April 2020 – Newsletter 04

Event News

Well wasn’t that a very exciting launch! We were stunned by the amount of interest and the very rapid collection of Will Attends. We quickly achieved 50 before lunch and within 8 hours we hit 100.  By breakfast the next morning these numbers continued to rise, and we reached 150 with 26 hours!

We hope you are all staying safe and following the government recommendations.  Cal is being very safety conscious protecting all those around him, by staying home and self-isolating and wearing his PPE when required.  Truth be told he is getting a little lonely and just a slight bit bored.  However, he’s  been eagerly watching the Will Attends and getting excited by all the new friends he is going to meet in less than 12 months-time.  He’s hearing on the grapevine that cachers are keeping themselves busy by solving the numerous puzzles around the area.

Accommodation

We’ve had some questions about the onsite camping, and we want to assure you that there is plenty of powered and non-powered camping on site.  Our intention was always to open the ‘Shop’ around July so that everything can be purchased in one go – accommodation, merchandise and even a pre-order of food.  This may be delayed a little due to the current climate with no one being allowed out their houses as we haven’t yet mapped the grounds.  When we open for bookings we will announce the date on our website so that everyone has an equal opportunity to book a spot with their friends.

If you plan on attending and are not a camper, there is plenty of accommodation within 30 minutes.  Although Dayboro is a country location it is close to Brisbane.  There is a large hotel facility at Eatons Hill (25 minutes away), some smaller hotels, plenty of Airbnb’s in the Brisbane northside and even a few farm stays.  You may want to mix up your locations depending on the type of caching you like and just drop into the Showgrounds at specific times, like our party night, opening ceremony or Easter egg hunt. 

The map below shows a 30km radius from Dayboro and may give you an idea of locations in the region.  A good website to draw an actual driving distance (basic) is CalcMaps.  Of course, if you have an address or suburb we do often use a google search of “What is the distance between “Dayboro” and “insert location” and it will give you both a distance and driving time.

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Here are some good websites to look at:
Hotels: Hotel / Motel Search
Airbnb: Airbnb Search
Farm Stays: Google Farm Stay Search

Contests

In all the excitement of last month you may have missed the small contest we had going. We talked about CITO’s and all you have to do to be in chance to win an unactivated CITO travel bug was to email admin@cacheqld.com the most surprising thing you have found when cleaning up at a CITO.

We are also into the final two weeks of the Pathtag design competition, so get your entries in to win a set of event pathtags.

Ambassadors

We are so very lucky to have an extended team of Ambassadors who are working with us to promote our event across the many states of Australia.  They have written small biographies to introduce themselves to you in more detail.  This month we are sharing the biographies from ACT, WA, NSW and TAS  and next month VIC, SA and our roaming QLD ambassador.  Your ambassadors will be a local contact to ask questions or make enquiries, but you are always welcome to post questions on the Facebook Page or send an email to admin@cacheqld.com.

minniek (Melissa) has been actively caching since January 2016.  She is based in Goulburn but works full time in Canberra.

Favourite caching moments include meeting lots of new friends through going to events. Goulburn makes for a great central location to attend events in not only Canberra but also the Southern Highlands, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga. She may have also met her fiancé, fitzy_1965, by attending an event!

fitzy_1965 (Gavin) has been caching since October 2007. He has enjoyed caching in various countries throughout the world and has on numerous occasions combined caching with his other weird hobby, visiting Hard Rock cafes. The cafes have proven to be a great places to hold events. Coincidentally, he is also now based in Goulburn, having moved from Canberra a few years ago.

G’day, I am Kyzabra and I’m based in Perth. I have been caching since September 2012.

I am really proud to be part of this community and have had too many great times to recall. But one of my favourite experiences was the planning and trip from Perth to Alice Springs for the Red Centre event. We had a great trip over the Great Central Road then spent a great long weekend with others who had done the same. They say it’s not the destination, but the journey but this time it was both.

I’m Richard and the goose of gooseandegg, based in Hobart. We started geocaching as a family in April 2013 after researching things to do with the kids during school holidays.

We’ve now cached in each state and territory in Australia and been lucky enough to find a few overseas as well.   

I have so many great memories of road trips, Megas and milestones, and the BBQ launch of the TTSS series is a moment I will never forget, but our 3000th find at Mt Paris Dam is the most memorable. I’ve barely scratched the surface and I’m always planning for the next caching adventure.

