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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: 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.

Geocache of the Month: May 2017

"A dash through Manly searching for bubblers. You have 20 minutes to find 20 bubblers." Huh? Well wet your whistle with a Whereigo wace around Manly with our May 2017 Geocache of the Month.

Congratulations to WIG-maestro, Tyreless, for Bubbler Dash. This 3/1½ Wherigo geocache has earned a 66% favourite rating, pretty good considering WIGs are a bit of a challenge for many geocachers.

GCNSW Supremo, Zalgariath nominated Bubbler Dash, writing "A race against the clock and a very unique WIG experience that takes you along the best bits of Manly. The final is equally as fun as the race and cartridge is well built." He modestly failed to mention that he's currently topping the leader board, completing the course in just over 10 minutes.

Other competitors wrote: "loads of fun-what an adventure!! Definitely one I'll remember" and "A great way to check out parts of Manly you wouldn't otherwise see."

Whereigos are GPS-enabled adventure games in the form of virtual cartridges that can be played on some GPS receivers and most smartphones, using a downloadable app. If you've never tried one, Tyreless has written a few good ones that will add an extra dimension to your geocaching experience.

Help wipe that gloating grin off Zal's face and beat his time at the Bubbler Dash!

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: April 2017

Take a trip down the quiet streets of Warragamba and a short walk down a trail by a creek to discover the April 2017 Geocache of the Month.

This month, we congratulate The Booos for Booos Haunted Hut. Published in October 2016, this 1½/2 Traditional geocache has earned an impressive 77% favourite rating. It's listed as a "large" and by all accounts, it is that and more.

The cache was enthusiastically nominated by Seemyshell (does he do anything without enthusiasm?) who wrote "I'd love to nominate Booos Haunted Hut. It is a very well constructed cache and very large. A great TB hotel. And the kids will love it."

Other finders were equally excited. "How brilliant is this cache !! I love it !! You should have seen my sprouts faces, total delight. Thanks so very much for this fantastic cache. Fav from me and worthy of cache of the year", wrote another.

So what makes this cache so hauntingly delightful? Check it out! 

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: March 2017

This month's award goes to a geocache from Engadine near the Woronora River, described by its CO as a "Tribute Cache, to the one and only 'Pipes Down Under".

Congratulations to Seemyshell for Pipes Down Under, winner of the March 2017 Geocache of the Month award. Published in March 2016, this 3½/2 multicache has earned an amazing 100% favourite rating. It was nominated by ziggiau who wrote, "It's an adventure easily managed by either foot or bicycle. Each waypoint is wonderful on it's own but combining them all together makes for one epic multi cache."

The subject of the tribute, Pipes down Under, is one of the most experienced geocachers in the Sutherland Shire area. He spends some of his free time playing bagpipes, hence his name.

The cache is a 6-stage multi that can be covered on foot or pushbike. As a bonus, finders get the coordinates for the special mystery, Pipes Down Under Bonus Cache.

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: February 2017

This month's award goes to a geocache that takes finders on an informative and enjoyable historic tour through an important era of early Sydney.

Congratulations to Calypso62 for At The Governor's Pleasure, winner of the February 2017 Geocache of the Month award. Published in October 2016, this 3/2½ multicache has earned an unbeatable 100% favourite rating. It's been nominated twice, most recently by Opa Shrek who wrote:

"If ever there is a cache that every visitor to the City of Sydney (whether from overseas, interstate, intrastate or from the 'burbs) should do, then it has to be this one!!" Its a mega-multi that takes you on a journey of discovery through ‘old’ Sydney, to places that really should be on everyone’s ‘must visit’ list. These include some iconic Sydney locations plus lots of others that, though they are less well known, are just as interesting and important in terms of helping us to better understand Sydney’s early days. This multi is, however, not just about the journey ... the final destination and the cache itself are really special and a really fitting end to a great day out."

The CO is a connoisseur of multi-caches and has found many here and overseas. Seeing a Sherlock Holmes multi overseas, he jumped into it with glee but was underwhelmed by the final. Never one to disappoint, he knew he could do much better and after a chance meeting with the President of the Macquarie Society, a cache was born.

Why did this cache score so many of favourite points? There's one way to find out! 

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.

Subcategories

  • 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. 

  • Placing a geocache

    One of the great things about geocaching is that you can 'give' back to the pastime by placing your own geocaches. Discover some helpful hints to help you with your next hide.

  • Resources

    Whether you're new to geocaching or have years of experience, here is where you'll find resources to make geocaching easier. Feel free to suggest, or write, additional resources to share with the geocaching community. 

    • Software

      Tips on how to get the best software, and the best out of software, for your next geocaching adventure.

    • Hardware

      From GPS receivers through to smart phones, here's some tips to help you get the most from your geocaching tool.

    • How GPS works
  • 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.

  • Geocache of the Month

    Discover the best geocaches that our state has to offer.

  • Challenge geocaches

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