Cache QLD Highlight – 11

You may have noticed we missed October’s event news, so did we. Whoops! We were just a little sidetracked with some other event projects.

This month our highlight takes you to the Outback region of Queensland and we thank RoddyC for putting in a lot of work this month to share his thoughts and promote the Queensland Outback Geo Muster.

Caching the Queensland Outback with QOGM.

Outback Queensland is vast.  From Mount Isa, through Longreach to Barcaldine south to the Queensland border, it covers more than half the State’s landmass.

QOGM Country covers the five LGA Areas of Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo. Murweh (Charleville) and Paroo (Cunnamulla), with the major Highways passing through all these areas being the Mitchell and Landsborough highways.

The QOGM Area

So, what is QOGM?

QOGM is the acronym for the Queensland Outback Geocaching Muster.  QOGM commenced in 2018 in Barcaldine, followed by the Blackall-Tambo event in 2019.  Due to Covid-19 in 2020, QOGM was held over.

A QOGM group is formed for each location, and consists of local cachers from each area under the leadership of RoddyC, Youngoldfella and hatzofff.  Hatzofff with Ridgeedidge from Barcaldine were responsible for hatching the original concept of an outback geocaching event.

Geocachers have come from all over Australia – just about every state has been represented, and international geocachers, too!

MaccaMob
Baby & Mrs Gopher

The aim is to have geocaches placed throughout the event area which allow attendees to experience the Outback and its unique geography, flora and fauna, and its geology, too. 

Especially the Earth Caches!

But more importantly, it introduces geocachers to the outback locals. 

While the girls do the work!

Through an extended stay, geocachers contribute financially to outback recovery.   For example, in Barcaldine, we estimate from contributed expenditure records that our wonderful QOGM attendees spent close to $45,000 in the Barcaldine Region in 2018 and close to $50,000 in the Blackall-Tambo Region in 2019. 

QOGM Quotes:
Jane Searle
It is fantastic to hear such a great report of cachers helping the economy and doing the right thing. 👏👏👏👏👏 Well done

From the Mayor of the Blackall-Tambo Council, the following response was received:

Thank you Rod. I am glad you all had fun, the towns certainly enjoyed hosting an event that was way outside their normal understanding of “things” !!

I am sure your group will go from strength to strength.
Cheers and merry xmas to you and yours.
Andrew.

This money is spent with the local businesses in the towns – a fact which is greatly appreciated by the local Councils and Business Groups, as they mostly miss out on the government subsidies which normally go directly to farmers.

Night caching outback style!

What does attending the QOGM entail?

QOGM is four or more days of organized Events and Geocaching trails, challenges and socializing. 

Drinks and nibbles at the end of a busy day!

QOGM usually commences with a ‘pre-event’ gathering as an ice-breaker, followed next day by the main “Welcome to Country” Geocaching QOGM Event – accompanied by a Council sponsored Meal together.  In subsequent days and locations spread geographically through the event region, there is a Flash Mob Event, a CITO Event, a Welcome to QOGM next-year Event, and an official Closing Event and Dinner.  At the Flash Mob event, we bring out the Kazoos:  Waltzing Matilda under the Tree of Knowledge and Click go the Shears at Ram Park.  In Cunnamulla, it has to be Slim Dusty’s The Cunnamulla Fella, doesn’t it?

QOGM Quote:
Bobby Smith
The Phoenix ferals really enjoyed their first QOGM and have already been discussing plans for next year. One of the boys told me

” i like it and we actually learn and experience more doing this than we do in a week of school!”

Thanks so much to everyone who was involved in organising and running QOGM 2019 and to all the other Geocache peoples we met and were able to assist or them assist us. Thanks everyone, see you in 2020!.😁😎

Click go the shears, boys, click,click, click

In between the events are geocaching activities through the release of new geocaches, and of course, the mandatory Muster, which is a full-day event, car-pooling for FTFs, competitions and many fun geocaches of different types.

