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Geocache of the Month: July 2016

This month we head to Kellyville in Sydney's North West in what we hope wont be a futile mission for you! Once a farming area now well entrenched as suburbia there are still a few relics of the past to be found and this months cache selection highlights one of them for you.

Windmill

Congratulations to Blundo Busters for The Futile Windmill (GC38GGM) our July 2016 Geocache of the Month!

GCNSW member Team Merlin nominated The Futile Windmill for challenging their assumptions and engaging them in a challenging hunt. They were very impressed by the container as well!

The Futile Windmill is a D3/T1½ traditional located just off Windsor Rd at Kellyville Ridge on the edge of the Hills District which is packed with many great caches. It has been in place since November 2011 and PM finders have rewarded it with 46 FPs to date.

Nearly 1 in 3 hunts for this cache end in a DNF so it could be the challenge you are looking for when mint tins under tables get old one afternoon. Good Luck, and congrats again to the CO.

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 Page by Blundo Busters (Cache Owner)

Geocache of the Month: June 2016

Which Way?

Geocachers on the New England Tablelands will be very familiar with the hides of our GOTM winner for June, geono. This team owns quite a few very creative hides in the region. All of them offer something special capturing interesting historical locations, engineering marvels, local architectural wonders and great views.

Congratulations to geono for  Which Way our June 2016 Geocache of the Month.

GCNSW member Asbestiform nominated Which Way for the sneakiness of the hide, but looking over the CO's tally of favourite points from many hides, it could have easily gone to one of the other creations, and perhaps in the future it will.

Which Way is a D3/T1½ traditional located just off the New England Highway at Guyra, a little under half an hour's drive north of Armidale. It has been in place since January 2015 and finders have rewarded it with an impressive 65% favourite rating.

Thanks to some windy weather Asbestiform made a quick find but it has kept others busy for longer.

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.

Geocache of the Month: May 2016

Huh?

May’s winner is another Mystery Geocache. This one taunts would-be finders by having them solve and find 9 other Mysteries before attempting it. Nonetheless, they've awarded it an enviable 72% favourite rating.

Congratulations to Equipe des Fous for the All Puzzled Up series. Our May 2016 GCNSW Geocache of the Month award can go to just one geocache though and it’s bestowed on the final, All Puzzled Up #10.

This D5 Mystery geocache is the ultimate stage in a series of 10 puzzle caches published between October 2011 and February 2012 and located near the Lane Cove River. The series provides a tantalising, and often frustrating, tour of enough puzzling tricks to whet any cacher’s problem-solving appetite. Solve the first 9 to get all the clues for the final, then rendezvous with a horse who has a twist in his tail and hit the trail along a historic section of Sydney waterfront. Beware though! Completing the series may see you hooked on this version of the game.

The cache was nominated by addicted puzzle fan, Asbestiform, who noted "For many puzzled cachers in Sydney this series provides a leg up in covering all the puzzle basics”. Finder’s logs included: "The final was certainly a great location combined with an excellent hide, and an interesting adventure in the rain as well. Definitely worth a favourite point in recognition of a great series culminating in a great final hide", "Glad to finally have completed this fascinating and challenging series" and "Thanks for great puzzles, hunts, and overall an excellent series. A favourite for the well thought out puzzles and a great finale".

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.

Puzzled smiley courtesy of ClipArtBest.com

Geocache of the Month: April 2016

Loki

This month’s winner boasts an impressive 100% favourites rating and has been around for 4 years, long enough for a good cross section of the community to find it and award their votes of appreciation.

Congratulations go to Purplepeopleater for Evil Nemesis #2, winner of the April 2016 GCNSW Geocache of the Month Award.

This 4½/3 Mystery geocache has finders firstly recruiting six superheroes to find the hints needed to zero in on the lair of the super villain. After putting all the clues together, a pleasant and not-too-strenuous bushwalk takes finders to the secret location, northwest of Sydney.

The cache was nominated by GCNSW member, teamMerlin, who wrote "After chasing down all of the required elements in order to solve the Mystery cache, the hunt for the cache takes you an area with some spectacular views. Everyone who has completed the challenge have awarded a favourite point". Expressions like “A great adventure” and “heaps of fun” typify finders’ experiences.

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 by WorldArtsMe

Geocache of the Month: March 2016

Kimmy

Our March Geocache of the Month poses the question: who made the greatest contribution to advancing the science of information technology? Was it Ada Lovelace? Alan Turing? Bill Gates? Steve Jobs? Chudles?

