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Geocache of the month

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

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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

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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

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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.

Geocache of the Month: September 2015

Shhh!The September 2015 Geocache of the Month award was won by another wonderfully inventive cache from self-confessed Doctor Who addict, Zargfinders. Congratulations for Doctor Who - Silence in The Library

Now in its 4th year, this 2½/1 Multi Cache showcases Sydney's iconic Manly and has attracted 80% favourite awards from its 130+ finders.

The cache begins with short walk around the Manly Library precinct and the nearby scenic beachside, collecting the clues needed to find and access the cache. The final is typically creative and cleverly hidden.

The cache was originally nominated by GCNSW member, Calypso62, who noted the remarkable effort and organisation involved in placing it.

Over it's 4 years it has attracted many visitors from overseas and interstate who have praised it with comments like "the most imaginative cache I have come across in 8 years"; "this was the best box we found in Australia"; and "Dieser Multi hat mir bisher am Besten in Australien gefallen."

Who will receive the award for October 2015? 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: August 2015

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The Geocache of the Month award is all about highlighting interesting geocaches that rise above the ordinary. The winner for August, Bushrangers Cave" (GCZAYQ), is one such geocache.

This regular sized traditional in the Lower Hunter Region was placed by Groovychook in November 2006 and has been well maintained since then. The D5/T4 rating is perhaps on the generous side based on some of the logs, so this might be one to help fill in a square on your D/T grid that you might have not thought possible.

The location combines an interesting mix of man made and natural features with some fascinating local history. According the the CO "The site has changed significantly since the cache was installed, so on top of a dam, bushrangers cave, rail culvert and tunnels, you also now get a giant brand new freeway to explore." And if that's not enough, the cache has a very special guardian usually only found a lot further north.

The cache has had 162 successful visits with a favourite rate of 52%. Some of the many appreciative comments include: from cccritter "This cache deserves every bit of my favourite point...a historical context (bushrangers), an awesome natural landscape (cave), a larger cache (container) and some high D/T ratings"; from Baja.15 "This is another one of those caches that you remember and is a really good example of what geocaching is all about" and from The Hancock Clan: "Loved reading the history of this cave and can easily picture the bushrangers hiding out here all those years ago under candlelight."

The cache was nominated by Asbestiform who recently met the CO trekking on part of the Great North Walk and brought this one to his attention.

Nominate a great NSW cache for next month here in the Forum or post here to Facebook.

Geocache of the Month: July 2015

You have mailThis month, another newcomer has earned the award.  Congratulations to clintongould27 for GEO-MAIL (GC52PBZ), winner of the July 2015 Geocache of the Month award.

This 2½/1½ Multi Cache, has been in place now for just 7 months but has attracted an amazing 100% favourite rating for the incredible effort that's gone into its construction and organisation. It takes finders on a 5km walk in the beautiful Royal National Park near Engadine.

The cache was nominated by GCNSW member, tronador, who wrote This is one of the best caches I've found in a while. A lot of thought, effort and work has been put into making sure it works. 10 wpts, never seen anything like them before and an amazing GZ with an incredibly constructed cache.

All in all, another great NSW cache that deserves to go on the geocaching bucket list..

Who will receive the award for August 2015? 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 courtesy of ClipArtBest.com

Geocache of the Month: June 2015

Let's twist again!This month's winner is a relative newcomer hiding in the Vineyard Creek Reserve near Parramatta.

Congratulations to monkeydoodle_k (and monkeydoodle_k's Dad) for Traditional with AA Twist (GC5DH57), the winner of the June 2015 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award.

This 1½/2 Traditional Cache, has been in place now for just 7 months but has attracted an amazing 87% favourite rating for its ingenuity.

The cache was nominated by GCNSW member, Richary, who noted its compelling award rating and the many well-deserved accolades from its finders like "a great surprise", "Oh wow this was indeed a fun cache to do", "Ok, this one is awesome!", "This is so ingenious. " and "Marvellous work here, deserving a big fave", to quote just a few.

If you appreciate caches that out of the ordinary, stick this one on your must-do list now.

Who will receive the award for July 2015? 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: May 2015

Don Dorrigo GazetteDorrigo is a smallish town on the high basalt plains above Bellingen and Coffs Harbour. It's linked to the coast and Armidale by the aptly named Waterfall Way. This picturesque windy road seems to be in a constant state of repair but the trip up to Dorrigo is worth the time.

For a small town Dorrigo packs a big geocache punch largely due to the efforts of local cacher Groovydoo. After being frustrated by Groovydoo's "Remembering the Pioneers", a D4.5 traditional in Dorrigo's Pioneers Park committee member Asbestiform sought solice in Dorrigo's CBD and set out on the trail of "Scoops evil nightmare between the sheets" the winner of May's geocache of the month award.

This D4 multi with 74% favourites from 26 finds takes cachers on a short tour of some interesting historical locations around the town close to the CO's heart. Plenty of time and effort has gone into the components that centre on the Don Dorrigo Gazette, over 100 years old, the only remaining letterpress (Hot Metal) newspaper left in Australia.

The log by Time librarian sums up the experience..."Excellent adventure and a fave point for this one. As someone else said, once you find this, you can forgive Groovydoo for all the nanos."

Congratulations Groovydoo!

Which fantastic NSW geocache deserves 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: April 2015

Huh!After much soul searching this month, we've dug into the treasure chest of past nominations and pulled out a real gem.

Congratulations to darth trader for the Qrubicle (GC2Y866), winner of the April 2015 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award.

This 4½/3½ mystery from the Hunter region was published almost four years ago and has earned an impressive 89% favourite rating from it's 39 finders.

The adventure starts with a published puzzle that's not too difficult. But that's just just the beginning. Soon you'll be testing body and mind in the wild and enjoying some great views too. 

GCNSW member, Big Matt, nominated this month's winner and wrote "DT you have excelled yourself with this one! You keep setting the bar higher and higher.". Others praised it with comments like "Loved this puzzle, the execution and the terrain", "If we could give three favourites we would", "Thanks for this incredible cache" and there's plenty more like these. It's definitely one for the bucket list.

Which fantastic NSW geocache deserves 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: March 2015

Hick!Congratulations to pprass for Hope's Lost Whisky (GC2N1NH), winner of the March 2015 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award.

This 4/3 mystery from the Mid-North Coast region has been in place for just over four yeasr and has attracted a well-deserved 14 favourites. 

The adventure starts with the well researched cache page which contains some fabulous photographs. The story centres around a forced emergency landing in the river at Laurieton by famed American comedian, Bob Hope, during World War II. Surprisingly much, or just perhaps all, of the story turns out to be factual. But did they really jetison several crates of whiskey from their failing Catalina flying boat? Is it still there to be found? There's one way to find out.

GCNSW member, Calypso62, who nominated this month's winner, summed it all up as "an excellent geocache from an excellent geocacher".

Which fantastic NSW geocache deserves 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.