The Muster Day
In Barcaldine 2018, the Muster travelled from Aramac up to Lake Dunn, then down to Jericho for and evening event and dinner at the local Pub.  The highlight of that muster was the fabulous Art Trail of Mylinda Rogers. 

QOGM Quote:
Sheridan Davis
I loved doing this trail while at the event. The art is just fabulous a real highlight of the trip

Follow this link for a fabulous video expo: The Sculpture Trail

JT and the winning kick – Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail

In 2019, it was the ‘Turd’ Trail where the caches pages were fun-filled word plays, followed by chicken races and Dinner in Tambo.

QOGM Quote:
Bazzanne Gilmour
And on the turd stroke 💩💩💩💩💩 we won’t really give a cowpat.

QOGM 2021 is in Paroo Shire, based in Cunnamulla.  The three local cachers there are keen to get caches out and go from an area that had but three up into the hundreds for our geocaching enjoyment.  And give us all a time to remember. 

Nasty Nano! Where are you?

Keep up to date on the QOGM Facebook Pages

Future dates: QOGM is set for the next three years

QOGM 2021 Paroo (Cunnamulla) 21 to 25 September 2021
QOGM 2022 Longreach 20 to 24 September 2022
QOGM 2023 Murweh (Charleville) 19 to 23 September 2023

Charmaine Atkinson
Looking forward to attending all of these. A big thank you to Rod Collins, Pauline Collins and John Marshmann for putting this together every year. It’s always great to attend and as always, catch up with old and new faces ❤❤❤

Whats Next

Once again we send our thanks to RoddyC and the QOGM team for this months highlight. Next month we comes back towards the coast and have a look at Gold Coast

Cache QLD Highlight – 10

This month we are highlighting the Sunshine Coast.  While some of the team were away exploring our great state dahumbug was very busily preparing this month’s feature for you all.  We thank him for his time and effort in bring us this great report.  There is so much to do in the Sunshine Coast! It was not possible to fit it all in.  We may bring you another Sunshine Coast Highlight as we get closer to the main event.

Welcome to Geocaching in the Kabi Kabi area!

Or more commonly known as the Sunshine Coast.  Sunshine Coast is a peri-urban area and the third most populated area in the Australian state of Queensland. Located 100 km  north of the state capital Brisbane in South East Queensland on the Pacific Ocean coastline, its urban area spans approximately 60 km  of coastline and hinterland from Pelican Waters to Tewantin.  

The area was first settled by Europeans in the 19th century with development progressing slowly until tourism became an important industry. The area has several coastal hubs at Caloundra, Kawana Waters, Maroochydore, and Noosa Heads. Nambour and Maleny have developed as primary commercial centres for the hinterland. When referring to Maleny, you also must refer to other magical towns nearby. Montville and Mapleton are only a small stones throw away. Lets not forget about the beauty of the Glasshouse Mountains in the south, and the mystique of towns of Pomona, Cooroy and Eumundi in the north.

The Sunshine Coast, as a term recognised by most Australians, is the district defined in 1967 as “the area contained in the Shires of Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa, but excluding Bribie Island”. Its use is frequently colloquial, however. Since 2014, the Sunshine Coast district has been split into two local government areas (LGA OR COUNTIES AS PER PROJECT GEOCACHING), the Sunshine Coast Region and the Shire of Noosa, which administer the southern and northern parts of the Sunshine Coast respectively.

Major rivers of the Sunshine Coast include Noosa River, Maroochy River, Mooloolah River and the Stanley River. The region includes several lakes such as Lake Cootharaba and Lake Weyba. Ewen Maddock Dam, Wappa Dam and Baroon Pocket Dam have been built for water storage.

Several stretches of the Sunshine Coast are lined with unbroken beaches – from Sunshine Beach near Noosa to Coolum Beach, the coast from Point Arkwright to Mudjimba, the Maroochydore–Mooloolaba stretch and from Buddina past the Caloundra CBD to Pelican Waters .

