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Geocache of the month

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: January 2018

Who doesn't like LARGE caches? Who could resist a cache with 100% FPs hidden by a team who hasn't won GOTM before?! Not us that's for sure... 

Congratulations to frazel, Ashley.Kate who have won the first GOTM for 2018 with a solidly good traditional cache "Do you like Birds (GC7E6KG)". This caching team have been playing since 2013 and have 11 hides under their belt.

Like Birds

24/24 Premium Member finders have awarded Favourite Points to this 3.0/1.5 traditional cache. It is PM only and requires the use of a TOTT (Tool of the Trade) which is provided nearby to GZ to access the box. No spoilers here, you'll have to head to Carlingford in Sydney to find out why this cache makes the cut for GOTM!

Image Credit:  Zhaomin - Likes Owls

Nominated by GCNSW member Dlturner, she reports that frazel, Ashley.Kate "have started putting out some very good caches. This one has lifted the bar for them. Well constructed and with a twist to a standard find. Well done."

 Do you know a team that hides great caches in your area? What is the one you'd take a muggle to in order to impress the socks off them? Nominate the NSW geocache that has stood out to you as a great one 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 can be listed on any geocaching site, needs to start or finish in NSW and not currently be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating or post on our Facebook page.

Geocache of the Month: December 2017

Geocaching NSW strives to promote the hobby of Geocaching and does not affiliate itself with any one service provider. While of course the vast majority of caches and cachers operate on geocaching.com, did you know nearly 1 in 5 of the caches in NSW are listed on Geocaching Australia? If you haven't checked GCA out in your area why not give it a go? Particularly if you happen to live in the Blue Mountains, where for the first time ever we are awarding GOTM to a GCA Cache!

Congratulations to Rogerw3 who has won GOTM for December 2017 with a massive milestone cache "GCA Cache Number 10000 (GA10000)". A competition was run on GCA as the 10,000th hide approached and prolific cacher Roger won the bid to hide the magically numbered box. With over 300 caches hidden (and not a micro to be seen among them) Roger really has dedicated massive amounts of time to the hobby in NSW making it a more fun place for us to play in. This cache was hidden in on April 1st 2017 (no joke!) in the lower Blue Mountains, just across the river from Western Sydney. The LARGE multi-cache requires you to find a few other caches along a nice short walk before being able to access the final waypoint and GZ before you can log it. 

GCA has a ratings system instead of Favourite Points and so far 11/13 finders have given the cache 5/5 stars and 2 gave it 4 so that's a 97.5% approval rating! BridgeAlong the way you will pass some engineering history, stroll through the bush and be rewarded with a nice big box at the end. 

Image Credit:  CO - from cache page

We realise not everyone chooses to do GCA caches, but if you were going to start you can't go far wrong here! If you need even more motivation to visit the Mountains you could also check out Roger's Blue Mountains Power Trail (BMPT) Series for a great day out. 

While out caching this holiday season don't forget to take note of any great or unusual finds you make. Nominate the 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 can be listed on any geocaching site, needs to start or finish in NSW and not currently be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating or post on our Facebook page.

Geocache of the Year: 2016/17

It is time to farewell 2017 and welcome in the new caching year! Did you achieve your geocaching goals for 2017? 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 2016/17 Geocache of the Year "At the Governor's Pleasure" (GC6HR8E) by the Calypso62. 

We're delighted to officially announce the winner of the GCNSW "Geocache of the Year" for 2016/17!  This is the sixth year of this prestigious award and the winner was chosen by a record number of the NSW geocaching community as the pick of the bunch from "Geocache of the Month" winners of the 2016/17 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 16-17

 

Originally the winner for GOTM February 2017, At the Governor's Pleasure was always going to be tough to beat. It was only hidden in October 2016 and has now clocked up over 80 finds with over 70 FP's. 93% of Premium member finders have recommended this hunt! Starting in the middle of the Sydney CBD this cache harks back to the days of the "mega caches" in its depth of detail and sheer grandeur of scope. You will need a good few hours and decent walking shoes as well as a nose for history! Taking in many of Sydney's most famous sights while uncovering some hidden history along the way this cache has something for everyone. A special effort, the likes of which few caches could ever hope to achieve, caps off the adventure at GZ. Your time will be well rewarded with a cache we promise you'll never forget!

Calypso

We got the chance to ask the cache owner Calypso62 what inspired him to go to such lengths to hide this box. He cited a recent trip to London where there is a fantastic old series based on Sherlock Holmes which takes you on a tour of the city. However, after all the highs of the tour, the end was a film canister in an uninspired location which was a bit of a letdown. Determined to win the Ashes of Caching he set to work, and after much investment of time and effort produced this gem. A well deserved "Geocache of the Year!"

Who will receive the award for Geocache of the Year in 2017/18? ...that is up to you! First things first, get nominating. The first winners for the 17/18 year have already been chosen but more will be selected until August 2018. 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 2017/18 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 nominated caches and voted last year... here's to the winners, and a great 2018 discovering top spots around NSW geocaching!

Geocache of the Month: November 2017

It has been a while since we selected a cache that would really stretch the geo-endurance muscles, so this month we have gone with a tougher-than-average nut. Congratulations to TOMBI! who has won GOTM for November 2017 with a twist on the usual geo-streak challenge cache "Tomorrow Will Be Different" (GC59F90). Hidden in July 2014 in the lower Hunter Valley, this challenge cache requries you to find a geocache every day for a month before you can log it. The kicker is that a spaced out power-trail won't cut it! Each day you must find a different cache type than the previous day to qualify... tricky stuff! 

