First of all we like to thank our sponsors who actually make this event possible. If you haven’t checked out their websites, go and have a look. You will find all of them linked on our event page. They are a bunch of good companies who are helping to create this amazing festival of geocaching. Thank you. Thank you Thank you.
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The sessions schedule is filling up really fast. Many of the sessions are already booked out, but there is still some room left in some of the others. Everything from learning how to build a wherigo, learning GSAK, creative containers, overnight hiking, T5 rope safety, creating Earth caches and much more! You can meet the local reviewers or even some mountaineers! Also there will be some informal puzzle solving workshops and even a movie night on the Sunday evening. On top of all of that we have two dedicated T5 sessions, one for learning canoeing and kayaking and another for technical tree climbing. But numbers are limited so you need to get in fast to secure your spot. Finally, we have recently added another session so you can learn the almost lost art of manual navigation. Yes, amazingly in the days before GPS, people were still able to navigate around! Sign up for this session to learn out how. All these sessions and information on how to book your name in can be found on our session schedule here.
And whilst we are talking about really cool sessions, we are super excited about the canoes and kayaking session! So much so, we made a video! It’s hard to imagine it when it has been so cold and wet outside lately, but the weather is starting to get warmer and when the summer hits, there is absolutely nothing better than taking a relaxing paddle on crystal clear water to nab yourself a T5 cache. If you are considering this for yourself this coming summer, learn all the basics you need to know at our canoes and kayaking session.
Watch the video here:
Register yourself for the session here:
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We are very excited to announce that merchandise, including Melbourne Event polo-shirts and coffee mugs are now available for pre-sale through our very good friends at Geostuff. Check out their website for all the exclusive Melbourne Event merchandise, plus LOADS of other geocaching related stuff!
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Recently we have been pleased to announce that the number of volunteers has exceed 50 people! As we have said before, we have been blown away by the response and it is a real testament to the geocachers of Victoria as to how willing they are to help make this MEGA the best it can possibly be. That doesn’t mean we have closed the books on volunteer registration though. Many hands make light work and we need volunteers to help with everything from the registration desk, to the car-park to just helping out at the sessions and group activities. So if you do have a spare few hours on that weekend, register your details here and let us know when you are available.
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So besides all theses really cool informative sessions, what else can you do at our MEGA? Glad you asked, because we have some really neat activities lined up for you. These include, (but certainly are not limited to)….
Informal Meet and Greet sessions – yep, by far the most popular activity voted by geocachers on our poll from earlier this year was for informal meet and greet sessions. It is true that there will be tables and chairs and food and coffees available at the site at Casey fields all day, so you can rock up and meet other geocachers whenever you want, but there will also be a couple of informal meet and greet sessions as part of the itinerary for the day too. There is no registration process for this so you can just rock up and who knows, you might just meet your hero geocacher, or get a hint on a puzzle that’s been doing your brain in.
Trackable tradings – So many people love them, be they personal trackable items or geocoins that have travelled the earth. There will also be a couple of trackable and trading sessions on-site where yourself and many many other like-minded souls will be able to trade and track to your heart’s content. Again, registration is not required so you will be able to rock up, mingle and trade as much as you like.
Bingo – It wouldn’t be a large scale Geocaching Melbourne event without a large scale Geocaching Bingo game, would it? Everyone can play and entry is of course free. You will be able to collect your bingo card when you sign the log book. Spend the weekend meeting people, finding geocaches, discovering locations and filling in the squares. There will be multiple prizes so even if you’re not the first to complete the Bingo card, you will not walk away with nothing.
Cache In Trash Out. Wow, people are very excited about these. Yes, as we have said before there will be two of them. One will be on the Saturday afternoon and the other will be on the Sunday morning. We are still working with council on suitable sites where we can achieve the most positive result but we hope to have more information for you in the very near future.
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Kids love geocaching and we know there are some awesome juvenile geocachers out there, so we have dedicated a whole area for the geocaching kids to play in at the MEGA. Whilst this is not a crèche and a parent will still be required to be in attendance whilst the kids are there, we will have plenty of fun-filled really cool activities for the young geocachers to do. There will be a separate post regarding this in the near future, so keep an eye out for it…
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Yep, that’s right, we are very pleased to announce that there will actually be a souvenir awarded to everyone who logs our MEGA event as “attended”! It features the infamous feet at Princes Pier in Port Melbourne as well as cute little Fern playing in the forest.
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Coins and collectables.
Last but not least we’ve got some shiny things left. But you might want to get your skates on because the pre-sales are going fast:
- There’s standard but limited to 250pcs The Melbourne Event 2015 geocoin is only $15.
- We also we have a very limited edition set of three Melbourne Geocoins in Lemon, Lime and Cherry. The one time only mint run is 75 pcs each and you can get the whole set of three coins for just $99!
- Plus, for just $15 you can buy a trading set of 5 pathtags. You get 5 pathtags, all the same style, there are 5 different styles all up and the idea is that you swap with others so that you can get a complete set. Of course, going along to our new trackable and trading sessions would be a great way to achieve this!
- Speaking of pathtags, you can still get your own personalized pathtags with the Geocaching Melbourne tag on the back on it! But if you want this in time for the MEGA you had better hurry as time is definitely running out on this one…