The Sunshine Coast is home to more individual national parks than any other region in Queensland. The natural biodiversity of the area has been protected by five separate parks in both coastal and inland regions, including Mapleton Falls National Park, Kondalilla National Park,  and The Glass House Mountains National Park.

Sunshine Coast has a humid subtropical climate typical of South Queensland. Summers are generally hot, but moderated compared to areas on similar latitudes elsewhere. Winters retain warm days, but have cooler nights rendering it falling into the subtropical fold. There is no dry season and precipitation is generally quite high. Enough with the boring intro, let’s talk about what you’re here for … the caches!

There are currently 1255 active caches collectively in the Sunshine Coast and Noosa LGAs, making it the third most abundant area in all of Queensland after Brisbane and Moreton on the north side.

Where shall we start?  Lets start with somewhat what the Sunny Coast is famous for …the sunny coastal beaches.  In no order of preference, we start at the top.

Noosa
Noosa is famous for its beaches and upmarket shopping.  While the Main Beach is easily accessible, the hidden joys are hidden around the headland.  Why not treat yourself to a walk around Noosa National Park.  Here’s a couple of caches to get you there.  GCWBBA #1 Keyring Cache at Noosa – this is an easy walk along a popular track, a little care needs to be taken near the cache site but it’s not too treacherous.

GC737 Plantman #17 – one of the great Plantman caches hidden by Plantman while on a working holiday back in 2003.Original Logbook and Container you can find on this one. A struggle to believe once you find it.  Located at the southern end of Noosa National Park. While its one of the hardest spots to get to, you will be rewarded with access to one of Noosa’s remote beaches and also visit one of the caches listed on Queensland oldest 100 caches.

There are also several Earthcaches located on Noosa National Park where visitors will not be disappointed.:
GC72A85 Paradise
GCWCF0 No Granites At Granite Bay
GC6WCF0 Hells Gate

While you’re in the area don’t forget to visit Sunshine Coast’s “Most Visited Cache” GCRKN4 Laguna Lookout with over 860 Finds since 2005 you don’t want to be one to miss out looking out to stunning views over Noosa. We have the cacher powellbruce to thank for that offering.

Let’s move on down the coast a little to the awesome beachside town of Coolum.  While there is lots of beaches to enjoy here at the coastal village of Coolum, you would be missing out by not climbing Mount Coolum GC4G6XW Mount Coolum.  At a height of 208mtrs Mt Coolum has a remarkable botanical diversity with more than 700 different species of plants identified there. Vegetation types include eucalyptus forest, coastal wallum, paperbark wetland, rare coastal montane heath.

The walk to the summit is along an Australian Standards class 4 rated track with a 1.6K return journey which recommends that you allow 2 hours return. The pathway has recently been reconstructed and is well maintained with plenty of areas for a rest on the way up and down.   It is estimated that up to 140 people a day climb Mount Coolum!  With over 50 Favourite Points it must have something to offer.

Lets move on down the coastline, to the golden beaches of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.  Most recommended here is the two Adventure Labs – Green Team’s Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway a cruisy walk from Cotton Tree to Maroochydore.  After this you can try your hand at  Konie’s A Wander Around Mooloolaba, a journey that takes you from Alexandra Headlands to the Spit at Mooloolaba. (PS…I recommend Fish and Chips down the Spit).  Konie and Green Team have been caching for eons and are enjoying their golden years placing caches on easy terrain these days!

Before we finish talking about the beaches, we better not forget about Caloundra. One of the original sunny coast holiday hotspots. Once a very affordable holiday spot for young families but now home for an abundance of baby boomers. You could say all the travelling grey nomads could feel at home here…just joking. For caching lets look at the most favourited cache on the Sunny Coast. With a hundred odd Favourite Points the location is to die for GC3TK2J Kings View If it’s too tricky to find Wesso is always good for a PAF!

While in the area you can try your hand at Wesso Family’s Adventure Lab Discover Caloundra. Another easy one to find on the app.  Do not forget the Virtual Cache, we will list that one later.  Caloundra region is abundant with caches looking to boost their numbers.  Caloundra is also the doorway to the Northern tip of Bribie Island, which is also home to a pleasure of caches.

