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.
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:
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 :)”
Captain Terror – 8/19
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!!!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
This month our highlight post features the caches that we love, the caches that need some love, and a couple of challenges to work on where these caches will be helpful.
We introduce you to a rose shaped geo-art – because we all know where there’s love, there’s roses! We show you a very photogenic traditional cache location for Valentine’s Day.
We are also introducing our first Kids Caching Corner that highlights a cache that matches our monthly theme, is kid friendly and has been found and reviewed by kids!
Tim Williams of Capture the Dog Photography shows us one of the hidden location gems that we find by geocaching.
So, lets kick off the month by talking about some of the digital souvenirs up for offer this February.
Souvenir: Fun in all Directions
Recently it was announced that there will be a new souvenir called “Fun in all directions” to be earned on Sunday 2nd February. This special date is an international palindrome, 02.02.2020! By simply finding any geocache, Adventure Lab or attending an event on the day you will be able add this pretty cool looking digital souvenir to your collection.
Souvenir: Leap Day
Who doesn’t love an extra day to geocache, well this month on February 29th we can earn the special Leap Day souvenir by finding a geocache, Adventure Lab or attending an event. Currently there are six Leap Day events planned around Queensland:
GC8HNV1 – Look Again Before You Leap Hosted by Orange Crew 29th February 2020 from 9:00am – 9:45am @ Whiteside Four years on from the first Orange Crew event it’s time to get back together. There will some nibbles on offer for morning tea so bring your own beverages and any trackables or pathtags you wish to trade and come join the fun.
GC8J56D – A Small Step 4 Me, But a Giant LEAP 4 My Calendar Hosted by SunCoastGeocaching 29th February 2020 from 9:00am – 10:00am @ Mapleton This will be the second event planned for the Sunshine Coast Geocaching Community as they visit various locations in their region. Bring a plate of food to share and maybe a chair or blanket to sit on while you chat and make future plans.
GC8JMZJ – Leap Day 2020 Hosted by OzGeoker 29th February 2020 from 12:00pm – 12:30pm @ Mackay A nice quick catch up in the middle of the day to earn your special souvenir. So stop in at Goose Ponds in north Mackay to celebrate this special day with other geocachers.
GC8FV5D – Caching Goals Hosted by burgo78 29th February 2020 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Bushland Beach After a fantastic trip away with some amazing personal geocaching goal achieved, burg78 is keen to share his insights for the locals who are planning to head to Seattle for the 20th Celebrations this year. So come and have a chat and share some of your own goals for 2020.
GC8GZJA – Leap Year Event Hosted by Sweet-Sour 29th February 2020 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm @ Gympie A sequel to the last successful Leap Year event it’s time to have another one. The location is well suited to hosting an event so BYO everything. Bring a pen as it’s hinted that some new caches might be available.
GC8HQA9 – Leap Day Dinner Hosted by Tenkae 29th February from 6:00pm – 8:00pm @ Ormeau Join the host to celebrate the special date with a social dinner at the Shearers Arm Hotel. A family friendly place with a kids room for the little geo-kids. No need to purchase a meal you can just drop in and socialise.
So grab your calendars and make a note on the 29th to get out and get both a smile and souvenir.
In order to qualify you need to ”find 10 of the best 15 caches in any one of the Australian States or Territory.” Now, not only is this challenge inclusive to all geocachers as you can find them in your home state, but it also highlights the great caches in other states too. Sure, in order to get the actual smile you have to sign the challenge in South Australia, but what a great resource the checker is if you’re traveling interstate. We would like to point out that you need to have found at least one cache in that state to see their top 15 list. Just in case you are planning on visiting Queensland for the first time, and don’t currently have a smile in our great state yet, here is a list of the current top 15 favourited caches at time of writing.
