Did you hear the news? The MEGA is on!! We are so excited to be pushing forward as planned.
The changes don’t affect us too much, but you will need to bring a mask if you are attending indoor activities such as trivia, tropical night, and seminars (unless you have an exemption)! We also have some gadget caches located in the indoor spaces.
Keep on eye on the trivia GC page (GC958DV) because the seating plan will be updated in the next 24hours!
As you may be aware some areas around Brisbane are heading into a three day lockdown starting at 5pm on Monday through to 5pm on Thursday. While current state guidelines allow this event to proceed following the lockdown, please be aware that restrictions are subject to change.
How will this recent lockdown impact our event? Short answer is, we don’t know. We are confident that covid tracers and QLD government are again doing a great job stopping the spread.
Our best guesses are…
Option 1: All goes ahead as planned. The last 3 day lockdown worked really well for the community, and restrictions were quickly lifted.
Option 2: Event restrictions on gatherings may change, but we planned for that! We have a venue with large useable indoor & outdoor spaces. We already have our covid plan, extra cleaning booked, and plenty of hand sanitizer on stock, so all is good there.
Option 3: QLD health rule that events be cancelled in which case we postpone – but let’s cross that bridge when we come to it!
Please be assured that we are working diligently with reviewers, the Dayboro Showgrounds, and QLD Health to ensure compliance with the most up to date QLD Health regulations. Compliance will be continually reviewed and updated to ensure the safety of all our guests!
We are loving reading all the Found It logs on the New Dayboro horse geoart! This week however we had to do an update. Please note that due to some safety concerns from nearby land-owners, as they rent their property out for hunting, we have moved Horse 57 & 58. The puzzles have been updated and an offset is available on the page if you have solved it prior to 22nd March. Please ensure you have the new coordinates before heading out.
COVID19 – Check-in
As you will be aware the global pandemic has placed certain restriction and limitations on events. We have been very lucky to get this mega up and running. To make sure we adhere with the current guidelines, we ask that you have some patience with entering the Showground. Every person will need to check in using the Showground’s QR code – even if you are just popping in for 5 minutes. Showground QR entry registration needs to be completed each day, and to help with the quick management of this we will have daily colour coded passes.
You will be required to check in at the front gate each day (yes even if you camped the night before, you need to head back to the gate each day), complete the QR code, show the gate guardians Waz & Vik and receive your day pass. Keep this on you! Should you go out of the showground, you can flash your day pass to gain quick access. We may ask you to show your day pass to gain entry to seminars and the trivia event.
Remember we must adhere to QLD Government guidelines, and we need your help to make this happen.
Camping – Pre & Post event
We have been receiving lots of questions regarding pre-event camping. As we have mentioned, any camping outside of the four days of the Mega Camping; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night, is handled by the onsite caretaker. Again, we do ask that if you are arriving early you try to set up, if possible, in the Area you purchased. If this is not possible, we will ask that you move to your designated area once the Mega begins. We have areas that have sold out, so you will have to move if not in your spot. People have purchased specific areas for various reasons that we must honor. We appreciate your understanding.
Last weekend some areas of the Showground were closed for camping due to flooding. However, with the new dry weather we should be good for Easter with the forecast looking like more dry days ahead. The caretaker suggested that people throw in their long power leads just in case there are still some damp areas that need to be avoided.
Just as a heads up for the super early arrivers, there is an event at the Showground this weekend, a VW Show and Shine, with three days of camping included as part of their event.
In the meantime, take another look at our showground map and reorientate yourself.
Millicent Mega Catch-up
The committee of the GeoVenture2020 are excited to bring you some information about their Mega Event (GC82DAN) happening in Millicent from 1st – 4th October. Join them for a pre-event lunch at S27 16.299 E152 56.204 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Friday 2nd April to catch up with committee members and learn about all the fun things that the South Australian Crew will have in store for geocaching later in the year.
On Saturday and Sunday, you will be able to shop for all your geocaching related items as Brisbane’s own Caching Supplies will have set up their shop in the Main Hall. Be sure to stop past and support a local business.