Moving away from the coastline down to the Glasshouse Mountains.  There is a plethora of caches available for the masses down there.  Whether you like easy to find park and grabs, or maybe challenge yourself with a daring mountain climb.  We will mention a few to get you in the right area.

Mount Ngungun
GC1E307- The Glass House Mountains – Mount Ngungun
At a height of 253mtrs Mount Ngungun is made of rhyolite and the vegetation is the most varied of the Glass House Mountains. 126 of 178 plant species found in the Glass House Mountains are found within the forests of Mount Ngungun.

The walk to the summit is classed as one of the most accessible in the Glass House Mountains. It is a class 4 track with a 2.2K return journey which requires you to allow 2 hours return. Note-A little bit of trivia with this one…This mountain was home to the first geocache ever hidden on the Sunshine Coast back in March 2001 GC2A5JF Glass House Lava Plugs (Queensland).  This cache is the epitome of the Glasshouse Mountains.  A real showcase.  While the last two caches are the easier mountain offerings, we should not fail to mention a couple of challenging caches GC264D Gorilla, on top of the world, or at least the head of a gorilla, hidden in November 2001.  The original cache hidden on the gorilla mountain Mount Tibrogargan GCQFKP Big Bold Beautiful Beerwah a replacement cache for the highest mountain of the Glasshouse Mountains. This will test your stamina and rock scrambling ability.  DO NOT ATTEMPT IF WET.

Let’s move on up the hill from the Glasshouse region to Maleny.  The original home of alternative culture on the Sunny Coast.  Do you know that the world-famous Woodford Folk Festival had its origins as the Maleny Folk Festival? Once a buzzing town of hippy culture and alternate thinking, now the home of trendy up market real estate.  Why is that?  Well the rolling hills soaked in glorious mountain air, and abundant in views to die for you should treat yourself and immerse yourself in a Maleny experience of your own.  Caches to highlight GC892WA Hinterland Highlight Virtual and GC4R718 Heard of Cows a pairing of caches to get you in the right area to enjoy Maleny Meanderings.

Moving on from here north to Montville… along the way there is a couple of breathtaking reflections to behold.  Don’t miss this one GC17G2J Gerrards Views one of the many lookout caches along the way.  Once you’re at Montville, you can enjoy the quaint little village feel  while doing WallabyWanderers Adventure Lab Montville Meandering.- GC17G2J Montville Coddiwomple.

Meandering mostly through municipals muchly starting with M, meets us with another mention called Mapleton.  The hometown of “The Bug”(dahumbug) who has made sure there is nearly one of every cache type here for punters to amuse themselves merrily with.  Meantime, there is a cache that should not go unnoticed GC4XHMZ Baxter Falls searchers for this cache will be rewarded with a stunning rainforest walk and a look at a waterfall few people know about.  You will follow a well-made and signposted walking track to Baxter Falls.

There is heaps more hinterland towns that could be mentioned with much detail. The kaleidoscope of caches at Kenilworth with nice offerings in town on the edge of the Conondale National Park to the south and a montage of mountain musings at Kenilworth Bluff, otherwise known as Humbug Mountain.

Eumundi with its efficient placement near the highway and situated nicely to promote travellers onwards to Noosa. Home of the famous Eumundi Markets which take place most Wednesdays and Saturdays.  The old timber town of Cooroy, home of the famous EVIL CACHES. Cachers come from all over the world to find them. Here’s a bit of an EVIL ONE.  Let’s not forget about Pomona, home of the world famous mountain race King of the Mountain where such humans subject themselves to race from town to the summit of the local Mount Cooroora. Don’t be afraid to come embrace your very own piece of Serenity of the Mountain.

There is so many more that I’ve forgotten to mention all the Adventure Labs. There is 10 ALs listed on the Sunshine Coast Map.  Pull up the app and look at the map for yourself.