Queensland (#1♥171) GC22EBF Crazy Caterpillar Zipline Queensland (#2♥150) GC3JH1P T.A.R.D.I.S. Queensland (#3♥140) GC3DP9H Noah’s Ark Queensland (#4♥136) GC8E Queens land Queensland (#5♥128) GC1JHWA On A Dark Night Queensland (#6♥126) GC5JZ6P Postie Dog Queensland (#7♥125) GC131 Bravo Hotel Queensland (#8♥122) GC2WXQ9 The Box, the Bicycle and the Bus Queensland (#9♥121) GC18WXV Map Monkey’s Lament Queensland (#10♥120) GC58EJJ Measuring Gum Queensland (#11♥118) GC5JZ6W Gnome’s Country Home Queensland (#12♥116) GC3TK2J Kings View Queensland (#13♥114) GC71AG0 The Hunters Building project Queensland (#14♥109) GC3VWCD Wheel of Fortune Queensland (#15♥105) GC5HM4H Turn back time
How many of these loved up caches can you tick off? Perhaps you need to organise a little heart gathering road trip to see some of these caches that others have thought so highly of.
The Unloved Cache
We can’t forget about those lonely caches that need and deserve some love. You know those who are desperately waiting for someone to come and spend some time with them. To have their logbook held in a tender embrace as you write your geocaching name, then leaving their proud owner a nice detailed story about the adventure of the find. Letting them know how much you appreciated the opportunity of discovery – because let’s face it, really unloved caches aren’t hidden in a guardrail down the road. Nope, usually they are up a mountain or massive tree, down a tricky river, somewhere really remote or perhaps they have a doozy of a puzzle attached to them. These are the lonely unloved caches.😢
On Project GC, under the Statistic tab, you can search ‘Days since last found’ for the most unloved caches in a region. The top 30 caches in Queensland all have over 1200 days since their last log. You could use the list as a guide for adventure! Gather some geo-buddies, leave some detailed travel plans, and head off on mission to gather up some unloved days.
However, if you’re attempting Comet Kingfisher (GCH3DN) – can you give the CacheQLD team a holler, we may just join you as that cache also happens to be one of Queensland’s oldest geocaches and perhaps now the most challenging to get too!
So what’s the point in gathering these unloved caches? Well, in Brisbane there is the “15 Years of No Love” Challenge (GC5D7PK), which asks you to find caches that have not been found for at least 183 days (6 months) for a total of at least 5475 days (15 years). If you enjoy finding these lonely caches and showing them some love you might want to work towards the NSW cache ‘Challenge: Fifty Forgotten Years’ (GC57Z2N), where you must gather up a whopping 18260 days of unloved!!
Lonely caches are out there and they are singing the words of The Beatles 🎶 “Love Me Do” 🎶 enticing you to visit.
Love, Love Me Do You know I’ll love you I’ll always be true So please, love me do Whoa, love me do
Someone to love Somebody new Someone to love Someone like you!
Geo-Art: 65 Roses
One symbol always attached to Valentine’s Day and love is the rose. What could be better than one rose? Try 65 (well cache smiles, but you get the drift)! A rose shaped geoart is what you will discover waiting for you at Kilcoy, which is only a 50 minute drive from Brisbane. Placed by JACS Team in April of 2018, this art is made of up three different cache types, and has Difficulty ratings from 1-5 and Terrain ratings from 1-3.5. The design uses 13 traditional caches that make the stem of the Rose with 34 mystery caches and 8 letterboxes that make up the flower.
Whilst you’re collecting your 65 Roses make sure to spend some time in Kilcoy. It is a lovely rural town, with a great bakery, plus it’s home to the Yowie! Yep, you read that right, the infamous Yowie! The town has had so many Yowie sightings it now has its own Yowie park, complete with a wooden statue so you know exactly what to keep your eyes peeled for. With 130 teams finding at least one of the roses, there has yet to be a reported sighting by a geocacher, so come for a visit and you might just be the first! Click here to go to a bookmark of these caches: 65 Roses.
