If you have been looking around Townsville on the caching map recently you may have noticed our Mega Geo-Art has gone live! It is none other than the Saint from Castle Hill, a prominent landmark and one that is celebrating it’s 60th anniversary in 2022. In the art you will find a variety of puzzles from your simple to the complex and just the hint of a dastardly doozy as well – remember to look at the letterboxes as well. If you haven’t started, maybe gather your brains trust and get to work on the solving. Here is a bookmark to get you started.
Welcome to Townsville! We have a family friendly get together event planned for Good Friday starting from 6pm. This will be a perfect time to sit around with old and new friends, swap some stories and most importantly make some plans for your time in the North. We will have a couple of food vans on site so you can enjoy something to eat while you socialise. Please note this is an alcohol free event. Make sure you log your will attend at GC9NB5C.
Speaking of brains trust have you organised your table for the Trivia event (GC8HMY0) on Saturday night? This will be our main social event of the Mega weekend and sure to be fun as we put you through 7 rounds of the hard hitting questions. We do request that you not only put a ‘Will Attend’ on the event, but register your team, whether 6 people or a single / duo looking to join a table, you can do this via the link on the cache page or by clicking here. Food vans will be on site and the bar will be open!
CITO – Rowes Bay Tree Planting
At 7:00am on Sunday you can give back to our host city, by joining in with the Townsville City Council to re-vegetate the Rowes Bay Esplanade after it was impacted by the 2019 flood. We ask that you wear sun protective clothing, and you must have enclosed footwear, no thongs please. Our tasks will be digging holes in the sand, mixing potting mix and planting the council provided trees. Log your will attend at GC9NB63.
All good things must come to an end, and this marks the conclusion of the Townsville Mega. Come down to the Mega site at 12pm and bid farewell to one and all as we go our merry caching ways, whether its homeward bound or exploring the region further. Log your will attend GC9NB6G.
Supporters of Townsville Maze
There is just over one week left to pledge your support and become a Supporter of the Townsville Maze & be among some of the first to get this rare cache type!
For a small cost you will be given the following: * VIP only access on Friday * One of the first in Australia to log a super rare cache type * Jump the queue all weekend * VIP thank you pack * Your name displayed prominently on the maze * Knowing that without you the maze wouldn’t be possible!
Supporter packages start from $70. Visit Geocaching Victoria to pledge your support & secure your VIP spot.
Final day to lock in your SOTM spot is strictly midnight 28th of Feb!
Merchandise – Webstore
Don’t forget you can purchase your Townsville Mega souvenirs through our web shop. We have limited quantity of our coins and pathtags left and orders for the printed merchandise close on March 25th.
We have been offered another opportunity to host a Bunnings BBQ on Saturday the 26th of February at Domain. As we have a number of regular volunteers missing, if anyone is available to help out for an hour or two, please get in touch! We need help from 8:30am-3pm. There is a catch up event for the day as well GC9NB4Z to chat about all things caching.
Trivia night is back! All new questions, same great fun. The night will be held onsite at Cluden Park; however, it is a separate event to the MEGA.
This year when you join us for Trivia you will be able to log it as a Community Celebration Event! You can log your Will Attend at https://coord.info/GC8HMY0. Make sure you register your table 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! Food & drinks will be available for purchase on the night.
Time to start studying your geo-trivia!
We have more gadget labs planned for the Townsville event. They are built and just waiting for calendar to tick over so you come and try to crack them to spill their code word secrets. While you wait in anticipation of these gadgets, enjoy these sneaky pics to whet your appetite and perhaps get the mind ticking over what they potentially could be.
Geo-Art & Prize Draw!
Townsville is already brimming with high quality caches! However, there is just enough space for us to add our own event art for all the geocachers who have completed the local ones and are looking for something new! Cache placement is almost complete, and puzzles are being deviously designed as well! We have included a range of puzzles this year to suit every level of puzzler! Please note we are aiming to have the Geo-Art released mid-February.
Okay, puzzles are great but what about the prize draw, I hear you ask. If you would like a chance to win a set of the 2022 event pathtags you are in luck. Below you will find a sneak peak of one of the Geo-Art puzzles! Solve it, send us the answer via our email email@example.com, and you will go in the draw to win a free pathtag set to collect during the event! It’s that easy …or is it? Good luck!