I’m stainless-steel-rat (Andy), I started caching in the UK almost 10 years ago, we had heard of Geocaching from Mrs Rats uncle and went out for a walk to see what it was all about, after 3 DNF’s we almost didn’t bother even looking for what would be our first but after we found it and decided it was perfectly good pastime and a great way to spend a pleasant summers day out in the open air, after a slow start we (me more so) got hooked.

After emigrating to Tasmania I found my first cache in Australia and after getting my second head added and then removed some months later I was accepted as a ‘local’ and got to know some of the Tassie cachers and later a few of the mainlanders forming some great friendships along the way.

I love adventures and I have a soft spot for unmarked dirt roads which was good then researching and placing the TTSS series, my most memorable find was the now long archived D5 puzzle Men In Black Holes by SG-3 I doubt it will ever be surpassed.

We, baby&Mrs gopher (Barry & Anne), started geocaching in July 2005.  We were part of the Committee for the 2010 OzMega Wagga Wagga and have attended every Mega in Australia so far.  We live at The Rock, NSW  and have cached in every Australian state as well as in New Zealand.  We have placed over 100 containers in our local area.  We especially like creating novelty containers that children (young and old) will get a buzz out of.

We enjoy every aspect of caching, especially the social gatherings and meeting friends old and new at events.

We enjoy rural and outback caching more than urban hides. We also seek out older caches and would prefer to find 3 or 4 of this type in a day than chase big numbers. We look forward very much to helping with the Dayboro Mega.

I’m Peter from pprass.  I live in Port Macquarie, which is in the Mid North Coast of NSW, after moving from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne 10 years ago.  I discovered geocaching in mid-2003 when I bought a Magellan Meridian GPSr to help guide us through the 4wd tracks that never seemed to match what was on the trek maps.  I eventually joined GC.com on 10 Dec 2003 and started caching at a low level (well there weren’t many caches around in those days L), but then in March 2004 a very fortunate event occurred that changed our participation in the game – we were invited to a camping event called “Crooked River Campout” in the Alpine National Park of Victoria where we met an impressive group of cachers who turned out to be the leading cachers in Australia at the time.  Well from then on we found out how much fun you can have with the game and what wonderful like-minded people there are – many of whom are now good friends of ours.

My wife (Cat) and I travel a lot in our caravan and have been to every corner of Australia always using geocaching as our guide to find interesting places.  We like to keep our average D/T at around 1.8 which means that we tend to do more of the adventurous caches which take us to more interesting places.  We also like to organise groups for weekend camping events where we always find some adventure that encourages us to be with the great friends that we have made through this game.

What’s Next:

April is all about our waterways, we have two more fantastic GEO-Arts based on the water and we will highlight some of the many waterways and tributaries to kayak on which a multitude of cache types to collect..

Cache QLD Highlight – 04

Event News

Our event was scheduled to be published in three days, being one year out from meeting in Dayboro. However, it has been caught up in the moratorium on cache publications in Australia. While we certainly hope that an event a year away will go ahead, we understand the reviewer’s decision not to make exceptions at this stage.

This current COVID-19 situation also means our lead-up events (GC8KVE1 in Western Australia and GC8HVHZ in South Australia) are cancelled. We will reschedule our trip to visit these regions when travel becomes safe again.

We also wish our friends in Millicent and Kempsey all the best with the rescheduling of their Mega Events. We know how much work goes in behind the scenes to get these events up and running (and we are still a year out!), so it must have been devastating to have to have a major delay.

CITO Season 1

Onto some happier news for the planet!  We are well into the first CITO season for 2020, which runs through all of March, April and May (Season 2 will be from September through November)!  This is a formal opportunity to help your local environment, whether it is collecting rubbish in a local wetlands, or planting trees in a koala reservation.  The range of activities that fit the bill are endless.

If you manage to attend a CITO this Season, you will be awarded a souvenir.  But given many of us are shut-ins for the next few weeks at least, maybe think about what you can do around the house?  Can you build a garden bed to grow some of your own vegetables? Put up an insect house, and prepare the garden to plant some flowers or bushes to attract native bees and birds?

We did a quick survey around the CacheQLD team to see what the weirdest piece of litter we have found was.  From computer monitors in the middle of a river, a large number of car tyres, shopping trolleys, an oven and even an old style Singer sewing machine – the foot pedal kind!

What is the most interesting piece of rubbish you have found in a CITO?   Send us an email to admin@cacheqld.com with the details.  We will randomly award an unactivated trackable to an answer.

Solve Some GEO-Art!

Have you been exiled for the good of the realm? Itching to do some geocaching, but staying socially responsible?  Well how about solving some puzzles!

