Geocaching NSW is pleased to announce that the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has released its new Geocaching Policy. This policy reverses the ban on geocaching that has been in place since 2002.
To place a geocache in an area managed by NPWS geocachers must apply for consent before posting it on the internet.
The NPWS Geocaching policy 2010 provides a detailed summary of where geocaches can and cannot be placed.
To apply for consent, geocachers should complete the application form that is attached to the policy and deliver it to the relevant NPWS office. The contact details of all NPWS offices and visitor centres can be found at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/contact/index.htm?type=national-parks.
It is recommended that geocache listings include the following links on the department's website:
Geocachers should also refer to the following documents to answer question they have regarding the use of NSW National Parks:
Once approval has been received from NPWS, geocachers can then submit their listing to a geocaching listing website.
In the event that the application is rejected, geocachers are encouraged to seek feedback. While a particular size, type or style of geocache may be permitted in one location, it may not be approved in another.
For caches listed on Geocaching Australia, you should confim permission has been granted or an exemption is warranted prior to your cache listing being available to be published by uploading a scanned or photographed copy of the permission form provided by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. More information is listed on the Geocaching Australia website.