Black Cat Creations
Kelly will be onsite over the weekend and ready to take any last minute CacheQLD merchandise orders and talk to you about creating some of your own signature items. If your after our official merchandise you can still order from our online webstore.
Speaking of merchandise, how can you collect yours? We are having two sessions per day for collection. The morning session is from 7:00 – 9:00am and the evening session is from 4:00 – 6:00pm from inside the Main Hall. This should give everyone plenty of time to collect their purchased items. We thank you once again for supporting our event. If for some reason you are not able to collect your items, and to avoid having to pay postage, we suggest that you try to organise someone to collect your items for you, in this case please email email@example.com to let us know who to release your items to.
Golden Pineapple Award!
We all have a story or two that we can laugh about, after the fact. The embarrassing moments when you felt like a goose. The moments where your shoes were sucked off by mud and you stood on a crab, or perhaps you went to complete a Wherigo and realised you left your phone at home! Maybe you fell off your kayak at an event in a most undignified way?! Whatever it is, we want to hear it! We will publish your story anonymously (to protect the innocent) and have them on display in the main hall for attendees to vote on their favourite story. The winner with the most votes before the closing ceremony on Monday will win the coveted Golden Pineapple trophy!
Remember – it does not have to be your golden story, you just had to be there! Please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight Thursday 1st April to be in the running.
Are you ready for 50 Adventure Labs! We sure are! We are releasing our Brisbane Tourist Adventure Lab in the next few days. Event Labs are time limited & this series will be only available for three weeks. Another 40 Adventure labs will be released at 9am on Friday 2nd April. There will be several gadget labs dotted around the Showgrounds and in the Main Hall and we ask that you treat them carefully so everyone can have a turn. Please remember that these 40 Adventure labs will be turned off at 9pm on Monday 5th April. The QR codes for the 40 onsite Adventure labs will be available in the Main Hall. Below is the QR code for the tourist lab for when it becomes live.
If you ordered a Country Women’s Association (CWA) breakfast option through the CacheQLD shop you have received an email, and refund from us this week. Unfortunately, they are no longer able to offer their services. But do not fear, you will not have to cache on an empty stomach! By a wonderful coincidence, brand new geocachers, and food truck owners, Luke & Madelaine are staying onsite all weekend and bringing their van along! It will be positioned near the main hall and offering meals throughout the day! Stop in, welcome them to the game, and order yourself a Bacon & Egg roll, or some smashed avo and bruschetta on sourdough! Yum!! They will also be set up for lunch, and an extensive dinner menu for the evening’s entertainment. More info below!
Each morning, local Dayboro girls, Sarah & Beth, from Thousand Hills will be onsite serving up hot, delicious coffee from 6.30 to 9.30am to get you prepared for the days adventure.
Also available for breakfast, dinner, and a small lunch range are Dogstop360! They may be new to geocaching, but they are not new to serving delicious gourmet meals! They are available Saturday & Sunday onsite for breakfast and dinner, and a limited lunch menu. Accepting both cash and card for payment.
BREAKFAST MENU Bacon and Egg Roll – $7 Bacon and Egg Roll with Hash Brown – $8 Bacon, Sausage and Egg Roll with Hash Brown – $10 Smashed Avocado on Sourdough with Bruschetta, shaved Parmesan and Balsamic Glaze – $10
DINNER MENU Bangers and Mash- Two Beef Sausages or Vegan Sausages, Mashed Potato, a handmade croquette, Peas and Carrot, rich beef gravy with a macadamia crumble garnish and a handmade garlic flatbread – $20 (vegetarian/vegan option) Rissoles and Mash – Two handmade Beef Rissoles, Mashed Potato, a handmade croquette, Peas and Carrot, rich beef gravy with a macadamia crumble garnish and a handmade garlic flatbread – $20 Cheese Kransky Dog – Footlong Deli cheese kransky with sauerkraut and caramelised onion – $13
SNACKS Fries – $6 Loaded Fries – Bacon, Cheese, Spring Onion and House Sauce – $12
Also available onsite in the evening, and situated right near the event bar is Mama Mac’s! Serving similar cuisine both nights, so you don’t miss out! Accepting both cash and card for payment.
