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Placing a geocache

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Some additional points to consider before placing a geocaching (adapted from the The Geocaching Association of Great Britain guidelines.

  • Only place caches you can maintain and respond promptly to problem reports.
  • Consider the location of the cache and those likely to find it, describe any hidden dangers and, if possible, arrange the hunt to minimize these dangers.
  • Ensure the cache is placed in a way that they will not be accidentally found by non-geocachers.
  • No items of food or drink of any kind should be placed in the cache.
  • Caches should not be buried, and holes should not be dug in order to place a cache.
  • Don't place a cache in animal holes or runs.
  • Don't place a cache near schools or government buildings unless the administration and staff are fully aware of the placement.
  • Avoid placing a cache where children play. Parents are understandably concerned when strangers are near their children.
  • Don’t place a cache near critical infrastructure that might be considered a terrorist target, or create a cache that could be mistaken for a terrorist device.
  • Respect property rights and seek permission where appropriate. Seek permission on all private property that's not generally open to public access.
  • Check if public land has a geocaching policy and respect existing policies. Note that in NSW, the placement of geocaches is currently banned in all National Parks.
  • Promptly remove your cache if the land manager or steward asks.
  • Do not damage or interfere with buildings, structures, or signage.
  • Obtain permission from the originator before copying unique themes and techniques, adding to an existing series of caches, or placing a cache close to another.
  • Do not abandon a cache. If you stop maintaining a cache, remove the container, archive its listing and explain the disposition of the cache in your archive note, or put it up for adoption or rescue.