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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We do have a Facebook group and page as well that you can join to keep up with information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to confirm, we may contact you prior to printing to confirm details.
*** This is an image only, so you see where to add the details. You will need to click the square for the text box to open**
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.
Well, we are fast approaching the end of 2020 and what a year it has been! A year of devastation, particularly for lovers of events both big and small, we have seen them one by one cancelled or postponed as the country dealt with COVID-19. While Queensland still has restrictions in place for holding events due to State Government guidelines, we are being optimistic that these restrictions might continue to ease and we can once again enjoy catching up socially with registered events.
On Sunday the committee met and reaffirmed that we should press on with our planning, surely packing a stadium with 49,000 people will mean that we can soon have outdoor gatherings with 100 people!
While we promised the shop opening in October we had understandable concerns about whether we would be able to go ahead with our event as we watched a second wave hit the country. The uncertainty of it all is crushing, but here we are and we need to press on from limbo land. So that all being said …
We are pleased to announce the new Shop opening date of 15th December.
You may have noticed we missed October’s event news, so did we. Whoops! We were just a little sidetracked with some other event projects.
This month our highlight takes you to the Outback region of Queensland and we thank RoddyC for putting in a lot of work this month to share his thoughts and promote the Queensland Outback Geo Muster.
Caching the Queensland Outback with QOGM.
Outback Queensland is vast. From Mount Isa, through Longreach to Barcaldine south to the Queensland border, it covers more than half the State’s landmass.
QOGM Country covers the five LGA Areas of Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo. Murweh (Charleville) and Paroo (Cunnamulla), with the major Highways passing through all these areas being the Mitchell and Landsborough highways.
So, what is QOGM?
QOGM is the acronym for the Queensland Outback Geocaching Muster. QOGM commenced in 2018 in Barcaldine, followed by the Blackall-Tambo event in 2019. Due to Covid-19 in 2020, QOGM was held over.
A QOGM group is formed for each location, and consists of local cachers from each area under the leadership of RoddyC, Youngoldfella and hatzofff. Hatzofff with Ridgeedidge from Barcaldine were responsible for hatching the original concept of an outback geocaching event.
Geocachers have come from all over Australia – just about every state has been represented, and international geocachers, too!
The aim is to have geocaches placed throughout the event area which allow attendees to experience the Outback and its unique geography, flora and fauna, and its geology, too.
But more importantly, it introduces geocachers to the outback locals.
Through an extended stay, geocachers contribute financially to outback recovery. For example, in Barcaldine, we estimate from contributed expenditure records that our wonderful QOGM attendees spent close to $45,000 in the Barcaldine Region in 2018 and close to $50,000 in the Blackall-Tambo Region in 2019.
QOGM Quotes: Jane Searle It is fantastic to hear such a great report of cachers helping the economy and doing the right thing. Well done
From the Mayor of the Blackall-Tambo Council, the following response was received: Thank you Rod. I am glad you all had fun, the towns certainly enjoyed hosting an event that was way outside their normal understanding of “things” !! I am sure your group will go from strength to strength. Cheers and merry xmas to you and yours. Andrew.
This money is spent with the local businesses in the towns – a fact which is greatly appreciated by the local Councils and Business Groups, as they mostly miss out on the government subsidies which normally go directly to farmers.
What does attending the QOGM entail?
QOGM is four or more days of organized Events and Geocaching trails, challenges and socializing.
QOGM usually commences with a ‘pre-event’ gathering as an ice-breaker, followed next day by the main “Welcome to Country” Geocaching QOGM Event – accompanied by a Council sponsored Meal together. In subsequent days and locations spread geographically through the event region, there is a Flash Mob Event, a CITO Event, a Welcome to QOGM next-year Event, and an official Closing Event and Dinner. At the Flash Mob event, we bring out the Kazoos: Waltzing Matilda under the Tree of Knowledge and Click go the Shears at Ram Park. In Cunnamulla, it has to be Slim Dusty’s The Cunnamulla Fella, doesn’t it?
