The St Arnaud Event – only a few days to go!

Welcome to The St Arnaud Event update. Can you believe there are ONLY A FEW DAYS TO GO?

It is important that you log your “will attend” on any events you plan to attend so we can plan and cater accordingly. Check out the full Schedule so you can plan your weekend.

Event Updates

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FRIDAY NIGHT: Due the overwhelming number expected on Friday night the Sports Club is putting on a buffet meal (one plate only – no second helping) at $19 per adult and $13 per child.

This will consist of Salt & Pepper Calamari, Honey Chicken, Fried Dim Sims, Beef and Black Bean, Fried Rice, Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Noodles, Chicken Schnitzel and Chips.

Meals can also be ordered from a reduced menu but this will take considerably longer.

Please be patient as they deal with such a huge influx of people and if you have eaten please ensure others can have your seat when their meal is ready. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

FRIDAY CITO: Please bring some secateurs if you have them to help with this CITO.

SATURDAY CITO: Due to recent rains the location of the Saturday CITO has been changed. If you have saved this one offline please update so you end up in the correct location!

Some statistics (so far…)

Did you know that there are:

  • 457 Will Attendsstats
  • 707 Attendees
  • 9 countries
  • Representatives from all states and territories
  • Cumulative finds of 2.3 million caches
  • A whooping 22,587 hides

 

Lab Caches

Two of the Lab Cache Adventures are now LIVE! There was a glitch with an apostrophe on iOS devices for the Historical Tour Lab Cache. This is now fixed. If you have saved offline please reload and save again. The other two Lab Adventures will be live on Saturday morning.

History-Tour-

 

Food, Glorious Food

The Rotary Club of St Arnaud will be selling food across the weekend. This includes Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings (bacon and egg rolls), lunch on Saturday and Sunday (sausages and vegie burgers) and dinner on the Saturday night (sausages in addition to the supplied roast beef roll). Please bring plenty of loose change to support a worthy organisation.

There will also be a coffee van onsite. Rotary will also supply free standard tea and instant coffee so BYO coffee mugs if you want one!

We will also have a water refill station on site so remember to BYO a drink bottle!

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Receipts game

We know that many of you are already enjoying the caches around St Arnaud. Don’t forget we are collecting receipts for the week pre and post Mega so we can see the economic impact an event like Geocaching can have for a small town.   Keep your receipts and bring them to the Mega Site on Saturday.

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Sponsorship

It’s thanks to amazing supporters that make a MEGA event possible. This includes GeoStuff who will be on site during the Mega. We’ve also had donations from our mates in South Australia who are organising a MEGA event there – GeoVenture2020, Caching SuppliesSssafe and Sistema so a big thanks to them too. It’s also important to note that this event isn’t possible without the support of the Northern Grampians Shire Council so thank you NGS – your support is invaluable! And we can’t forget the amazing support from PathTags and Geocaching HQ   who help to make this dream a reality! Thanks guys!

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The St Arnaud Event – 1 week to go!

Welcome to The St Arnaud Event update. Can you believe there is only 1 WEEK TO GO? The committee are working behind the scenes to bring you the best MEGA event we can – all for FREE! Remember to REGISTER HERE by logging a “Will Attend” as this year we will be crossing off names at the event to ensure everyone who registered early gets their FREE gift.

It’s also important that you log your “will attend” on any other events you plan to attend. At the Saturday Night event we are providing each attendee with a Roast Beef Roll but if you haven’t logged a “will attend” here you might miss out! Rotary will also be selling sausages so bring a chair and some loose change!

Check out the full Schedule so you can plan your weekend.

Second of the Lab Caches

The second of the Lab Caches will be released in just a few days time on Monday November 11th and this Lab will close on Sunday November 24th. That means you can do them pre or post Mega if you are coming for longer than the weekend. The second tour is a Coffee, Cake and Fast Food Tour of St Arnaud Lab Adventure where you can discover some fantastic little eateries around the town we are calling home for the weekend. There is no need to enter the shop to find the code word but we do encourage you to spend some money and support this lovely little town.

If you’ve never done a Lab Cache before or haven’t done one since last year you will need to make sure you download the “Adventure Lab” app onto a mobile device. Simply download and login with your geocaching account and you will be good to go! Remember Lab Caches are now logged live on the spot through this app so you must be within range of the location to claim the smiley. They cannot be done through the regular geocaching app.

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Apps

Speaking of Apps you may want to download a few others in preparation for your trip to St Arnaud this year. We recommend:

  • The Geocaching App (otherwise how will you find all those hundreds of caches that are around?)
  • The Adventure Lab App (to do all the Lab Caches mentioned above – plus a heads up another two will be released Saturday morning so that’s 4 Adventures totalling 40 Lab Caches)
  • The Wherigo App (there are some Play Anywhere Wherigos around the town which you can do now from home and also one that will have you doing laps of the Main St)
  • YouTube App (this might come in handy for some Lab Caches which are released Saturday morning)
  •  Metaverse App (there is an Augmented Reality Cache GC7Z1Z2 in town if you are keen for something different)

 

Food, Glorious Food

The Rotary Club of St Arnaud will be selling food across the weekend. This includes Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings (bacon and egg rolls), lunch on Saturday and Sunday (sausages and vegie burgers) and dinner on the Saturday night (sausages in addition to the supplied roast beef roll). Please bring plenty of loose change to support a worthy organisation.

We will also have a water refill station on site so remember to BYO a drink bottle!

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Wristbands

The Saturday Night dinner has been ordered and we will be printing names and ticking people off the list who have registered to come. If you are one of these people you will need to head into the MEGA shed during Saturday to get your wristband so you can get a yummy beef roll.

