We Have Some aMAZEing News!

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.

Exhibit Hours:

  • 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.

Log your “will attend now” (GC9N1CX)

aMAZEing Merchandise

We also have a great selection of merchandise available in the shop, so be sure to have a browse and add to your cart.

SHOP LINK IS HERE

Whittlesea Merchandise

And just in case you missed it – we have a great selection of goodies for the Whittlesea Mega as well! Be sure to check it out!

SHOP LINK IS HERE

Mega Update

After further consultation with the Rural City of Wangaratta Council, we have been advised that a portion of the Showgrounds will be also used as a COVID Testing Site. Please note this only impacts on the southern end of the grounds and does not effect the Mega location. This also includes no impact to the MAZE, Community Celebration Event or any other planned activities over the course of the weekend.

As a result of this change, we will be required to relocate a small number of camping spots due to an increase in traffic. Those impacted will be contacted shortly to confirm your new location.

All access to the Mega (campers and day visitors) and to the campgrounds will be from the northern end of the Showgrounds, by following Schilling Drive. Waypoints are available on Mega Event page (GC8EW45)

Please note, that we will be releasing a more detailed COVID Safe plan outlining event check-in procedures and additional information shortly.

Let’s Celebrate Your Milestone

With only 59 days left til the Mega, we are keen to hear how many of you will be celebrating a Geocaching Milestone in January 2022. Please let us know!

The definition of a Milestone is number of finds ending in:

0 for 2 digit numbers – i.e. 10, 20, 30 etc
00 for 3 digit numbers – i.e. 100, 200, 300 etc
000 for 4 digit numbers – i.e. 1000, 2000, 3000 etc
Of course we also have 10,000, 11,000 etc

To register your interest, please completed the below form and let us know if you will celebarte your milestone at the Maze Event (GC9C72H) or the Mega Event (GC8EW45)

Registration Form

Cutoff will be approximately 8pm on Friday 7th January 2022

Wangaratta Mega Delayed til Jan 2022

With the ever evolving covid situation in Victoria, we have made the tough decision to delay the Wangaratta Mega until January 2022. A decision such as this, is never made lightly but the welfare of our Geocaching Community is at the forefront of our mind. I am sure that this news will be received with mixed emotions, but we really hope that you can join us in the New Year.

With the support of the Wangaratta Council and our sponsors, we have managed to secure a new date. The Mega, the GPS Maze and all associated events will go ahead over the weekend of 15th and 16th January 2022.

If you can join us at the Wangaratta Mega in January, and had already secured a campsite based on the original date, you don’t need to do anything – we will carry your booking over to the new date. If for some reason, you can’t make the new dates we can organise a refund on your campsite booking – just contact Adriaan at adriaan@geocachingvictoria.com.au and he will be able to assist you.

As we get closer to the event, we will continue to provide you with updates, but in the mean time mark the new dates in your calendars. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.