QOGM Quote: Bobby Smith The Phoenix ferals really enjoyed their first QOGM and have already been discussing plans for next year. One of the boys told me
” i like it and we actually learn and experience more doing this than we do in a week of school!”
Thanks so much to everyone who was involved in organising and running QOGM 2019 and to all the other Geocache peoples we met and were able to assist or them assist us. Thanks everyone, see you in 2020!.
In between the events are geocaching activities through the release of new geocaches, and of course, the mandatory Muster, which is a full-day event, car-pooling for FTFs, competitions and many fun geocaches of different types.
The Muster Day In Barcaldine 2018, the Muster travelled from Aramac up to Lake Dunn, then down to Jericho for and evening event and dinner at the local Pub. The highlight of that muster was the fabulous Art Trail of Mylinda Rogers.
QOGM Quote: Sheridan Davis I loved doing this trail while at the event. The art is just fabulous a real highlight of the trip
In 2019, it was the ‘Turd’ Trail where the caches pages were fun-filled word plays, followed by chicken races and Dinner in Tambo.
QOGM Quote: Bazzanne Gilmour And on the turd stroke we won’t really give a cowpat.
QOGM 2021 is in Paroo Shire, based in Cunnamulla. The three local cachers there are keen to get caches out and go from an area that had but three up into the hundreds for our geocaching enjoyment. And give us all a time to remember.
Future dates: QOGM is set for the next three years
QOGM 2021 Paroo (Cunnamulla) 21 to 25 September 2021 QOGM 2022 Longreach 20 to 24 September 2022 QOGM 2023 Murweh (Charleville) 19 to 23 September 2023
Charmaine Atkinson Looking forward to attending all of these. A big thank you to Rod Collins, Pauline Collins and John Marshmann for putting this together every year. It’s always great to attend and as always, catch up with old and new faces
Once again we send our thanks to RoddyC and the QOGM team for this months highlight. Next month we comes back towards the coast and have a look at Gold Coast
This month we are highlighting the Sunshine Coast. While some of the team were away exploring our great state dahumbug was very busily preparing this month’s feature for you all. We thank him for his time and effort in bring us this great report. There is so much to do in the Sunshine Coast! It was not possible to fit it all in. We may bring you another Sunshine Coast Highlight as we get closer to the main event.
Welcome to Geocaching in the Kabi Kabi area!
Or more commonly known as the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast is a peri-urban area and the third most populated area in the Australian state of Queensland. Located 100 km north of the state capital Brisbane in South East Queensland on the Pacific Ocean coastline, its urban area spans approximately 60 km of coastline and hinterland from Pelican Waters to Tewantin.
The area was first settled by Europeans in the 19th century with development progressing slowly until tourism became an important industry. The area has several coastal hubs at Caloundra, Kawana Waters, Maroochydore, and Noosa Heads. Nambour and Maleny have developed as primary commercial centres for the hinterland. When referring to Maleny, you also must refer to other magical towns nearby. Montville and Mapleton are only a small stones throw away. Lets not forget about the beauty of the Glasshouse Mountains in the south, and the mystique of towns of Pomona, Cooroy and Eumundi in the north.
The Sunshine Coast, as a term recognised by most Australians, is the district defined in 1967 as “the area contained in the Shires of Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa, but excluding Bribie Island”. Its use is frequently colloquial, however. Since 2014, the Sunshine Coast district has been split into two local government areas (LGA OR COUNTIES AS PER PROJECT GEOCACHING), the Sunshine Coast Region and the Shire of Noosa, which administer the southern and northern parts of the Sunshine Coast respectively.
Major rivers of the Sunshine Coast include Noosa River, Maroochy River, Mooloolah River and the Stanley River. The region includes several lakes such as Lake Cootharaba and Lake Weyba. Ewen Maddock Dam, Wappa Dam and Baroon Pocket Dam have been built for water storage.
