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Geocache of the Month: December 2013

StargazersCongratulations to The Spindoctors, winner of the December 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Stargazer's Delight (GC28ZEP)

This 4/2 mystery geocache was placed in May 2010, has been found by 57 teams and has attracted a 41% favourite point rate. Many readers will know that one of the Spindoctors was not only the founding President of the association but also an amateur stargazer.

Calypso62 who found it 3 years ago and nominated the cache says:

"For somebody new to puzzle caches, this was a fabulous experience and yes, it sparked my interest in all those little dots in the sky!"

Who will receive the award for January 2014?

Help us decide by nominating your favourite geocache. Tell us 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. 

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating.

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Geocache of the Year: 2011/12 & 2012/13

At the end of last year GCNSW called for votes from the community to select 2 caches from the previous winners of "Geocache of the Month" to be recognised as the pick of the bunch... The GCNSW 2011/12 and 2012/13 "Geocache of the Year"! This is first time we have run this award and thus retroactively included 2011/2012. Our Geo-year runs AGM to AGM (Aug to Sep). 

It was a hard fought competition of Old vs New, Challenging vs Accessible and Bush vs City. In the end we had 2 clear winners; one old, challenging bush cache, and one new, accessible city dweller! These were announced at the Christmas Party Event and the owners have been informed. 

For 2011/2012 congratulations goes to the D/T 3.5/4.0 cache Daylight (GCGVNB) by Bushrat. Originally the winner for GOTM February 2012, Daylight is perhaps one of the most famous Blue Mountains caches, hidden back in September 2003. It has now clocked up over 60 finds with 30 FP's. Another sign of a truly great adventure is you will hardly see a log under a paragraph or two. If you haven't done this cache, do some quick geo-homework and plan a trip to Katoomba. Just don't mind the shin deep orange mud... 

For 2012/2013 congratulations goes to the D/T 3.0/2.0 cache Marlene's Mischief (GC36EBJ) by Baktrak. Originally the winner for GOTM November 2012, Marlene is a whimsical folly which shows how a great cache description can enhance a clever hide. Only hidden in October 2011 she just clocked up the half ton of smiley faces with 37 of those giving it the FP badge of honour. Centrally located in Sydney it is easy to get to and you'll reach GZ in 30 seconds from your car... but how long will the Malevolent Marlene manipulate you before you may mark her manifesto? 

Who will receive the award for Geocahe of the Year in 2013/14? ...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 2013/14 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 2014 discovering top spots around NSW geocaching!

Geocache of the Month: November 2013

 

panoramacacheCongratulations to Short Circuits, winner of the November 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for The Pub With No Beer (GC12GNM)

This 2/3.5 geocache was placed in April 2007, has been found by 27 teams and has 12 favourite points (67%). Short Circuits has only hidden 1 cache, and it is a cracker by all reports!

Tyreless who found it recently and nominated the cache says:

"A great bushwalk, fabulous views, nice bit of history with a very interesting back story - what more could you want? Oh, and a good sized box in a good hiding place."

Who will receive the award for December 2013?

Help us decide by nominating your favourite geocache. 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. 

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating.

 

Geocache of the Month: October 2013

Manly DamCongratulations to foundem, winner of the October 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Mirror Ball (GCX5TV).

This 3.5/5 geocache was placed in August 2006, but has only been found by 19 teams... perhaps due to the significant challenge and abseil required to sign the logbook! Even so it has 12 favourite points (80% of PM), and Im guessing the others found it before FP exisited.

Purplepeopleater who nominated the cache (several times) says:

"This is a spectacular area and highly adventurous cache experience requiring skill and quite a bit of effort and guts to obtain. I was lucky enough to be part of an expedition with a bunch of Venturers and Scout Leaders to go after this cache on a beautiful winters day in July. One of the absolute classics in the Blue Mountains and recommended to anyone with the skill."

Not one to be taken lightly but definitely up there on the wish list of many a NSW Geocacher. 

Who will receive the award for November 2013?

Help us decide by nominating your favourite geocache. Tell us in around 50 words or more why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hiden or found in the past 30 days. 

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating!

Geocache of the Month: September 2013

Congratulations to Bells Angels, winner of the September 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for The Arrival of the Dharawal (GC3DDVQ)

This 1.5/3 geocache was placed in May 2012, has 133 logged visits with 113 finds and 24 favourite points (35%).

Located on the coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama, the cache attracts many international visitors, offering a glimpse of our unique geocaching environment. The cache combines an educational insight into the local indigenous culture with iconic coastal views. One recent finder from Germany wrote "the best Cache we have seen in Australia!!".