*competition closes Monday 7th February at 11:59pm Winner will be chosen at random using an online generator and announced in our next webpost
Here is a 6×5 grid. By folding the grid a certain way you will get to a 3×3 grid with the numbers 1-9. What is the order of the numbers?
Hint: Less than 5 Folds
Just in case you miss out on winning the set of pathtags you can always pick up some from The Shop. We now have our Geo-Coins in hand and have updated our images at the store, but here is another look at them for you. You can also pick up a great car flag or a variety of T-shirts to compliment your official event polo. Not to mention a wealth of other merchandise.
We are currently working to finalise our itinerary and of course working on getting those puzzles to the reviewer. In the meantime make sure you have logged your will attend at GC9BVWD and continue to check back in on the website to keep up to date.
In the lead up to the Townsville Mega we will be highlighting some of the ‘must do’ geocaches in the area. With new Geo-Art planned for the event, this month focuses on the puzzles and challenges in the area beginning with the existing Geo-Art.
Breaking Bad & El Camino Geo-Art Series
Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable, advanced lung cancer. Desperate to secure financial stability for his family – his pregnant wife and disabled son he turns to a life of crime.
This Geo-Art series of 17 mysteries and 3 letterboxes caches reference notable scenes from Breaking Bad’s eight seasons and the epilogue movie, El Camino. At GZ many of the hides require you to solve a themed field puzzle to access the log.
Caches in this series are placed just off walking or biking trails at regular intervals along the 11.5km Under the Radar trail and the 4.7km Lagoon trail in the Town Common and Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park.
During the walk you can expect to see expansive island views, sheltered beaches bordered by rocky headlands, deep-water lagoons, seasonal wetlands and coastal woodlands all feature in this park. Mangrove-lined tributaries of the Bohle River meander across the floodplains that fill each year during the wet summer months. Up to 280 bird species have been recorded in the area. Magpie geese, brolgas and many others gather here to feed and nest, particularly as the wetlands dry out and food sources become concentrated in the remaining lagoons.
This combination of theme, location and container has seen the series receive 432 logs and has garnered 237 favourite points. With a number of visitors from SEQ visiting specifically to complete the series.
Here is a sample of some of the logs.
Snickersallan – 12/2020 On a road trip from the Gold Coast with hatzoff, grannysmith1947 and RoddyC on Day 14 and it was time to tackled the long awaited Breaking Bad series that has come highly recommended to us. Oh, my goodness, it’s been a long time since I have enjoyed finding such quality and quantity of caches in the one location, some we got frustrated with for longer than we should have but patience was the order of the day. Really appreciated all the time, effort and expense that has gone into placing this series of puzzles and field puzzles by the CO, great brain exercise for us and worthy of a favourite point on the majority of the hides …
Willis007 – 10/2020 … A lovely walk around the reserve, such a beautiful day, the views are simply amazing. I loved solving all of the puzzles in the series and have been very much looking forward to finding these caches. I found the lab and after consultation with the bats I entered. Cache soon in hand, ok this is easy. Oh, ok no it really isn’t. Eventually I spied what I was looking for. EVIL EVIL EVIL. But so very clever. … Thanks burgo78 for the awesome puzzle, the cache and for bringing me here. Another fav!
nature0nut – 11/17 I had solved some of these incredibly well thought out puzzles months ago not knowing if I’d ever visit Townsville but here we are! Breaking Bad is my favourite series of all time and I was so excited when I booked my flight to visit a friend and of course, GEOCACHE! I was a bit daunted by the walk at first, but I knew I didn’t do it I probably never would have so I’m incredibly grateful I was joined by JACS Team and Mrs Sobrington! This entire trail has been by far my favourite! The consistency of creative keeping with the theme caches were phenomenal and I am so appreciative of the CO’s hard work and dedication. Thank you so much for placing and maintaining these fun-filled caches and equally fun puzzles.
So, check out this list and get solving. Allow a day to collect the series, you will not be disappointed, unless you forget your lockpicks!
There are currently 128 puzzles within 16km of the city. With more planned for the event, it is advisable to make a start on them now. With a wide variety of DT’s, there is bound to be targets for even the seasoned cachers amongst us.
With so many to choose from, this post highlights 10 of the best.
