Three Weeks and Counting

We are almost there! We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the amaxing support of Townsville City Council! We can’t thank them enough!!
We have noticed that people are on the move already heading towards Townsville and a few events have popped up along routes for travellers to connect.  We have been hearing things about some amazing planning happening to grab all the target caches involving hire of specialist equipment.  We know of zoom sessions to get the Saint sorted and nut over some ideas as group collective.  We also know that the GPS Maze (GC9MQ6K) has arrived!

So, where to from here:

Merchandise: The order time is almost at an end for any printed merchandise, with the final day for purchases being 11:30pm Friday 25th March.  Coins and pathtags will continue to be for sale until we have exhausted our stock.  Please be aware that our Event polo shirts have been closed off for ordering due some concerns regarding the recent flooding through the warehouse affecting stock. 

Reviewer Session: We are calling out for questions for our reviewers to consider during their session, you can submit your questions through our email address admin@cacheqld.com

Milestone Shout-out: If you or someone you know is celebrating a milestone over the weekend, please let us know so we can recognise, share and celebrate with you.  Perhaps it’s a birthday, caching anniversary, first Mega, 100th cache, 20,000th cache send us an email at admin@cacheqld.com

Trivia (GC8HMY0): Remember to register for the Trivia event, so you can be allocated a table and we can have enough resources on hand to make this a great night.

CITO (GC9NB63): We are overwhelmed with the all the support that has been shown through the Will Attends for the CITO, we will need to provide council with numbers of expected attendees prior to the event, so make sure you have registered your interest.  We would like once more to remind people that enclosed shoes, hat and sunscreen will be essential for the event and encourage carpooling to the event where possible as attendance is looking to exceed parking spots.

Volunteering: We are looking for people to help across the weekend with the Escape Room, Maze, packing up and setting out, cache maintenance or just being on hand for any unexpected little jobs that might crop up.  We have a few spots left open after the wonderful Townsville Geocaching community have stepped in to try and cover as many spots as possible so our visitors can enjoy maximum caching time.  If you can help with any of the below volunteer roles and times, please send us an email.  All positions are one hour long so maybe bring along a friend to work with and help give back to the Mega.

Friday:
Front Gate: 4-8pm
Escape Room: 5-10pm
Saturday:
Front Gate: 11-2pm + 4-6pm,
GPS Maze: 1pm-3pm
Escape Room 4-5pm
Sunday:
GPS Maze: 9am-12pm
Event Pack Down from 2pm

Duties are as follows
Gate – Welcome and check COVID passports.
GPS Maze – Supporting Geocaching Victoria to supervise the exhibit
Gadgets and Main Hall – Help people when requested with the gadgets
Escape Room – Reset the room between groups, provide hints where necessary, time escapes and update leader board.

Cache Maintenance:
We would love to have a couple of volunteers in case of any cache maintenance issues over the course of the weekend, or if you happen to be staying around post Mega for a few days.

Location Map


SEE YOU SOON!

The GPS Maze is coming … but only with your support

Hopefully by now you’ve heard the aMAZEing news that a GPS Adventure Exhibit is in Australia!

The GPS Adventure Maze Exhibit is a rare event icon that originally appeared in the USA in 2007. The Exhibit, initially hosted by Geocaching HQ, travelled around the USA and Canada until 2015 before being retired. The Czech Geocaching Association were allowed to create their own maze in 2013 and it first appeared in Prague of that year. The Czech maze travelled to the UK and Germany in 2015, back to the Czech Republic in 2017, to Austria in 2018 and is due to return to the Czech Republic in 2022. The Texas Geocaching Association began their own maze in 2019 and appeared in Fort Worth in that year. It has travelled to Georgia, Ohio and Kansas in 2021. Finally, GeoNord are bringing the maze to France for the first time ever in 2022.

The Australian maze, created by Geocaching Victoria, is the first maze in the southern hemisphere and has made Australia only the 7th country to host a maze!

