CacheQLD – February Event Update

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

Trivia Night

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

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

Time to start studying your geo-trivia!

CWA Breakfast

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

New Merchandise

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

Volunteers

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

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

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

Geocaching Downunder – Podcast

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

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

What’s On

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

CacheQLD – Event News Jan 21

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

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


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

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

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

What about Special Adventure Labs?

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

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


Will there be new Geo-Art?

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

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

What about Challenges?

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

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

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

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

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

Are the coins and pathtags going to be ready?

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

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

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

What’s going to happen over the weekend?

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

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

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

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

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

Can I buy geocaching related goodies over the event weekend?

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

Further Questions

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

OnlineShop – Now OPEN!!!

We are super excited to announce that the CacheQLD online store is now open! You can purchase your site bookings, Event Pathtags, and Geocoins! We also have personalised event t-shirts, and car flags! Stock is limited so hurry over and secure yours! For personalisation be sure to fill in your details prior to checkout! Please note: Items will not be shipped. All merchandise can be picked up from the Main Hall anytime during the Easter Event (GC8M4ZQ)!

Click on the banner

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

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

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

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

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

Directs to Online Shop