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Geocaching NSW events

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.

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)

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

The Amazing Chase Event!

Coming up in 2 weeks is our next event! Join us at Bicentennial Park Homebush where we'll swap hiking boots for pedal power in the Amazing Chase!

Although you can start your Amazing Chase adventure anytime during the day, we suggest you come along to the published coordinates, (look for our portable gazebo and the Geocaching NSW banner), between 9:30am and 10:30am and meet up with other geocachers, then head off on your tour of discovery.

Follow this link for full details on Geocaching.com.

Lane Cove CITO 2013

CITOCrewAfter a day of torrential rain on the Saturday we were worried that Sunday's CITO would have to be cancelled, but it ended up glorious sunshine and the track was in pretty good condition. In the end we had more than 20 geocachers show up and the car pool we organised between Tunks Hill and the Dehli Rd entranced worked well.

After a safety briefing every member headed out with a fluoro vest, gloves and bags. We covered the entire river side track on the south side of the river from the Weir to the bridge. All in all the track was quite clean with 90 per cent of the rubbish coming from the river bank as expected.  It was almost a competition between the teams as to who could find the rubbish first.

By the end of the CITO we had collected approximately 10 bags of trash, which we were able to empty into the bins along the way - so there was a lot more than it seems in the attached photo.

From all reports people had a great time. There were no incidents or injuries to report apart from some soggy socks. You can read about the event from participants here http://coord.info/GC48G73

Puzzle and coffee event - Jan 2013

jigsaw 300x200Have you been stuck trying to solve a puzzle for months and haven't made any progress? Does the thought of trying to solve a puzzle geocache cause you mind to go into a tail spin?
 
Then come along to our first Coffee and Puzzles event (GC440WJ) to be held at Citi Grill in the piazza area of the Top Ryde Shopping Centre. It will be held on Saturday 26 January, beginning at 10:00 am.
 
The event has been inspired by Noikmeister's 'Puzzles and Coffee' series of events, which began in September 2010.

There will be a short introduction at the start to get things rolling, after which people can form into groups and start solving. If you're a beginner don't worry, there will be someone to help and guide you along.

Also keep an eye out for keep an eye open in the Geocaching NSW forums to see what puzzles make it on the agenda.

Lane Cove NP CITO 2011

df0a004e-a79c-458f-a63e-07a3b3fc1b9d 300x200On Saturday 30 April 2011, Geocaching NSW members gathered at Lane Cove National Park to assist with a clean up as part of the the 9th International CITO Day.

Despite being a wet day it turned out ot be a fun and rewarding experience.

The talk from Lane Cove NP Bush Regeneration Officer Matt Springall at the beginning was very interesting and got us all in the mood to do ourbit. We were a bit surprised at the low level of rubbish in the section we cleaned, but pleased that we managed to gather up enough to have felt like we did our bit.

The heavy downpour at midday made for some fun. We look forward to more of these CITO events with NPWS in the future as well as in Lane Cove NP.

For more info on the Bushcare program at Lane Cove National Park have a look at the Friends of LCNP website.

History, mysteries and mega caches


p6270214 300x200At our June 2010 Geocaching 101 event, EcoDave from EcoTeam took us back to the early days of geocaching - a time when 'Mega' caches were the rage. These caches were months in the planing, full of hype, mystery and suspense. You'll hear about the famous Get Smart interactive cache story, Achilles and one or two of the major caches that were firsts in their genre.

If you missed it, don't fret. Below is a video recording of EcoDave's presentation. It goes for 49 minutes, but contains some gems of information. 

A big thank you to EcoDave for putting together an interesting and inspiring presentation.

 

Read more: History, mysteries and mega caches