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Geocaching news and events

World Parks Congress Geocaching Day

Well that was a lovely morning. Today some of the Committee and two very appreciated volunteers in Chad and Grant attended an event for the IUCN World Parks Congress in ‪#‎SydneyPark‬. The rain threatened but cleared to a glorious day and about 40 delegates from around the country and world got to experience Geocaching as an activity to bring youth into parks using technology. Huge thanks to those who helped out, and if you haven't yet, make sure you go check out the couple of permanent caches the park offers and the amazing rejuvenation the space has undergone in recent years.

Geocaching on the ABC

We were invited to chat on the ABC again to help "Weekend Warrior" Serpil discover the world of geocaching. She's uploaded the interview to Sound Cloud. We kick in at about 18:15 and it goes for about 15 minutes. Have a listen using the link below!

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.

Press Release: William Tyrrell Tree Stump Articles in Relation to Geocaching

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8th February 2016

Good evening,

As an organisation that promotes Geocaching in NSW and represents the hobby to government and councils in this state we are concerned by the misrepresentation of the activity in recent articles in relation to some graffiti found on a tree stump on the NSW Mid-North Coast. We are disappointed in a number of the articles as a few minutes of simple internet research would have uncovered the graffiti has nothing to do with geocaching.

We have spoken to the owner of the geocache and can say it is a simple coincidence of location that the spray painted message appeared directly above where a geocache was hidden.

The geocache (container with the log book and few other items in it at the base of the stump) in question was placed in July 2012, well before the disappearance of William. It is part of a series of caches hidden by locals placed in the area that lead players on a tour of the Mid-North Coast. The last geocacher to find the container did so on 13/1/2016 and they have relayed information that the spray paint was not there at the time so it is a recent addition to the tree that just happens to unfortunately have been written above a cache hide. A very small amount of research could have uncovered this information as it is publicly available online at geocaching.com.  http://coord.info/GC3P1AK

Geocaching is a family friendly hobby that appeals to people of all ages and lifestyles including kids who love finding the treasure that is hidden in a lot of them. Like everyone else we feel bad for William's family and hope the mystery is solved soon but we would appreciate you not bringing our hobby into disrepute without due cause and that your reporters could check their facts before running poorly researched or ill-informed articles.

We would appreciate the articles to be edited so as not to reflect poorly on the hobby and the people who participate in it. A clear indication that the message was not in fact related to geocaching would suffice. I realise geocaching can be confusing to people unfamiliar with the concept so if you have any questions please do get in touch.

Regards, James Finger

President - Geocaching NSW

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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.

Geocaching on ABC Sydney 702 - Nov 29th 2014

Were you a sleepy head and miss the 6am segment on ‪#‎Geocaching‬ on 702 ABC Sydney last week? Well never fear! Here is a recording of the interview with Simon Marnie & President Zalgariath. This Sunday at the more reasonable hour of 10am Simon and Zal (aka James) will go for round 2 live at the ABC studios! So make sure you tune in... I have no idea what we'll talk about, but I've got a sneaking suspicion it will involve GPS and boxes...

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.

Geocaching on ABC Riverina

Lookinng for something to do with the family this weekend? Former Geocaching NSW President Darren Osborne chats with ABC Riverina host Chris Coleman about Geocaching and EarthCaching.

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.

Modern Day Treasure Hunt Goes Out Of This World

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"It’s the international treasure hunt that’s captured the globe, and now it’s headed out of this world."

NBN Newcastle did a geocaching feature on the occasion of a special travel bug blasting off with astronaut and geocacher, AstroRM, to the world's highest geocache, the International Space Station.

Geocaching NSW Committee member, Marcus Vitruvius, sporting a stylish GC NSW shirt, spoke with NBN reporter and web producer, Georgina Smyth. See the full report at nbnnews.com.au

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.