CacheQLD are working on the logistics of organising the maze’s move North and personalising it to showcase the best of caching in Queensland. However, none of these plans can come to fruition without your support. We need some dedicated cachers to become Supporters of the Townsville Maze!

For a small cost you will be given the following:

* VIP only access on Friday
* One of the first in Australia to log a super rare cache type
* Jump the queue all weekend
* VIP thank you pack
* Your name displayed prominently on the maze
* Knowing that without you the maze wouldn’t be possible!

Supporter packages start at just $70. Visit Geocaching Victoria to pledge your support & secure your VIP spot.

FAQs

What is a GPS Adventure Maze?
A GPS Adventure Maze is a special type of geocaching event that can only appear alongside specially selected Geocaching MEGA and GIGA Events. 

How do I get the GPS Maze icon? 
The icon will be assigned to you after you have logged your “Attended” on the GPS Maze listing.

How do I become a Supporter of the Townsville Maze?
You can register by following this link.  Becoming a SOTM allows you special access to the maze on the Friday, as well as other goodies, only available to our Townsville supporters.

What if I don’t arrive in time for the VIP only event Friday night?
No problem, you will be able to queue jump all weekend!

Do I need anything to visit the exhibition? 
No, just a little patience to get in line before you can access the Maze.

Will there be Adventures Labs? 
Yes, 10 Adventure Labs will be available inside the exhibition in addition to those of the MEGA.

Event Up Date – January 2022

Trivia

Trivia night is back! All new questions, same great fun. The night will be held onsite at Cluden Park; however, it is a separate event to the MEGA.

This year when you join us for Trivia you will be able to log it as a Community Celebration Event! You can log your Will Attend at https://coord.info/GC8HMY0. Make sure you register your table on the event page! Tables can be booked for 1 person up to a group of 6. If less than 6 you will be asked during the registration process if you’re happy to be placed on a team with others. All registered players will be notified of their teams, and table number prior to the event! Food & drinks will be available for purchase on the night.

Time to start studying your geo-trivia!

Gadget Labs

We have more gadget labs planned for the Townsville event.  They are built and just waiting for calendar to tick over so you come and try to crack them to spill their code word secrets.  While you wait in anticipation of these gadgets, enjoy these sneaky pics to whet your appetite and perhaps get the mind ticking over what they potentially could be.

Geo-Art & Prize Draw!

Townsville is already brimming with high quality caches! However, there is just enough space for us to add our own event art for all the geocachers who have completed the local ones and are looking for something new! Cache placement is almost complete, and puzzles are being deviously designed as well! We have included a range of puzzles this year to suit every level of puzzler!  Please note we are aiming to have the Geo-Art released mid-February.

Okay, puzzles are great but what about the prize draw, I hear you ask.  If you would like a chance to win a set of the 2022 event pathtags you are in luck.  Below you will find a sneak peak of one of the Geo-Art puzzles! Solve it, send us the answer via our email admin@cacheqld.com, and you will go in the draw to win a free pathtag set to collect during the event! It’s that easy …or is it? Good luck!

*competition closes Monday 7th February at 11:59pm  Winner will be chosen at random using an online generator and announced in our next webpost

The Puzzle

Here is a 6×5 grid. By folding the grid a certain way you will get to a 3×3 grid with the numbers 1-9. What is the order of the numbers?

Hint: Less than 5 Folds

The Shop

Just in case you miss out on winning the set of pathtags you can always pick up some from The Shop.  We now have our Geo-Coins in hand and have updated our images at the store, but here is another look at them for you. You can also pick up a great car flag or a variety of T-shirts to compliment your official event polo. Not to mention a wealth of other merchandise.

What’s next

We are currently working to finalise our itinerary and of course working on getting those puzzles to the reviewer. In the meantime make sure you have logged your will attend at GC9BVWD and continue to check back in on the website to keep up to date.

We’re Moving!

