Friends of Parks Vic

Geocaching Victoria Incorporated is very excited to announce that we are now officially affiliated with Parks Vic.

In coming months, we will undergo some information sessions with their rangers that will enable us to set up and run CITO events without having to obtain prior authorisation. Something that usually needs to be organised months in advance, as it requires one of their rangers to be present. Once everything is finalised, we will have members who will be trained in the safety briefings, and they will act as de facto rangers for us.

Parks Vic requires that we all be registered on their website, linked to GV’s group. They are aware that registered numbers don’t usually equate to numbers on the day, so registering does not obligate you to attend anything we set up.

So, whether you’re a prolific CITO attendee, only go to one a year (around mega time), or haven’t attended one yet, but would like to in the future, please take a few minutes to register.

GVI – PARKS VIC REGISTRATION

Registration is fairly straight forward. You will need to confirm your email address. Once registered, go to Volunteer – Search groups and type Geocaching into the filter. Geocaching Victoria will appear. At the end of the line, use the little drop down arrow to join GV group.

Once this is running at full speed, all of our Parks Vic CITO activities will be listed on their website, as well as an official CITO event page.

The Committee look forward to seeing a long list of registrations and can’t wait to see you at a CITO soon!

Lab Caches are Live!

Lab Caches

The Lab caches are now Live. You can access them via the 2 adventure QR codes (10 in each). You will need access to the internet to play these lab adventures.

Lab Adventure #1

LAB QR1

https://labs.geocaching.com/goto/pv2018-1

Lab Adventure #2

LAB QR2

https://labs.geocaching.com/goto/pv2018-2

Thank You

As per usual, we would like to thank our Major Sponsors. Without their ongoing support, big events like this would not be able to take place.

Our 2018 sponsors include Geocaching.com, Cachly, Pathtags.com, Caching Supplies, Clear Waters Event Queanbean Easter 2019, City of Melbourne, Bunnings, McDonalds, Freddy’s Bike Tours, City West Waters, Sssafe and of course it goes without saying, The future attendees of The Parkville Event.

Comps, Beds, Cycling & Pathtags

Getting Close Now!

Its now less than a month until the MEGA event in Parkville so we thought this would be a great opportunity to recap on the many activities that are happening over the MEGA weekend and all the different ways there will be to win some of the amazing prizes that are on offer.

  • The winner of the points game for who has attended the lead up events will be announced at the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon. The winner will receive an unobtanium coin and a free 12-month premium membership. There are some runner up prizes on offer too.
  • In the event bag, which is available at the registration desk and is free to everyone who has logged a “Will Attend”, you will find an entry into the Icy Pole Stick game. Take your Icy Pole stick out on to the expanse of lawn across the road from the MEGA site. There is a ‘secret location’ that can be found by the closest icy pole stick. Place your icy pole stick where you think the secret location is. On the Sunday afternoon all the guesses will be measured up and at the closing ceremony the winner will be announced. The closest to the pin will win an unobtanium coin and a 12-month premium membership.
  • On the Saturday night we are having our traditional BBQ, see GC7QBMC. During the night there will be a BINGO card being distributed which will have all sorts of geocaching achievements listed on it. Your job is to find people who have made these achievements and get them to sign their name in one box. When you have a full BINGO card, place it in the entry box. First complete entry to be drawn out will win an unobtanium coin and a 12-month premium membership.
  • Also, in the event bag you will find a letter box stamp card. Your job is to find the 5 letterbox caches in the Parkville series of letterboxes (GC7G5MJ, GC7G01H, GC7FWXX, GC7FWZN & GC7FRRC) and stamp the card with the stamp from each letterbox. Return your card to the admin desk and submit it. At the closing ceremony the first complete entry drawn will be the winner of an unobtanium geocoin and a free 12-month premium membership.

Parkville Accommodation.