2. GC6NQC2 ‘A Box of Red Herrings’ One of only two in Queensland that has been awarded Geocache of the Week by Geocaching HQ. ‘A Box of Red Herrings’ is a field puzzle hidden with permission inside the Aitkenvale Library. It is not difficult to spot, but accessing the logbook inside is a challenge.
3. GC6ZNVE ‘Steps’ An online puzzle where you have to figure out the next step in the sequence, amending the website’s URL to progress. With the coordinates obtained you then have to climb the physical steps of Castle Hill to reach GZ.
4. GC4505D ‘Forest Rain’ A classic field puzzle amongst the tropical plants of Queen’s Garden’s, close to the city centre.
5. GC6PD07 ‘Borrowing from Irma Pince’ Another library cache which requires finders to search the shelves of the Kirwan Library.
6. GC49MQT ‘Mt Stuart Scenic Reserve – Bonus’ Enjoy a bush walk with spectacular views over Townsville from Mt Stuart, collecting clues from cute containers in order to find this bonus cache.
7. GC8KTCB ‘Adventure Lab Bonus – Townsville Icons’ Beginning close to the city’s heart at Victoria Bridge this Adventure Lab explores a number of Townsville icons at 5 locations along the banks of the Ross River. Collect the clues to find this bonus cache.
8. GC7EN23 ‘RRPT – TB Key Cache’ This mystery cache is at the listed coordinates however you will have to find the trackableTB6C390 first, which has the key to open the ammo can’s padlock and access the log. Difficulty and terrain will vary depending on where the key is located and the height of the river at the time of your attempt.
9. GC8HXZT ‘Tanks for the View Townsville’ Perched above the city on Castle Hill, this fun field puzzle will surely bring a smile to your face.
10. GC9AFV3 ‘Leirum’s Lost Places World Tour’ A global tour of 10 interesting sites around the world from your armchair.
Townsville has several challenges for visitors to seek out.
GC7JR20 ‘Caching Bingo Challenge’ 5/5 Based on PACMAN’s challenge, well-rounded cachers must achieve 5 geocaching milestones in a line to call “Bingo!”
GC89VKJ ‘The Adventurers Challenge’ 5/4.5 If you like mint tins in guard rails and nanos’s in the bush then this probably isn’t the cache for you. This challenge is for the Adventurers, for Indiana Jones and Bear Grylls wannabes.Find 100+ caches with a T rating or 4.5 or above then navigate approximately 200m along a drain to make the find.
GC8G04H ‘D/T/T Challenge’. 5/4 Find 250 unique D (difficulty), T (terrain) and T (cache type), then solve a dexterity, twist and turn field puzzle to obtain the log.
GC8Q03W ‘Completed Calendar Challenge’ 4.5/4.5 Complete at least one of the 3 finds calendars – Jasmer, found date or placed date. An ammo can awaits on a rocky cliff face overlooking the ocean for anyone that qualifies.
GC9586M ‘The Fizzy Challenge’. 5/5 One of the originals, complete the DT matrix then take a walk through mangroves before climbing to your prize.
GC97AFH ‘Diversity – 11 Type Challenge’ 5/3.5 Have found 11 or more different cache types before setting off on a pleasant bush walk.
GC8RWH7 ‘Townsville’s Golden Oldies Challenge’ 5/1 This one will take you on a tour of the region to find 10 of the oldest 20 geocaches in the Townsville LGA.
GC9584M ‘Townsville Region Challenge’. 5/3.5 You might need longer than a weekend to find 400 of the 800+ hides in the Townsville, Charters Towers, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook and Palm Island LGA’s.
GC8ZH5T ‘RRPT – Power Trail Challenge’ 5/2.5 Find 100 caches with the power trail attribute. If you don’t have enough, then be sure to hit the Ross River Power Trail (featuring soon).
GC8Z9VA ‘Brainiac Challenge’ 5/2.5 Easy for some, but difficult in this part of the world hence the D rating. Find 50+ D4.5’s or above.
GC8RWMG ‘99% Monkey Challenge’ 5/4.5 Find caches with the attributes; tree climbing, difficult climbing or climbing gear, totaling 50 or more. Then make your way up approximately 15m to the container.
GC93RPE ‘The Cheeky Ballerina Challenge’ 5/4 Nothing under a tutu! Find 500 caches with a DT of 2/2 or higher.
GC8E6NJ ‘Lonely Cache Challenge’ 5/2.5 Find at least 10 active caches of any type where the average days per find exceed 180. Be warned though your find might drop that number.