Saturday Night (Trivia Night) Roast pork or chicken gravy rolls Loaded fries Hot chips Nachos Hot box items
DESSERT Brioche Roll with banana, strawberry, strawberry coulis and cream lightly dusted with icing sugar! Yum!!!
We are bringing you all your favourite type of seminars:
Cachetur.no Hosted by KittyKatch
Friday 4-5pm Cachetur.no is a trip planning tool for geocachers. As an ambassador for the app, Kath will share her knowledge of how to utilize all the apps best features. Cachetur.no lets you plan geocaching trips of all sizes, near or far, alone or together with others. You can quickly and easily see what caches you have planned and what caches you or any of the trip’s participants own or have found. The script even allows you to see your route directly on the geocaching.com and Project-GC maps and to quickly add new caches to your trip directly from those maps (and cache pages)!
Photography Hosted by The Coffee’s
Friday 5:00 – 6:00pm Ian from Coffee Table Images was first involved in photography in the late 70s and early 80s although left his passion behind to pursue other endeavors. In 2014, after the removal of a benign brain tumor his neurosurgeon suggested a creative hobby to help with recovery and it was then that he decided to pick up his camera again. Since that time he has had great successes in photography competitions, and is now a judge with the Australian Photographic Judges Association (APJA). In this seminar Ian will cover some photography basics leaving you to walk away with knowledge of many elements of photography.
Saturday 8:30 – 9:30am Meet and chat with a panel of reviewers! Here you can ask questions about rules and guidelines and get the latest information on what’s happening at HQ! Submit your questions to email@example.com early to increase your chances on getting answered!
Drones – hosted by The Coffee’s
Sunday 4:00 – 5:00pm Australians are flying drones in record numbers. If you’re flying as a hobby, you don’t need any special training or certification before taking a drone into the air. But that doesn’t mean you should take your new drone out of the box and start flying it immediately. Instead, learn how to use it safely and effectively to get the best images and video, without sacrificing the safety of yourself and others. Ian has completed a Remote Pilot License for Drone photography (RePL). With his background of workplace training and assessing Ian loves helping and teaching others and is looking forward to passing on knowledge of what he has learnt so far!
Puzzles – hosted by Ardom
Sunday 5:00 -6:00 pm Geocaching novices and pros alike are often daunted by puzzle and mystery caches. Ciphers, enigmatic photos, nonsensical text, or just a blank page — it often isn’t clear what the CO wants or expects you to do, and even less clear how any of it will lead you to a cache. In this seminar, Ardom will cover the basics of puzzle caching!
Ask any one of us on the Mega event committee and we will tell you that organising a big geocaching event is lots of fun, but we couldn’t do it without the help of our wonderful volunteers! From our QLD and interstate ambassadors, and guests that offer to help with set up, clean up, listing trackables, moving furniture, directing traffic, and even being on call for cache maintenance! We appreciate your support, and we thank you!
Don’t forget Cal’s Bar will be open both Saturday and Sunday night for refreshments. With a variety of beer, wine, soft drinks and water there’s surely something to quench your thirst as you ponder those trivia questions or get your groove on at the Tropi-Cal party night. A selection of snacks will also be available from the bar. Please be aware the bar operates on a cash system only and it might be handy to have a few cold coins to help with the till.
This is what you have really been reading for, the all-important itinerary and here it is, in all its glory! Enjoy and we will see you all very, very soon.
Well, its less than one month until the Mega and things are moving fast! Just a quick update and a few reminders.
If you are after a delicious breakfast that is prepared for you over the weekend of the Mega than look no further than the offerings of the Dayboro CWA. 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 available through pre-order only. 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. Orders will be closing around the 19th March.