We are pleased to announce that the Mega is moving! The reason behind the move is the Townsville Showgrounds have been scheduled to undergo building works, and we were advised that it was a possibility the premises would not be ready in time for us. The Committee searched for another suitable location that was available over the Easter period and suited the vast amount of activities we have planned, with negotiations finally complete we are pleased and excited to announce our new home at Cluden Park.

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Cluden Park is a heritage-listed, multipurpose venue uniquely placed as the home of horseracing in North Queensland. The host of signature social events in Townsville, including the iconic Townsville Cup. Cluden Park is located on private, lush acreage of impressive proportions featuring distinctive nineteenth-century architecture with a modern aesthetic. A haven away from the hustle and bustle for family-friendly events, Cluden Park offers a setting like no other.

The Cluden Park landscape is a highly flexible venue with unlimited potential; from weddings to festivals, corporate functions and indoors and outdoors celebrations. It is an ideal venue for our event, affording us the space we need for all the fantastic activities we have planned.

Sitting at the foothills of Mt Stuart, Cluden Park is ideally located at the crossroads of the Bruce and the Flinders Highways, but is only a short, 12-minute drive from the CBD.

We have secured sole access, to the Cluden Facilities for the Easter weekend including a large undercover area (Party King Grandstand), the Trackside Marquee and the Fig Tree Lawns. Have a closer look at https://www.cludenpark.com.au/  In case you were wondering pets (on leads) are also welcome at Cluden.

As this is a premier racing track with training being held each day there will be some access restrictions in place including no access to the site from midnight to 8:30am each day or access to the track itself.  Unfortunately, due to these and other significant restrictions that would be placed to onsite campers over the weekend, we have decided that in the best interest of our traveling and camping geocachers that will not be pursuing onsite camping for the Townsville Mega Event.  We have made contact with two caravan parks located within a short distance to the site and they have confirmed they have availability over the easter holiday period.   Please mention you are part of the Mega event if you would like to be grouped with other geocachers.

Discovery Parks Townsville 6 University Road (Bruce Highway), Wulguru. Tel: 07 4778 4555 https://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/caravan-parks/queensland/northqueensland[1]townsville/info#content

Townsville Gateway Holiday Park 88 Minehane St, Cluden. Tel: 07 4778 2412 https://www.hampshiretouristparks.com.au/caravan-holiday-park-townsville/


The Shop

With the announcement of our new location being made we are pleased to also open our shop where you can purchase an event shirt, Geocoins, pathtags and other Event specific merchandise.  You can visit the shop at https://cacheqld.onlineweb.shop/ Please be aware that orders will close on March 25th this is to allow time for final preparations and transport to the event and all orders are to be collected at the event. 

Things to Note:
Purchases other than coins and tags are non-refundable as these are made to order.
Once the pathtags and coins sell out there will not be any more ordered.
To add your name to the order you need to click additional details, at the top of the page when at the checkout.
You need to provide your own tracking code

What to do next….

Log a will attend at GC9BVWD if you haven’t already, check out our shop to purchase your event merchandise and start planning your trip. Don’t forget to keep an eye out here for all future updates. We are excited to welcome you at Easter!

For The Adventurers

If your idea of Geocaching has been inspired by Indiana Jones and the Goonies then you won’t be disappointed in Townsville. For the adventurous there are caches on local peaks and trails, around bays, on cliff faces, up trees, underground and even underwater. 4WD’s, boats, kayaks, climbing gear, tree fishing poles and ladders have all been employed around the region. There’s even one hide that requires both a boat and a ladder (GC7P58W).

For the hikers, Townsville is surrounded by some magnificent national parks and challenging bush walks. Close to the city, the Town Common and Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park offer beautiful, varied vistas of the islands and the lagoons and creative caches to collect (Breaking Bad Series.) Head north to Paluma and step back in time, visiting abandoned mine shafts at Wolfram Mines (GC8FV0Q) and Mt Spec Tin Mines (GC95XM2). Wander through the disused train tunnels of Hervey Range at GC8BM2M (Hervey Range Train Tunnels) and GC8T4VD (Palm Tree Creek Tunnel Vision) and climb the Rock (GC1RR6C) to be rewarded by 360 degree views of the area. The Pinnacles offer a handful caches along a very challenging hike with the final destination, South Pinnacle 700m asl (GC7T1EY) being the most remote. Mt Halifax Peak (GC9104J) is the tallest and steepest climb in the region at 1063m and provides arguable the toughest challenge.

