to a rose shaped geo-art – because we all know where there’s love, there’s roses!  We show you a very photogenic traditional cache location for Valentine’s Day.

We are also introducing our first Kids Caching Corner that highlights a cache that matches our monthly theme, is kid friendly and has been found and reviewed by kids!

Tim Williams of Capture the Dog Photography shows us one of the hidden location gems that we find by geocaching.

So, lets kick off the month by talking about some of the digital souvenirs up for offer this February.

Souvenir: Fun in all Directions

Recently it was announced that there will be a new souvenir called “Fun in all directions” to be earned on Sunday 2nd February. This special date is an international palindrome, 02.02.2020!  By simply finding any geocache, Adventure Lab or attending an event on the day you will be able add this pretty cool looking digital souvenir to your collection.

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Souvenir: Leap Day

Who doesn’t love an extra day to geocache, well this month on February 29th we can earn the special Leap Day souvenir by finding a geocache, Adventure Lab or attending an event.  Currently there are six Leap Day events planned around Queensland:

GC8HNV1 – Look Again Before You Leap
Hosted by Orange Crew
29th February 2020 from 9:00am – 9:45am @ Whiteside
Four years on from the first Orange Crew event it’s time to get back together.  There will some nibbles on offer for morning tea so bring your own beverages and any trackables or pathtags you wish to trade and come join the fun.

GC8J56D – A Small Step 4 Me, But a Giant LEAP 4 My Calendar
Hosted by SunCoastGeocaching
29th February 2020 from 9:00am – 10:00am @ Mapleton
This will be the second event planned for the Sunshine Coast Geocaching Community as they visit various locations in their region.  Bring a plate of food to share and maybe a chair or blanket to sit on while you chat and make future plans.

GC8JMZJ – Leap Day 2020
Hosted by OzGeoker
29th February 2020 from 12:00pm – 12:30pm @ Mackay
A nice quick catch up in the middle of the day to earn your special souvenir. So stop in at Goose Ponds in north Mackay to celebrate this special day with other geocachers.

GC8FV5D – Caching Goals
Hosted by burgo78
29th February 2020 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Bushland Beach
After a fantastic trip away with some amazing personal geocaching goal achieved, burg78 is keen to share his insights for the locals who are planning to head to Seattle for the 20th Celebrations this year. So come and have a chat and share some of your own goals for 2020.

GC8GZJA – Leap Year Event
Hosted by Sweet-Sour
29th February 2020 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm @ Gympie
A sequel to the last successful Leap Year event it’s time to have another one.  The location is well suited to hosting an event so BYO everything.  Bring a pen as it’s hinted that some new caches might be available.

GC8HQA9 – Leap Day Dinner
Hosted by Tenkae
29th February from 6:00pm – 8:00pm @ Ormeau
Join the host to celebrate the special date with a social dinner at the Shearers Arm Hotel.  A family friendly place with a kids room for the little geo-kids.  No need to purchase a meal you can just drop in and socialise.

So grab your calendars and make a note on the 29th to get out and get both a smile and souvenir.

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The Loved Cache

With February 14 being Valentine’s Day let’s talk about those highly loved caches.  When the CacheQLD team were planning for the upcoming Mega in Millicent (GC82DAN) this April we discovered this awesome challenge: SFE Challenge – The Best of the Best (GC8CQDD)

In order to qualify you need to ”find 10 of the best 15 caches in any one of the Australian States or Territory.”  Now, not only is this challenge inclusive to all geocachers as you can find them in your home state, but it also highlights the great caches in other states too. Sure, in order to get the actual smile you have to sign the challenge in South Australia, but what a great resource the checker is if you’re traveling interstate.  We would like to point out that you need to have found at least one cache in that state to see their top 15 list.  Just in case you are planning on visiting Queensland for the first time, and don’t currently have a smile in our great state yet, here is a list of the current top 15 favourited caches at time of writing.