GC8DJ5V ‘Salty Seadog Challenge’ 4.5/5 Find 50+ caches with the boat attribute than sail to a very remote rocky outcrop in the middle of the ocean, climb the rocks and make the find. Simple.
GC8WR8K ‘7 Day Geocaching Streak Challenge’ 2/2 As the name suggests, have a geocaching streak of 7 days or more.
GC8Y79M ’31 Day Streak Challenge’ 2.5/1.5 Another that speaks for itself.
GC8T6PY ‘100 Consecutive Days Geocaching Challenge’ 4/2.5 And again.
Over the next few months we want to highlight some other great geocaching locations in our beautiful state. This month we are featuring Townsville and we want to thank Burgo78 for his great write up of his own personal playground!
Geocaching in Townsville
With more than 320 days of sunshine each year, World Heritage-listed national parks and lush tropical gardens, Townsville is home to some spectacular natural landscapes, attractions and of course great geocaches.
With over 600 caches within 50km of Townsville’s CBD there is plenty to keep even the most seasoned cacher entertained. Visitors have plenty of variety to choose from: Remote Hikes, Park and Grabs, Challenges, Gadget caches, Powertrails, Tree Climbs, Adventure Labs, Island Hopping, Puzzles and even a Scuba Cache on a Shipwreck.
The full 81 combinations of the DT matrix are available for those looking to tick off their first or their next loop.
For the puzzle lover Townsville is home over 100. The Breaking Bad Geo Art series, themed on the TV show of the same name includes 17 puzzles, with accompanying field puzzles along 11km of National Park trails, overlooking the ocean and lagoons. The series has been very well received racking up the favourite points and includes ‘Scales’ (GC7AVR5) which at the time of writing has the honour of being the top cache in Queensland by favourite percentage at 93.75%. A further 2 caches in the series also sit in the top 20.
Besides Brisbane’s ‘A Dark Night’, Townsville has the only other geocache in Queensland that has been awarded Geocache of the Week by Geocaching HQ. ‘A Box of Red Herrings’ (GC6NQC2) is hidden with permission inside the Aitkenvale Library. It is not difficult to spot, but the logbook inside is as well protected as J.K. Rowling’s sorcerer’s stone.
Other noteworthy hides include Legoland (GC74CPA), the most favourited cache in the region which combines a Lego puzzle box with a magnificent view of the city and the island below. Key Element (GC4ME3F) is a recreation of one of West Virginia Tim’s Birdhouses. While Steps (GC6ZNVE) is an online puzzle which requires some lateral thinking to progress up the virtual steps before tackling the physical steps of Castle Hill to claim your prize.
The Ross River Power Trail (RRPT) has been replenished by Geocaching Townsville since the devastating floods of February 2019. The RRPT stretches 28km from the mouth of the Ross River all the way to the Ross Dam and boasts 74 hides along the river banks for walkers plus a further 31 which can only be accessed by boat or kayak while avoiding the ‘big green lizards’ (I’m joking – only harmless freshies are found here).
If you enjoy adventure, then Townsville will soon have you feeling like Indiana Jones. There are caches on many local peaks and trails, around bays, up trees, underground and as mentioned before even underwater (GC6VGM0). Friendly locals may be able to assist with TOTT’s to prevent the excess baggage charges accumulating as 4WD, boat, kayak, climbing gear and ladders have all been employed around the region. There is even one that requires a boat and a ladder (GC7P58W).
Step back in time visiting abandoned mine shafts at GC8FV0Q and wander through disused train tunnels at GC8BM2M. Search a WW2 Catalina wreck on a deserted island to uncover its ‘black box’ (GC6WM4D). Visit the mangrove lined S.S. Adelaide wreck off the coast of Magnetic Island (GC7V99M). Or let the Wherigo guide you through history on the ‘Early Townsville Heritage Trail’ (GC7PAND).
Want to claim a 5/5 then Townsville has 3 to choose from. GC7JR20 ‘Caching Bingo Challenge’ rewards well rounded cachers who qualify with a golden ammo can and another golden view. The multi ‘The Ross River Challenge’ (GC8TTGY) hits all the adventurous attributes, with a puzzle, a paddle, a UV field puzzle, a drone (yes that’s right a drone only accessible location to collect info) and finishes with a tree climb. Finally, the plain evil ‘8 Bit Caching Rebooted’ (GC6QHW8) requires players to complete a Geocaching themed Mario style platformer that has caused many to scream with frustration.