The new items in the shop have proven to be quite popular with several orders coming through. In addition, our traditional merchandise such as our Geo-Coins and pathtags have now sold out. You still plenty of time to get some Dayboro merchandise though. The first order of our CacheQLD Polo shirts have been delivered and are looking pretty snazzy all printed up. We also have the pathtags in hand and orders have started to be put together.
Saturday Night is the night for Trivia, please remember to click the link to book a table, this will be a requirement as we must be mindful about numbers inside the venue. If the numbers of attendees exceed what we can have, we will need to go to Plan B. So, if you have logged a Will Attend but not registered a team or even a part team please do so now.
Sunday night is Tropi-Cal party night. This is the night to get your tropical shirts out and wear them with pride, perhaps a big pair of oversized sunnies and top it all off with a flower lai around your neck and you will be good to go. We will have the festive music playing, perhaps some ukuleles playing (maybe). There is still time to practice your hula dancing.
The Dayboro Grapevine, Police & Markets
We wanted to take this time to let you that we have put an article in the local community newspaper ‘ The Grapevine’, which is due out before the Mega. This gives the locals a heads up that we are coming to play in their community. We have also met with the local police and spoken to them about our event and the increased traffic and weird roadside stopping that will be occurring. During our correspondence with the community paper they informed that the local markets will be on Saturday, so that might be worth a wander down into town to enjoy the country hospitality and goodies on offer.
Dayboro Mega Horse
Hopefully, you have seen that our new Geo-Art has been published, you going to learn a fair bit about horses over the solving of this diverse collection of puzzles. While collecting the series we ask that you be mindful that cache placement is in a rural location and the locals will most definitely notice the increase in traffic. So please consider carpooling, going during daylight hours, if a local resident stops to check on you (and they will see if you need help) please just tell them what you are doing and that you will be on your way in a minute. Over the next week will create a page for the Geo-Art to keep you informed of any changes to puzzles (off sets etc), this will be a good place to check before you start the cache collection trip to ensure you do not miss a change.
We will be back around the middle of the month to share some more news!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
If you have any more questions please send them through to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We are taking a short postponement from the scheduled post due today. We will have an update and highlight for you on the 4th January. So check back in then – or hit the Follow button to have the news sent to your email address as soon as it’s published.
In case you missed it – We made the magical qualifying 300 will attends on the 30th December. The committee certainly gave their refresh buttons a work out as the numbers rose throughout the day. Particularly when there was a lull with only three to go! Never fear though the geocaching community rallied and our current numbers are at 315! So exciting!
Rest assured we have already submitted our application to HQ for Mega status and now we wait for a reply. Fingers crossed everyone!
The shop page has now been updated with all the information from our previous post. Please make sure you do your sizing measurements on shirts and include details for names and or tracking codes in the Additional Notes section when ordering.
All the Geocoins and Pathtags have been produced and are currently making their way to Australia. If you are interested in purchasing either coin we suggest you get in quick as we only have 19 left of each coin. The finished product looks amazing.
We wish you and your family a fantastic 2021 as we say goodbye to 2020. Safe travels if you managed to get away and even safer travels if you now have to hurry home.
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)!
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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**
Good news, we have the entire showground booked for our event and the team have been hard at work developing a site map for the showground, as one didn’t exist before!!!
I am sure you will agree the map looks fantastic, with an abundance of sites and different areas for all types of campers.
At the moment this is just a peek at what’s on offer and to orientate yourself with the site. So get chatting with your geo-buddies, work out your preferred area if you want to camp together.
The CacheQLD shop will open for camp bookings and the sale of merchandise from 7:00pm AEST 15th December. We will announce the shop address here first, so keep an eye out.
Area 1: is inside the main ring of the showground, with the camping all around the very level ring and a central drive circle with one main access driveway. Plenty of gates to the access the outer part.
Area 2: is slightly raised and has central driveway. This area offers good access to the Main Hall, one of the new toilet blocks and most importantly the camp kitchen and laundry.
Area 3: is close to the main entrance and has a line of trees at the back fence. This area would offer the best for sneaky early exit point to climb those mountains and paddle all those waterways.