If you have access to a boat, then Magnetic Island is a must. The 5 Beach Bay Series (GC6F8QP), Bay Explorer Wherigo (GC8E6H0) and old 2006, Bay Rock Cache (GCV6DZ) can only be accessed by watercraft. If you time it right, then visiting the mangrove lined S.S. Adelaide (GC7V99M) wreck off the coast is possible on foot. Bring your snorkel or hire some scuba gear to dive down to the Moltke – Pirate Cache (GC6VGM0) to seek a real sunken treasure chest. If you have more time for exploring, then the Palm Island Group offers an unspoilt archipelago to uncover. Search a WW2 Catalina wreck on a deserted island to uncover its ‘black box’ (GC6WM4D).

The mouth of the Ross River and the Bohle River also have plenty of hides on offer. As mentioned previously the Bohle even has one that requires a boat and a ladder (GC7P58W). There you will also find the letterbox – Tidal Choice (GC6GQ5R), which can alternatively be attempted on foot at low tide if you’re brave enough. Just don’t forget your baseball bat in case you encounter any big green lizards. *Please be advised that estuarine crocodiles have been sighted in the Bohle and the saltwater section of the Ross and a kayak is strongly discouraged in these sections.

If the only watercraft you have to hand is a yak, there’s still plenty to do. The freshwater section of the Ross, towards the dam has a good number of hides to fill your day in a very picturesque location.

If you want a real challenge, then GC_Diver’s Ross River Challenge Multi (GC8TTGY) will certainly require some effort (and also a drone) to claim the justified 5/5 rating.

If the Hervey Range tunnels are too tame for you then burgo78 has three more offerings, The claustrophobic Tunnel Vision 1 (GC75XMP) and 2 (GC7C8GZ) in Bushland Beach and the Adventurers Challenge (GC89VKJ) along the Ross. BenM70 also has the fantastic Cowabunga Dude (GC8G52B) deep in the heart of the city.

For the monkeys head to Anderson Gardens for Natures Spiral Staircase (GC7H2GK), Ropes Required (GC8YDNB), 99% Monkey Challenge (GC8RWMG) and the dauting ‘Fear Factor 5’ (GC82QQZ). If you’re interested in something a little different then try clinging to the side of a bridge on (Not) out of (h)arm’s reach (GC80EQ7).

If you have ropes then be sure to seek out T5 on the hill (GC7WBXY) by Karicka and Fortunate Favours the Brave (GC8F1F3), as both will have you hanging off the side of iconic Castle Hill. The Strand Pier (GC5N1Z4) is another popular point from which you can hang from in search of a smiley. At night is the best time to attempt this one.

In Plain Sight (GC702VA), Danger! Danger! Danger! (GC8TWNQ), Climb a Billboard (GC8E0VJ) and Helter Skelter (GC97F2V) all require a ladder, and the nerve to climb while being watched by passing traffic.

Tree fishing is a relatively new to the region with more planned before the event. Geocaching is Free (GC8DKHC), Just Hanging Around (GC8JJAK) and Sanctum Reserve Fishery (GC91X29) are just three of this expanding sub-genre.

Fancy some fun in the mud then head to the Bohle salt pans to pick up the Boneyard Series (GC94PJV). Just be careful as to how far you push your vehicle as you may end up stuck in this vehicle graveyard.

If these sound like they are up your alley, then check out this Bookmark List for the links to these caches and more.

Ross River Power Trail

Townsville is blessed with a great river, and some fantastic cycling/walking trails that follow almost it’s entire length. What better way to encourage cachers to get out and explore these trails but to line them with caches, to form Townsville’s first Power Trail.