GEO-Art – groups of puzzle caches placed on the map to form a picture – is a great way to boost your puzzle solving mojo.  Most have puzzles ranging from nice and easy, through to puzzles that will stretch your brain! There is a range of GEO-Art in Queensland, some with more than 100 caches in them.  Check out the map for one near you, or start the art around Dayboro in preparation for your visit.

Here are a couple of Brisbane based GEO-Arts to keep you more than busy over the next couple of months: Audio and Pick and Hammer. The Cotton art is located in Emerald. All three are by the work of Georode and offer very different puzzling experiences.

GEO-Art placed by Georode – the first two in Brisbane and the Cotton is located in Emerald

Solving GEO-Art is always more fun in a group, and maintaining some social interaction while self-isolated is important.  So, get a group of friends online to bounce ideas off each other and create an online document to track your progress (Google Sheets is our tool of choice).  You will be surprised how different ways of thinking can combine to solve them all.  Then plan a day out together to sign some logs.  When we are allowed outside to play again, that is!

Pathtag Competition

We have had some good entries to our pathtag design competition, which was due to close this week. However, given the delay to publishing our event and everyone being stuck at home, we have decided to extend the deadline to the end of this month.

Time to research the local area, or think of some good Cal puns, and come up with a great idea. Remember, you do not need to have a final pathtag design to enter. A rough sketch describing an idea is perfect.

So, get Cal-culating how you will win, with your magi-Cal design that will blow our minds.  Please don’t use Cal-ligraphy as that is not good to read.  I don’t mean to be criti-Cal but it’s just not logi-Cal to use a radi-Cal font.  Pop a note in your Cal-ender to get busy, as we are waiting for more design of a high Cal-ibre.

Okay, so my sentence is pretty lame, check out this resource for some Cal words!

CITO’s with Fletcher and Blake

Hi Fletcher and Blake, today we’re talking about CITO.  What sort of things do you do when you go to a CITO event?
Blake: we pick up rubbish to help the environment. I think people throw rubbish everywhere because they’re too lazy to put it in the bin.
Fletcher: another time we planted trees for the koalas to eat and pulled out lots of weeds so they could grow.
Blake: we also went out in the boat and picked up rubbish on the riverbank so it doesn’t go in the river.

Do you ever do CITO when you’re not at an event?
Fletcher: yes, we take our grabbers when we go caching with Dad and we pick up rubbish along the tracks.
Blake: we keep the bottles and cans we find and recycle them for pocket money!

What is the thing you like most about doing CITO?
Fletcher: I enjoy picking up rubbish. It’s fun because you don’t know what you’ll find, and we get to meet other kids doing it too.
Blake: I like helping the environment, that’s important. We learn about cleaning the environment at school, if rubbish doesn’t get picked up it goes out to the sea and hurts the turtles if they eat it

What sort of things do you mostly find when doing CITO?
Fletcher: we find plastic bottles, plastic bags and lots of straws.
Blake:  we find loads of bottle lids, tennis balls, cups and plastic bags

Have you ever found anything interesting?
Fletcher: one time doing a rubbish pick up we found a handbag and it had all the persons things in there like ID cards and headphones. We reported it to the police because that’s important so that person can get their stuff back.
Blake: another time mum saw what looked like a ball and went to pick it up with a grabber but it was a toad and she screamed! We laughed lots!

Thanks Blake and Fletcher! We hope that people take on your example and practice the CITO principle regularly.

Adult Bit: CITO’s are a great way to give back to the community and surprisingly most kids find it pretty fun. Please remember that some of the areas selected for clean up may not be the most kid friendly, so we strongly recommend the use of grabbers, gloves and of course an adult. Sun protection is also a must!

Another fantastic photo from Tim Williams of Capture the Dog Photography. This spectacular photo was shot was taken at sunrise overlooking Mooloolaba. You could do certainly do some social distancing there!

With plenty of caches along the waterfront you could take your pick so see a similar view.

If you would like to check out Tim’s other photos you can find him at the following places:

Email: capturethedog@gmail.com
Website: Capture the Dog Photography
Facebook: Capture the Dog Photography

Last month we hid our trackable code in the Highlights post.  Several of you managed to find it hidden in the map of Beachport (some of our own team struggled to find it).  We ran the entry numbers through a random selector and the result was … 5! 

Congratulations to kingfisherau!! They walk away with the awesome prize of a Mini MAG Handheld Rechargeable Light. We will have your name on this at registration desk next April!

Don’t forget to enter into our CITO contest as mentioned above, and we announce that winner in May’s Highlight post.

What’s Next

On April 15th we will be publishing our 4th Event Newsletter so check back then to see what secrets we let out of the bag.