Today we just have a quick post to alert you to some information sessions that are happening over the coming weeks and an update on the merchandise and camping.
Cairns Info Session – GC9GCPE Saturday 24th October – 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Tasmania Info Session (Hobart) – GC9HD9D Saturday 30th October – 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Southside Info Session (Brisbane) – GC9HEBR Sunday 31st October – 11:30am to 12:00am
Gympie Info Session – GC9HH1A Sunday 7th November – 9:30am to 10:00am
Brisbane Info Session – GC9HH1G Sunday 14th November – 9:30am to 10:00am
Toowoomba Info Session – GC9HH1X Sunday 21st November – 9:30am to 10:00am
Northside Info Session (Brisbane) – GC9HH1Y Sunday 28th November – 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Gold Coast Info Session – GC9HH26 Sunday 5th December – 9:30am to 10:00am
We are hoping to get to more locations as the states open up, but this can be a tricky thing to navigate at the moment. If you can and would like to host an information event in your region, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can organise something with you.
Geocaching Townsville are hosting a special event, ‘Come and Try Geocaching’ on Saturday 18th December, at Sheriff Park from 10:00am to 10:30am looking to encourage new players to the game. This event will be featured in the Townsville ‘What’s On’ holiday guide and would be a great place to learn more about geocaching.
We expect the shop to be open for purchasing merchandise only from around mid-November. We will have available a set of four pathtags, two geo-coins (blueprints below), a polo shirt, t-shirts, car flag and a variety of other made to order products.
There will be camping available at the Mega location, we are finalising some details due to some unforeseen changes to our original plan. As we did with the Dayboro Mega we will have a special post on the website with all the information regarding camping with a predetermined date and time when camping will be available for purchase. This allows people to chat with their buddies and make plans. We anticipate that date will be in December with the shop closed on that day until the nominated time, when everything will become available.
If have any questions and are not able to attend an event please send us an email at email@example.com.
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.
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 ViewIf 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 Viewsone 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 Fallssearchers 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.
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.