Several stretches of the Sunshine Coast are lined with unbroken beaches – from Sunshine Beach near Noosa to Coolum Beach, the coast from Point Arkwright to Mudjimba, the Maroochydore–Mooloolaba stretch and from Buddina past the Caloundra CBD to Pelican Waters .
The Sunshine Coast is home to more individual national parks than any other region in Queensland. The natural biodiversity of the area has been protected by five separate parks in both coastal and inland regions, including Mapleton Falls National Park, Kondalilla National Park, and The Glass House Mountains National Park.
Sunshine Coast has a humid subtropical climate typical of South Queensland. Summers are generally hot, but moderated compared to areas on similar latitudes elsewhere. Winters retain warm days, but have cooler nights rendering it falling into the subtropical fold. There is no dry season and precipitation is generally quite high. Enough with the boring intro, let’s talk about what you’re here for … the caches!
There are currently 1255 active caches collectively in the Sunshine Coast and Noosa LGAs, making it the third most abundant area in all of Queensland after Brisbane and Moreton on the north side.
Where shall we start? Lets start with somewhat what the Sunny Coast is famous for …the sunny coastal beaches. In no order of preference, we start at the top.
Noosa Noosa is famous for its beaches and upmarket shopping. While the Main Beach is easily accessible, the hidden joys are hidden around the headland. Why not treat yourself to a walk around Noosa National Park. Here’s a couple of caches to get you there. GCWBBA #1 Keyring Cache at Noosa – this is an easy walk along a popular track, a little care needs to be taken near the cache site but it’s not too treacherous.
GC737 Plantman #17 – one of the great Plantman caches hidden by Plantman while on a working holiday back in 2003.Original Logbook and Container you can find on this one. A struggle to believe once you find it. Located at the southern end of Noosa National Park. While its one of the hardest spots to get to, you will be rewarded with access to one of Noosa’s remote beaches and also visit one of the caches listed on Queensland oldest 100 caches.
While you’re in the area don’t forget to visit Sunshine Coast’s “Most Visited Cache” GCRKN4 Laguna Lookout with over 860 Finds since 2005 you don’t want to be one to miss out looking out to stunning views over Noosa. We have the cacher powellbruce to thank for that offering.
Let’s move on down the coast a little to the awesome beachside town of Coolum. While there is lots of beaches to enjoy here at the coastal village of Coolum, you would be missing out by not climbing Mount Coolum GC4G6XW Mount Coolum. At a height of 208mtrs Mt Coolum has a remarkable botanical diversity with more than 700 different species of plants identified there. Vegetation types include eucalyptus forest, coastal wallum, paperbark wetland, rare coastal montane heath.
The walk to the summit is along an Australian Standards class 4 rated track with a 1.6K return journey which recommends that you allow 2 hours return. The pathway has recently been reconstructed and is well maintained with plenty of areas for a rest on the way up and down. It is estimated that up to 140 people a day climb Mount Coolum! With over 50 Favourite Points it must have something to offer.
Lets move on down the coastline, to the golden beaches of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba. Most recommended here is the two Adventure Labs – Green Team’s Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway a cruisy walk from Cotton Tree to Maroochydore. After this you can try your hand at Konie’s A Wander Around Mooloolaba, a journey that takes you from Alexandra Headlands to the Spit at Mooloolaba. (PS…I recommend Fish and Chips down the Spit). Konie and Green Team have been caching for eons and are enjoying their golden years placing caches on easy terrain these days!
Before we finish talking about the beaches, we better not forget about Caloundra. One of the original sunny coast holiday hotspots. Once a very affordable holiday spot for young families but now home for an abundance of baby boomers. You could say all the travelling grey nomads could feel at home here…just joking. For caching lets look at the most favourited cache on the Sunny Coast. With a hundred odd Favourite Points the location is to die for GC3TK2J Kings ViewIf it’s too tricky to find Wesso is always good for a PAF!