Area 4: is located further area from the main area and will be perfect for a quieter location away from the main activity hubs. This site also allows for unpowered campers to mingle with their powered friends. Also this is the closest point to the walkway that connects the showground to Dayboro township.
Area 5:We have change this area as at 14/12, check the map for area of unpowered camping for van and tents.
Bathroom blocks: There are three bathroom blocks. The top block offers for the males three toilets and three showers with a disabled toilet, while the women have their choice of 5 toilets, 3 showers with a disabled toilet as well.
The lower block offers for the males a single toilet and three showers, the women get three toilets and three showers. There is also a separate disabled bathroom with a shower.
The older block located near Area 5 has three toilets and 1 shower for women and one shower and toilet for the men. Please note that this block is old and will only open depending on campground numbers.
Camp Kitchen: This is a small space and will fit only 2-3 people at a time. However it is well equipped with a bar fridge, microwave, kettles, toasters, and a sink.
Camp Laundry: a small laundry facility with a single washing machine and dryer and two sinks. Each load costs $4. There is ample clothes lines at the back of the bathrooms.
Dump Points: There are two located in the grounds one near the top bathrooms and one near the lower bathroom. The lower dump point has driveway access for ease of caravans etc.
Thanks for looking over our campsite, we look forward to seeing you in Dayboro over Easter 2021.
Well, aren’t we excited here in Queensland with the return of events to the playing field! Our sincere thanks to the reviewers for working with HQ and alongside the current health requirements by our state government to stay COVID safe. Keep an eye for those little red dots to start reappearing on your caching maps.
This month we are pleased to take a wander through all that the Gold Coast has to offer with Gurthewanderer acting as the tour guide. We also welcome BitternA4 to Kids Caching Corner to share his experience with geocaching. Later this month, on the 15th, we will give you an update on the event news, including the grand opening of the shop to book your campsites and purchase some merchandise.
Jingeri and welcome to The Gold Coast! The whole area has been known as Yugambeh by local people for a thousand years and Jingeri is a common greeting.
More recently it’s known as that 50km Glitter Strip stretching north from the twin Cities of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta to Paradise Point and The Sovereign Mile. A mere hour drive from the heart of Brisbane it offers so much more than incredible beaches and 300 days of sunshine. Here you will find superb suburban parks (with full public facilities), world heritage forests, meandering rivers, magnificent sand islands, coastal cityscapes and humble villages dotted through the hinterland. For the purposes of this article I’ve included parts of Northern NSW to Chinderah, Tomewin and Numinbah as they are easily accessible from The Gold Coast Region.
Major coastal centers include Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin and Coolangatta. Hinterland hubs include Robina, Nerang, Coomera and Mt Tamborine.
The Nerang River meanders through the city as does Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creeks. The Coomera River offers excellent water sports in the north.
The city is bordered by World Heritage Lamington, Binna Burra and Springbrook National Parks in the south, Mt Nathan, Tamborine skirt the west and Willow Vale in the north. All offering excellent walks and views.
Lucky for people who count geocaching as a hobby there’s a well developed, and growing, list of geocache for people to find ranging from suburban geo-trails to more challenging walks and tree climbs (thanks monkey maker). The Gold Coast is home to the famous cache ‘Rocket’ GC6WXYP – yet to register a find since it’s placement on 11/11/2016 (also thanks monkey maker). It also hosts the oldest running geocache in Queensland GC131 Bravo Hotel (130 favorites).
There are 1134 active geocache within a 40km radius of Surfers Paradise with enough variety to satisfy even the keenest cache enthusiast.
While ‘The Goldie’ is best known for its beaches and city life in caching terms it’s the hinterland and it’s outstanding National Parks that command attention for variety of DT and natural beauty. Isn’t this what most caching enthusiasts are really about?
The Wreck of The Stinson
If you are into physical challenge, a sense of history and abundant natural beauty this series is an excellent balance of all. The Stinson was an Australian Airlines flight that crashed into the Lamington National Park on 19th February 1937. While the authorities were searching for the wreck along the NSW coast Bernard O’Reilly of The Lamingotn Guest House went searching in the thick forest for signs of the vanished plane. His correct assumption was that the aircraft had failed to clear the mountains along the NSW/Qld border. He hiked into the bush 9 days after the it went missing, camped overnight and found two survivors the next day. Bernard O’Reilly is a hero!