Whatever you choose you will not be disappointed. Just ask those that have visited in the last couple of years such as Crooked Pete, JACS Team, Slow Puncture, Karicka, bella at waggy and Pprime’. Failing that visit this bookmark for a list of (in my opinion) Townsville’s finest hides.
With Queensland open for Queenslanders and return flights from Brisbane on offer for under $200 what are you waiting for?
This month we welcome Jezza_theGeoKid to the Kids Caching Corner
Tell me how you started Geocaching? We used to travel between Longreach and Townsville a lot and Mum thought it would be a fun way to spend ‘family time’ and we had found the solitary cache at that time in Longreach. Now it’s a love/hate relationship… Mum loves it and I hate that she loves it! It’s nearly all she talks about. And we have SO much geocaching stuff!!
What are some of the coolest spots caching has taken you to in Townsville? One weekend we took the back road from Charters Towers to Townsville. Along the way we stopped to climb ‘The Rock’ GC1RR6C. It was a bit of a walk but not too hard going. You get to climb a cool rock chimney and I made it all the way to the top easily. Mum’s fear was a little overpowering that day but she’ll do it another time I’m sure with a rope, she did however get the cache. Before heading on to Townsville we also visited The old Greenvale line tunnels GC8BM2M. This was a VERY long walk but it was awesome to walk through the tunnel and it was that pitch black you could barely see the light at the end of it. We visited the second tunnel but there had been a landslide so not as impressive as the first. Oh, and while we were there, we found the cache too – Mums log may give you a giggle.
Have you ever had a FTF? My very first FTF was on the road between Barcaldine and Aramac. Mum had to promote my account to premium just so that I could log it. We were lucky to have enough signal. It was also a bit of a tree climb. My other FTF’s were awarded to me at the Queensland Outback Geocaching muster in both Barcaldine and Blackall.
Have you been to many Events? Our local events are usually in Townsville on the strand so I can either swim in the rock pools or scooter along the beach front. Every Easter Mum books us in to a Mega. We have been to Alice Springs, Lake Macquarie and Canberra (As a tradeoff we flew home Business class). We were supposed to go to Millicent, but we were in lockdown. There is lots to do at Mega events – even an Easter egg hunt and the lab caches are fun. I had my 15 seconds if fame at the Clearwater event performing a card trick in Cachers got Talent! The downside to Mega’s… camping… no power…no Xbox – good old family time.
Thanks for sharing with us this month Jezza, we look forward to seeing you at Dayboro!
We couldn’t let the month go by without a photograph highlight. Recently alphag_25 completed Tunnel Vision 2 in Townsville, these images were posted on the Geocaching Townsville Facebook Page and they have given us permission to share them with you all. Loving the suits!
Complete the puzzle and find the code word. Remember to retain it for the big event!
Puzzle counting squares and numbers across: Square 3 position 4 Square 5 position 8 Square 6 position 8 Square 8 position 9 Square 5 position 3
On the 15th we will post another Dayboro update. So stay tuned we will be advising the dates of our shop opening ready for campground bookings.
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.
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:
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 :)”
Captain Terror – 8/19
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!!!
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.
Our event was scheduled to be published in three days, being one year out from meeting in Dayboro. However, it has been caught up in the moratorium on cache publications in Australia. While we certainly hope that an event a year away will go ahead, we understand the reviewer’s decision not to make exceptions at this stage.
This current COVID-19 situation also means our lead-up events (GC8KVE1 in Western Australia and GC8HVHZ in South Australia) are cancelled. We will reschedule our trip to visit these regions when travel becomes safe again.
We also wish our friends in Millicent and Kempsey all the best with the rescheduling of their Mega Events. We know how much work goes in behind the scenes to get these events up and running (and we are still a year out!), so it must have been devastating to have to have a major delay.
CITO Season 1
Onto some happier news for the planet! We are well into the first CITO season for 2020, which runs through all of March, April and May (Season 2 will be from September through November)! This is a formal opportunity to help your local environment, whether it is collecting rubbish in a local wetlands, or planting trees in a koala reservation. The range of activities that fit the bill are endless.