Special Edition

Still not sure where you are staying over the MEGA weekend? Well there is still room left at the MEGA site to stay both the Friday and the Saturday night. Yep, you can stay right at GZ and be in the midst of all the action from Friday afternoon all the way through to Sunday and not miss a single thing. Beds start from just $130 for two night (that’s just $65 a night), park your car for free at the car park or catch public transport to the event. Or, if you are flying in to the airport, drop us an email and we will pick you up! You can book your accommodation now by following this link.


Parkville Souvenir Pathtags.

PathtagsAlso, don’t forget that we have pathtags available for sale. There is a set of 5 pathtags each of which depicts iconic parts of Melbourne. You can buy the entire set of five for $25, or for just $15 you can buy a trading set where you get 5 of the same pathtag and then trade with others over the MEGA weekend to achieve the full set. You can buy these amazing pathtags by following this link…


Cycle The Parkville Event.

Special Edition

The best way to get around caching at this MEGA is on a bike. There are hundreds of geocaches along the bike trails and walking tracks that snake out from the MEGA site. If you are staying at Urban Camp, or if you don’t have a bike you can get to the location, never fear! We have partnered with Freddy’s Bike Tours and you can hire a bike for a full day for a half day price, plus Freddy’s Bike Tours will be setting up a pop-up store at the MEGA location so you can pick up and drop off your bike at the MEGA! Follow thins link and use the promotion code GEO5OFF.


Thank You

As per usual, we would like to thank our Major Sponsors. Without their ongoing support, big events like this would not be able to take place.

Our 2018 sponsors include Geocaching.com, Cachly, Pathtags.com, Caching Supplies, Clear Waters Event Queanbean Easter 2019,  City of Melbourne, Bunnings, McDonalds, Freddy’s Bike Tours, City West Waters, Sssafe and of course it goes without saying, The future attendees of The Parkville Event.

Bunnings, Milestones and Event Shirts

A Bunnings BBQ

Running FREE big events such as the Parkville MEGA doesn’t come cheap. In order to raise funds, we are running a couple of Bunnings BBQ’s. The first one went well, so later this month, we are doing it again. If you find yourself in the Brunswick area on October 28th, stop in and buy a sausage in bread to support Geocaching Victoria and the Parkville Mega. If you have some more time on your hands and are able to help for a couple of hours, just send us an email to info@geocachingvictoria.com.au and let us know when you are available. There will be a Geocaching event GC7WFTH too.

bunnings

Parkville Event as a Milestone?

After the popularity of making the Alexandra Event a milestone, and receiving recognition of that last year, we are doing it all again. If you would like to make The Parkville Event a Milestone find, please register your intent via the official form HERE.

milestone

Parkville Shirts

The deadline for ordering personalised shirts is fast approaching. Only shirts pre-ordered will be available at the event at this stage.  You can order your Parkville Event Shirts with or without custom embroidery HERE.You can also order other Parkville related Souvenirs HERE.

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Thank You

As per usual, we would like to thank our Major Sponsors. Without their ongoing support, big events like this would not be able to take place.

Our 2018 sponsors include Geocaching.com, Cachly, Pathtags.com, Caching Supplies, Clear Waters Event Queanbean Easter 2019,  City of Melbourne, Bunnings, McDonalds, Freddy’s Bike Tours, City West Waters, Sssafe and of course it goes without saying, The future attendees of The Parkville Event.

 

Melbourne Event Update – October 2015 – Mk Two

How has your weekend been so far? The good weather came back for some days and we hope you made good use of it. The big event is less than three weeks away with the first activities (GIFF Melbourne & Tree Climbing) starting within a fortnight. OMG IT IS REALLY HAPPENING!

We will keep the update crisp and short. That should give you more time to go merchandise shopping and brag about you being part of this 🙂

Sponsors.
The BBQ Event.
Official The Melbourne Event Merchandise.
Coins and no Pathtags.
BYO Chairs.
Stalls.
How to Obtain the Unobtanium.

Sponsors

First things first: We’d like to thank our awesome sponsors, who have helped us put this whole thing together.

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BBQ and Fireworks, GC63717 in Tooradin.

Of course we are super-excited about this one.  Imagine it!

  • Free entry,
  • Free food,
  • Free fireworks!