This trek will take a day of difficult walking if you hike up from Christmas Creek Road. You’ll be rewarded with 4 traditionals, 2 multis and an earthcache with rare DT combinations.
GC139YK Smurfin’ Pig in the middle – Traditional GC139YH Smurfin’ Christmas Creek – Traditional GC3M72F J.G. Westray – Multi GC64MNA Larapinta Falls – Earthcache GC4EE4W Stinson Crash Site – Multi GC15YHA Stinson – Traditional GC17MHH Point Lookout – Traditional If you are really brave and have time to do an overnight you can visit Herbz famous yet rarely visited earthcache GC666G5 Running Creek Falls – 7 visits in 5 years.
Binna Burra, The Border Track and Herbz Challenge – Our Backyard
The Binna Burra arm of the Lamington National Park has a range of much more accessible and equally rewarding cache. There are approximately 27 active cache within the park (depending on how you count them!). All are quite findable but require varying amount of time to find. You could easily spend a day to search for GC6TJGZ Herbz Garden (multi) – but why not bring some gear and spend the night at The Rat-A-Tat Hut? A mostly flat 24km round trip for which you’ll need sound navigation skills. But you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views and some pretty neat cache. Here are some nice ones dotted along the border track: GC121B9 Worendo – traditional GC7E314 Echo Point – multi GC4XBXY – Wanugara Lookout – multi GC1PAQF – Way-Gawn – traditional
Of course, there’s the famous cache DT 5/5 GC 3FGJF Herbz Challenge –Our Backyard! Just eighteen finders in 8.5 years and no wonder… To find this cache you need to collect clues from 10 other cache dotted around the Gold Coast Hinterland in simply amazing (and challenging) locations. It took the first finder a month to complete, which is still a record I believe (well done Fangsoki). But wait – there’s more. To locate the final co-ordinates, you need to solve a specially designed Sudoku! It’s one of only three 5/5 cache within the 40km radius. Another is the currently disabled Egg Rock GC28R3W (another Herbz creation! I’ve been assured it is still findable) and the third is by the irrepressible EJ on South Stradbroke Island GC7EHNE – Easy for Some. For this you need a watercraft
We have a small but impressive list of watercraft only accessible cache on The Goldie. From the South there’s the Advancetown Amble series of three on Hinze Dam – GC8DKER.
There are 11 cache accessible on The Broadwater – five traditionals on the southern tip of South Stradbroke Island, three on Wave Break Island (including one placed in 2008 – GC18JEV) and three on Goat Island.
You can craft over to Couran Cove for some caching adventure on South Stradbroke Island. There’s a single cache titled Gilligan’s Island – GC6YJ8B – which is a fun find. Although I found the island a little creepy. It’s on the Coomera River, access by Brittany Drive Reserve.
You can ‘Float your Boat’ down the Coomera River from Jabiru Island Park and pick up 6 cache in the ‘Float Your Boat’ trail. Beginning with GC36G43 by the incorrigible Herbz!
In this category I’ve identified trails that have a minimum of six cache in the series. I’ve identified the first in the trail – and leave the rest up to you. All of them are interesting and fun for a variety of reasons.
