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Geocaching NSW: About geocaching

Guide to NPWS Consent Form

The following is a guide to filling in the NPWS Geocaching Consent Form. Before completing the form we recommend you contact the relevant Park Authority and discuss your geocache. They will highlight any areas considered off-limits for geocaches, as well as provide information that might assist you in completing this form.

Read more: Guide to NPWS Consent Form

NSW National Parks FAQ

The following list of questions and answers relate to the new NPWS Geocaching Policy (2010). If you have any further questions relating to the policy and hiding geocaches in NSW National Parks post a note on the Geocaching NSW forum or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Read more: NSW National Parks FAQ

NSW National Parks Google Earth Data

googleearthlayerLocal volunteer reviewer, i,riblit,  has converted recent Estate Data from the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage, which cover land controlled by NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, into a handy Google Earth .kmz file. The file is a valuable resource for geocachers wanting to check whether a location is on NSW National Park managed land.
 
The layers are colour-coded based on the estate type, such as National Parks, Reserves, Aboriginal Sites, etc. Each type is further broken down into folders, so, with a single click in Google Earth, you can turn an entire estate type on or off.

You can download the August 2017 version as a zipped KML file (approx 16 MB).

What is Geocache of the Month?

qrucible 300x200Have you come across a geocache that amazed, astounded or just plain 'blew your mind'?

We want to highlight the best that NSW geocaching has to offer, through our Geocache of the Month award.

There's no voting or exhaustive committee process. All you have to do is post a note in the Geocaching NSW forums about a cache you think deserves the Geocache of the Month award. Tell us in around 50 words why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hiden or found in the past 30 days. 

At the end of the month we'll pick one of the geocaches mentioned and highlight it on the frontpage. The hider of the Geocache of the Month will also receive a gift from Geocaching NSW.

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating.

Discover past winners in the list below or browse on the our Google Map.

Geocache of the Month: November 2017

It has been a while since we selected a cache that would really stretch the geo-endurance muscles, so this month we have gone with a tougher-than-average nut. Congratulations to TOMBI! who has won GOTM for November 2017 with a twist on the usual geo-streak challenge cache "Tomorrow Will Be Different" (GC59F90). Hidden in July 2014 in the lower Hunter Valley, this challenge cache requries you to find a geocache every day for a month before you can log it. The kicker is that a spaced out power-trail won't cut it! Each day you must find a different cache type than the previous day to qualify... tricky stuff! 

With only 11 finds so far it doesn't receive the love it deserves so hopefully this plug helps it get put on a few more cacher's hit lists. Committee member Seemyshell has been streaking for a while and incorporated this cache into his runLurker after meeting the CO. Not only is it a unique challenge, but there is a puzzle to solve and the actual hunting has some unusual elements to it as well. 

Image Credit:  CO - from cache page

So why not challenge yourself and over the summer try to knock out a mini, but varied streak? Sometimes we see that puzzle or multi on the map that keeps getting put on the back burner, well now they have a solid purpose. 

While out caching this holiday season don't forget to take note of any great or unusual finds you make. Nominate the NSW geocache that has impressed you and say why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hidden or found in the past month or even the past year. It can be listed on any geocaching site, needs to start or finish in NSW and not currently be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating or post on our Facebook page.

GCNSW Merry Geocachemas! Event & Geocache of the Year 2016/17 Voting!

It will soon be time for our annual Christmas Party, Merry Geocachemas (GC7EFJR), which also means it is time to vote on the GEOCACHE OF THE YEAR Award again! 

The honour will be awarded to one of the 12 caches that won "Geocache of the Month" during the previous Association Year (Being AGM to AGM, normally September to August). GCNSW members, followers, and those who attend the Christmas Party will all get the chance to vote.

You can get voting online now or vote on the day at the event. The event will be held at Angle Park, Chipping Norton on Sunday, 3rdDecember, 2017, commencing at 11am and concluding around 3pm. Pick the geocache that you believe deserves this title for 2016/17. If you havn't done any of them yet why not try to grab a couple over the next couple of weeks?!

