Welcome to the Newbies – Whittlesea Lead Up Event on Sunday 28th August GC9WKN8
Be sure though to check out the events page for a full listing for all scheduled events.
August Move it Competition
So what does move it, move it have to do with events you ask? I am so glad you did. The August competition is to submit or post a video of yourself or your caching team moving… or should I say dancing…. (either on a Facebook post or blog comment below)
The clip needs to go for at least ten seconds to be eligible and filmed whilst caching or attending an event during the month of August 2022. For a little bit of inspiration, I asked The Welder aka Ross to share his cache dance rendition filmed recently on a road trip with heymissjo.
We look forward to your own cache dances! For further inspiration, check out the Cache Pants Dance clip by the Geocaching Vlogger
July BernieH Competition
A massive thank you (especially from BernieH) on everyone who participated in his July Challenge of finding a cache on his remaining unfound cache date. He was super excited to complete the grid. A special should out must go to horror.fan.jm who won best log – congratulations! Here is a link to the winning entry. We will be in touch with you shortly to organise your prize.
With another exciting Mega on the horizon and an influx of new geocachers within our community, Geocaching Victoria thought that it would be great to launch a new blog series – specifically for Beginners. I am sure that many of us have been in a conversation on a Monday morning, where you are asked what you did over the weekend….
“I went geocaching and ….” geo-what?
“Yeah I climbed some sand dune looking for…..” Tupperware?
“Drove a few hundred kms for a find….” insert look of disbelief here…..
But how often do you find that you spark the interest of someone that can see passed your geo-nerdiness and can appreciate the adventure, the opportunity for great family time but perhaps also the challenge.
As we count down to our next Mega, (yes in only 126 days) – we would love to introduce this crazy game to those whose interest is sparked, to let them in on our little geo-secrets and perhaps convert them from being a “muggle” to one of our own. Do we dare?
Recently I spoke to Tim from veevers12 who started playing the game in 2019, precovid and asked him how he got into the game and what advice he had for those curious about geocaching.
Hi veevers12, can you please share with us when you started Geocaching and what got you into this crazy hobby we love?
My daughter had a school geocaching excursion to Westerfolds Park in Templestowe in mid 2019. We had not heard of geocaching before then, so we gave it a try by looking at GC60BE0 Eltham Fire Brigade (now archived) after the kids had their swimming lessons at Eltham Leisure Centre. We soon wanted to find another, then another, then another, then we were hooked and we have been hooked ever since. We started with a basic membership, but on one of our early geocaching outings my daughter and I bumped into shack1961 who told us we would probably sign up for premium soon and never look back. She was right!
Some of the things we love most about geocaching are:
It gives us something really fun to do as a family.
It takes us to lots of different places and when we are at a loose end, instead of being bored, we go and find a cache.
We have met lots of really nice people. We love how people of all different ages and different interests are able to get along and talk about their adventures.
It connects us with other people, some of whom we may never meet, but who have interests in geocaching in common.
Every time someone posts a find log on one of our caches. We love reading every log, especially the ones with a story.
Okay so I am a little bit excited with your response, sorry total #geonerd here – I have to ask what is your favourite type of geocache and why?
We find this hard to choose as we like them all, however there are three particular types that we like. One is a good puzzle, another is a good gadget cache, and the other is any cache that takes us to a really nice secluded location. A geocache that does all three of these is the ultimate.
When you first started geocaching, what helped you learn more about geocaching (cache types, styles of hides, puzzles etc)
Quite often, it was other geocachers that we bumped into at caches or at events that have helped us with this, however most of what we have learnt has been from solving and finding geocaches of all different types and styles. We also looked at lots of geocaching videos on YouTube when we were stuck at home during lockdown. We particularly enjoyed the videos from West Virginia Tim.
Research is a great suggestion, what advice would you give a newbie geocacher just starting out?
If you can’t find a cache, don’t give up. Don’t ask for hints too soon as it is much more satisfying to go back to a cache multiple times and eventually find it than it is to ask someone where it is. If you can’t find it, check the hint, check when it was last found and read some of the past logs. If you still can’t find it, leave it and try again with a fresh mindset. If you can’t find it after multiple visits then message the cache owner (CO) for an additional hint.
Look for good areas to go geocaching. We looked for caches that had lots of favourite points when we were starting and they gave us lots of joy and helped us to get hooked (thanks Mister Doctor!)