Queensland (#1♥171) GC22EBF Crazy Caterpillar Zipline
Queensland (#2♥150) GC3JH1P T.A.R.D.I.S.
Queensland (#3♥140) GC3DP9H Noah’s Ark
Queensland (#4♥136) GC8E Queens land
Queensland (#5♥128) GC1JHWA On A Dark Night
Queensland (#6♥126) GC5JZ6P Postie Dog
Queensland (#7♥125) GC131 Bravo Hotel
Queensland (#8♥122) GC2WXQ9 The Box, the Bicycle and the Bus
Queensland (#9♥121) GC18WXV Map Monkey’s Lament
Queensland (#10♥120) GC58EJJ Measuring Gum
Queensland (#11♥118) GC5JZ6W Gnome’s Country Home
Queensland (#12♥116) GC3TK2J Kings View
Queensland (#13♥114) GC71AG0 The Hunters Building project
Queensland (#14♥109) GC3VWCD Wheel of Fortune
Queensland (#15♥105) GC5HM4H Turn back time

How many of these loved up caches can you tick off?  Perhaps you need to organise a little heart gathering road trip to see some of these caches that others have thought so highly of. 

The Unloved Cache

We can’t forget about those lonely caches that need and deserve some love. You know those who are desperately waiting for someone to come and spend some time with them. To have their logbook held in a tender embrace as you write your geocaching name, then leaving their proud owner a nice detailed story about the adventure of the find. Letting them know how much you appreciated the opportunity of discovery – because let’s face it, really unloved caches aren’t hidden in a guardrail down the road.  Nope, usually they are up a mountain or massive tree, down a tricky river, somewhere really remote or perhaps they have a doozy of a puzzle attached to them. These are the lonely unloved caches.😢

On Project GC, under the Statistic tab, you can search ‘Days since last found’ for the most unloved caches in a region.  The top 30 caches in Queensland all have over 1200 days since their last log.  You could use the list as a guide for adventure!  Gather some geo-buddies, leave some detailed travel plans, and head off on mission to gather up some unloved days. 

However, if you’re attempting Comet Kingfisher (GCH3DN) – can you give the CacheQLD team a holler, we may just join you as that cache also happens to be one of Queensland’s oldest geocaches and perhaps now the most challenging to get too!

So what’s the point in gathering these unloved caches?  Well, in Brisbane there is the “15 Years of No Love” Challenge (GC5D7PK), which asks you to find caches that have not been found for at least 183 days (6 months) for a total of at least 5475 days (15 years). If you enjoy finding these lonely caches and showing them some love you might want to work towards the NSW cache ‘Challenge: Fifty Forgotten Years’ (GC57Z2N), where you must gather up a whopping 18260 days of unloved!!

Lonely caches are out there and they are singing the words of The Beatles 🎶 “Love Me Do” 🎶 enticing you to visit.

Love, Love Me Do
You know I’ll love you
I’ll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do

Someone to love
Somebody new
Someone to love
Someone like you!

Geo-Art: 65 Roses

One symbol always attached to Valentine’s Day and love is the rose.  What could be better than one rose? Try 65 (well cache smiles, but you get the drift)!  A rose shaped geoart is what you will discover waiting for you at Kilcoy, which is only a 50 minute drive from Brisbane. Placed by JACS Team in April of 2018, this art is made of up three different cache types, and has Difficulty ratings from 1-5 and Terrain ratings from 1-3.5.  The design uses 13 traditional caches that make the stem of the Rose with 34 mystery caches and 8 letterboxes that make up the flower.

Whilst you’re collecting your 65 Roses make sure to spend some time in Kilcoy. It is a lovely rural town, with a great bakery, plus it’s home to the Yowie! Yep, you read that right, the infamous Yowie! The town has had so many Yowie sightings it now has its own Yowie park, complete with a wooden statue so you know exactly what to keep your eyes peeled for.  With 130 teams finding at least one of the roses, there has yet to be a reported sighting by a geocacher, so come for a visit and you might just be the first!  Click here to go to a bookmark of these caches: 65 Roses.

“Boxing Day and the 28th of Dec were our days to complete and finalise this beautiful series.  A day of inspiring music and drinks at Woodford in between sweetened this geoart.  Thanks for all the effort and great variety of puzzles and cache locations / types.  We are very familiar with all the roads around the township now as drove most of them twice and the farmers started greeting us when they saw our little blue car.  This cache deserved a big Fav Point for its location as we enjoyed Pies and coffee (from the nearby bakery) at this place on both days.”
Georode
28 December, 2018

Traditional: Lovers Lane (GC3TDHP)

Published in August 2012, this D2 T2 traditional cache is at a truly loved up address, Lovers Lane in Ironbark.  Ironbark is located just to the west of Ipswich on the way to Somerset Dam.  This location claims to be the only official ‘Lovers Lane’ in Queensland.  Once there you can read about the history and take your photo between the giant heart and arrow. Some 234 geocachers have dropped into Lovers Lane and there are some pretty cute pics of loved up caching couples in the gallery. Aww!