First started in 2013, the RRPT stretches 28km from the mouth of the Ross River all the way to the Ross Dam, and boasts 99 hides along the riverbanks for walkers/cyclists plus a further 31 which can only be accessed by boat or kayak.

CacheQLD intends to add further hides, in addition to the 30 recently placed, to the power trail in the lead up to the Townsville Mega event at Easter 2022. These are filling in gaps on the northern bank, and populate the southern bank, creating a two 10km loops between Bowen Road and Nathan Street and Nathan Street and the Ring Road. With over 100 hides this should be ideal for cyclists.

Click on this link to visit a list of the RRPT caches
Click on this link to visit a list of the RRBPT caches
Click on this link to learn more about the Ross River Parkway

Tools of the Trade – Hire Options

Feeling Adventurous? Then check out these local hire companies if your TOTTs won’t fit in your carry on. (Prices correct at time of writing, and you should confirm prior to making a booking)

(Who kindly support our event)

Outer Limits Adventure Fitness
85 Chandler St, Garbutt
Kayaks (sit on top) – single $50/day, double $80/day,
Ocean Skis – $75-$120/day
Stand Up Paddleboards (inflatable) $25/day,
Bikes $30 per day
0421 484 211
https://outerlimitsadventure.com.au/equipment-hire/


Skin Ski + Surf
320-322 Flinders Mall, Townsville CBD
SUP’s $50 day, Bikes – Cruisers $30/day, Mountain Bikes $40/day, Electric Trikes
(07) 47726716
https://www.facebook.com/townsvillebikehire/

Townsville Boat Hire

Boat Hire or custom private tours
4.1m, 40hp, 4 person capacity, $190/day, 4.55m, 70hp, 4 person capacity,  $260/day
$50 launch and retrieval fee if you don’t have a towbar
0421 354 233
https://www.townsvilleboathire.com.au/boat-hire/

Get Around Island Boat Tours and Hire
Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island
0448 434 292
https://www.facebook.com/getaroundisland/

Pleasure Divers
Arcadia, Magnetic Island
Scuba Dive Courses and Hire. Snorkelling – Mask, snorkel, fins and stinger suit $25/day
Scuba – Full kit $70/day, Refresher Course $175, Introductory Dive $150 (no experience necessary)
(07) 4778 5788
https://www.pleasuredivers.com.au/

Sealink – Magnetic Island passenger ferry
Adult return $34, Concession return $17, Child return $17
https://www.sealinkqld.com.au/ferry/timetables/magnetic-island
1300 MAGGIE (1300 624 443)

Magnetic Island Car Ferry
Standard car up to 5.5m including passengers return $240 (Easter weekend) $216 (standard)
https://magneticislandferries.com.au/
07 4796 9300

Mini Moke Hire
Magnetic Island
07 4758 1111
http://www.tropicaltopless.com/#HOME

Event Information

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.

Information Sessions

Cairns Info SessionGC9GCPE
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 SessionGC9HH1A
Sunday 7th November – 9:30am to 10:00am

Brisbane Info SessionGC9HH1G
Sunday 14th November – 9:30am to 10:00am

Toowoomba Info SessionGC9HH1X
Sunday 21st November – 9:30am to 10:00am

Northside Info Session (Brisbane) – GC9HH1Y
Sunday 28th November – 4:00pm to 4:30pm

Gold Coast Info SessionGC9HH26
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 admin@cacheqld.com and we can organise something with you.

Townsville Event

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.

Merchandise

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.

Camping

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 admin@cacheqld.com.

Townsville Puzzles & Challenges

In the lead up to the Townsville Mega we will be highlighting some of the ‘must do’ geocaches in the area. With new Geo-Art planned for the event, this month focuses on the puzzles and challenges in the area beginning with the existing Geo-Art.

Breaking Bad & El Camino Geo-Art Series

Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable, advanced lung cancer. Desperate to secure financial stability for his family – his pregnant wife and disabled son he turns to a life of crime.