There are 4 Virtual Caches placed on the Sunshine Coast, a couple already mentioned previously:
GC892WA Hinterland Highlight Virtual
GC891FT A Good Egg
GC891Q8 Emu Mountain
GC890CH  Centaur Memorial

Being the Sunshine Coast most people think of the water.   There are many, many water based caches spanning the whole Sunshine Coast, plenty of space for you to get your yak out and go for a paddle.

What’s Next:

Our big thanks again to dahumbug for highlighting the Sunshine Coast.  Next month we hope to bring you another guest writer and introduce you to a whole other part of Queensland.

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 Highlights – 07

National Tree Day

Have you ever wondered what geocaching would be like without trees? Better GPS reception perhaps. No more pulling yourself up a tree trying not to think about how you are going to get back down. No more reaching into dark holes hoping nothing moves. No more digging around in leaf litter trying to find that rusty tin! … But seriously, close your eyes, and try to imagine … What we imagine is dirty air, lifeless soil, chronic drought, no tree-based products (no log books!).

We have two options: Find another inhabitable planet and move; or do our bit to help. This is where National Tree Day comes in. National Tree Day began in 1996 and it has since been celebrated annually on the last Sunday of July. Even with current restrictions in place you can still help by planting a tree. Gather with your friends or family and select a piece of property on which you can plant a new tree. Planting them closer to buildings can drastically reduce air conditioning costs. Another way to help is to pick up a recycling box and clean up while you are walking to that next cache.

So whether you are tree fishing, searching for a micro in bark, or just hanging on for dear life clinging to a matchstick size branch, next time you are caching remember these amazing facts, and when you are safely back on solid ground, plant a tree!
• A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.
• One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 40,000km.
• Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources.

Tree Climbing

With National Tree Day coming up, Kieran from Orange Crew shared some of his experiences with geocaching in trees:

Big beautiful trees have become a more common hiding spot for geocaches in the past few years, for a few good reasons. From a CO perspective, they’re generally a great place to get a geocache up off the ground and away from things that cause maintenance issues like muggles, floods, fires, and animal interference. Tree caches are also a fun way to get kids involved, are more challenging than simple park and grabs, and generally have higher difficulty and terrain ratings.

We started free climbing a few trees for fun and then placed a few tree climbs for others to find. Soon after there were several technical tree climbs appearing around Brisbane and a local cacher invited me along to come have a go at climbing up to find theirs. While I don’t have a fear of heights, there was some initial fear of the unknown, but that soon melted away when the CO gave me the confidence that the process of technical tree climbing was achievable even by a novice with just some brief training and practice. Once off the ground, it was just a matter of putting the effort in and up I went. Before long I was bugging anyone, who had gear and experience, to let me come along for a tree climb. There have been many cachers who have been very generous with their time and equipment, and in my experience have endless patience and a vast understanding of all the safety mechanisms that prevent a novice from getting into trouble. For that I am truly thankful.

There are many other tree climbs that can be done without technical equipment if you feel confident. Each species and individual tree has its own challenges to conquer, and not all are created equal. Some are challenging to get just a few metres off the ground without knees trembling, while others are located 20m up in a swaying Norfolk pine with big, sturdy, evenly spaced horizontal branches that feels almost as easy to climb as a ladder. Tree climbing is exhilarating, and at the time that you’re perched high above the ground, your senses are heightened. In the end though, the ability to climb trees comes back to confidence. While it’s a great sense of achievement to push past your boundaries, it’s up to the individual to judge their abilities and the risk to make a good judgement call on whether it’s safe for them to attempt a tree climb.

A novel way of placing caches in trees that involves much less risk has taken off, known as tree fishing. Rather than the cacher climbing up to the cache, you instead use a long pole to hook the cache and retrieve it back to ground level for signing. There are also challenges for those who love tree climbing with or without ropes, such as the Tall Timber Challenge (GC7H6GE) and the Roped Into It Challenge (GC7H9A7).