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“On our way home to Brisbane after a great weekend in Toowoomba we decided to pick up some caches on the way home.  I have driven past this cache before and wanted to wait to find it with my husband.  Fantastic sport for a cache.  Loved it.  Thanks for placing this cache here for us to enjoy and for taking us here.”
Que Sera
5 May, 2019

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Hello, thanks for helping with Kid’s Caching Corner this month
Hi, that’s okay.

This month we are talking about favourite caches. What is one of your favourite caches?
Chasing Tinkerbell. (Chase after Tinkerbell – GC3BTQD)

How long ago did you do that?
Well, it was about 2 years ago.

Who did you do the cache with?
I did it with my mum and my nana.

It’s a night cache, did you go out and do it at night?
Yes, we did it about 7:30 after we had dinner.  We brought our torches and had lots of fun.  I found the most.

The most? What did you have to find?
You had to find Tinker dust.

Tinker dust, and how did you find the fairy dust?
We shined a torch in the tree lining and there was fairy dust on the trees.

So, you didn’t know where you were going, you just followed the dust around?
We just followed the tinker dust.

What was the path like?
Some of it was gravel and some of it was path.

Was there any walking through the bush?
There wasn’t much walking through the bush, mostly just gravel path and a little bit through the bush at the end.

Without going into too much detail, as we want to leave a surprise, what was the final cache like? Was it in theme?
It was amazing and definitely in theme.

Would you recommend that families come and do this one?
I definitely recommend for all families to do it.

Sounds like a really good one, and you just needed to bring torches.
Yep

Well, that’s cool.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on one of your favourite caches.
You’re welcome.

“That was a LOT of fun.  I dragged two geokids with me and they were pretty anxious at first.  However, they soon got the hang of it, and made it a little competition to see who would see the fairy dust first.  We found GZ fairly easily and the geokids were delighted to see a huge cache fully stocked and well themed.  Dipped in a TB.  Prime you’ve created a masterpiece thanks for all your efforts to make a kid friendly night time geocaching experience.  FP worthy, and definitely one of the more memorable caches.”
oz_bean_counter
23 November 2019

Adult Bit: Chase after Tinkerbell is a night multi-cache located in the Brisbane Northside suburb of Fitzgibbon. It has a difficulty rating of 2 and a terrain rating of 2.  It was published in September 2012 by ‘TinkerPrime’.  Tinkerbell has been chased after around 200 times and has close to 100 favourite points left in admiration of the challenge. You can take dogs through this bushland if kept on a leash, and it has a stroller accessible attribute. Please be aware that as it’s bushland, you might come across toads and orb spiders on the trail, and of course, take some protection for mosquitos.

Monthly Queensland Photo Highlight
by Capture the Dog Photography

Most geocachers would agree that one of the best things about geocaching is the amazing locations you stumble across that you would never find without a cache being there.  Tim Williams is a Sunshine Coast local, geocaching as WallabyWanderers, he is also an avid photographer, and the man behind Capture the Dog Photography. This month Tim shares this stunning photo of Stoney Creek which is located between Woodford and Kilcoy and has a natural swimming hole, just waiting to be explored.

Doesn’t this photo make you want to kick your shoes off and dip your feet in the cool stream.  If you would like to explore this location for yourself, perhaps on the way to do the 65 Roses, the nearest geocache is Stoney Creek GC10991. If you would like to check out Tim’s other photos you can find him at the following places:

Email: capturethedog@gmail.com
Website: Capture the Dog Photography
Facebook: Capture the Dog Photography

What’s Next

On the 15th February we will be publishing our 2nd Event Newsletter, and letting you know where we are with planning for the Dayboro Easter 2021 event. Don’t forget we are still running a pathtag design contest so check out the Contest tab above to read more and get your submission in!

Cache QLD – Highlight 01

NEWS FLASH: Pacman ❤️ Dinosaurs

Wait, what?! No, this is not some kind of weird love story, well not in the traditional sense.  What we have here is a love of geocaching, puzzles, Geo-Art and the beautiful Dayboro and surrounds.  Yes, all three of these Geo-Arts are in the immediate vicinity of our event location, Dayboro.  Have a read about them and then get to solving, you’ve got plenty of time before the Cache QLD event in Easter 2021. 