While in the area you can try your hand at Wesso Family’s Adventure Lab Discover Caloundra. Another easy one to find on the app. Do not forget the Virtual Cache, we will list that one later. Caloundra region is abundant with caches looking to boost their numbers. Caloundra is also the doorway to the Northern tip of Bribie Island, which is also home to a pleasure of caches.
Moving away from the coastline down to the Glasshouse Mountains. There is a plethora of caches available for the masses down there. Whether you like easy to find park and grabs, or maybe challenge yourself with a daring mountain climb. We will mention a few to get you in the right area.
Mount Ngungun GC1E307- The Glass House Mountains – Mount Ngungun At a height of 253mtrs Mount Ngungun is made of rhyolite and the vegetation is the most varied of the Glass House Mountains. 126 of 178 plant species found in the Glass House Mountains are found within the forests of Mount Ngungun.
The walk to the summit is classed as one of the most accessible in the Glass House Mountains. It is a class 4 track with a 2.2K return journey which requires you to allow 2 hours return. Note-A little bit of trivia with this one…This mountain was home to the first geocache ever hidden on the Sunshine Coast back in March 2001 GC2A5JF Glass House Lava Plugs (Queensland). This cache is the epitome of the Glasshouse Mountains. A real showcase. While the last two caches are the easier mountain offerings, we should not fail to mention a couple of challenging caches GC264D Gorilla, on top of the world, or at least the head of a gorilla, hidden in November 2001. The original cache hidden on the gorilla mountain Mount Tibrogargan GCQFKP Big Bold Beautiful Beerwah a replacement cache for the highest mountain of the Glasshouse Mountains. This will test your stamina and rock scrambling ability. DO NOT ATTEMPT IF WET.
Let’s move on up the hill from the Glasshouse region to Maleny. The original home of alternative culture on the Sunny Coast. Do you know that the world-famous Woodford Folk Festival had its origins as the Maleny Folk Festival? Once a buzzing town of hippy culture and alternate thinking, now the home of trendy up market real estate. Why is that? Well the rolling hills soaked in glorious mountain air, and abundant in views to die for you should treat yourself and immerse yourself in a Maleny experience of your own. Caches to highlight GC892WA Hinterland Highlight Virtual and GC4R718 Heard of Cows a pairing of caches to get you in the right area to enjoy Maleny Meanderings.
Moving on from here north to Montville… along the way there is a couple of breathtaking reflections to behold. Don’t miss this one GC17G2J Gerrards Viewsone of the many lookout caches along the way. Once you’re at Montville, you can enjoy the quaint little village feel while doing WallabyWanderers Adventure Lab Montville Meandering.- GC17G2J Montville Coddiwomple.
Meandering mostly through municipals muchly starting with M, meets us with another mention called Mapleton. The hometown of “The Bug”(dahumbug) who has made sure there is nearly one of every cache type here for punters to amuse themselves merrily with. Meantime, there is a cache that should not go unnoticed GC4XHMZ Baxter Fallssearchers for this cache will be rewarded with a stunning rainforest walk and a look at a waterfall few people know about. You will follow a well-made and signposted walking track to Baxter Falls.
There is heaps more hinterland towns that could be mentioned with much detail. The kaleidoscope of caches at Kenilworth with nice offerings in town on the edge of the Conondale National Park to the south and a montage of mountain musings at Kenilworth Bluff, otherwise known as Humbug Mountain.
Eumundi with its efficient placement near the highway and situated nicely to promote travellers onwards to Noosa. Home of the famous Eumundi Markets which take place most Wednesdays and Saturdays. The old timber town of Cooroy, home of the famous EVIL CACHES. Cachers come from all over the world to find them. Here’s a bit of an EVIL ONE. Let’s not forget about Pomona, home of the world famous mountain race King of the Mountain where such humans subject themselves to race from town to the summit of the local Mount Cooroora. Don’t be afraid to come embrace your very own piece of Serenity of the Mountain.
There is so many more that I’ve forgotten to mention all the Adventure Labs. There is 10 ALs listed on the Sunshine Coast Map. Pull up the app and look at the map for yourself.
