Cache QLD Highlight – 05

Waterways

This month we are celebrating our Waterways!

Us Queenslander’s definitely have a love of paddling down our rivers and creeks collecting caches.  If you search through the Terrain filter on your preferred geocaching app you see plenty of caches pop up in the T4.5-5 range along various creeks and rivers in the South East corner.

Plenty of trails for a longer adventure or a just the quick stand-alone cache.  Many, many occasions of a group floating kayak squad out and about on a grand adventure.  Often there will be call out on Facebook group with an open invitation to join a group attack, this can be a great way to get yourself out meeting people, getting some exercise and of course collecting smiles.

Not only do Queenslanders love caching on the water, but it seems we are also a little fond of cleaning up our waterways with quite a few water based CITO’s organised in the past years.  Of course anytime out on the kayak is a good time to collect any floating rubbish and dispose of it thoughtfully back on land.

Here are a few waterways with trails:
Sunshine Coast: Muru-kutchi Trail, Eenie Creek, Paynter’s Peaceful Paddle, Cooroibah Creek, Cooloothin Creek
Brisbane Region: Four Mile Creek, Jackson Creek, Nudgee Creek, Pine River, Lake Kurwongbah, Lake Samsonvale, Lake Manchester, Lake Wivenhoe
Gold Coast: Coombabah Creek, South Stradbroke Island, Wave Break Island

Of course it should be no surprise that we also have water based Geo-Art! (Yes, we do have an abundance of art).  Both of these current offerings are from 4Andos.  Probably helps that they have a JetSki, but all are accessible by kayak or boat.

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Fish and Cache: Is a series of 24 challenging puzzles forming up to create, of course, a fish!  Located in and around the islands to the north of the Gold Coast, you will need to have not only your paddling skills going, but you will find yourself walking some beautiful sandy beaches.  Keep your eyes out some local wildlife as well, with mentions of sighting whales, crabs, stingrays.

Dark Side of the Cache: Is a visually stunning series of 110 caches in the shape of Darth Vader’s helmet based at Lake Somerset.  These are land based caches, however you will need a watercraft to access them all.  The puzzle are sure to delight any Star Wars fans, and of course we all know that May the 4th is Star Wars day, so what better time than now to start to solve these creative puzzles.

How do you pronounce Dayboro?

This question, recently asked by ambassadors Peter & Cat (pprass), quickly had the committee divided … was it:

* Day-bra
* Day-borrow
* Day-bro
* Or something completely different?

We couldn’t agree so we took the question to the locals!
 


With just over 50 replies here is what we learnt … With a respectable 6 votes we have the pronunciation ‘Day-bo-rah’ – sounding like the name Deborah.

With a few votes each we heard: DaybOrO, Day-ber-ahh, Day-bro, Day-burra, Day-bore, Day-borough, and Day-bowrow! Getting only one vote each, are these two gems (and our personal favourites!) Dee-Town, and Da town a yesta-year!

However, the clear winner coming in with a combined 27 votes (over 50% of the total) is ‘day-bra’ or the very similar ‘day-bruh’.

Mystery solved! Thanks for the great question pprass!

Who do you go geocaching with?
My Dad.

What do you like best about geocaching?
I like to go kayaking and climbing trees.  Let’s talk about kayaking (because that happens to match this month’s theme…)!

Do you have your own kayak?
At first, I went in Dads kayak but when I turned 10, I got my own kayak that is green and white.

What was your first kayaking cache like?
It was on a creek and we (Dad and I) found it not long from where we started to kayak. We found it on a tree branch and at first I couldn’t see it and I told Dad “ I want to find it myself” and the next moment I found the cache!

Where else have you kayaked?
Dad and I have been to a lake and on a couple of rivers and creeks.  We have explored hidden pathways off the side of creeks.  After one really long kayak we found hidden door in a tree!

Any other fun kayaking adventures?
One time Dads friends came and kayaked with us but the funny thing was that we had to dress up! It was really cool to see what the other people had dressed up as. When we stopped at the island and we were coming back on our kayaks we had to push it on the water, but the funniest thing is that two people fell in the water. They couldn’t get back in so they pushed the kayak back to the ledge then did it again, they were finally successful!

Adult Bit: Kayaking L Plates was put out by JACS Team as a great location for first time paddlers.  She discovered the spot of course by a nearby cache, but also as a place to test her new kayak and give both her son and his cousin their first kayaking paddle in a safe space. This is designed to be an easy find with no need to exit the craft (see middle pic).

“I was impressed by how unbelievably clear the water is! Many small lillies growing around was extra nice. It’s relatively shallow, protected, serene place – actually ideal for learning to paddle! Being competent in the kayak though, I slowly cruised along, drinking in the surrounds (and picking up a few floating plastics). As I got closer, I spent longer than is normal looking into the water at the rocks and logs below. Did I mention how clear the water is?  Another thoroughly enjoyable paddle geocache – one I’d also recommend for those new to the kayaking game. Thanks for this little waterborne adventure, JACS Team :)”

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Each month in the lead up to the main event we are running a little contest for you to collect code words.  These will come in handy – so don’t leave it until the minute to solve. 