This Geo-Art series of 17 mysteries and 3 letterboxes caches reference notable scenes from Breaking Bad’s eight seasons and the epilogue movie, El Camino. At GZ many of the hides require you to solve a themed field puzzle to access the log.

Caches in this series are placed just off walking or biking trails at regular intervals along the 11.5km Under the Radar trail and the 4.7km Lagoon trail in the Town Common and Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park.

During the walk you can expect to see expansive island views, sheltered beaches bordered by rocky headlands, deep-water lagoons, seasonal wetlands and coastal woodlands all feature in this park. Mangrove-lined tributaries of the Bohle River meander across the floodplains that fill each year during the wet summer months. Up to 280 bird species have been recorded in the area. Magpie geese, brolgas and many others gather here to feed and nest, particularly as the wetlands dry out and food sources become concentrated in the remaining lagoons.

This combination of theme, location and container has seen the series receive 432 logs and has garnered 237 favourite points. With a number of visitors from SEQ visiting specifically to complete the series.

Here is a sample of some of the logs.

Snickersallan – 12/2020
On a road trip from the Gold Coast with hatzoff, grannysmith1947 and RoddyC on Day 14 and it was time to tackled the long awaited Breaking Bad series that has come highly recommended to us.  Oh, my goodness, it’s been a long time since I have enjoyed finding such quality and quantity of caches in the one location, some we got frustrated with for longer than we should have but patience was the order of the day.  Really appreciated all the time, effort and expense that has gone into placing this series of puzzles and field puzzles by the CO, great brain exercise for us and worthy of a favourite point on the majority of the hides …

Willis007 – 10/2020
… A lovely walk around the reserve, such a beautiful day, the views are simply amazing.  I loved solving all of the puzzles in the series and have been very much looking forward to finding these caches.  I found the lab and after consultation with the bats I entered.  Cache soon in hand, ok this is easy. Oh, ok no it really isn’t.  Eventually I spied what I was looking for. EVIL EVIL EVIL. But so very clever. … Thanks burgo78 for the awesome puzzle, the cache and for bringing me here.  Another fav!

nature0nut – 11/17
I had solved some of these incredibly well thought out puzzles months ago not knowing if I’d ever visit Townsville but here we are! Breaking Bad is my favourite series of all time and I was so excited when I booked my flight to visit a friend and of course, GEOCACHE!  I was a bit daunted by the walk at first, but I knew I didn’t do it I probably never would have so I’m incredibly grateful I was joined by JACS Team and Mrs Sobrington! This entire trail has been by far my favourite! The consistency of creative keeping with the theme caches were phenomenal and I am so appreciative of the CO’s hard work and dedication.  Thank you so much for placing and maintaining these fun-filled caches and equally fun puzzles.

So, check out this list and get solving.  Allow a day to collect the series, you will not be disappointed, unless you forget your lockpicks!

Townsville Puzzles

There are currently 128 puzzles within 16km of the city. With more planned for the event, it is advisable to make a start on them now.  With a wide variety of DT’s, there is bound to be targets for even the seasoned cachers amongst us.

With so many to choose from, this post highlights 10 of the best.

1. The Breaking Bad series by burgo78
See above.

2. GC6NQC2 ‘A Box of Red Herrings’
One of only two in Queensland that has been awarded Geocache of the Week by Geocaching HQ. ‘A Box of Red Herrings’ is a field puzzle hidden with permission inside the Aitkenvale Library. It is not difficult to spot, but accessing the logbook inside is a challenge.

3. GC6ZNVE ‘Steps’
An online puzzle where you have to figure out the next step in the sequence, amending the website’s URL to progress. With the coordinates obtained you then have to climb the physical steps of Castle Hill to reach GZ.

4. GC4505D ‘Forest Rain’
A classic field puzzle amongst the tropical plants of Queen’s Garden’s, close to the city centre.

5. GC6PD07 ‘Borrowing from Irma Pince’
Another library cache which requires finders to search the shelves of the Kirwan Library.