If you manage to attend a CITO this Season, you will be awarded a souvenir. But given many of us are shut-ins for the next few weeks at least, maybe think about what you can do around the house? Can you build a garden bed to grow some of your own vegetables? Put up an insect house, and prepare the garden to plant some flowers or bushes to attract native bees and birds?
We did a quick survey around the CacheQLD team to see what the weirdest piece of litter we have found was. From computer monitors in the middle of a river, a large number of car tyres, shopping trolleys, an oven and even an old style Singer sewing machine – the foot pedal kind!
What is the most interesting piece of rubbish you have found in a CITO? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the details. We will randomly award an unactivated trackable to an answer.
Solve Some GEO-Art!
Have you been exiled for the good of the realm? Itching to do some geocaching, but staying socially responsible? Well how about solving some puzzles!
GEO-Art – groups of puzzle caches placed on the map to form a picture – is a great way to boost your puzzle solving mojo. Most have puzzles ranging from nice and easy, through to puzzles that will stretch your brain! There is a range of GEO-Art in Queensland, some with more than 100 caches in them. Check out the map for one near you, or start the art around Dayboro in preparation for your visit.
Here are a couple of Brisbane based GEO-Arts to keep you more than busy over the next couple of months: Audio and Pick and Hammer. The Cotton art is located in Emerald. All three are by the work of Georode and offer very different puzzling experiences.
Solving GEO-Art is always more fun in a group, and maintaining some social interaction while self-isolated is important. So, get a group of friends online to bounce ideas off each other and create an online document to track your progress (Google Sheets is our tool of choice). You will be surprised how different ways of thinking can combine to solve them all. Then plan a day out together to sign some logs. When we are allowed outside to play again, that is!
We have had some good entries to our pathtag design competition, which was due to close this week. However, given the delay to publishing our event and everyone being stuck at home, we have decided to extend the deadline to the end of this month.
Time to research the local area, or think of some good Cal puns, and come up with a great idea. Remember, you do not need to have a final pathtag design to enter. A rough sketch describing an idea is perfect.
So, get Cal-culating how you will win, with your magi-Cal design that will blow our minds. Please don’t use Cal-ligraphy as that is not good to read. I don’t mean to be criti-Cal but it’s just not logi-Cal to use a radi-Cal font. Pop a note in your Cal-ender to get busy, as we are waiting for more design of a high Cal-ibre.
Okay, so my sentence is pretty lame, check out this resource for some Cal words!
CITO’s with Fletcher and Blake
Hi Fletcher and Blake, today we’re talking about CITO. What sort of things do you do when you go to a CITO event? Blake: we pick up rubbish to help the environment. I think people throw rubbish everywhere because they’re too lazy to put it in the bin. Fletcher: another time we planted trees for the koalas to eat and pulled out lots of weeds so they could grow. Blake: we also went out in the boat and picked up rubbish on the riverbank so it doesn’t go in the river.
Do you ever do CITO when you’re not at an event? Fletcher: yes, we take our grabbers when we go caching with Dad and we pick up rubbish along the tracks. Blake: we keep the bottles and cans we find and recycle them for pocket money!
What is the thing you like most about doing CITO? Fletcher: I enjoy picking up rubbish. It’s fun because you don’t know what you’ll find, and we get to meet other kids doing it too. Blake: I like helping the environment, that’s important. We learn about cleaning the environment at school, if rubbish doesn’t get picked up it goes out to the sea and hurts the turtles if they eat it
What sort of things do you mostly find when doing CITO? Fletcher: we find plastic bottles, plastic bags and lots of straws. Blake: we find loads of bottle lids, tennis balls, cups and plastic bags
Have you ever found anything interesting? Fletcher: one time doing a rubbish pick up we found a handbag and it had all the persons things in there like ID cards and headphones. We reported it to the police because that’s important so that person can get their stuff back. Blake: another time mum saw what looked like a ball and went to pick it up with a grabber but it was a toad and she screamed! We laughed lots!
Thanks Blake and Fletcher! We hope that people take on your example and practice the CITO principle regularly.
Adult Bit: CITO’s are a great way to give back to the community and surprisingly most kids find it pretty fun. Please remember that some of the areas selected for clean up may not be the most kid friendly, so we strongly recommend the use of grabbers, gloves and of course an adult. Sun protection is also a must!
Another fantastic photo from Tim Williams of Capture the Dog Photography. This spectacular photo was shot was taken at sunrise overlooking Mooloolaba. You could do certainly do some social distancing there!