Who will receive the award for October 2013?

Help us decide by nominating your favourite geocache. Tell us in around 50 words or more why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hidden or found in the past 30 days.

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: August 2013

illusioncacheCongratulations to Philma, winner of the August 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Illusions Cache (GCZV7W)

This 3.5/1.5 geocache was placed in December 2006, is has 304 logged visits with 158 finds and 48 favourite points (42%).

Being a very unique Puzzle cache it has been nominated by a number of finders, including Calypso62 who said:

This is a puzzle cache by Philma that you need to be cross-eyed to complete! The final location gives you a spectacular view with an excellent hide to boot. It first appeared in 2006 and is still going strong. 47 caching teams have given it a favourite point. It was a most enjoyable puzzle cache to complete that wasn't too difficult.

Who will receive the award for September 2013?

Help us decide by nominating your favourite geocache. Tell us in around 50 words or more why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hidden or found in the past 30 days.

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: July 2013

Manly DamCongratulations to Zargfinders, winner of the July 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for ZFPT21 - Final (GC44Q73)

This 4/3 geocache was placed in January 2013, has already been found by 54 teams and has 26 favourite points (63% of PM).

However, while a great cache in and of itself, it is merely representative of what is a fantastic Sydney series, sharing little resemblance to common conceptions of a "power trail". The 8km circuit walk of Manly Dam takes around 4 hours and every cache is hand crafted to suit its location. No two are alike. 

The series has clocked up over 160 Favourite Points. The most recent finder "Paul the Hippy" had this to say about it:

"Absolutely fantastic a great way to finish the best series of cache I have done ever and might take another 3000 to beat. Awesome caches. Awesome walk. Awesome bush. Awesome effort by the cache owners. Awesome. I can not say it enough for this series."

Who will receive the award for August 2013?

Help us decide by nominating your favourite geocache. Tell us in around 50 words or more why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hiden or found in the past 30 days. 

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: June 2013

panoramacacheCongratulations to gren, winner of the June 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Panorama cache (GC6A0)

This 3/3 geocache was placed in April 2001, has only been found by 38 teams and has 11 favourite points (58%).

Known as an 'old school cache' it has been nominated by a number of finders, including Yurt, who said:

It was a great walk and the cache is a heritage cache placed in April 2001. Brilliant views and a real sense of achievement in reaching GZ and beyond.

Who will receive the award for July 2013?

Help us decide by nominating your favourite geocache. Tell us in around 50 words or more why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hiden or found in the past 30 days. 

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: May 2013

heartjpgCongratulations to Toriaz, winner of the May 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Straight from the Heart - the final heart cache (GC46ERA)

This 2.5/2 multi geocache was placed in March 2013, has only been found by 13 teams and has 8 favourite points (62%).

Nominator The Spindoctors said:

It's the final in a 22-part series of mysterious geocaches located in the Penrith Lakes area. The puzzles are all relatively easy to solve and find, which helps keep frustration levels to a minimum. The heart shape arrangement of the puzzles also shows a lot of time and effort was put into this series.

Who will receive the award for June 2013?

Help us decide by nominating your favourite geocache. Tell us in around 50 words or more why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hiden or found in the past 30 days. 

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: April 2013

postcardstonzCongratulations to Philma and KiwiGary, winners of the April 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Postcards to New Zealand (GC16TRH).

This 2.5/2.5 multi geocache was placed in August 2008, has only been found by 23 teams and has 11 favourite points (55%).

Nominator akkatracker said:

I found that I built a personal relationship with my partner. We got to know alot about our partner and put trust in them. It was a close vote but I'd probably have to go with that. The waypoints are spectacular, and on both sides of the harbour. The final, a shortish walk has some breathtaking views.

Who will receive the award for May 2013?

Help us decide by nominating your favourite geocache. Tell us in around 50 words or more why you think it deserves the award. It doesn't have to be a geocache hiden or found in the past 30 days. 

Head to the Geocaching NSW fourm and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: March 2013

boltsCongratulations to Fred6603, winner of the March 2013 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Rubiks Tube V - Excalibolt (GC22465).

This 4.5/1.5 multi geocache was placed in August 2006, has only been found by 41 teams and has 22 favourite points.

According to the geocache description page, "Finding Excalibolt is only the first part of the challenge. Once found you have to solve the puzzle to access the log and record your success."

One recent finder wrote in their find log: "This thing is incredible! I expect to be having nightmares with it in them! Unbelievable!"

See the list of previous Geocache of the Month winners.

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