Over the last few months we have had a few questions about how COVID will affect the Dayboro event, and the answer is that currently we just don’t know. Our goal continues to be hosting the event in Dayboro during Easter, 2021 and we are all busy working behind the scenes to make that possible.
We will continue to monitor National and State guidelines and advice, and keep you updated in our monthly Event News. We hope to make a final decision on proceeding by late Jan/ early Feb in order to give everyone enough time to plan.
If it becomes safest to postpone Dayboro, 2021 we have secured the Easter, 2022 date with other caching committees. This is great news for two reasons. First, if Dayboro is postponed we can host the event the following Easter. Second, (and the best case scenario) is that we proceed with Dayboro 2021, and then have Easter, 2022 for another big Queensland event. This is great news so watch this space!
Our most recent published cache is entitled – Go Fish #1. A few months ago we did a highlight on trees and we mentioned this newish cache placement type of tree fishing. There are few more being placed around the area shortly. If you haven’t tried tree fishing before, this will be a good chance for you to have a go, and there is a good chance we will have a tree fishing pole that you can borrow from the Showground for an hour at a time to have a crack at getting these few local ones.
Other recent published caches in the region include a trio of kayak (or blow up boat!) caches in the heart of Dayboro at Lees Crossing – the three caches have vary degrees of DT ratings 1/5, 2.5/5 and lastly a 4/5 (which seems to prove a tricky one to find). This is a lovely area for a swim and perhaps cooling off after a big day of Easter caching. You will need a watercraft of some sort, and be prepared to do some portage in between the three.
You can keep up with any CacheQLD publications by using this public bookmark.
“Arriving at the car park I was greeted by Mrs SP who was a bit flustered, seems she had forgotten one vital part of her boating equipment…. the paddle 🤣 HAHA! Whoops!!! Ah well, let’s just see how far we can get with my two small dodgy ones? So with Mrs SP in the lead with one paddle I was being towed behind in my blow up with the other paddle. Surprisingly Mrs SP was quite talented with her stroke work and had us cruising down the river at a decent speed in a straight line. Hats off to her! Lots of laughs were had on the way to GZ, all that was missing was my grapes. It was a lovely day to be on the water with good company in this gorgeous part of the universe.”
Firstly, this is not a sponsored advertisement, but if there is one thing that the local caching community can tell you about Dayboro it is that they have a fantastic bakery! As you read through the logs, trying to find those little puzzle and GZ hints (you know you do it!) you will be sure to read that normally a day caching in Dayboro might start or end or be interrupted with a visit to the local bakery.
Their most recent accolade is winning a public vote on the best bakery in Moreton Bay 2020, beating out 50 other bakeries in the region. One of our committee members is an avid pie eater and highly rates them as well – Check out their Facebook page to see what they have on offer. So, why not plan to drop in while in town next Easter they open every day from 5am to 5pm and cover all your basic pies types, other baked goodies and have vegetarian options as well.
We are still moving forward on the shop and getting it ready to be opened during October. The showground has been mapped and we can confirm a great mixture of 10 and 15 amp power sites.
You can expect to see a range of merchandise from the usual shirts, pathtags, geocoins, to car flags and other goodies.
Remember to hold onto your solved code words and bring them all to the event to be the running for prizes!
As mentioned in the Toowoomba Highlight, we are turning our heads to the Sunshine Coast for October and checking out all the excellent things they have to offer to the caching community. We will be holding out that restrictions will be easing at the end of the month and we may be able to host an event!
The CacheQLD Toowoomba event was up for the briefest of moments, however COVID decide to come out and play in our environment and restrictions were handed down by the government and swiftly reinforced by our Reviewers to keep us safe. Hopefully soon the restrictions will be lifted, and we can get back out there and do a follow up event. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this selection of what the Toowoomba Region has to offer.