Click here to go to a public booklist of these Geo-Arts:- Pacman, We ❤️Geo, Geosaurus

Pacman Series

The Pacman Geo-Art was published in September of 2016 by 4ando.  It comprises of 26 mystery puzzles based on the golden age of arcade games in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s.  With 26 puzzles you will find one for every letter in the alphabet ranging from Asteroids right through to Zaxxon and of course includes the series title Pacman.

The difficulty rating range on this series is from 1.5 – 4 and the terrain ratings are 1.5 – 2.5 so you can leave your kayaks and ladder home (or at your accommodation).  At the time of this article there has been almost 2000 find on the series.  The most challenging cache with only 53 finds seems to be Terra Cresta – are you able to solve and find this cache?

The finals for these caches will take you, not only around town, but out into the local countryside where you will be able to enjoy the quiet country roads, meet some friendly cows, maybe a local or two and of course let’s not forget the fantastic scenery.

Pacman Series – Photos courtesy of Cache QLD Committee Members

“After setting up camp at the Dayboro Showgrounds for a few days we are having a wonderful time meandering around this beautiful area.  A wonderful variety of hides and we love the creative ones.  The scenery to the Glasshouse mountains and coast is just stunning.  We much appreciate the effort put into arranging the puzzle caches.  Thank you 4ando for placement of this cache and adding to our enjoyment of the area”
Liz and Bruce
16th November 2018

We ❤️ Geo

Orange Crew showed his love for the game with this Geo-Art published in September 2016 in the shape of a love heart.  We can’t say it any better than he did so we are going to steal our description of the art straight from his cache pages 🙂

‘The puzzles have a variety of difficulty ratings so there’s something for everyone to solve and find, and the containers are mostly big enough to hold trackables and swaps for kids.  There are a variety of placement types, including tree climbs so check the attributes.’

The difficulty ratings range from 1 – 4 with terrain ratings from 1.5 – 3.5.  With close to 2000 find on this series (at time of writing) you can see that there is a lot of love for this Geo-Art as well.  Again, the finals for these caches are local to Dayboro and they will certainly help you fall further in love with the area as you travel around the region picking up solved smiles.

We ❤️ Geo – Photos courtesy of Cache QLD Committee Members

“We were intrigued with this cache.  It wasn’t what we were expecting but checked it anyway and it made us smile.  Thanks for the enjoyment we are getting from this series of caches and the drive is lovely.  Cheers and happy caching”
Aussie Liahona
30 May 2018

Geosaurus

Orange Crew was back at the Geo-Art game when in February 2017 he introduced us all to Geosaurus.  A friendly dinosaur who lurks in the hills behind Dayboro hiding his containers of trinkets and concealing their locations with the clever use of cryptic puzzles.  Our reviewer, Ministro, gave us locals something to do by publishing the series when we were all stuck inside after cyclone Debbie, giving us some precious solving time before it was safe to hit the streets.

All in all there are 40 containers with difficulties ratings ranging from 1 – 4.5 and terrain ratings from 1 – 4.5.  A check of the attributes and you will discover that there are a few tree climbs here so be prepared.  A quick heads up that there is a 4WD only road for one or two of the caches, but if you park your car you are easily able to make the walk down and back or up and down depending on which one you’re doing.  This series will take you not only around town but further out from Dayboro as well.  There are some stunning locations in which to grab photos, so we strongly suggest you bring a camera.

Geosaurus – Photos courtesy of Cache QLD Committee Members

“I had fun solving this one.  Never knew this was a thing! At GZ kcramber, jodsta83 and I were completely baffled.  We were NOT going to DNF this last Geosaurus cache, but hope was fading.  Jodsta83 donned her high-vis vest and it must have been the lucky charm because she found it after that! How did we miss that?! Last one for the series so we had a little celebration.  Thank you so much for the series, Orange Crew.  We had a blast!!”
Swearah
14 December 2019

WHAT’S NEXT: Our first official Newsletter will be published on the 20th of January.  In this edition we will talk a little more about our host location of Dayboro, introduce you to someone very important and invite you to the first competition of the event!  Going forward our Cache QLD Highlight will be delivered on the 1st of each month and our Newsletter on the 15th.