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Geocaching NSW events

Springtime Double Feature - Climbing and GIFF Events

Spring is here and it is time to get outdoors...and indoors! We will be hosting our usual Spring event next week and then will be sponsoring another in early November with GCNSW member ADI!

ClimbingFirst up, Geocaching NSW invites all geocachers, whether members or not, to attend our "Climbing into Spring" event on Sunday October 22nd at Sydney Park, St Peters. As well as the usual Meet'n'Greet in the park, we have also negotiated a group discount at the nearby Sydney Indoor Rockclimbing Centre! Come brush up on those rope and bouldering skills before hitting the bush this year. 

The logbook will be at the park and the event is an informal meet and greet, “BYO everything” picnic where you can make new friends with a common interest. Share stories about your latest caching adventures and swap travel bugs and geocoins. You may even pick up a hint on those pesky DNFs or get a clue or two on how to solve a puzzle cache you’ve been stumped on. 

The climbing activity is not a requirement for an attendance smiley, but should be great fun. We plan to meet at 10:00am at the park and walk to the centre to begin climbing at 10:15am.

There is car parking at Sydney Park and St Peters train station not too far away. See the event page for full details.

GIFF

Next up we are sponsoring GCNSW Member AlphaDeltaIndigo and helping her to run a GIFF Event in the Rocks on November 4th starting at 6pm. FREE Popcorn will be provided for you to enjoy as you sit through a screening of the finalists from the Geocaching.com 2017 Geocaching International Film Festival competition.

Come along for a very different event and see the creativity the community has put on display for your enjoyment. A gold coin donation will be an optional contribution to help cover the venue hire. Screening at the Harry Jensen Community Centre just below Observatory Hill, you can log your "Will Attend" and see full details here.

2017 Annual General Meeting

GCNSW AGM 2017

You're invited to the association’s ninth Annual General Meeting and Meet’n’Greet. When and where? Sunday, 20th August at the Carlingford Bowling Club on the corner of Pennant Hills Rd and Evans Rd, Carlingford.

The formal AGM will run from 10:30am until about 11 or so and is for members only. That's where we do all the necessary annual reporting and elect a committee. However as soon as it's out of the way, we'll move onto the fun part - a Meet’n’Greet open to all.  Come along and meet other cachers, share stories, log trackables, get hints for those tricky hides  and enjoy the camaraderie. Plus, you can buy the new 2017 Geocoins and other association paraphernalia.

Some of the current committeee are standing down this year after several years of service. It is vital that we get some "new blood' on the team and members are encouraged to nominate themselves or other members. A Nomination Form, the Notice of Meeting, Agenda and other docs are here in the Member's Forum. if you can't remember your login details, drop us a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hop across to the AGM Event now, log a "Will Attend" and lock it into your diary.

When too many Wubble-ues are just enough ...

We Welcome Willing Wanderers to our Wonderful Winter Walk: Wollstonecraft to Waverton.

Geocaching NSW invites all geocachers, whether members or not, to attend our winter get together on Sunday June 18, by Sydney harbour. It will be preceded by a morning walk through a stretch of cache-rich bushland on the lower North Shore.

The event is an informal meet and greet, “BYO everything” picnic where you can make new friends with a common interest. Share stories about your latest caching adventures and swap travel bugs and geocoins. You may even pick up a hint on those pesky DNFs or get a clue or two on how to solve a puzzle cache you’ve been stumped on. For cachers who only want to attend the event, it officially commences at 12:00pm at the published coordinates at Balls Head Reserve.

The morning walk is not a requirement for an attendance smiley, but if it's anything like previous years, it will be a lot of fun and offers the opportunity to find about 12 caches on the way. The walk commences on the western side of Wollstonecraft Station, near the cafe, where we plan to meet at 10:00am, ready to start walking at 10:15. It concludes when we get to the Ball's Head event at about 12:00pm. The walk covers about 5km over moderate terrain with uneven surfaces so dress for the terrain and weather, which could be wet, sunny or both.

If you need to to return to Wollstonecraft Station after the event, it's just a half-hour walk back through the streets or a 15 minute walk to Waverton Station for a one-stop train ride.

Get all the details here at the event listing.

CITO 2017 - Green Thumbs in Greenacre

Our volunteer bushcarers taking a break

To mark this year's April CITO weekend, Geocaching NSW's Kid Ron Satan worked with Strathfield Council to organise an outdoor environmental event at the Davidson Street Bushland Reserve.