6. GC49MQT ‘Mt Stuart Scenic Reserve – Bonus’
Enjoy a bush walk with spectacular views over Townsville from Mt Stuart, collecting clues from cute containers in order to find this bonus cache.

7. GC8KTCB ‘Adventure Lab Bonus – Townsville Icons’
Beginning close to the city’s heart at Victoria Bridge this Adventure Lab explores a number of Townsville icons at 5 locations along the banks of the Ross River. Collect the clues to find this bonus cache.

8. GC7EN23 ‘RRPT – TB Key Cache’
This mystery cache is at the listed coordinates however you will have to find the trackable TB6C390 first, which has the key to open the ammo can’s padlock and access the log. Difficulty and terrain will vary depending on where the key is located and the height of the river at the time of your attempt. 

9. GC8HXZT ‘Tanks for the View Townsville’
Perched above the city on Castle Hill, this fun field puzzle will surely bring a smile to your face.

10. GC9AFV3 ‘Leirum’s Lost Places World Tour’
A global tour of 10 interesting sites around the world from your armchair.

Townsville Challenges

Townsville has several challenges for visitors to seek out.

GC7JR20 ‘Caching Bingo Challenge’ 5/5
Based on PACMAN’s challenge, well-rounded cachers must achieve 5 geocaching milestones in a line to call “Bingo!”

GC89VKJ ‘The Adventurers Challenge’ 5/4.5
If you like mint tins in guard rails and nanos’s in the bush then this probably isn’t the cache for you. This challenge is for the Adventurers, for Indiana Jones and Bear Grylls wannabes. Find 100+ caches with a T rating or 4.5 or above then navigate approximately 200m along a drain to make the find.

GC8G04H ‘D/T/T Challenge’. 5/4
Find 250 unique D (difficulty), T (terrain) and T (cache type), then solve a dexterity, twist and turn field puzzle to obtain the log.

GC8Q03W ‘Completed Calendar Challenge’ 4.5/4.5
Complete at least one of the 3 finds calendars – Jasmer, found date or placed date. An ammo can awaits on a rocky cliff face overlooking the ocean for anyone that qualifies.

GC9586M ‘The Fizzy Challenge’. 5/5
One of the originals, complete the DT matrix then take a walk through mangroves before climbing to your prize.

GC97AFH ‘Diversity – 11 Type Challenge’ 5/3.5
Have found 11 or more different cache types before setting off on a pleasant bush walk.

GC8RWH7 ‘Townsville’s Golden Oldies Challenge’ 5/1
This one will take you on a tour of the region to find 10 of the oldest 20 geocaches in the Townsville LGA.

GC9584M ‘Townsville Region Challenge’. 5/3.5
You might need longer than a weekend to find 400 of the 800+ hides in the Townsville, Charters Towers, Burdekin, Hinchinbrook and Palm Island LGA’s.

GC8ZH5T ‘RRPT – Power Trail Challenge’ 5/2.5
Find 100 caches with the power trail attribute. If you don’t have enough, then be sure to hit the Ross River Power Trail (featuring soon).

GC8Z9VA ‘Brainiac Challenge’ 5/2.5
Easy for some, but difficult in this part of the world hence the D rating. Find 50+ D4.5’s or above.

GC8RWMG ‘99% Monkey Challenge’ 5/4.5
Find caches with the attributes; tree climbing, difficult climbing or climbing gear, totaling 50 or more. Then make your way up approximately 15m to the container.

GC93RPE ‘The Cheeky Ballerina Challenge’ 5/4
Nothing under a tutu! Find 500 caches with a DT of 2/2 or higher.

GC8E6NJ ‘Lonely Cache Challenge’ 5/2.5
Find at least 10 active caches of any type where the average days per find exceed 180. Be warned though your find might drop that number.

GC8DJ5V ‘Salty Seadog Challenge’ 4.5/5
Find 50+ caches with the boat attribute than sail to a very remote rocky outcrop in the middle of the ocean, climb the rocks and make the find. Simple.