The main reason we wanted to talk about Toowoomba in September is because on the 8th it is Star Trek day! We are just a little bit fond of Geo-Art here at Cache QLD, so it’s no surprise that the top of our Toowoomba list is Brother Colin’s offering of the Starship Enterprise (SSE).
The Starship Enterprise geoart is an eclectic mix of 104 space-themed puzzles. Once solved they take you on journey around the picturesque rural outskirts of Toowoomba.
Brother Colin credits this uniquely varied series to the help of many different puzzle makers. The variety keeps solving interesting, and means you’re bound to learn a trick or two that you can add to your puzzle solving toolbox.
While collecting these caches expect to see a mix of Aussie native plants and animals, and wandering local livestock. This well maintained series, with good coords is a must-do whether you are caching alone or enjoying the day with friends or family. Close proximity to town means you have the option to duck into town for breaks, or pack a lunch and enjoy the views. Check out this bookmark list.
Happy solving, or should we say. Cache Long and Prosper
“When this series was just a twinkle in the CO’s eyes, I was lucky enough to be asked to help create a few of the puzzles that would be part of something big. Unfortunately, I was very busy with work at the time, and was only able to help out with a few. Since publication, I have enjoyed some of the distress felt by those trying to solve them! Eventually it was my turn to feel that pain, as I worked through puzzles ranging from mostly easy to ridiculously impossible. To all the CO’s I take my hat to you as makers of something very special!” Swellerfungus
Another wealth of awesome things Toowoomba is it mix of Challenge Caches. There are challenges for getting a number of types (8 & 11), collecting souvenirs (25 & 50), collecting different size caches (micro, small, regular, large & virtual), completing scavenger hunts for Bronze, Silver & Gold levels and a tough little Nickel challenge. Have you got an Australian only JASMER? If you do, there’s a challenge for that! Toowoomba offers another for completing your 365 day calendar of finds, and your DT grid! All these are topped off with something to reward you for being a ‘well-travelled cacher’.
Toowoomba is home to Queensland’s very first Adventure Lab ‘Laurel Bank Park’. The 5-point Adventure will take you on a stroll around the Laurel Bank Park which is one of the premier parks featuring manicured gardens, mature trees, children’s play equipment, barbecue and picnic areas, and two croquet lawns! It is a must-see destination during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The most recent Adventure Lab offering is a Walking Tour of Picnic Point which is one the premier tourist destinations in Toowoomba because of its stunning views over the Lockyer Valley.
Undertaking a quick search of the top favourited caches in the region it is a very interesting results with two letter boxes taking out the top two spots No Junk Mail (73) and Hampton Information (61) to round out the top three we have the Alphabetic Animal Challenge Cache (51) which requires you to find an animal for every letter of the alphabet.
What would a discussion be about Toowoomba without mentioning Tabletop. This is a real bucket list climb and something quite unique to experience from the unusual rocks to climb up, the scree, the gap of doom (or is that just me) and then finally making it to the very flat top, some might say it’s quite ‘table’ like!
This is a very popular climb for locals and visitors, so chances are you won’t be alone and if you need a break you will have plenty of chances to be polite and let other pass through – perhaps even a man and his cat.
With five caches waiting for your visit include one of Queensland 100 oldest caches “Nutters Knoll” and the previously mentioned highly favourited animal challenge cache it certainly is worth the trek and should only take a few hours depending on your fitness level.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
It’s time to spring into Spring! Picture-perfect flora, plenty of family-friendly fun and local foodie adventures are all on offer over the course of the entertainment-filled festival from September 18–27. Okay, you have us, so this technically isn’t caching related, but it is a very good reason to visit Toowoomba. This year’s Carnival of Flowers offers over 170,000 blooms that have been planted across the city’s major parks and public spaces to create a spectacular canvas of colour for much needed celebrations in September. All events, experiences and areas will be managed with COVID-19 safe plans in place.
“Toowoomba is primed and ready to showcase it’s natural beauty. Nothing can stop the power of the flower and we are inviting people from all over to come and play in the petals this Spring,” Mayor Antonio said.