There will be some small award for the CO of the winning hide... and some new bling for their cache page 

COTY Voting

Head over to our quick Survey Monkey to add your response to the poll!


This Year's Nominees Are...

GOTM for Geocache Name
Code / Link Cache Owner
Sep-2016 MINECRAFT SERIES - FINAL GC5KJHC birdman2099
Oct-2016 Harbourfront GC5ARBB Tony&Anne
Nov-2016 Flying High GC5GFAX DiMorgan
Dec-2016 Cockatoo with a 'dog leg' GC4GZYC TheMattmosphere
Jan-2017 25th Australian Jamboree - Woodhouse, SA, 2019 GC67DN0 Seemyshell
Feb-2017 At The Governor's Pleasure GC6HR8E Calypso62
Mar-2017 Pipes Down Under GC6CYYV Seemyshell
Apr-2017 Booos Haunted Hut GC6CJBE The Booos
May-2017 Bubbler Dash GC495QM Tyreless
Jun-2017 The Wool Road GC4EQ5D RiverRuners
Jul-2017 Spare Ribs GC2M35T fimbulisen
Aug-2017 Watson Wander GC5GTEE Elev8!on 

Geocache of the Month: October 2017

One of Sydney's masters of the creative cache, Rainbow Spirit, has won GOTM for October 2017 with his 6 year old 2011 installment "Please Release Me" (GC39HDX)! There are some great caches in Pemulwuy area of Western Sydney so add this one to your hit list next time you visit. From the CO's own description "The cache is not your normal cache hide, and finding the container will be just the start of your endeavours to release the cache from its prison". While listed as a micro traditional don't let that put you off as finding the thing isn't the highlight here. Make sure you have a few minutes to spare as some cachers are caught at GZ for much longer than traditional log signing duties would dictate! Lurker

The little captive has earned a 55% favourite rating from its 51 favourite points and 144 finds to date, though as the hide predates the introduction of the FP system this would tilt things a little against its true standing. The GCNSW committee chose the cache with a couple of members doing it recently and noting the fun they had.

Image Credit:  Kid Ron Satan - from cache log

Of further note for wildlife enthusiasts is the number of 4, 8 and no-legged cache guardians that have been spotted during attempted to free the little blue midgit so do be on the lookout! 

While out caching this November don't forget to take note of any great or unusual finds you make. Nominate the NSW geocache that has impressed you and say why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hidden or found in the past month or even the past year. It can be listed on any geocaching site, needs to start or finish in NSW and not currently be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating or post on our Facebook page.

Geocache of the Month: September 2017

The Northern Beaches of Sydney is a bit of a hotspot for great caches. Blessed with coast, community, bushland and hills there is something for everyone and all levels of geocacher. This month we return to this lovely part of the state for the September Geocache of the Month award. The Heath Track (GC5Y8VF) is a moderate Multicache hidden by vk2df  who is no stranger to GOTM awards. It is about a 1km track around the upper reaches of the Manly Dam Reserve. The 3 waypoints will take you past plenty of wildflowers, particularly during Spring, and glorious sweeping views over Manly, Manly Dam and the Sydney City & Chatswood skylines. The track encircles a large rock outcrop from where, for the price of a short easy scramble, even grander views can be enjoyed.

The Wander has earned a 75% favourite rating from its 21 favourite points. GCNSW member Coastblue nominated the cache with the following recommendation. “A lot of effort has gone into the creation and construction of this multi. It takes you on a beautiful bush walk via the waypoints and leads you to an impressive container with a lot thought put into the contents and story behind the cache”.

Image Credit:  Cache Owner - from cache page

The wonderfull ZFPT below tends to draw a lot of attention and time from visiting hunters, but while in the area don't forget to check out this beauty too if you can!

Nominate a NSW geocache that has impressed you and say why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hidden or found in the past month or even the past year. It can be listed on any geocaching site, needs to start or finish in NSW and not currently be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating or post on our Facebook page.