That’s right, it’s been published!  Check it out and if you can make it, log you “Will Attend” on GC63717.  Entry is free and there will be fireworks later in the night.  Plus, to get your free food lovingly supplied by Anvil Angus on the night, you can just go to

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grab a wrist band head over to where the scouts are cooking and eat to your hearts content!  All for absolutely nothing!  How good is that? If you’re attending the Meet the Mountaineer session on Saturday, we’ll give you a wrist-band so you don’t have to rush.

Drinks will be available for purchase from the scouts, or you can bring along your own (non-alcoholic). Sorry our music act had to cancel – he will be on a last minute bucks night.

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Official The Melbourne Event merchandise

A range of official Melbourne Event 2015 merchandise is available from our sponsor Geostuff.com.au. The Official Polo shirts, with lovely Fern embroidery on the chest, are available in a good range Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes. Also available are official embroidered Caps and Beanies! The Polo shirts, and other official merchandise will be available from the Geostuff stall at the event, although they are also available right now online at Geostuff.com.au for you to reserve and pick up at the event, pickup at the Geostuff retail store, or have delivered directly to you beforehand if you choose.

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Geocoins (no more pathtags)

Sorry, the pathtags have sold out but there are still some very nice geocoins which can be purchased our pre-sale page. In fact the coins have arrived at Fern’s Forest Fairy HQ and they are awesome. If you can’t wait to see one in the flesh check out the trackable code MEGABM and discover it now. These coins can be picked up at the event, or for a small postage fee, we can send them to you once we have them. 

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BYO Chairs

sofareihenYou’re not that fussed about the sessions or games? You just want to hang out with your caching mates, trade shiny things, make new friends and enjoy yourself? You are more than welcome to do that! In fact we got a whole field dedicated for exactly that. Bring your camping chair, marquee, couch*, bed-side table and picnic blanket and enjoy the sunshine (fingers crossed!).

* If you actually bring a couch, you have to take it home at the end of the day like everything else. The field can’t be accessed with vehicles so you have to carry everything in and out.

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Stalls.

You will be able to take a wonder around the many amazing stalls that will be set up at the MEGA.  You will be sure to find some really cool stuff and probably learn a whole heap as well too.

stall holders

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How to Obtain the Unobtanium.

Finally, another great example of how awesome this weekend is really going to be. You will have the chance of obtaining the unobtainable. That’s right, a hallowed, pure sort of gold, unobtanium “The Melbourne Event” geocoin. Imagine the prestige, the fame, the fortune that would come with ownership of this uber rare coin? So how do you get your hands on one of these babys? Well, we will be running some competitions over the weekend…

  • FTF Raffle Draw.  Yep, when you log your attendance in our log book at the registration desk, you will have the option of buying tickets in our FTF raffle draw.  Tickets are only $1 each and you can buy as many as you like, proceeds go to The Friends of the Leadbeater Possum.  The winner not only gets to claim FTF on the first MEGA event in the state of Victoria, but they also get one of the unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoins!
  • Bingo.  What would a large scale Geocaching Melbourne event be without a large scale BINGO competition?  Grab your bingo sheets at the registration desk and set about ticking off the boxes.  Submit your completed forms and you too may have a chance at nabbing the top prize, an unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin!
  • Guess the number of caches.  So we have procured a rather large fish tank.  We are in the process of filling it with geocaches big and small.  Your task is to head over to the TRY Australia stall, buy a ticket and have a guess at how many geocaches are actually in the fishtank.  Closest to the pin gets one super rare unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin and all profits go directly to TRY!
  • Widegame. Something a bit different and new.  You will need a smartphone with location services enabled on your web browser.  Head over to the registration desk to get the details of the places that you are looking for and the link to play the game.  Figure out where you need to go.  Once there, on your phone, submit your position and caching name “on location”.  Our central computer will tally the results live back at HQ at the pavilion at Casey Fields on the big screen for all to see.  Those who complete the game will go into the draw to win prizes, the ultimate prize of course being the hallowed unobtanium “Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin!

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