Last month we ran a CITO contest where you just had to email the committee letting us know the most unusual thing you’ve found on a CITO.  We received serval entries and using a random generator the winner is … Waz and Vik, who found koala’s during a CITO they attended here in Petrie.  Congratulations they won the 2020 CITO trackable.

Find the first code word once you have solved the crossword.  Save each code word as they will be required at the Dayboro Event!!!

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What’s Next

On the 15th we will be sharing with you the latest information from the Committee as we nudge ever so closer to April 2021! We will also be sharing the rest of our amazing Ambassador team. Talk about what we got up to for Blue Switch Day and a feature on Queensland first geocache.

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.

January 2020 – Newsletter 01

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Welcome to Dayboro!

Downtown Dayboro – Heritage Building, Dayboro Tennis Courts & Pool, Gift Shop

Well, not quite yet.  You may have heard our announcement back in November when we were 500 days away from the Grand Opening, and that we have selected the picturesque rural town of Dayboro to be our host location for 2021.

Dayboro is a small country town and located less than an hour’s drive and some 45km north-northwest from Brisbane.  The Dayboro region is made up of several surrounding localities such as Ocean View, Mount Mee, Mount Pleasant and Laceys Creek.

This country town has a population of around 2000, but don’t for a minute think that this is a sleepy little village it is well known for its annual Dayboro Rodeo and the Dayboro show which celebrates the towns distinct country lifestyle and history. It is ever growing in popularity for visitors and families to come and enjoy the family friendly environment and stunning rolling pastures.

Activities available in Dayboro include horse riding and four-wheel drive adventures, and leisurely pursuits include vineyards and feeding farm animals.  Of course geocaching is a big part of Dayboro too, check out our previous post January Highlights for information on three geo-arts in the immediate vicinity of Dayboro.

Our home base in Dayboro will be the Dayboro Showgrounds, where we hold a booking over the full Easter period and during this time Cache QLD will be managing all camping bookings through this website – so stay tuned in for that in the second half of the year. 

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Dayboro Showgrounds have many powered camping sites and an abundance of unpowered sites.  In 2016 the local government committed to a 1.5 million upgrade to the showgrounds which saw new multipurpose and function facilities and upgrades to the camping facilities amongst other things.

The camp ground is serviced by two separate shower/toilet block, a camp kitchen and coin operated washing machine and dryer.   The views of the country side are beautiful, and it’s is only a short walk into the town centre of Dayboro via a direct connected pathway.  However perhaps the best news of all for those loyal geo-dogs and even geo-cats, all our furry friends are welcome to camp with their owners.

If your concerned about internet coverage in this rural location, you’ll be pleased to know that Dayboro and the surrounding locations have just recently had an upgrade to their connectivity to the internet to make it even better than it was before – although it still will be best to save lists offline when hitting the hills.

Long story short, our location is fantastic with plenty of on ground camping accommodation, which will be available to book through the Cache QLD website from the second half of the year.

Introducing

Let me introduce you to someone who is an important part of the Cache QLD team.  This is Cal!  Short for Calibre of course, being that he is part ammo can.

This friendly little guy was designed for the committee by none other than puzzle guru Cully Long.  Despite us geocachers knowing him best for his book “How to Puzzle Cache”, Cully is also very talented scenic designer, graphic designer and illustrator!  When we described what we were looking for “some kind of cartoon ammo can man” he mocked this up this little gem on a plane trip in about 15 minutes!  We fell hard for little Cal and we hope you do too.  Cal is going to be hanging out with us on all our promotional material and will feature on our event pathtags and geocoins – he may even make an appearance on trackables!

Contest Time

So with the introduction of Cal made, we are going to have a little competition featuring our new friend. Are you good at drawing, designing or just have a really cool imagination?  We are looking for a single round event pathtag to be designed featuring our mascot, Cal.  The design should be family friendly which features Cal and/or highlights Queensland as a destination. It should also include the words ‘Dayboro 2021’.

Now, the Cache QLD Committee are a punny bunch of people and we have had a lot of fun ourselves thinking of Cal related puns and we were wondering what you could come up with ie. Tropi-Cal, Musi-Cal, Physi-Cal just to name a few.  You might like to incorporate a pun into your design.  Just to be clear this is not a requirement of the tag design, but if you make us smile and laugh that’s obviously going to bring some happy points.

If you’re interested go and click over to the Contest tab to see all the rules and conditions and to get Cal’s images and PMS colours.

Pathtags

Speaking of pathtags, Cache QLD have been working with Pathtags.com and have designed up our own special pathtag backs.  When creating a pathtag you can elect to have this design as your back from the Give Back section.   The finals have all been approved and should be showing as an option very shortly in the gallery, if not already. 

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Sponsorship

Cache QLD are proud to be keeping it local and announce that Caching Supplies have come on board! They will be available onsite over the Event weekend.  We look forward to seeing them there, but in the meantime please check out their website.

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What’s Next

On February 1st we will have our post of Cache QLD Highlights. February we are ‘Leaping into Love’.  We will have a look at some of the most loved up caches in Queensland, some related challenges where collecting those favourite points would be handy.  As it’s valentines on the 14th we will highlight a few loved themed caches and the rose geo-art in Kilcoy.  We are also introducing a new segment – Kids Caching Corner.  So, don’t forget to check back on our website from the 1st February 2020.