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Geocache of the month

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

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.