So, what are you waiting for? Go climb a tree! Oh, and give it a good hug while you’re there.

Tree Fishing

You’ve heard of fishing, but have you heard of ‘tree fishing’? A new idea made its way to Brisbane halfway through 2019 following a trip to Germany by GeoRode and the idea has grown to include a number of tree fishing hides from different CO’s between Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast. I hear the idea is gaining attention nationally and there are now hides like these in NSW and the ACT.

The idea is a cache is hidden high in a tree, ideally a tall skinny one not designed for climbing. The challenge – stretch out your ‘reaching device’ or fishing pole as we call them and hook your container. Expect to look 8-9 metres off the ground. Gently lower it down and sign the log. Often lifting these tricky little hides back onto their perch is more of a battle than finding or signing them! Be prepared to crane your neck and wobble your arms.

To reward your efforts, these hides are often classed a D4 to D5 on the basis a ‘fishing pole’ TOTT is required and the terrain should be rated much lower based on your feet remaining firmly on the ground.

The TOTT commonly used is a simple extendable fishing rod which you can buy online or you can craft your own extendable pole using nothing but garden stakes and duct tape! Be sure to keep an ear out during the event as there are a number of Brisbane locals who have the necessary equipment and are quite happy to take you with them.

Based on some of the logs coming out of these hides, a fun day is sure to be had, so why not check out this Booklist of Tree Fishing caches.

“ …You wouldn’t believe how much fun 4 pensioners can have in the middle of the bush!! As said on previous logs – the hardest part is returning the cache to its home. Another favourite point for all the fun on our adventure. TFTC Simber15”

“I was looking forward to my evening with Anne (the cache). I got there and my pole was up in seconds, but there was an incident right as it reached its target and it rapidly deflated. That’s OK, I hear that can happen on the first time something like this is attempted. I used my hands to get my pole nice and extended again and was ready for round two. A lot of poking about with my pole in the vicinity of the ring, but I struggled to get the end in there. Took one hand to support and another to guide it in, and then a bunch of wiggling to get it off. Once that was done and the log signed, I struggled to get it back up again. But eventually I was done and in need of a break. TFTC!”

“That was epic! A good 30 mins spent on this one. First challenge was an appropriate tool. Quick trip to Bunnings first and bought some supplies. Feeling confident in my idea I headed down for a crack. After realising I wasn’t looking up the right tree initially the container was soon spotted. Started to assemble my contraption and took a few attempts to get it down. As expected, it hit me on the head on the way down. Took a seat and signed the blank log. Then the realisation struck I had to return it to the same spot! I gave it a shot and it fell off my hook down the slope! Doh! Retracted my reaching sticks and dragged it back up the hill to where I was standing. Re-hooked it and slowly started to elevate the poles again. After a few swings trying to get it back onto its designated perch I settled on one close enough for the CO to agree with my replacement. All done! Felt like a warrior – Looked like I’d just run a marathon! Will give this one a favourite for the empowering experience!”

Welcome to Charli, the Cha of ChaMad, to Kids Caching Corner this month.

What do you like about geocaching?
It takes me to different places and sometimes long drives that I wouldn’t get to go on normally. It keeps my dad happy and I get to see some really cool cache designs with some cool stuff inside.

What do you dislike about geocaching?
My dad telling me “just one more” or” it’s just around the corner” when it’s really not, or when I’ve had enough for the day and we keep going. Sometimes I don’t want to go and I’m made to go…. but then I end up enjoying the day and seeing the fun things my dad has set up for me.

When did you start caching?
We went on a bike ride around Northey St. bike trails with friends; they stopped to look for something just off the path. It was explained to us “it is geocaching” and this was our first cache, I was 6 then. We then started to cache on our own from there and have found some really cool caches like the fairy gardens at Bunya Park.

What sorts of caches do you like doing and what is your favourite?
I like doing tree climbs, bike rides, short trail walks and just recently dad took me out kayaking. I’m not really into the big bush bashing caches or where there is lots of mozzies and am not a fan of cemeteries. My favourite caches are the tree climbs.