With only 11 finds so far it doesn't receive the love it deserves so hopefully this plug helps it get put on a few more cacher's hit lists. Committee member Seemyshell has been streaking for a while and incorporated this cache into his runLurker after meeting the CO. Not only is it a unique challenge, but there is a puzzle to solve and the actual hunting has some unusual elements to it as well. 

Image Credit:  CO - from cache page

So why not challenge yourself and over the summer try to knock out a mini, but varied streak? Sometimes we see that puzzle or multi on the map that keeps getting put on the back burner, well now they have a solid purpose. 

While out caching this holiday season don't forget to take note of any great or unusual finds you make. Nominate the 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 can be listed on any geocaching site, needs to start or finish in NSW and not currently be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating or post on our Facebook page.

GCNSW Merry Geocachemas! Event & Geocache of the Year 2016/17 Voting!

It will soon be time for our annual Christmas Party, Merry Geocachemas (GC7EFJR), which also means it is time to vote on the GEOCACHE OF THE YEAR Award again! 

The honour will be awarded to one of the 12 caches that won "Geocache of the Month" during the previous Association Year (Being AGM to AGM, normally September to August). GCNSW members, followers, and those who attend the Christmas Party will all get the chance to vote.

You can get voting online now or vote on the day at the event. The event will be held at Angle Park, Chipping Norton on Sunday, 3rdDecember, 2017, commencing at 11am and concluding around 3pm. Pick the geocache that you believe deserves this title for 2016/17. If you havn't done any of them yet why not try to grab a couple over the next couple of weeks?!

There will be some small award for the CO of the winning hide... and some new bling for their cache page 

COTY Voting

Head over to our quick Survey Monkey to add your response to the poll!


This Year's Nominees Are...

GOTM for Geocache Name
Code / Link Cache Owner
Sep-2016 MINECRAFT SERIES - FINAL GC5KJHC birdman2099
Oct-2016 Harbourfront GC5ARBB Tony&Anne
Nov-2016 Flying High GC5GFAX DiMorgan
Dec-2016 Cockatoo with a 'dog leg' GC4GZYC TheMattmosphere
Jan-2017 25th Australian Jamboree - Woodhouse, SA, 2019 GC67DN0 Seemyshell
Feb-2017 At The Governor's Pleasure GC6HR8E Calypso62
Mar-2017 Pipes Down Under GC6CYYV Seemyshell
Apr-2017 Booos Haunted Hut GC6CJBE The Booos
May-2017 Bubbler Dash GC495QM Tyreless
Jun-2017 The Wool Road GC4EQ5D RiverRuners
Jul-2017 Spare Ribs GC2M35T fimbulisen
Aug-2017 Watson Wander GC5GTEE Elev8!on 

Geocache of the Month: October 2017

One of Sydney's masters of the creative cache, Rainbow Spirit, has won GOTM for October 2017 with his 6 year old 2011 installment "Please Release Me" (GC39HDX)! There are some great caches in Pemulwuy area of Western Sydney so add this one to your hit list next time you visit. From the CO's own description "The cache is not your normal cache hide, and finding the container will be just the start of your endeavours to release the cache from its prison". While listed as a micro traditional don't let that put you off as finding the thing isn't the highlight here. Make sure you have a few minutes to spare as some cachers are caught at GZ for much longer than traditional log signing duties would dictate! Lurker

The little captive has earned a 55% favourite rating from its 51 favourite points and 144 finds to date, though as the hide predates the introduction of the FP system this would tilt things a little against its true standing. The GCNSW committee chose the cache with a couple of members doing it recently and noting the fun they had.

Image Credit:  Kid Ron Satan - from cache log

Of further note for wildlife enthusiasts is the number of 4, 8 and no-legged cache guardians that have been spotted during attempted to free the little blue midgit so do be on the lookout! 

While out caching this November don't forget to take note of any great or unusual finds you make. Nominate the 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 can be listed on any geocaching site, needs to start or finish in NSW and not currently be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating or post on our Facebook page.

Geocache of the Month: September 2017

The Northern Beaches of Sydney is a bit of a hotspot for great caches. Blessed with coast, community, bushland and hills there is something for everyone and all levels of geocacher. This month we return to this lovely part of the state for the September Geocache of the Month award. The Heath Track (GC5Y8VF) is a moderate Multicache hidden by vk2df  who is no stranger to GOTM awards. It is about a 1km track around the upper reaches of the Manly Dam Reserve. The 3 waypoints will take you past plenty of wildflowers, particularly during Spring, and glorious sweeping views over Manly, Manly Dam and the Sydney City & Chatswood skylines. The track encircles a large rock outcrop from where, for the price of a short easy scramble, even grander views can be enjoyed.

The Wander has earned a 75% favourite rating from its 21 favourite points. GCNSW member Coastblue nominated the cache with the following recommendation. “A lot of effort has gone into the creation and construction of this multi. It takes you on a beautiful bush walk via the waypoints and leads you to an impressive container with a lot thought put into the contents and story behind the cache”.

Image Credit:  Cache Owner - from cache page

The wonderfull ZFPT below tends to draw a lot of attention and time from visiting hunters, but while in the area don't forget to check out this beauty too if you can!

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 can be listed on any geocaching site, needs to start or finish in NSW and not currently be archived. Head over to the Forum and start nominating or post on our Facebook page.

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.