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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.

Geocache of the Month: January 2017

This month's award goes to a series of 26 geocaches spread around the Cataract Dam, celebrating Scout Jamborees held in Australia. The award can only go to one of  the caches so it's been bestowed on the ultimate stage, on behalf of the series.

Congratulations to 25th Australian Jamboree - Woodhouse, SA, 2019, winner of the January 2017 Geocache of the Month award. Hidden by Seemyshell in December 2015, this traditional 2½/3 hide has scored 43 FPs so far. It was nominated by Team MavEtJu who wrote:

"I would like to nominate the caches of the Scouting Jamboree trail at the Cataract dam between Wollongong and Appin.
A set of 25 caches have been placed and have collected 141 favourite points in the first year of existence. The caches are placed in a community effort by a large group of individual geocachers in an foresty area from the road towards the dam."

The series was placed to coincide with the 24th Australian Jamboree, held at Cataract Scout Park during January of 2016. A Jamboree is a gathering of Scouts, Youth Members of the Scout Association aged between 11 and 15. They are held every 3 years and run for around 10 nights. Around 10,000 people attend. For many, attending a Jamboree will be the highlight of their time in Scouts.

Scouting and geocaching share many of the same values and many current and former Scouts are members of the geocaching community.

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 Year: 2015/16

It is time to farewell 2016 and welcome in the new caching year! Did you achieve your caching goals for 2016? If you are thinking what to aim for over the next 12 months we have a suggestion... find as many GOTM winners as possible! With this in mind where to start? Well, why not with our 2015/16 Geocache of the Year Doctor Who - Silence in The Library (GC3G0M7) by the Zargfinders. 

We're delighted to officially announce the winner of the GCNSW "Geocache of the Year" for 2015/16!  This is the fifth year of this prestigious award and the winner was chosen by the NSW geocaching community as the pick of the bunch from "Geocache of the Month" winners of the 2015/16 Geo-year that runs from AGM to AGM (Sep to Aug). A clear winner was already in the makings with the result of online voting, which was even further extended after the Christmas Party Event attendees added their say to the poll.

COTY Award 14-15

Originally the winner for GOTM September 2015, Silence in the Library was the first geocache to enter the running for this years award. It was hidden back in April 2012 and has now clocked up over 160 finds with over 80 FP's. 75% of Premium members have recommended this hunt! You'll need to travel to Manly on Sydney's Northern Beaches to experience an adveture often touted as "the best find I made in Australia" by numerous overseas visitors. It is also part of an awesome Dr Who themed sereis that is challenging and contains many caches of high quality if you have the time. Go check it out!

Who will receive the award for Geocahe of the Year in 2016/17? ...that is up to you! First things first, get nominating. The first winners for the 16/17 year have already been chosen but more will be selected until August 2017. Each month we call for your input as to great caches around our state and the committee will choose one to be recognised that month. They don't have to be epic hikes or mind bending puzzles, they just have to be great caching experiences. Then at the AGM we will list off the 12 winners, and towards the end of the year call for your votes as to the best of the bunch! The 2016/17 Winner will be announced at the GCNSW Christmas Party.

Head to the Geocaching NSW forum and start nominating for next month or keep an eye on our social media streams.

Thanks to all those who nominatied caches and voted last year... here's to the winners, and a great 2017 discovering top spots around NSW geocaching!

Geocache of the Month: December 2016

The judges had their work cut out for them this month with four very deserving nominations to sift through. The award jumped from one nomination to another as the features and logs for each were considered. In the end, a great location tipped the balance.

Geocache of the Month for December 2016 goes to Cockatoo with a 'dog leg' by TheMattmosphere. Hidden on Sydney Harbour's Cockatoo Island in July 2013, Cockatoo with a 'dog leg' has scored 77 favourite points. It's a traditional hide with an easy 1½/2 D/T rating. It was nominated by Zalgariath who wrote:

"Cockatoo with a 'dog leg' is a family friendly, accessible and yet very satisfying caching adventure! The fact you need to travel to the island, then explore the very unusual GZ as well as the manner of hiding are all reasons why this cache deserves nomination this month. A quick scan of the logs shows how much joy this little box gives the unsuspecting visitors."