Do any caches stand out as great and which ones?
Yes, the tree climbs lol. There have been a few good ones, traditional’s in Ashgrove, letterboxes in Bunya but the most memorable at the moment would be Can O’ Pea (GC55AZ1) down the coast way, that was a huge tree and one I enjoyed climbing all over.

How long ago did you do that?
That was about 2 months ago and I went with a group with other cachers and kids as well so it was a great day out.

Have you done anything special that is geocaching related?
I did a surprise multi cache in our back yard for my dad’s birthday in April. With the help of my mum I set 6 caches around the yard with clues to the next WP and to the final. The final was inside his birthday cake; a small container with a trackable inside was placed and hidden in the center of the cake. It was fun to see him try and cut the cake.

Do you have your own caches?
Yes we have our own adventure lab series (Bunya Nuts) which highlights areas around Bunya and a bonus cache (GC8RP25) at the end.

So I’m guessing your bonus cache for your adventure lab is a tree climb.
Yes that’s pretty obvious, but it is a very easy climb and should be easy for everyone, I didn’t make it too hard. Yes, I placed it and set it up while my dad watched.

Thanks Charli for sharing your love of tree caches with us!

Contest

This month we have a Tree Anagram puzzle from the National Tree Day website.  For the code word, simply put all the first letters of the unscrambled trees into a string of letters.  Remember to keep hold of this code until the Big Event.

What’s Next

Check back in on July 15th to discover how the committee is progressing with organising this big event.  With the recent increase in gathering numbers and the borders opening to most of the country in the next few weeks, hopefully we can start to have some events.

Cache QLD Highlight – 06

Welcome to CacheQLD’s June Highlight! This month we welcome winter and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Environment Day on the 5th of June.

World Environment Day reminds us to take action to conserve and protect our natural environment. We have been working with our sponsors to eliminate waste and reduce our environmental impact by ‘going green’ at the Dayboro event!

Due to current restrictions, QLD’s 3-day World Environment Day Festival will be live-streamed. The discussion panel includes expert biologists, botanists and ecologists discussing on biodiversity and climate change, information on local environmental action groups, sustainable living tutorials and live music (Live-streamed June 5-7th at http://www.wed.org.au)!

This year focuses on biodiversity. Think you know biodiversity? Take this fun quiz! https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/did-you-know/take-quiz

Hello Trinity, we are talking about world environment day and biodiversity this month.

Can you tell me what animals you have found during your geocaching travels?
I see a lot of kangaroos, wallabies, monitor lizards and pheasants. At Ewen Maddock Dam I saw a water rat playing in the water and I saw lots of tiny tree frogs. When I did a night-time cache called ‘Nocturnal’ at Petrie I saw a carpet snake on a tree and a bandicoot.

Do you have any advice for kids to find animals when they are caching?
Take a spider stick, if you go to Tincha Tamba make sure you have loads of mozzie spray and climb trees to get a good look around. There are bird hides at Boondall and Lake Manchester. Remember to take a camera with you when you go geocaching to take pictures of the animals you spot.

Why is it important to look after the environment?
We rely on the earth for food and shelter. We need lots of different plants and animals to keep the earth balanced.

How can geocaching help?
You should recycle containers when making caches and swag. If you do earthcaches you will see that rocks rock even though they can’t move. When you make your geocaches, teach people about places and animals. When you go geocaching you can pick up rubbish around the cache.

What are your favourite Nature Parks?
I liked walking down to the ‘ghost train’ cache where I saw micro-bats in the train tunnels. When we first started, I climbed Mount Micketeegumblegree with my cousins and got lost on the way down but we had lots of fun. When I went around Australia with my sister and mum we used the geocaching app to take us to all the national parks.Thanks Trinity it’s great to hear that you are looking out for the environment when you go geocaching.