Unburdened by any of the usual considerations, like coding efficiency, cross-platform compatibility, scalability or common sense, our inventive techno-genius spent painstaking minutes cobbling together a ground-breaking new standard for image encoding and unleashed it upon the unsuspecting geocachers of NSW for beta testing.

For this extraordinary achievement, we congratulate Chudles for Chudles Graphics Format (cgf).

This 3½/4½ Mystery Geocache tickles the brain cells and the funny bone then finishes with a moderately challenging final approach through the hinterland of Sydney’s northern beaches area. Some finders have been smart enough to use watercraft, others crazy enough to wade up to their necks through icy-cold water at dawn on a mid-winter morning. All enjoyed the whole experience, rewarding it with an impressive 100% favourite-point rate.

Gatherer Hade summed it up with “I'm soaked, er STOKED, to have grabbed it!” Capt'n flint exclaimed “a brilliant caching adventure!”. Kim Kardashian simply purred, "I love it. Look at all those pretty pictures".

Which wonderful NSW geocache will win the award next month? Nominate your favourite geocache 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.

Geocache of the Month: February 2016

Halpenny

GOTM for February 2016 was closely contested. Three worthy caches were put forward: GC5FCMQ Halfpenny Park by Digby23 (nominated by calypso62), GC5R9DP Pentathlon by delloro (nominated by Team MavEtJu) and GC5HW5M Siren of Mooney Mooney by Asbestiform (nominated by Yurt). Please keep the suggestions coming. All these are worthy winners but after some consideration the monthly prize was awarded to ...drum roll ....Digby23's Halfpenny Park.

GC5FCMQ - Halfpenny Park is D3, T1.5 mystery cache that starts in a small piece of greenery adjoining the railway line in Turramurra. Where you find the final will depend on how you interpret the clever clues the crafty CO has left behind. The workmanship in the hide components are of the highest standard and the container and method of finding it will leave you smiling. Since it was listed in October, 2014 there have been 39 finds with 66% favourite points awarded. Comments include:
"Thanks for this inventive and fun cache Digby, and for the story that goes with it. Gets a fave point from me." Opa Shrek
"I'm amazed by how much work must have gone into the planning and placing of this fabulous cache." Geojo32

And so we are happy to proclaim, in Digby23's favoured style....

Award winning cache
this final month of Summer
Digby's Halfpenny* Park

Which wonderful NSW geocache will win the award next month? Nominate your favourite geocache 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.

*Pronounced: heɪpni

Geocache of the Month: January 2016

Higgins4

Choosing the January Geocache of the Month was no easy task with four excellent NSW caches put forward by members. Judging became fairly methodical, and took particular account of finders' thoughts, expressed through logs and favourite awards, but also considered longevity and other factors. No doubt the other caches will appear soon again. They all deserve to.

Congratulations to seasoned Sydney geocacher Yurt, for Higgins Hidden Valley #4: The Secret.

This is the last in a series of 4 caches placed in the valleys that stretch out below Hornsby’s historic Old Man Valley, the original home of the pioneering Higgins family. The series celebrates a range of forest environments from Rainforest (#1), through Dry Forest (#2) to Bluegum Forest (#3), all in a remarkably compact area. Adventurers use the clues gathered from the first three to unravel the location of the final that has a "but-wait-there's-more" twist in its tail.

We can’t do any better than The Wandering Wilkos who summed it up nicely when they wrote Yurt, thanks for a top series. This has got to be one of the best around and I can't recommend it highly enough.

Just be sure to bring the leech repellent!

Which exceptional NSW geocache will win the award next month? Nominate your favourite geocache 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.

Geocache of the Year: 2014/15

Happy 2016 Everyone! We're delighted to officially announce the winner of the GCNSW "Geocache of the Year" for 2014/15!  This is the fourth 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 2014/15 Geo-year that runs from AGM to AGM (Aug to Sep).

It was a very close competition again with just three votes separating the winner after the Christmas Party attendees added their voices to the online poll. The winner in the end combined ease of access, enginuity, originality and sheer numbers to take home the gold. The GCNSW Geocache of the Year is The Pheasant's Home (GC21ET0) by Bulba's!

