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Placing a geocache

Finding archived caches

Before placing a new geocache, it's worth taking a look at the 'geocaching history' of the location you have in mind. It may be likely that one, or more, geocaches have been placed in the area before but have since been archived. It may be that the area is frequented by muggles, is regularly cleaned by the land manager, or just isn't suitable for a hide. This information can be useful, to avoid your new geocache following the same fate.

While geocaching.com retains the details and logs of archived caches, it isn't easy to find them. Thankfully, geocaching.com.au does. Here is one way in which you can find archived caches in your region.

First you need to create an account on the Geocaching Australia website (GCA). Note: creating an account on Groundspeak's geocaching.com does not automatically create an account on GCA. If possible, use the same team name for both websites.

Once you have created your account, go to the home page and select Queries (under the My menu).

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This will bring up the My Queries page: Click on the Create New Query link.

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On this page you will need to select and/or fill in the following:

  • Description: Archived caches (or whatever name you decide)
  • Cache type: Choose Traditional, Multi, Unknown or Mystery, and Letterbox. The other types are virtual, moveable or events, so leave these blank.
  • Is Archived: select
  • Sort by closest to: HOME (or the GPS coordinates of the location you are searching). In this example we have used Wagga Wagga as our centre point and used the postcode 2650.
  • Include 3rd party site Caches: select (this will ensure geocaching.com, opencaching.com, etc. are included in your results).
  • Finish by clicking on the New button.

The next page will show a list of Queries you have created (My Queries). Find the Archived query and choose the GMAP link. This will display a Google Map with the location of archived geocaches.

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If you click on the pin, it will display a short description of the geocache, and clicking on the name of the geocache will display its listing. Most pins will have the letter A - meaning archived. Some may contain F (you have previously found it) and D (you did not find it). In both cases the geocache is now archived.

If you discover that you've made a mistake, go back to the My Queries page and click on the Update link.

Note: GCA only displays the name, GC code and status of geocaches from third-party websites. To see all of the geocache's details, including logs, you must click on the geocache's code, which will take you to that website.

If there is an archived cache located close to where you are planning to hide your cache, take the time to read through the description and the logs. By doing this you may discover why it disappeared and possibly avoid your geocache suffering the same fate.