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 – main pavillion

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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Cache QLD Pathtag ‘Give Back’ backs

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.