COTY Award 14-15

Originally the winner for GOTM November 2014, The Pheasant's Home was hidden back in November 2009 and has now clocked up over 570 finds with 200 FP's. This makes it the first NSW Cache to to hit 200 FP and the current "Most Favourite" cache in the state! You'll need to travel down the Hume to log it if you haven't already to add the GCNSW Cache of the Year for 2014/15 to your collection. Congratulations Bulba's!

Who will receive the award for Geocahe of the Year in 2015/16? ...that is up to you! First things first, get nominating! 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. 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 2015/16 Winner will be announced at the GCNSW Christmas Party.

Head to the Geocaching NSW forum and start nominating for next month.

Thanks to all those who nominatied caches and voted last year... here's to the winners, and a great 2016 discovering top spots around NSW geocaching!

Geocache of the Month: December 2015

Oink

Geocache of the month for December 2015 goes to a 12 course degustation of the finest Monty Python fare. The And Now for Something Completely Different series of geocaches dotted through the northern Sydney burbs in late 2014 pays homage to some of the Python's best work. There's something different for everyone, except perhaps anyone obsessed with the mundane.

The series was conceived and coordinated by the CO of the final cache, Mr Creosote (aka Chudles - pictured right?) and involved contributions from 11 other infamous Sydney cachers (including members of the GCNSW committee). The first 11 caches cover Python classics including the Holy Grail, and the Life of Brian through to some of the best Flying Circus fare (remember the Cheeseshop and the Whizzo Quality Assortment?) and some less well known sketches. Each of the 11 contains a clue to a wafer-thin puzzle that exposes the whereabouts of the final. There are a mix of styles including a range of puzzles, a clever multi, a night cache and a Whereigo cache. Terrains cover the spectrum of T2.5 to T4. Links to all the caches in the series may be found at the final...Monty Python’s 45th Anniversary Omnibus.

The first in the series was hidden a little over a year ago and since then it has earned 206 finds for 119 favourite points. The final is trying hard not to be seen as it awaits more finds! Congratulations to Chudles and the other CO's for their efforts in providing some challenging and entertaining caches and for inspiring some creative and lengthy logs.

Which exceptional NSW geocache will win the award next month? Nominate your favourite geocache 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.

Geocache of the Month: November 2015

Oink

Committee member Asbestiform recently visited Bateman's Bay on the NSW south coast. There are a number of caches that would be worthy of nominating for a COTM award but the stand out for our intrepid traveler was The Pig and Whistle. It's in town, on the banks of the mighty Clyde River which forms a pleasant visual backdrop to the cache location. This D3, T1 multi makes great use of some local street art installations to produce a short trail of cryptic puzzles sure to get the brain cells working. Nearby cafes will keep your energy up. The final is a neat container that is well themed and should be able to be claimed, with some discretion, even under high muggle traffic. The cache page contains some interesting facts about the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company that was nick named the 'Pig and Whistle Line'  (hence the title) as it was said that ships would wait an hour for a pig but not a minute for a passenger.

Previous finder KIBug commented..."We completed some 60 caches over a week on the south coast and this was by far the highlight. Thanks bbayjohn for an excellent cache, a challenge we will not forget."

The cache has 58 finds with 48% favourites and is the deserving winner of the COTM award for November. Congratulations bbayjohn!

Which exceptional NSW geocache will win the award next month? Nominate your favourite geocache 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 derived from Wikipedia picture by Lyndon Maher. CC BY-SA 3.0

Geocache of the Month: October 2015

Huh?

Before February 2011, the world of Sydney geocaching was a calm, happy place, largely unthreatened by the mind-boggling puzzles of Adelaide, the ACT and elsewhere. Then a tremor rippled out that soon grew to a quake, the likes of which most of us had never seen. A tour de force of puzzles had been unleashed upon us in one, single cache.

Many thought they had cracked the answer within minutes, only to find another seconds later, then another, then another, soon realising the more they found, the less they knew.

Over the coming days emotions waxed and waned and tempers flared as sleepless nights spent in mental blind alleys took their toll. Then, we started to catch glimpses of where we were headed but without any clue of how to get there. Finally, a couple of weeks later, the first finds were logged, showing the beast could be beaten.

This is a mystery that leaves finders immensely satisfied, mentally exhausted, but hungry for more. It spawned a community of Sydney puzzle nuts that persists in taunting each other to this day.

This month, Geocaching NSW congratulates Farmer Frentzen for his quintessential riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside an enigma - one shy of enigmatic.

Which exceptional NSW geocache will win the award next month? Nominate your favourite geocache 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.

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