GC8WR8K ‘7 Day Geocaching Streak Challenge’ 2/2
As the name suggests, have a geocaching streak of 7 days or more.

GC8Y79M ’31 Day Streak Challenge’ 2.5/1.5
Another that speaks for itself.

GC8T6PY ‘100 Consecutive Days Geocaching Challenge’ 4/2.5
And again.

Happy puzzle solving and challenge qualifying!

Why Townsville?

This month we are providing some great insights as to why Townsville was selected as the next location for the CacheQLD Mega event. Before we get to that, in what turns out to be some fantastic timing for geocachers in Brisbane and the surrounding regions, greencordial, who hails from Townsville, is holding an event GC9C2ET in Brisbane this Saturday the 26th June from 10-11am. A few of the Brisbane based committee members are planning on attending and are happy to answer some early questions you may have. In the meantime check out the Top 10 reasons for traveling to Townsville next April.

1. Location

Townsville’s location offers a great deal of flexibility in accessing surrounding areas. It’s possible for visitors to the city to “check off” bucket list items such as the Aussie Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, and World Heritage listed tropical rainforests all in a single trip.

2. The City

The once quiet coastal town has grown into a modern metropolis. The undisputed event capital of North Queensland and the largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast.

3. Growing our Game in Regional Areas

Prior to this event the furthest north a mega event has been in Australia was last Easter’s Dayboro event, over 1,000km away. The committee felt it was time to take the Mega experience even further north.

4. Easy Access

With direct flights from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns, Mackay and Mt Isa, nearly all bases are covered. Direct routes to Adelaide are scheduled to begin in August. Alternatively, visitors can use the nearby train station or arrive via their own transport.

5. Weather

With an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, Townsville truly shines.

6. Venue

The Townsville Showgrounds is in a very central location – 2.5km to the city centre, 3.2km to the Strand, 4km to the airport, 1.5km to the train and across the road from a major shopping centre and many restaurants. The site has excellent facilities, multiple pavilions and function rooms and approximately 175 sites for caravans and campers.

7. Muggle Friendly

Close proximity to the City, the Strand, Castle Hill, restaurants and shops means non-cachers will be easily entertained.

8. Cache Quality

With over 600 caches within 25km of the venue, over 800 with 110km and many more planned for the event you’ll need more than a long weekend to discover why the LGA has received more than 3500 favourite points.

9. Local Caching Community

The committee and the locals are extremely enthusiastic about showcasing this part of the world to the broader caching community. With a number of creative activities planned this is an event not to be missed.

10. Magnetic Island

Just a short ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island offers the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise. Rocky granite headlands and towering hoop pines stand sentinel over tranquil sandy bays on this rugged, mountainous island covered with open eucalypt woodlands and surrounded by coral reefs. Most of the island is protected as national park and features a 36 kilometre network of walking tracks which are noted for its abundant wildlife and varied history.

Still not sure? Then check out these links:

Townsville Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

https://www.queensland.com/au/en/places-to-see/destinations/townsville.html

https://www.townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au/

So, come and play in the Townsville sunshine this April by logging your Will Attend for the CacheQLD Towsville Mega GC9BVWD.

Save The Date

The CacheQLD team have had discussions since the close of the Dayboro Mega and we have come to an agreement that it’s high time we travel north and invite everyone to come and play in Townsville!!

So, we know where, now to the when … taking into considerations the weather and other large events already planned around the country, it’s time to check out how the Easter Bunny copes with the North Queensland weather.

Check out that average rainfall for April!

So get your diaries out and pencil in Friday 15th – Sunday 17th of April 2022 for the next Mega CacheQLD event! Log your will attends here for GC9BVWD

We know people will be keen for further details, and they will be coming in the following months. However, we can let you know that home base will be at the Townsville Showground, which is located only 2.5km to the city centre with ample powered camping spots, approximately 170 sites.

If you would like to read more about what Townsville has to offer click on the link to the excellent article written by burgo78 https://cacheqld.com/2020/08/01/cache-qld-highlight-08/

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.