“Boxing Day and the 28th of Dec were our days to complete and finalise this beautiful series. A day of inspiring music and drinks at Woodford in between sweetened this geoart. Thanks for all the effort and great variety of puzzles and cache locations / types. We are very familiar with all the roads around the township now as drove most of them twice and the farmers started greeting us when they saw our little blue car. This cache deserved a big Fav Point for its location as we enjoyed Pies and coffee (from the nearby bakery) at this place on both days.” Georode 28 December, 2018
Published in August 2012, this D2 T2 traditional cache is at a truly loved up address, Lovers Lane in Ironbark. Ironbark is located just to the west of Ipswich on the way to Somerset Dam. This location claims to be the only official ‘Lovers Lane’ in Queensland. Once there you can read about the history and take your photo between the giant heart and arrow. Some 234 geocachers have dropped into Lovers Lane and there are some pretty cute pics of loved up caching couples in the gallery. Aww!
“On our way home to Brisbane after a great weekend in Toowoomba we decided to pick up some caches on the way home. I have driven past this cache before and wanted to wait to find it with my husband. Fantastic sport for a cache. Loved it. Thanks for placing this cache here for us to enjoy and for taking us here.” Que Sera 5 May, 2019
Hello, thanks for helping with Kid’s Caching Corner this month Hi, that’s okay.
How long ago did you do that? Well, it was about 2 years ago.
Who did you do the cache with? I did it with my mum and my nana.
It’s a night cache, did you go out and do it at night? Yes, we did it about 7:30 after we had dinner. We brought our torches and had lots of fun. I found the most.
The most? What did you have to find? You had to find Tinker dust.
Tinker dust, and how did you find the fairy dust? We shined a torch in the tree lining and there was fairy dust on the trees.
So, you didn’t know where you were going, you just followed the dust around? We just followed the tinker dust.
What was the path like? Some of it was gravel and some of it was path.
Was there any walking through the bush? There wasn’t much walking through the bush, mostly just gravel path and a little bit through the bush at the end.
Without going into too much detail, as we want to leave a surprise, what was the final cache like? Was it in theme? It was amazing and definitely in theme.
Would you recommend that families come and do this one? I definitely recommend for all families to do it.
Sounds like a really good one, and you just needed to bring torches. Yep
Well, that’s cool. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on one of your favourite caches. You’re welcome.
“That was a LOT of fun. I dragged two geokids with me and they were pretty anxious at first. However, they soon got the hang of it, and made it a little competition to see who would see the fairy dust first. We found GZ fairly easily and the geokids were delighted to see a huge cache fully stocked and well themed. Dipped in a TB. Prime you’ve created a masterpiece thanks for all your efforts to make a kid friendly night time geocaching experience. FP worthy, and definitely one of the more memorable caches.” oz_bean_counter 23 November 2019
Adult Bit: Chase after Tinkerbell is a night multi-cache located in the Brisbane Northside suburb of Fitzgibbon. It has a difficulty rating of 2 and a terrain rating of 2. It was published in September 2012 by ‘TinkerPrime’. Tinkerbell has been chased after around 200 times and has close to 100 favourite points left in admiration of the challenge. You can take dogs through this bushland if kept on a leash, and it has a stroller accessible attribute. Please be aware that as it’s bushland, you might come across toads and orb spiders on the trail, and of course, take some protection for mosquitos.
Monthly Queensland Photo Highlight by Capture the Dog Photography
Most geocachers would agree that one of the best things about geocaching is the amazing locations you stumble across that you would never find without a cache being there. Tim Williams is a Sunshine Coast local, geocaching as WallabyWanderers, he is also an avid photographer, and the man behind Capture the Dog Photography. This month Tim shares this stunning photo of Stoney Creek which is located between Woodford and Kilcoy and has a natural swimming hole, just waiting to be explored.
Doesn’t this photo make you want to kick your shoes off and dip your feet in the cool stream. If you would like to explore this location for yourself, perhaps on the way to do the 65 Roses, the nearest geocache is Stoney Creek GC10991. If you would like to check out Tim’s other photos you can find him at the following places:
On the 15th February we will be publishing our 2nd Event Newsletter, and letting you know where we are with planning for the Dayboro Easter 2021 event. Don’t forget we are still running a pathtag design contest so check out the Contest tab above to read more and get your submission in!