It’s now only 342 days until the MEGA event in Parkville, and it’s update time!
So let’s jump straight into what’s new this week.
First thing, yep, that’s right, geocaching.com gave us MEGA status last week, so it’s official, Geocaching Victoria will be hosting the 4th MEGA event in 4 years in the great state of Victoria.
This doesn’t come about by accident though. There are many dedicated people both on the GVI committee as well as the MEGA event committees over the years that work very hard to make all of these events the success that they have been. From suburban Casey Fields to the beaches of the Surf Coast and the rolling hills of Alexandra, each MEGA event has provided something different and unique to the participants geocaching experience and Parkville, 2018 will of course be no exception.
What a great location the Parkville Event, 2018 will be at. The site map on our website allows you to have a good look at the layout. The Urban Camp in Parkville offers a large hall which will be used as the registration area and stalls. There are two modern conference rooms that will be used for the many information sessions that we have planned. There is a large courtyard which will be used for some of the social gatherings and trading games. We are also planning on having a large marquee outside which will host other social gathering and activities too. The whole site allows us to really spread out and put on some great activities and information sessions.
And then there is the accommodation! That’s right, for only $130 you can book yourself a bed for both the Friday and the Saturday night, right at GZ (that’s only $65 a night!). Then you can be in the midst of all the previously mentioned activities, games, information sessions and general excitement. Plus, we have some special further announcements of additional fun things that will only be available to people staying overnight at Urban Camp. Accommodation is extremely limited so get in fast and if you want to get together with your mates and book yourself a room that you can all spread out in, there are options for that too. Just click here to visit our web store to secure your accommodation.
We would also like to welcome on board a new sponsor! Pathtags at pathtags.com have come on board once again as a sponsor. Pathtags has been an integral part of the MEGA’s in Victoria starting with the first one back in 2015 and their continued support for our events here are very much appreciated.
Then there is the official, The Parkville Event, 2018 Lead-up Events. Following on from the major success that was the lead up events for Alexandra in 2017, Geocaching Victoria is literally taking the show on the road! So where are the lead-up events in 2018? Well, you’d be better off asking where they aren’t! Not only are they in Melbourne and in most of the major regional centres around Victoria, but they will also be held in every capital citiy in Australia as well as a few select regional centres too. PLUS, we are taking it overseas! New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Iceland, Thailand, Singapore and Vanuatu! OMG, the whole world will know about The Parkville Event! And of course there is a fun competition for those who want to try and attend as many of these events as possible. You can check out all the details by following this link.
Don’t forget the shiny pathtags and geocoins. As with all our previous MEGAs, there is a set of pathtags available for purchase as well as a standard geocoin and a limited edition geocoin. The pathtags this year are simply outstanding too. Available for purchase in a trading set for $15 where you get 5 of the same path tag and then you trade with others at the MEGA to obtain a full set, or for $25 you can purchase the entire set and all the hard work is done for you. For those of you who enjoy the social interaction of buying a trading set and trading with others to obtain the full set, in 2018 we will be introducing a new way for everyone who is trading pathtags to easily identify everyone else who is also trading. Stand by for announcements on this front, but rest assured, we listened to the problems identified by the pathtag community and we have created a solution.
Also available at our webstore is some of the back catalogue of geocoins and pathtags that are left over from previous MEGAs. If you went along to the previous MEGAs and didn’t get to purchase them at the time, or you’d like them for your collection, some of these are available again for purchase, but obviously stocks are limited.
Parking at the Parkville Event, 2018 is an issue that has been raised. We are in inner city Melbourne, and it is the weekend, but this has been addressed on our webpage, explaining the availability of parking around the MEGA site…
“200 meters up the road, at the State Netball and Hockey centre, there is ample free parking!”
That’s right, park at the State Netball and Hockey centre for free and it’s only a short 200m walk to the MEGA event. How easy is that!
However, we would like you to challenge the idea that geocaching is a driving experience. This is the inner city and the frequency of inner city public transport and the extent of the bike and walking trails snaking off from Royal Park mean that plenty of geocaching can be done in the area without the need to drive a car at all. Bring your bike along, it’s better for the environment and it’s healthier for you!
For more information on parking and lots of other Frequently Asked Question, please check out our FAQ page, and if that doesn’t answer your questions, feel free to send us a message!
Don’t forget that Geostuff has all the OFFICIAL t-shirts for The Parkville Event, 2018. Geostuff is the only place that you can purchase these t-shirts and they are available for pre-order right now. Available in men’s, women’s and kids sizes, these t-shirts display our mascot, Fern in his little zoo keeper uniform and is available with customisation to include your team name and tracking codes if you so wish. You can check these out and purchase them by following this link. Note: All orders are pre-orders for either delivery or pick up at the store when stock arrives or for pick up at The Parkville Event, 2018 on the weekend of the event.
This fortnight’s highlighted cache is the closest Earthcache to the event, GC1357A, Royal Rocks. Placed in May 2007 by Rhinogeo and just over 1km away it is an easy D1 earthcache that has already been found 190 times. The cache description gives a great history of the area (both geological and more recent history) and provides a fascinating lesson on the geology of the area.
Finally, The Parkville Event committee as always would like to thank our major sponsors. Geostuff, Cachly and geocaching.com. Without the support of these guys this whole event just would not be possible. We look forward to working with you and delivering the best event that The Parkville Event 2018 can be.
The Parkville Event committee.