We also recommend that you write a good log. Something more than ‘got it’ or ‘found’. This is much more rewarding for the cache owner who has gone to the trouble of hiding the cache for you. Try to log your finds promptly and try not to copy/paste logs too much.
Over the past few years, what has been your most memorable cache/cache adventure?
We remember most of them. There are a few that stand out. Winding Waters (GC367RT) was one of our first as it was in a beautiful location and we went back to it so many times with more and more ideas and tools before we finally managed to locate and retrieve the cache. My daughter really enjoyed our time at Hillcrest Hike (GC1CD5F) because it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. We also really enjoyed our adventure after the Community Celebration Event at Wangaratta when we decided to do the Wherigo 3MC Workout (GC8HWM6) because it just kept going and going. We bumped into The Easter Bunnies, who I went to uni with, who joined us for the adventure. We didn’t know when the adventure would end and by the time we got back to the car it was very late and very dark!
Thank you so much veevers12 for sharing your insights! Now for those of you that are new, or for those geocachers that have friends and family that are curious about geocaching – we have a brand new event scheduled which is perfect for newbies.
Geocaching Victoria is excited to announce a newbie event in the lead up to the Whittlesea Mega (GC9WXFY). This will be held at the Whittlesea Showgrounds on Sunday 28th August 2022 @ 10.30am. We encourage all those new to geocaching or curious about what geocaching is, to attend.
For those in the community who have been caching for a while, we would love you to tag a muggle and introduce them to this great game of ours.
Geocaching Victoria is excited to announce that the GPS Adventure Maze will be returning to Victoria really soon, after recently travelling all the way to Townsville in April.
The GPS Maze will make its third appearance at The Whittlesea Event (GC8EW40) on 19th – 20th November 2022 (GC9N1CX).
For those that don’t know, the GPS Adventure Maze Exhibit is a rare event icon that originally appeared in the USA in 2007. The Exhibit, initially hosted by Geocaching HQ, travelled around the USA and Canada until 2015 before being retired. The Czech Geocaching Association were allowed to create their own maze in 2013 and it first appeared in Prague of that year. The Czech maze travelled to the UK and Germany in 2015, back to the Czech Republic in 2017, to Austria in 2018 and Czech Republic in 2022. The Texas Geocaching Association began their own maze in 2019 and appeared in Fort Worth in that year. It has travelled to Georgia, Ohio and Kansas in 2021. Finally, GeoNord are bringing the maze to France for the first time ever in 2022.
This maze, created by Geocaching Victoria, will be the third maze in the southern hemisphere and will make Australia only the 7th country in the world to host a maze.
Want to Attend?
This Adventure Maze Exhibit will be in the Cattle Shed, which is part of the showgrounds at The Whittlesea Event on the weekend of the 19th to 20th of November, 2022. There is disabled access, plenty of parking and restroom facilities. The Adventure Maze Exhibit is totally free to attend and is open to the general public.
Friday 18th – 5pm – 7pm – Special pre-event opening for Foundation Friends of the Maze and VIPs only.
Saturday 19th – 9am – 3pm – Open to the public
Sunday 20th – 9am – 12pm – Open to the public
We anticipate the highest crowds to be on Saturday morning, so if you can wait, please consider coming on Sunday.
What should you know?
Except for the Friday afternoon pre-event for the Foundation Friends of the Maze, entry to the maze is on a first-come-first serve basis.
Only a limited number of people can be admitted into the maze at a time.
We anticipate the longest lines to be on the Saturday morning and the shortest to be on the Sunday morning.
Winter is definitely upon us with colder days and shorter hours of sunlight, but hopefully everyone is managing to still get out and find those caches!
A big thanks to all those who contributed to the Kudos month of May – it was great to see so many in our community recognised and celebrated and if you didn’t get to read them, it is well worth going through the great posts.
We have two special winners for May… firstly from all the geocachers that nominated, our winner was Noam (leafotwind) and for those nominated it was Peter (MisterDoctor). We will be in touch soon to organise your monthly prize congratulations.
Now with June upon us, we launch our new competition. During the month of June, we have a number of events schedule across Victoria – we are hoping that you can attend one, take a photo and share it of your group. We would love to see a photo from a June event, but all 2022 event photos will be accepted as part of the competition.
Please note, any pictures shared may be used on our website or publications. We look forward to seeing your group photos.