Adult Bit: There are some good environmental centres to visit with kids around the Moreton Shire and greater South-East Queensland including Downfall Creek (Kedron), C.R.E.E.C (Burpengary), Osprey House (Dohles Rocks), Kumbartcho Sanctuary (Eatons Hill) and Walk-about Creek (The Gap). Each of these have related geocaches to explore.

This month we have a question from our South Australian ambassador, RideTheGeoWalrus

‘Geocachers are asking how close is Dayboro to Brisbane? They would like to see it on a map with maybe some of the attractions and lodgings’

Dayboro is wonderfully located in the South East of Queensland within hour you can be at the Sunshine Coast, set up in the City having coffee at a café and almost at the Gold Coast.  No matter what kind of caching you are into within an hour you are going to be set up ready go – plenty of mountains to climb, lakes to paddle, beaches to visit, heaps of cultural / tourist things and I guess if you like shopping there’s plenty of that too.

We have included some links in our past newsletter regarding searching for accommodation in the region – you can find this in April 2020 – Newsletter 04.  We also have a map of the caches we mention on the website in the side bar.  We try to have this up to date as possible (bar all those geo-arts at this stage).  This map also includes where the event is being held and you can search around to see what else is nearby that may interest you.

Dayboro is in the Moreton Bay Region and they themselves have a great website that really highlights all the Moreton Bay has to offer and help identify what is in the area.  We strongly suggest you check out their website https://www.visitmoretonbayregion.com.au/  If you are planning on bringing your furry friend to the event you will also find information on pet friendly beaches, parks cafe & other areas that might be of interest.

Of course please remember that you can camp with your pets at the Dayboro Showground!

Geocaching with Dogs

Bodhi has been geocaching since he was 8 weeks old, when we picked him up from the breeder! Being a cocker spaniel, he is the perfect geodog, as he is built for family adventures and retrieving. Bodhi loves nothing more than sniffing out the cache and sitting down once he has found it.

Bodhi loves attending geo-events where he even met Miss Direction’s cocker spaniels at the Sweeney Reserve Australia Day Event at Petrie and he was trying to catch bubbles at the WWFM XV Brisbane’s Bubbly Bridge Event, where Barbbowman took some great photos of him. Bodhi has even sniffed out dog friendly accommodation for the upcoming Dayboro event, so he can attend all the dog friendly activities, which we are all very excited about.

Bodhi has been on many geocaching adventures with us from bush walks, to beaches, to urban hides and his personal favourite, at dog parks.

Recently, Bodhi has been hiding his own geocaches in his favourite spots to walk and play, including Bodhi’s Lost Squeaker (GC8280A) and A REALly Great Park (GC82DB8). Bodhi just loves doing maintenance runs (any excuse to go for a walk and play!) Bodhi also has his own TB which he wears to events, he just loves people and other dogs, so he is more than happy to share the code with you.

We just love geocaching for finding and exploring new places! We recently had a fun family day at Fingal Head completing the earth cache and other caches nearby, visiting the lighthouse and had a lunch in a dog friendly venue where Bodhi met a new furry friend to play with.

We love everything about geocaching with Bodhi and the places and adventures it takes us as a family.

~ Chasingadventures, Muggle Hubby and Bodhi xox

Seeing as we featuring Caching with Dogs this month, Tim shares a little of his experience with his dog Zelda.

So Zelda is a trainee assistance dog with mindDog Australia, basically to help me cope with my depression and anxiety and PTSD, she found her very first geocache on the way home from adopting her from Karmas Place Rescue at the steam roller at Maidenwell (GC17AGD). She has been caching with me ever since, she joins me for my photos shoots and when hiding geocaches, and she is one kayak loving water doggo who can’t help getting her paws muddy when I’m out hiding evil water based caches. Being an assistance dog in training she is lucky in the fact that she can go places most dogs can’t like National Parks, so she is definitely a T5 pooch.

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What’s Next

Next month we finally fully reveal the Cache QLD team, not that we’ve been hiding or anything.  We also talk about how we are going green for the event.

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 :)”

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!!!

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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!

LOVERS LANE IRONBARK

“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.