Geocache of the Month: August 2017

WatsonsAs the weather warms up it is time for a nice Spring cache to encourage you outside a little more to enjoy the sights of Sydney's waterfront. Our Geocache of the Month for August 2017 begins on the iconic South Head, entrance to Sydney Harbour. Watson's Wander (GC5GTEE) is a longer but not overly difficult Multicache hidden by Elev8!on (formally known as MrNoo17). It will take an hour or two as you explore the headland and Watson's Bay. Not only are the views spectacular but there are several other cool caches to pick up while you journey from waypoint to waypoint.

The Wander has earned 'only' a 47% favourite rating from its 22 favourite points, but new GCNSW secretary FlutterbySquishy who nominated the cache says it deserves more than that! She "thoroughly enjoyed the cache and so much history discovered along the way. While easy enough to do it was a lot of fun!"

Image Credit:  Boswijk Posse - Cache log Nov 2016

The cache is crammed full of swag by all reports and can be made faster by bike or car, but do yourself a favour and check it out on a warm sunny day. You might even find time for a dip!

Nominate a NSW geocache that has impressed you and say why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hidden or found in the past month or even the past year. It just needs to be in, start in or finish in, NSW and not be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating or post on our Facebook page.

Geocache of the Month: July 2017

Falcon-5For July 2017, the Geocache of the Month will return you to Sydney's North Shore. A real rib tickler, it might leave you hungry for more caches by cache owner Fimbulisen! Spare Ribs (GC2M35T) is supposedly a 1/1 Traditional geocache that has earned a 54% favourite rating from its 77 favourite points. Supposedily we say, as once you spot it it certainly is a D1... but until then you might be cursing you eyes!

GCNSW member, Rodney1210 nominated the cache via our Facebook page. "It's a really clever cache - hidden in plain sight with really clever camo. It's also remarkable how a cache of that size can be hidden this close to the city. It's had 77 Favourite Points and a lot of the comments talk about what a great and satisfying cache it is."

Come by foot or bike and watch the traffic zoom under your feet while you hunt down this cracking little urban cache! Big enough to take a few TBs it is also a pretty safe drop for that bug you've carried for too long.

Nominate a NSW geocache that has impressed you and say why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hidden or found in the past month or even the past year. It just needs to be in, start in or finish in, NSW and not be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating.

 

Geocache of the Month: June 2017

"Once a Jolly Swagman..." oh wait, wrong jumbuck tale. Looking for a sheepish puzzle adventure on the NSW South Coast? Our June 2017 Geocache of the Month will have you in stitches!

Congratulations to RiverRuners, for The Wool Road. This 4/2 Puzzle geocache has earned a 54% favourite rating, and a very novel way of encrypting the co-ordinates that will challenge most techno-cachers.

GCNSW member, Wazza9 nominated The Wool Road after a weekend away with a likely group of suspects... one of whom, Nana Nel , fortunately had the skill and dexterity to fleece out the code. Wazza reports that on top of the unique puzzle and the good times of getting out of Sydney, "If you look at the cache page, you begin to understand the history of the area and a forgotten era that is very well presented." Usually you can swap something out of a cache as a memento, but this time around Nana Nel seems to have made her own thanks to this great NSW caching adventure!

Think you have what it takes or keen to learn a new skill? Check out the puzzle image and see how you fare. Might be time to give your nana a call and pop around for a cup of tea (if she isn't too busy climbing mountains hunting plastic boxes) ;)

The beautiful photo from the cache page is listed as the CO's Grandfather's Bullock Dray giving this cache an extra special personal touch too. Thanks for sharing RiverRunners.

Nominate a NSW geocache that has impressed you and say why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hidden or found in the past month or even the past year. It just needs to be in, start in or finish in, NSW and not be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating.

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  • What is geocaching?

    Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. Discover what it is all about and its history in New South Wales.

  • Finding a geocache

    There's nothing quite like the thrill of the hunt. Here are some tips to help you find that geocache. 

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  • National Parks

    Geocaching is permitted in some areas managed by the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service. Discover what is allowed in National Parks, how you can avoid stumbling into 'no-go zones' and keep up-to-date with news regarding the policy.

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    Discover the best geocaches that our state has to offer.

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    Geocaching NSW has placed a number of challenge geocaches to help inspire and stretch your geocaching experience.