With plenty of caches along the waterfront you could take your pick so see a similar view.
If you would like to check out Tim’s other photos you can find him at the following places:
Last month we hid our trackable code in the Highlights post. Several of you managed to find it hidden in the map of Beachport (some of our own team struggled to find it). We ran the entry numbers through a random selector and the result was … 5!
Congratulations to kingfisherau!! They walk away with the awesome prize of a Mini MAG Handheld Rechargeable Light. We will have your name on this at registration desk next April!
Don’t forget to enter into our CITO contest as mentioned above, and we announce that winner in May’s Highlight post.
On April 15th we will be publishing our 4th Event Newsletter so check back then to see what secrets we let out of the bag.
So, in March Brisbane is in the midst of a Cycling Festival with heaps of bike activities going on. What better time of the year to highlight some of the great cycling caches in the South East Queensland than now! We got a bunch of biking trails, kid friendly trails, Adventure Labs, and of course it would be remiss of us not to mention another one of Queensland’s fantastic Geo-Arts on, you guessed it, a bike friendly rail trail. So, go on keep reading for all the details.
The Biking / Walking (B/W) Trail is a geocaching trail located between Beerburrum and Glass House Mountains and is ideal for pushbikes or walking. The Cache locations are designed to be kid-friendly when accompanied by adults with a smooth trail with zero sharp rises or falls. Kids can even spot trains (safely behind a fence) whilst doing the series. Slow Puncture are well known for naming their caches after songs, for your enjoyment we have put together a Spotify Playlist of the cache titles on the trail for you.
“With a few hours free, it made sense to grab the bike and come follow this newly published trail while getting some sunshine and exercise. This trail is a gem for kids of all ages, with a well graded track, good size containers that are well stocked with goodies, and plenty of great views of Tibro.” Orange Crew 2 May 2019
Adventure Labs are a new way for geocachers to find and log Lab Caches. Lab aches are an experimental cache type and they are not required to have a container and can be located inside. Lab Caches count towards your total find count and are played on the free Adventure Lab app.
The Brisbane City area has been lucky enough to receive several Adventure labs and a number of these can be combined for one big Adventurous day out. Most could be done using a bike to get around the city or a Lime Scooter.
Some of the available City Adventure Labs are:
* Dark Brisbane by Fangsoki – 10 Locations * Snaps of Brisbane by JACS Team – 5 Locations * The River City Ferry Adventure by Captain Terror – 10 Locations * Brisbane, Is Statue? by 1MinnieMoo – 10 Locations * Brisbane City Churches by IolantheK – 5 Locations * A brief history of wartime in Brisbane by Zacgyver – 10 Locations
“In August last year, CaptainVimes and I enjoyed a fun ride around the river on our bikes completing these labs (Snaps of Brisbane) before loading the bikes in the car to head off to the final. Thanks for the labs” Beardman75
City Cycle Hire
If you are thinking about doing some biking in Brisbane City, the council has a bike hire system. The CityCycle bike hire scheme is a key part of the Brisbane City Council’s plan to encourage more people to ride bikes. The scheme helps to reduce traffic congestions and is a great way to get around the inner city and nearby suburbs. With up to 2000 bikes and 150 stations between the University of Queensland, St Lucia and Newstead it is a quick affordable and fun alternative to short car trips, public transport or walking! Check out the CityCycle website for further details and information. Website: http://www.citycycle.com.au/
Geo-Art – Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms geo-art was established in January of 2016 by Brother Colin. The puzzles are designed to help cachers learn a little about different types of puzzles with a number of them being able to be solved working alongside the geocaching toolbox. The finds are set along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail, which is a trail solely for walking, cycling and horse riding and offers plenty of opportunities for people to experience the history and landscape of the Brisbane Valley. Brother Colin has suggested that the trail will take approximately 4 hours if completing by mountain bike and a full day of walking. Please remember to pack some sun protection along with plenty of water as there is no water available on the trail outside of the township of Esk. So check out this list and get solving – Coat of Arms. Brother Colin has another geo-art on the same trail – Map of Australia, you may just want to check that out to before hitting the trail!