I’ve already shown you the Float your boat series, here are 10 more:
Patience and Karma GC5HQD6 by D&Mocha. Six traditionals. Each one of these cache contains a field puzzle which you must unlock to sign the log. The walk can be completed in about a 3 hour round trip. P-Y-S-H-W-L GC5RWNM by PigWig2. Six traditionals plus a bonus. This series is at the base of Tambourine Mountain. It is challenging! With many steep hills. Walk it from the mountain down or from Wongawallan up. Either way you’ll be treated to some lovely views and a beautiful creek crossing. Leave a full day. Herbz Nature Trail GC50VZM. By Herbz Twelve traditionals in Coomabah wetland. It’s an easy walk. You’ll see kangaroos, plenty of lizards and if you are lucky koalas. Return is about 3 hours. Gold Coast Power Trail GC33KPX by Herbz You will need a watercraft to do the whole series. 22 traditionals which will take you a day to complete all if you want to get a little wet! Ashmore Amble GC2H6PC by Aussie Liahona. An easy walk around suburban Ashmore. Takes about 2 hours to find the 6 cache. Emerald Lakes GC2WEFN by Aussie Liahona. Showing off an interesting bit of lakeside suburbia. Will take about 3 hours on foot. Better on cycle. Beautiful Burleigh GC7NDQ9 by Auswanderers. A great series of 10 cache on the foreshore at Burleigh heads. You can be sure Auswanderers provide challenging hides as well. Some you will find immediately some you will need to scratch your head for a while. Paradise Series – Tranquility by Crew 153. While not strictly a trail this series is worth a mention because it takes in many beautiful parts of the Gold Coast. Collect the clues from 6 cache to find the final. Worongary Wandering GC88RX3 by Gurthewanderer. Five traditionals and a multi which will take you on a circuit of San Fernando Drive and perhaps one of the best views of the Gold Coast. It’s about 2 hours return but there’s a very long and steep hill to traverse. Puzzle Trail GC78X5J by Aussie Liahona. A series of 8 cache at Tweed Heads West, each with a puzzle inside to solve before you can sign the log.
I do apologize to any CO’s if I have missed any. I’ve been as thorough as I can when I put this together.
The following is not meant to be a comprehensive list – just some favorites. Someone else might compile a completely different list! I’ve just picked some titles and chosen a few cache in this category that I think are worthy of a visit.
Tree Climbs GC64MZ7 – Year of the Monkey by Monkey Maker. No find since August 2017. I have seen it but it’s very high and treacherous! GC6V529 – Harvest a cache near Brickworks by EJ. This took me 2 visits to find. GC88RX3 – Worongary Wandering: Yp Ya Tree by Gurthewanderer. You’ll need to decipher the coordinates first. GC60RA8 – A Tribute by Monkey Maker. Yea decipher the coordinates that’s hard enough. But when you do… we’ll you’ll have to see for yourself. A regular size up a tree shouldn’t be too difficult right? Ha ha haaaaa… 19 finds in 5 years! GC8BANH – Cowboys Lasso by LizBeth1998. Yes, good luck with this one on your own. Better to come in a group.
Multis GCKKYV – Cookout at Delta Bravo by sid knee. Fun walk around Coolangatta North Head. GC4KR4K – The Cougals West by Herbz. This is a challenging walk but very rewarding. GC34ERX – Stroll Down Memory Lane by Gurthewanderer GCGA6C – Comet Spit by Team Astro. This one requires a drive once solved. I found it to be quite a fun one to solve.
Virtual GC892AY – Surfers Paradise by EJ. Of course you need to come here to see the heart of it all! GC88ZVT – Feed the Lorries by Barbbowman. GC891JZ – Turtles at Cook Island by 4Ando. This virtual has a T of 5.
Most Favorited GCNJ6W – Pam & Dan & Us by Angel Dust. Traditional 142 Favorites GC131 – Bravo Hotel by sid knee. Traditional 130 Favorites GC3VWCD – Wheel of Fortune by Aussi Liahona Traditional 117 favorites GC1R2D6 – Natural Bridge by funkymunkyzone Earthcache 95 favorites
Unknown GC4JPTQ – Dolphin Code by agap2. GC5M2QB – Welcome To Gold Coast by endeavor3 GC4YRNF – Clear as Mud! By Gurthewanderer GC5P1CA – Mmm… Pi by monkey maker GC65KX6 – Eight legged beasts from the forbidden planet by radnoski GC5F36A – Dawn of the Alien Vampire Space Pirate Apocalypse by radnoski
Earth Cache GC1R2CX – BurleighBoulders by funkymunkyzone GC1R2D3 – Tweed Caldera by funkymunkyzone. This is at Best of All Lookout! GC24JED – Nyah Nyah! Purlingbrook Falls by Humulus
Letterbox GC8Q09H – Homestead Letterbox by Aussie Liahona GC757C1 – Message to EJ by Gurthewanderer GC6AVG7 – Yazz by GazaCGC5AHPP – #27 by monkey maker, a nice little walk in a suburban forest
Highly Recommended GC1EVPY – Dead Reckonings Treasure by Tenkae. A three waypoint multi that will take you to the bottom of an abandoned mine. Awesome!! GC1D10W – Geotalk XoE – Down The Back by Zactyl. You need to listen to the podcast Geotalk XoE cache episodes 31, 32 & 33, get the coordinates from another cache then walk a long way down the back creek. If you love waterfalls it’s worth it.
