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Geocache of the month

Geocache of the Month: April 2014

GZWe had three great caches nominated this month and once again there was plenty of discussion before the most deserving recipient of this prestigious recognition was agreed. This month's winner comes from the NSW Southern Highlands region.

Congratulations to Bug-Juice for Black Bob's Creek Bridge (GC3DDV0), winner of the April 2014 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award.

This 2/2 Traditional Cache was hidden just over 2 years ago and has seen over 160 visits with 54 favourites awarded; quite a feat for a cache that's almost in the middle of nowhere. Like a few other NSW caches, it draws attention to the work of pioneers, David Lennox and Thomas Mitchell.

The cache was nominated by GCNSW member, Zalgariath, who wrote: "this one takes you to an unexpected and near forgotten piece of engineering". Other finders lauded, " a stunning diversion ", "fabulous spot" and "you feel like your a million miles from anywhere".

Who will receive the award for May 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 over to the Forum and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: March 2014

GZCompetition for Geocache of the Month was fierce again this month, with three great nominations. Thanks to everyone who put forward caches they've enjoyed and thought worthy of recognition. The judges had a tough time picking the winner and there was plenty of discussion. After all that .....

Congratulations to Gaztec for Sal!!!ute to the Commodore (GC3X8N9), winner of the March 2014 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award.

This 3/1.5 Mystery Cache was hidden just under 2 years ago and over 63% of finders have awarded it a favourite. The cache invites finders to learn about a little-known pioneer of the North Sydney area to discover the cache location.

The cache was nominated by GCNSW member, Tyreless, who wrote: "I like this cache and the similar "Forgotten Australians" series which take a bit of research to uncover the identity of interesting historical figures".

The cache is hidden in plain sight and in a very high muggle area. The fact that it survives so well is testament to its cleverness. 

Who will receive the award for April 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 over to the Forum and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: February 2014

MU LibraryCompetition for the February Geocache of the Month was hot, with four great nominations. Thanks to everyone who took the time to put these wonderful NSW caches forward. In the end, there can only be one winner. So .....

Congratulations to Sensible Shoes and lasramblas for their innovative Bibliotheca Robotum (GC3K05C), winner of the February 2014 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award.

This 2/1.5 Mystery Cache was hidden just under 2 years ago and over 80% of finders have awarded it a favourite. The cache employs some novel technology itself and highlights the state of the art automation used by Macquarie University library for storage and retrieval of most of its books.

The cache was nominated by GCNSW member and former MU student, tronador, who wrote: "This has got to be one of the best caches I've seen in long while. Well done on such an original concept." Other finders were equally appreciative.

Who will receive the award for March 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 over to the Forum and start nominating.

Geocache of the Month: January 2014

StargazersCongratulations to Geoaware, winner of the January 2014 Geocaching NSW Geocache of the Month award for Earthcache I - a simple geology tour of Wasp Head (GCHFT2).

This 1/1.5 Earth Cache was hidden about 280 million years ago... but not listed until January 2004. It is the first Earth Cache to win our "Geocache of the Month" award, which is mildly appropriate as it was in fact the first Earth Cache EVER. This month it celebrated its 10th anniversary, and a big group of us headed down to Durras to mark the occaison. It has now been found by 175 teams and has attracted 43 Favourite Points. Geoaware is the Earthcache Master over at http://www.earthcache.org/.

Perhaps almost self-nominating a strong argument was put forward and seconded... 

"'The fact that it was the very first earthcache in the world and its just celebrated its tenth birthday is more than enough. But what a fabulous learning experience it is. Geoaware takes you on a fascinating journey of geological discovery at a magnificent location. It's a winner!"

Who will receive the award for February 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 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.