This bushland harbours some rare and interesting indigenous flora and fauna species but until now hasn't received much volunteer input. Over 25 volunteers turned up for the event and Council's Natural Resources Coordinator, who had never heard of geocaching before, remarked what a great group we all were. He is very hopeful Geocaching NSW might return to this site.

We got a lot done in just a couple of hours. Achievements included:

  • planting 65 local plants including Bursaria spinosa (Sweet Bursaria), Lomandra longifolia (Matt Rush) and Xanthorrhoea resinosa ssp concava (Grass Tree)
  • removal of several large Lantana bushes - collection and removal of a number of bags of litter and rubbish
  • spreading of woody waste for use as mulch in the creation of a new garden bed at the front entry
  • enhancement of existing frog pond

Some of the new plantings

Besides the worthwhile environmental achievements, there was plenty of camaraderie around all things geocaching and the early release of our 2017 geocoin. We were delighted to welcome several new members to the association too.

See the photos and read all the logs here on the event cache page.

Green Thumbs in Greenacre

A GCNSW CITO Event

In conjunction with Strathfield Council, Geocaching NSW invites all geocachers (both members and non-members) to celebrate this year’s International CITO week by lending a hand at the Davidson Street Bushland in Greenacre on Sunday April 30.

This is not the usual rubbish clearing event. Strathfield Council will confirm the work involved before the event but activities expected to include:

  1. Planting local native species.
  2. Habitat enhancement of frog pond(s).
  3. Moving mulch from outside reserve to where plantings are done.
  4. Litter collection.

This is a great opportunity to improve the environment, learn a bit about bushcare and meet other geocachers. Also, participation in this event will earn a souvenir for the first International CITO Week in 2017. There are more details here on the event page. Please post a “Will Attend” log and add this event to your watchlist so you receive any announcements.

Look out Goulburn! Here we come!!!

After last year’s fantastic Bathurst invasion, this year we’re looking forward to a great double-event weekend of caching and camaraderie, on February 18 and 19, in historic Goulburn.

Goulburn is less than three hours drive south of Sydney and just over an hour from Canberra. It's not just home to the Big Merino; as Australia's first inland city, Goulburn is brimming with historic sites, museums, heritage homes and geocaches.

We kick off the weekend at 6pm on the Saturday night with A Dinner @ Diggers, our dinner event at the Goulburn Soldiers Club. The late start allows plenty of time to travel, but why not come earlier, or even the night before. There are plenty of geocaching opportunities to fill your day, with well over 100 within 10km of the city. There are mysteries, multis, plenty of traditionals, an earthcache and, of course, our two events.

Goulburn WaterworksOn Sunday morning, we'll have a Meet’n’Greet event, a Rally by the River, commencing at 10:30am in the Goulburn Historic Waterworks, a parkland and museum set on the banks of the picturesque Wollondilly River. The area has parking, picnic shelters, free electric BBQs, a children’s playground and toilet facilities. As a bonus, we’ll be there on one of the 5 “steaming” days for 2017 so the cafe will be open and one of steam engines will be huffing and puffing.

These events are open to all geocachers. You don’t need to be a GCNSW member. Full details are on the event listings A Dinner @ Diggers and Rally by the River so why not jump across and post a “Will Attend” log now.

Summer Invasion 2016 - Look Out Bathurst!!

After the great success of our Regional Invasion to the Mid-North Coast in 2015, Geocaching NSW is delighted to invite all geocachers to Bathurst in the beautiful Central Tablelands for our 2016 invasion. The Bathurst region is the gateway to former gold rush towns and home to the annual Bathurst 1000 motor race. Just two and a half hours’ drive from Sydney, it’s a major events hub of Country NSW. The region has a lot to offer with natural attractions, hundreds of caches to find and many local activities.

On the weekend of February 27 & 28, you'll get not one, but two great events where local and visiting cachers can get together for double the fun! Come for either, come for both. They're listed on geocaching.com now. The invasion starts on Saturday evening with Food, Glorious Food!, and then restarts on the Sunday morning at Peace Park where we'll Give Peace A Chance

Click the links, read all the details and post your "Will Attend" now.

GCNSW Christmas Event Wrap

What a great day!

Well over 50 attendees came out to Prospect for the 2015 GCNSW Christmas Party last week. The sun shone, the teams chatted, we played games and The Aussie Geoocacher even found time to make this awesome video of the event (GOTY Spoiler Warning! :P).  