Auswanderers Love Fest! The Auswanderers really know how to construct a cache. Good luck with finding these! GC7TXP5 – Trail or trial. Do you like a challenge? GC7KZHP – GCCC goes Bananas GC8BGDA – Cat chat, nah very well constructed GC8BGD6 – Deadwood again well-constructed and concealed. GC2DRFM – Lacking Liquidity – Cache flow #1 GC8J7BH – Lizards Gizzards
Nottinghamers Love Fest Notinghamers takes pride in concealment. Here’s a few of his gems! GC44F9B – Rest a while. Excellent concealment GC48ZY7 – Show me the Mudgey. GC2JPHP – Waterbirds Delight. Stumped many GC6H14C – Explorers Secret. GC5R0WW – River Tree Park GC4724K – Standing Stones
Thanks for reading this article. Hopefully I’ve spurred some of you to take a break on The Good Old Goldie, search for some of our cache and mostly enjoy our amazing outdoors.
Kindness Shaun McGurgan AKA: Gurthewanderer I AM GUR
SEMIK made time to catch up and chat with a young cacher, BitternA4 who is 11 years old and caches with his Dad, brother and her.
S: How did you choose your geocaching name, BitternA4? BA4: I have always loved steam trains and wanted the name “Mallard” [which is a famous steam engine] but since it was already taken I chose Bittern [another famous steam engine] and that was taken. I decided “Bittern” probably sounded like a better name so I added the [engine] class “A4” to get “BitternA4”
S: How long have you been geocaching?
BA4: Over a year. Dad says since May 2019
S: What is your favourite part of geocaching?
BA4: The ones in the trees. I like climbing trees!
S: What is your favourite type of cache? BA4: I have only ever found Traditionals.
S: Do you have a favourite cache? BA4: The one in the plane! Dad says: You mean the one where the bird scared me half to death? BA4: yes! That one! [ACT GCHDKP]
S: Have you been to any events? BA4: Yes! The camping ones at the same place. S: Kilkivan? At the showgrounds? BA4: Yes those! [We attended two events held in Kilkivan, QLD this year: 2019-2020 New Year Cacheup GC8E7YV and the un-official event held during school holidays in July]
S: Have you met other geocachers? BA4: Yes. S: Who do you remember most? BA4: Your friends. The ones that went all over Australia and go travelling a lot. S: Liz and Bruce? BA4: Yes, them!
S: Can you describe something that happened while geocaching that was funny/surprising or mind-blowing? BA4: [looks at his Dad and smiles really big] It was night time and we were looking for a cache on a plane and Dad went to the front and this bird came flying out of a hole as fast as it could and it scared Dad half to death!
S: Can you remember any place you went while geocaching? BA4: The giant cache S: Why do you remember it? BA4: Because it was so big I could climb into it. So I did! [Rumble in the Jungle GC88BHY]
S: If you we’re trying to tell someone about geocaching, what would you tell them? BA4: This is the hardest question. S: Think of a friend you have not told about geocaching, picture them and what you would say. BA4: It’s a nice way to get out and about and have some fun during the day. You get to find odd spots and it’s really cool to see nature. And people can be really creative and figure out how to use nature to hide stuff.