Welcome to the fortnightly blog post for the Parkville Event, 2018. It is now 328 days until the MEGA event in Parkville Victoria and so we have some updates for you.
If you have already had a look at the event listing for The Parkville Event, 2018, you will have noticed that it has been translated into 6 different languages other than English, namely German, Swedish, Italian, French, Norwegian and Czech. This was done for Geocaching Victoria by geocachers and reviewers native to these countries. You may also have noticed that our lead up events for The Parkville Event, 2018 are being held all over the world. So far, besides Australia, we have lead up events planned in 14 other countries. This is being done for Geocaching Victoria by geocachers who either live there or are visiting the country at the time. Geocaching Victoria would like to thank the people who are volunteering their time to help us run these lead up events and to translate our event listings for us.
You may wonder why we went to all this effort though. Traditionally for our three previous MEGAs, the number of international visitors made up less than 5% of the total number of people attending and most of these were our friends from across the ditch in New Zealand. Obviously it is a long way for people to travel from Europe and USA to a MEGA event here in Australia, but it’s not impossible and the experience, knowledge and stories that they do bring when they make the trip helps make everyone’s time at our MEGA events richer for it. It was one of the main goals of the organizing committee, right from the very start, to try and attract a greater number of attendees to our MEGA from overseas. Holding these international lead up events and translating our event listing is all part of that effort.
We also have many visitors coming in from interstate and from country Victoria as well. All of these people travelling in to the centre of Melbourne are spoiled for choice on where to stay, but why would you stay anywhere else than right at GZ? That’s right, for $130 you can get accommodation on both the Friday and the Saturday night (that’s $65 a night!) at the Urban Camp in Parkville and be in the middle of all the fun and excitement from the moment you wake up to the moment you finally fall asleep and we have SO much fun and excitement planned. You can even get together with your friends and book out an entire room if you like. Just click here to visit our webstore to secure your accommodation for the weekend.
Can you guess who else is coming and staying at Parkville that weekend?
- Signal the Frog is making the big trip out from the USA to come and visit our MEGA event (see those international lead up events must be working!)
- Fern, the Leadbeater’s Possum and our mascot will also make a welcome return to our MEGA events in Parkville too.
So if you want to get your picture taken with Signal the Frog and Fern, then the Parkville Event, 2018 will be your opportunity. We are VERY excited to have these two guys coming to our MEGA event in 2018.
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 oldest still active cache within the 12 kilometres of The Parkville Event, 2018. Starting at less than 3 kilometres from the MEGA site, this multi cache was placed by Biggles Bear in April 2002. The cache is called The Fugitive (GC51AA), but don’t expect to be able to knock it over in a single day, this one takes some planning. Just goes to show that multi caches that start in the inner city and finish at far away locations is nothing new.
And of course don’t forget the geocoins and pathtags that are still available for sale. There is a stunning set of pathtags that you can purchase to add to your collection as well as a couple of geocoins that are also available for sale. Much hype has been made about the limited edition shaped geocoin, but what may have been forgotten a little is the great value for money, standard geocoin. The design on this coin has our little mascot Fern driving the Parkville tram with his native animal mates on board. It is very colourful, comes as a hardened enamel coin, complete with tracking code and is excellent value for money at only $16.
Finally, we would, as always, like to thank our major sponsors, Geostuff, Cachly and geocaching.com who help make this kind of event possible in the first place. It is with their continued support that large scale MEGA events can be put on and still always be FREE to attend.
The Parkville Event organizing committee wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy new year. Stay safe over the holiday period and make sure you get out there and find some geocaches.