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Geocache of the Month: October 2012

parkesdish 300x200Congratulations to The Odlids, winner of the October 2012 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for The Dish (GC5BFD).

This 1/1 virtual geocache is located in the grounds of the Parkes radio telescope in the central west of NSW. It was set in May 2002 and been 'found' by 213 teams.

According to the description:

Egypt has the pyramids, Paris the Eiffel tower and New York has the Empire State building. We have The Dish!

Who will receive the award in November 2012?

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 forum and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: September 2012

geocacheSpe2012 300x200Congratulations to bshwkr, winner of the September 2012 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for The Bee Gees (GCYGNX).

This 2/4 geocache is located in the Blue Gum Forest east of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. It was placed in September 2006, has a favourite rating of 53% and been found by 23 teams.

The most direct route is via Perrys Lookdown, which is the highest descent/ascent of any walk in the Blue Mountains at around 600m.

According to the description:

The trees of Blue Gum Forest represent the protection efforts of Myles Dunphy, who lead a group to raise the 130 pounds required to buy the Blue Gum Forest - quite a sum in 1931 during the depression - and save it from being cleared.

"What a fantastic walk including very tough descent and climb out," says nominator Purplepeopleeater

Lovely to see a well maintained big ammo tin in a well considered / sensitive placement as well as one of the famous "the rats" 2000th find permanent geocoin.

Geocache of the Month: August 2012

1000young 300x200Congratulations to The Rats, winner of the August 2012 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for 1000 Young (GC13AFF).

This challenging 2.5/4 geocache is located on the Illawarra escarpment and is not for the faint of heart. It was placed in June 2007, has a favourite rating of 37% and been found by 58 brave teams.

According to the description:

This cache is placed in a manner that 'The Rats' love, a high level of adventure, in a bush setting, with an element of danger and it has a spectacular view.

Big Matt and Shell, who nominated the cache, say it's "Such spectacular views over Wollongong. Day or night this is a cache not to be missed with a little twist at the end."

Who will receive the award in August 2012?

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: July 2012

sandhillsfm 300x200Congratulations to mos6510, winner of the July 2012 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Sandhills FM (GCYB0Y).

This 2/1.5 geocache is located near the Southern Tablelands town of Bungendore. It was placed in September 2006, has a favourite rating of 42% and been found by 92 teams.

According to the description:

Tune in to 107.5 on your FM dial for some Geocaching fun!
"Sandhills FM" is the official broadcast station for one very lonely container hiding out along Sandhills Road.
Our DJ is devoted to telling the world about this cache and will keep doing so for as long as the sun shines.

Big Matt and Shell, who nominated the cache, say it's "A great use of technology and a cache that has been around for nearly 6 years and has stood the test of time."

Who will receive the award in August 2012?

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 2012

worldcache 300x200Congratulations to Philma, winner of the June 2012 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for World Cache Australia (GCVVPB).

This 4/2.5 geocache was placed in July 2006, and has found by 46 teams with a favourite rating of 34%.

Zalgariath explains how it works:

This epic adventure takes you on a 25 Way Point tour of the world. You need to enlist friends in 4 countries and the final location is also awesome ... a fantastic experience which usually takes a few weeks of organisation. The waypoints around Sydney Harbour are fantastic too.

As you can see from the image, the starting coordinates provide an incredible view.

Who will receive the award in July 2012?

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 2012

geocachemay2012 300x200Congratulations to TooDogs, winners of the May 2012 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Gone Fishing! (GC3EY3F).

This 3/1.5 geocache is a recent addition having been placed in March 2012, and has found by 6 teams with a favourite rating of 100%.

The cache is a multi set on the owner's private land, which allows them to be a little more creative than usual.

It has already received rav comments such as :

Definitely one of the best caches I’ve seen. This one is a must for all cachers.

WOW!! I think this is one of the best caches we've done in Australia.

Well done TooDogs, this cache is just amazing!

With feedback like that, we think it's worth highlighting this new geocache - and showing that even newbies can hide a classic cache.

Who will receive the award in June 2012?

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 2012

telegherry 300x200Congratulations to The Bronze, Geo-Nads, Numby & Drewin, winners of the April 2012 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Telegherry Tantalizer (GCJ65E).

This 3.5/5 geocache was placed in June 2001, has only been found by 19 teams (4 DNFs) and has a favourite rating of 36%.

It is in a very deep gorge in the South Eastern corner of the Chichester State Forest and requires either a 4WD with good clearance or is a six-kilometre round trip by foot.

Team Unibolt, who nominated this cache, writes:

This is one of those adventure caches. Tackled it with a fellow cacher on a day trip and had a blast. The journey is as good as the prize and the GZ is awesome.

Who will receive the award in May 2012?

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 2012

dropdeadgorgeous 300x200Congratulations to Hounddog, Snifter and the SNAFUADV Team winner of the March 2012 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Drop Dead Gorgeous (GCC44).

This 5/5 geocache was placed in June 2001, has been found by 46 teams (5 DNFs) and has a favourite rating of 41%.

The geocache is hidden at the bottom of a large drop (hence the name), and for most finders has involved an abseil to GZ. Some have tried other methods of approaching the geocache, but as the rating suggests it isn't for the faint of heart.

The geocache was a popular nomination with geocachers, receiving a number of 'votes'. One geocacher summed it up well writing:

As with most Houndog & Snifter caches, it’s a simple hide placed in a carefully chosen spot that naturally ensures longevity. It lives up to its name with truly breathtaking views.

Thank you once again Hounddog, Snifter and the SNAFUADV Team for this fantastic geocache.

Who will receive the award in April 2012?

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: February 2012

daylighttunnel 300x200Congratulations to Bushrat winner of the February 2012 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Daylight (GCGVNB).

This geocache was placed in September 2003, has been found by 43 teams (6 DNFs) and has a favourite rating of almost 58%.

This geocache is hidden deep underground in a misused tunnel used to transport coal from the Megalong Valley, through Narrow Neck and up to Katoomba.

The walk involves a reasonably long, back breaking walk through freezing cold water and orange mud - which is hard to get out of your clothing.

Anyone who has done it will tel you it's a challenging, but rewarding experience.

Thank you once again Bushrat for this fantastic geocache.

Who will receive the award in March 2012?

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: January 2012

finalcut 300x200Congratulations to Idealogy as the inaugral winners of the Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for The Final Cut (GC24C7).

This geocache was placed in October 2001, has been found 74 times (40 DNFs) and has a favourite rating of almost 50%.

According to the geocache description:

Those who complete this cache will be rewarded with spectacular views along the coast from a vantage point few know exist, let alone visit.

The route in can be a bit nerve wracking, but those accustomed to a bit of rock hopping should have no problems, just mind your head in places.

Thank you once again Idealogy - one of the early pioneers of geocaching in NSW - for this fantastic geocache.

Who will receive the award in February 2012?

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.

Old School Challenge Cache

firstcache 300x200If you feel you’ve had your fill of micros in the suburbs, or frustrating puzzles that even ASIO find hard to decode, then here’s a challenge for you - the Geocaching NSW Old School Challenge (GC406HT).

To claim this geocache you will need to have completed the challenge of finding and logging 10 of the oldest active geocaches in New South Wales before signing the logbook and logging it online. The 10 must have been hidden in the year 2000 or 2001. As of 13 December 2012 there are 44 eligible geocaches.

The geocache is in Lane Cove National Park (with permission from NPWS), the same park where Australia's first geocache was hidden in May 2000.

Read more: Old School Challenge Cache

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