The island's European history dates back to 1839 when it was used as a penal establishment and from 1857 to 1991 it was one of Australia's largest shipyards. Architecture on the island spans its entire history and much work has been done to conserve it as the nation's most extensive and varied record of shipbuilding. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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: November 2016

Geocache of the Month for November is awarded to Flying High by DiMorgan. Hidden in the Cairncross State Forest near Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast in November 2014, Flying High has earned a very respectable 53% favourite point rating. The hide carries a D/T rating of 2½/3 and is one of a trail of 12 traditional caches the CO has placed along fire trails off Blackmans Point Road. It was nominated by No Tomorrow who wrote:

"I want to vote for one geocache in an amazing trail. It isn't technically a series so I can't vote for them all, just like I couldn't favorite all the caches on the trail. So I'm going to vote for the one with the highest fave point percentage rating...GC5GFAX, Flying High by DiMorgan, just north of Port Macquarie....I saw this V of caches in the bush, all with a good number of favorite points, and popped them at the top of my must-do list while in the area.
Each cache along this fire trail is a clever hide, the containers varying from body parts to work of arts. There were 2 that really stood out above the rest (excuse the pun) in cleverness. Flying High was one of these.
Having started at the other end of the trail, by this stage I thought I'd figured out the way DiMorgan thought. But I was still wonderfully surprised. I wasn't expecting this to be the cache. It is a clever little contraption, from the fun vessel to the fact that it came to rest at the prefect height and didn't need to be juggled while signing the log.
If you are in the area, you really need to put this trail on your must-do list. And if, like myself, you start at Tomato, you'll finish up at a Strawberry farm where you can pick your own, and ponder the caches over a coffee in the cafe."

Thanks for the nomination No Tomorrow and congratulations to DiMorgan on winning the gong.

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: October 2016

HarbourfrontOur Geocache of the Month award for October 2016 goes to Tony&Anne for their 2½/1½ Traditional Geocache, Harbourfront.

Placed in 2014, the cache sits waiting to challenge and impress finders on the picturesque shore of Wollongong's boat harbour.

The cache was nominated by No Tomorrow, who noted: "Harbourfront is a clever hide in a busy area with the most favourite points in the Wollongong central." So far, it's received 55 FPs.

Finders were impressed by the craftsmanship and creativity of the hide. The many positive comments logged include: "Wow!.. awesome is all I can say!!", "A very cleverly created cache." and "Brilliantly executed, a favourite point well deserved from me!."

Congratulations Tony&Anne!

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.

Image from log by OldbellyandFam

Geocache of the Month: September 2016

MouseyGeocache of the month for September 2016 goes to birdman2099 and GeoKidAdventure for their 9 part Minecraft series. As usual, when a whole series wins, the award goes to the last cache in the series, this time aptly named MINECRAFT SERIES - FINAL.

Placed in early 2015, the series was nominated by vk2df and enthusiastically seconded by JordsAU. Most of the adventure takes place around the Narrabeen Lakes in Sydney's northern beaches. Here the winning COs have placed a mixture of 8 Traditional and Multi caches that provide the information needed to work out the location of the 4½/1½ mystery series final.

Finders have awarded a good number of favourite points to every cache in the series with the final scoring and impressive 84%.

vk2df writes: "As a family we all really enjoyed collecting the clues from all of the very well constructed & themed Tradi & Multi caches around the lake (an excellent walk or bike ride in itself), and then solving & finding the final Mystery cache. Truly the best cache series we have done to date, and a must for any Minecraft fan. ALL of the caches in the series have plenty of Favourite points awarded to each of them, so the series is obviously popular with many other cachers besides ourselves."

Most finders couldn't contain their enjoyment. Typical comments logged include "Another classic wonderful series - right up there with the best", "Wow! What an amazing adventure we've had. We loved everything about it" and "I am so sad , the end has finally come . This geocache has been the most awesome amazing best geocache ever".

Congratulations birdman2099 and GeoKidAdventure!

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: August 2016

Mousey The GOTM doesn't have to be the most often found cache in state as this months winner will testify. Geocache of the Month for August 2016 goes to "Mouse Mountain" by Geoscour. This D3/T3.5 traditional was placed in January of 2012 and was nominated by Asbestiform. Its only had 8 found logs but deserves more. The cache is placed at the top of a series of cliffs above the Castlereagh Highway a few kms south of Capertee. This is one of those caches that is memorable for the journey as well as the spectacular views available at GZ.

There are a few starting options but most finders have set off from the parking area at Pearson's Lookout. From here you cross the road and leg it up the ridge line to the base of an impressive set of sandstone cliffs. The CO has provided a set of waypoints that will guide you to a spot where it's possible to climb to the summit. There is a difficult section near the top involving a short rock climb that has good hand and foot holds but some may find it beyond the T3.5 rating provided by the CO. From this point there is a short scramble on the rocks to GZ where some nerve is required to retrieve the container. The views of the Gardens of Stone National Park are definitely worth the effort and elevate this cache above the ordinary. No wonder it has earned 100% favourites from Premium members.

Log comments include: Great adventure, great location and a fav point." Ropes Nov. 2015

Wow, that was a really enjoyable adventure." Hanjac, Nov. 2013

It's a shame that I'm only the second to visit this one as it is an amazing spot to visit and although I took my time, and lots of photos, it took about 90 minutes car to car." Code1, June 2012

The CO's other cache "The Castle", has a similar feel and is also worth a visit.

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, or start in, NSW and not be archived.

Head over to the Forum and start nominating.

Image from Cache Log by asbestiform

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