Well another fortnight has gone and guess what? It’s now 300 days until The Parkville Event 2018 and also time for another BLOG post!
It may be only 300 days until the big event in Parkville, but it is a lot closer (only 68 days) until the next big event in Australia! Our friends in NSW have been planning OZ GeoMuster 2018 for quite some time now, and it promises to be one hell of a great event with a lot of very exciting things planned for the Easter weekend in Morisset. At the time of writing they had over 430 Will Attend Logs, so they are so close to the magic 500 number which will see them go MEGA too! There haven’t been two MEGAs in Australia in the same calendar year since 2015 so it would be wonderful to see this event reach MEGA status as well.
To celebrate the wonderful achievement of this event we have worked with the organizers to provide Parkville Event 2018 can holders which will go into the first 500 registration bags at OZ GeoMuster 2018. PLUS, as an added bonus if you do Attend OZ GeoMuster 2018 and get your can holder from the registration bag AND bring it along to The Parkville Event 2018, we will give you a matching bottle opener too. How’s that for an incentive to get yourself to both events?
The Parkville Organising Committee and the Geocaching Victoria Committee would like to congratulate the organisers of OZ GeoMuster 2018 for all the hard work and effort that they have put into their event. The popularity of this event in geocaching conversations around Australia is evidence enough that the dedication and time that they have put in is all worth it and we all sincerely hope that they make the MEGA status, they definitely deserve it.
Returning back to The Parkville Event 2018 briefly, the official The Parkville Event 2018 t-shirts are available at one place, and one place only this year, and that is Geostuff. Besides having all the range of stuff that you could ever want for both hiding and finding geocaches, as well as some other location based games too, they are the only place that you can buy the official t-shirts for The Parkville Event 2018. Available in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes, they are available with customization to include your team name and tracking codes if you wish. You can check these t-shirts out 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.
Whist not technically anything to do with The Parkville Event 2018, we would like to include in this BLOG post the new coin that is being sold by Geocaching Victoria. Every year Geocaching Victoria designs and sells a coin to help the Geocaching Victoria teams that enter the Melbourne Oxfam charity walk. The walk is 100 kilometres long and teams of four tackle this grueling course. This year there are three teams from Geocaching Victoria entered in to Trailwalker and we have a new coin that is for sale to help raise funds for them. The coin production is fully funded by Geocaching Victoria so all proceeds go to the walkers and ultimately to Oxfam. The coins can be posted to your address or they can be picked up with your other coins at The Parkville Event 2018. So while you are grabbing the great geocoins and pathtags that are available to celebrate The Parkville Event 2018, why not grab this beautiful coin too, to help support the wonderful efforts of the Geocaching Victoria Melbourne Oxfam Trailwalker teams. To purchase this coin (and others), just follow this link.
As always, the Parkville Event 2018 organising committee and the Geocaching Victoria committee would like to thank the major sponsors of The Parkville Event 2018. Without the support of Geostuff, cachly and geocaching.com, this event would not even remotely be possible.
Also, back at Parkville again, the overnight accommodation on the Friday and Saturday night continues to sell. But remember a few weeks ago we said that we had some bonuses for those people staying at GZ for the weekend? Well, here is the first of them! All people staying overnight at Urban camp on the weekend of The Parkville Event 2018 who are coming in from interstate or internationally and arrive at Tullamarine on the Friday or Saturday, will be offered free pick-up from the airport and transport directly to the MEGA site. This offer is available not just for all new accommodation purchases, but is also available for all the people who have already purchased their accommodation with us. Just get in contact with us and let us know that you would like to take us up on this generous offer. Even if you don’t have your flight details yet, we can pencil you in for one of our drivers to pick you up. How awesome is that! If you haven’t done so yet, you can follow this link to book your accommodation now. Prices start from $130 per person for the two nights (that’s just $65 per night!)
The first three lead up events have also kicked off over the last two weeks. Saturday the 13th of January saw the very first lead up event being held in Christchurch, New Zealand. One of our committee members, LouiseAnn held an event, GC7FNPD where attendees braved the rain to learn more about the Parkville Event 2018. On the same day, a few hours later and across the Tasman Sea, another lead up event, GC7FVPA was held in central Melbourne in the suburb of Carlton North. Also a very well attended event in perfect geocaching weather, it was attended by a number of the committee members as well as quite a few other geocaching teams too and was closely followed by a GCA event as well!
Finally, yesterday the fine people of San Antonio, Texas braved sub zero temperatures following an ice storm moving through the city earlier in the week to again have a well attended geocaching event, GC7F6T7. On hand was one of our American ambassadors, thewildroseoftexas to run the event and it appears that everyone had fun over there too.
We’d like to thank the people who have made the effort to turn up to these events and especially to those who have put aside their own time to run them. It is fantastic to see so much support for The Parkville Event 2018 from all over the world. Coming up in the next 2 weeks we have 3 more lead up events. The first event, GC7G35R, is in Bristol in England on the 26th of January. The next, GC7FXME is back in the south of the USA in Tennessee on the 27th of January. And then there is the next one, GC7FJ2H which is in Geraldton, Western Australia on the 28th of January. Also, it should be remembered that there is an Australia Day Geocaching Victoria event on the 26th of January in Northcote, Victoria. GC7F50C, All Nations Australia Day BBQ is a HUGE BBQ event planned for Australia Day in the centre of Melbourne. So huge that even Signal the Frog is making his way down under to visit and attend. If you can’t make it to the events in England, Tennessee or Western Australia, make sure you pencil in to spend some time at this Australia Day event in Northcote. There will also be further exciting announcements about this Australia Day event in the coming days as well, so look out for that!
Finally we are on to the geocache(s) of the fortnight and how could we not go past the new geoart that has appeared on our doorstep. In the shape of a T5 (although only 5 are currently listed as T5 caches) it is made up of a conglomerate of caches from the microadventure series, the Stranger caches series, an FYB series, a DGS cache and a couple of existing puzzles from danozz as well as a few other randoms too, this series of caches appears to lead people all over the country. But from the logs coming in, those who seek adventure find them totally worth it. There are now 835 different geocaches listed within 12 kilometres of The Parkville Event 2018, including 521 trads, 145 multis, 116 unknowns, 19 earthcaches, 11 virtuals, 8 letterboxes and 7 wherigos. 66 of the 81 DT combos are included in this lot too, so there really is a geocaching experience for everybody here. For more information and stats on caches in the surrounding area, as well as a list of all the caches that have so far made it on to the cache(s) of the fortnight in previous BLOG posts, you can click on this link.
The Parkville Event 2018 organising committee would like to thank everybody for their help and support in getting the ball rolling on this massive event. We look forward to the OZ GeoMuster event on the upcoming Easter weekend and wish everyone out there safe and happy caching!