“We have had a great time riddling and puzzling with this series and are now tackling the rail trail in stages. Hopefully making the most of the series and checking out the local area at the same time. Today the weather was perfect and not a magpie in sight. Loved the variety of structures we saw along the way. Thanks, Brother Colin we have really enjoyed this series and often talk about how much work must have gone into its creation and maintenance for us to enjoy TFTC.” Miss_Direction 9 September
Welcome Neil & Izzy to Kid’s Caching Corner this month. Do you have your own geocaching names? Neil: I do, I’m Squidy, but usually just mum logs on her account for all of us Izzy: I just use mum’s account.
This month we are focusing on bike caches. I have heard you have done a few bike trails? Neil: Yes we have done heaps. Maybe all of them. There was a good one on the Gold Coast where we saw heaps of kangaroos. But I like the ones where we do a bunch and then stop for a picnic, and the gaps between them aren’t like fifty kilometres uphill. Izzy: I have done them all too. The best part is getting an ice cream at the end!
Wow! All the bike trails? You have been busy. Have you done “Monster Lane”? Neil: Yeah. We did them over a few visits. Some we could get really quick, and others took time. Izzy: I remember those. I liked the fast ones on the track. We raced to each cache. The girls team beat the boys team. As usual. Neil: Doubt it.
How long ago did you do that? Neil: A while ago. I have no idea exactly. But we have been back a fair bit to do the ride even though we have all the caches. Izzy: It’s annoying because Neil and Mum always say “cache there” when we drive past them.
Who did you do the trail with? Neil: All of us did it together
What is your favourite part of the trail? Neil: I like the pier out there. No one else could find that cache. They were going to leave but I knew where it was the whole time. Izzy: I like the fast bits. The first time we went I had my old bike and it was slow. Now when we go I’m the fastest on the bits [of the trail] were there are no walkers.
Do any caches stand out in your mind as great? Neil: Yeah, the golden budda one I liked. That’s a bit off the trail though but along the way. There was one is a sign post that was clever – am I allowed to say that?
I think that is fine to say. What was the bike path like? Neil: It changed. Some was bike tracks, some was along the water, and some was bushy.
The theme of Monster Lane is monsters from Dr Who. Did you know all the monsters you were searching for? Neil: No. I don’t know who Dr Who is. Izzy: Me either
Would you recommend that families come and do this trail? Neil: Yeah I would but not all at one time. I have to tell mum and dad 10 caches only or they wouldn’t go home. Mum says “just one more” but then it’s another, and then seven on the way back to the car. So be careful. Make a plan.
That is good advice! Thank you for talking with me about the trail. Are there any final thoughts you want to add? Neil: Take swag I guess. Cause it’s the worst if you find something cool and then can’t take it because you don’t have swaps. Izzy: No thanks
Thanks for sharing Neil and Izzy! Neil: Thanks Izzy: Bye
“This was one of many geocaches we found along the oceanfront today. Thank you for placing and maintaining this one! These were all great, easy and straight forward finds.” nature0nut 11 November 2017
Adult Bit: Monster Lane is a series of caches published by bike riding cacher barbbowman. First published in April of 2012 it was one of the first trails established in Brisbane. This excellent trail is situated along a very established bike path that will see you ride along the foreshores Sandgate and Brighton before hitting the more bush / urban sections. Due to time and roadworks, sadly some of the original series has been lost but there are still 40 of the Dr Who monsters/villains/aliens left to be discovered. Each cache page will enlighten you to one of the many Dr Who characters. A public bookmark is available here: Monster Lane.
This month’s photo by Tim Williams of Capture the Dog Photography is a truly spectacular shot from Maleny overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. Maleny is a true destination location and well worth a visit whilst in the area to explore all that is on offer such as the local milk producers Maleny Dairies – who run tours of their facility and especially great for kids, they can feed a calf or two and sample some of the locally produced products.
If you would like to discover this location Tim has identified a nearby traditional cache GC6Y0Y7 ‘McCarthys Lookout the 2nd’. In case you are wondering – yes there are caches at the top of some of those mountain peaks – Gorilla anyone! If you would like to check out Tim’s other photos you can find him at the following places:
On the 15th March we will be publishing our 3rd Event Newsletter, and letting you know where we are with planning for the Dayboro Easter 2021 event and a couple of already published info events!! Watch out South and West Australia we are coming your way. Don’t forget we are still running a pathtag design contest so check out the Contest tab above to find out more and get your submission in!
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.
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.
“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 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
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.
“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.