Tronador took home the annual "Closest Mint-Tin to the Ammo-Can" competition and is the owner of a GCNSW 50cal cache container we hope to see out soon. We couldnt split the effort of 3 junior cachers in the tower building comp so they were all rewarded with a GCNSW pathtag. 

A big thanks to all who made it out and made the event a success. Here is goodbye to 2015 and time to start to calculate those yearly stats to see what goals you can hit by December 31st. Hopefully your 2016 geocaching addiction leads you on many more adventures, great new discoveries, new geo-friends and those golden moments of finding clever, tricky, exhilerating and trophy caches. See you in Bathurst for the Invasion event in February next year and stay tuned for the official GOTY announcement soon! 

15 Years of Aussie Geocaching

On May 17th 2015 Geocaching NSW held the biggest event in our history. With 95 teams and close to 150 people in attendance over the day "Let's Party - Come Celebrate Australia's First" (GC5Q189) broke all records as cachers from far and wide descended on Lane Cove National Park to sing happy 15th birthday to Australia's first geocache GC3E - Lane Cove... albeit one day early.

Many local, interstate and even a couple of internationals came on what turned out to be a glorious day by foot, car and canoe to the Commandment Rock Picnic area. We celebrated some milestones, including Sol de Lunes 20,000th cache find and 100th event, ate cake and played croquet. It was a great honour to have Paul Edwards, hider of the original cache present to tell the first hand story of how the cache came to be just a few days after the original stash was hidden in America and of how it was lost when the rangers had to remove it to protect some endangered plants at GZ. What Paul and the others present didn’t know was the GCNSW committee had some tantalising (if somewhat anticlimactic) news. The original cache has been found!

So it turns out that the ranger who removed the container back in 2001 has recently retired and moved up the north coast of NSW. It also happened that he decided to visit Middle Brother the other month completely coincidentally on the day GCNSW hosted their Invasion Event up there. He recognised the banner and walked over the Calypso62 for a chat whereby we learnt of the possible existence of the bucket, complete with all the contents, hidden somewhere in his garage. Sadly, after many attempts and due to a serious illness in the rangers family, we are yet to lay hands on the box... but we will continue to persevere until we are able to arrange something. 
 

--- A good number of the attendees present for the official photo!

With the formalities out of the way it was back to socialising and logging that all important first Oz Cache with the CO for those who hadn’t yet done so. Massive thanks to Calypso62 and the other committee members for organising the day and to all who were able to attend, especially Paul and those who travelled many miles to be there. We'll see you in 5 years’ time for the 20th!  

--- The Original Hide back in May 2000! - It is now a virtual.            

--- Marcus Vitruvius (VP GCNSW), Paul Edwards (CO Original Hide) and Zal (Pres. GCNSW)

Two-for-one Summer Invasion

Geocaching NSW invites all geocachers to the picturesque Mid-North Coast region for our 2015 Regional Invasion on the weekend of February 14 & 15.

At Port Macquarie and Laurieton, you'll get not one, but two great events where local and visiting cachers can get together for double the fun! Both events are listed on geocaching.com now so jump across, read all the details and post your "Will Attend". The invasion starts on Saturday evening with It's Tucker Time!, and continues on the Sunday morning at Oh Brother!!

2014 Christmas Event

An enthusiastic group of geocachers enjoyed coming together at Putney for the 6th annual Geocaching NSW Christmas Party. As usual, there was lots of great chat about many aspects of the game we all really enjoy playing. We welcomed familiar faces and it was fabulous to see some new players joining us for their first geocaching event.

The first game of the day was a “nearest to the ammo can” mint tin throw. Each player had three goes to try to be the closest. Competition was fierce with Kid Ron Satan taking out this year’s title. For his efforts he received a 50 cal. ammo can. Hopefully, there’s a new cache coming out soon. Congratulations KRS.

The second competition was to see how tall mint tins could be stacked in 30 seconds. Again, this was highly competitive with junior Team MavEtJu coming up the winner. Well done!

The Geocache of the Year was announce by President Zalgariath. The voting was very close with “GCHFT2 Earthcache 1 – A simple Geology Tour of Wasp Head” being crowned this year’s winner. This is very fitting as this earthcache was the first one published anywhere in the world and celebrated 10 years of finds back in January this year. Congratulations to the cache owner, Geoaware.

Read more: 2014 Christmas Event