Online Orders & Merchandise

Online orders of coins, pathtags, FTF raffle and other merchandise will soon be closed so jump online and pre-order for collection from the Geocaching Victoria Shop. Items are selling out so get in quickly to avoid disappointment.

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Fun & Games

Like most other Victorian MEGA Events that have gone before us we are continuing on with the tradition of having a “few games” run throughout the weekend. Some forms will be handout out at registration so to be in with a chance of winning – you need to grab the forms and get hunting! The following games are on offer:

  1. Social Bingo – fill the WHOLE sheet.
  2. Far & Wide Game – fill in a LINE with the specific stamps allocated in the cache. The more lines you fill the more chances you get to win.
  3. Letterbox Game – find all FIVE new Letterbox caches (released this week) and stamp with the special GVI stamps.
  4. Receipts Game – collect any receipts from when you shop in St Arnaud in the week prior and post the Mega and pop your caching name and a mobile number on the back.

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Sponsorship

It’s thanks to amazing supporters that make a MEGA event possible. This includes GeoStuff who will be on site during the Mega. We’ve also had donations from our mates in South Australia who are organising a MEGA event there – GeoVenture2020, Caching SuppliesSssafe and Sistema so a big thanks to them too. It’s also important to note that this event isn’t possible without the support of the Northern Grampians Shire Council so thank you NGS – your support in invaluable! And we can’t forget the amazing support from PathTags and Geocaching HQ   who help to make this dream a reality! Thanks guys!

NGS logo

The St Arnaud Event – 2 weeks to go!

Welcome to The St Arnaud Event update. Can you believe there is only 2 WEEKS TO GO? The committee are working behind the scenes to bring you the best MEGA event we can – all for FREE! Remember to REGISTER HERE by logging a “Will Attend” as this year we will be crossing off names at the event to ensure everyone who registered early gets their FREE gift.

It’s also important that you log your “will attend” on any other events you plan to attend. At the Saturday Night event we are providing each attendee with a Roast Beef Roll but if you haven’t logged a “will attend” here you might miss out! Rotary will also be selling sausages so bring a chair and some loose change!

Check out the full Schedule so you can plan your weekend.

First of the Lab Caches

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The first of the Lab Caches will be released in just a few days time on Monday November 4th and this Lab will close on Sunday November 24th. That means you can do them pre or post Mega if you are coming for longer than the weekend. The first tour is a Historic Buildings of St Arnaud Lab Adventure where you can discover some amazing history and learn a little about the town we are calling home for the weekend.

If you’ve never done a Lab Cache before or haven’t done since last year you will need to make sure you download the “Adventure Lab” app onto a mobile device. Simply download and login with your geocaching account and you will be good to go! Remember Lab Caches are now logged live on the spot through this app so you must be within range of the location to claim the smiley. They cannot be done through the regular geocaching app.

Merchandise

The Shirts have now all been ordered but we are still taking orders for post-mega delivery. This is the same for our fantastic event geocoin which sold out after everyone got to see how spectacular they look. We are ordering more for post-mega delivery so pop online and place your orders now.

We still have some of the limited edition geocoins in stock. The Limited Edition coins come in three different colours and aims to depict the farming communities that are located within the St Arnaud district. Get in quick as these are limited in number! This coin is 3 inches in size so nice to add to the collection. Limited edition coins are $34 each. Order here.

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And whilst in the store don’t forget to purchase your St Arnaud Pathtags too!

St Arnaud Raillery Hub Gallery

During the Mega Event the St Arnaud Raillery Hub Gallery will be offering Geocacher’s passing by the St Arnaud Railway Station a Geocaching Collectables Lucky Dip for $2.
Geocachers have the chance to find many rare and collectable coins and stamps with localised historical stories attached among the many prizes in the lucky dip.
Trade it on or keep as memorabilia of your St Arnaud Mega Event experience and support a local community group.

The Gallery will be open from Friday to Monday between 11am and 4pm and is also hosting a Textiles and wood artisan exhibition during the Mega Event. Follow them on Facebook to find out more here.

 

Stand out! Add an ORANGE ribbon to your car!

Travelling to St Arnaud for the MEGA Event? Tie an ORANGE ribbon or two to your car so we can all see each other.

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Accommodation still Available at Camp Seed

Camp Seed, Stuart Mill (Only 15 mins from St Arnaud with plenty of caches in-between) have some accommodation bookings still available. Booking options are offered on either a per bed or per room rate:
$70 per adult for 2 nights in a shared room (4 single beds each room)
$250 for the 2 nights for a room (4 x single beds)
You will have access to a large commercial style kitchen to store and prepare food as well as a large dining hall and recreation hall. These facilities allow you to continue nurturing your social connections within the Geocaching community.

Camp Seed is only accepting bookings for people participating in the Geocaching event so you will be residing with a like minded community. They don’t have lockable doors to the bedrooms so you need to bear in mind that your valuables need to be cared for under your own responsibility.

Please call Donna on 0403 810 614 to make a booking.

Geocaching in St Arnaud – Original Road Series

The Original Road Series takes you to many of the old ‘original’ roads that lead to St Arnaud from various directions. These day the roads are used for local council, Vic Roads or for bluestone/gravel storage for future road repairs. Curated by local FUF009, the series began back in 2013 with additions in 2016 including one bonus cache from AnyMules – GC6QN3B ”Original Road” 02.5.

With the exception of GC48TXH ”Original Road” 01 which starts you off with a trad, the remainder are puzzles with a 1.5-2 difficulty rating. Get solving before you head to the St Arnaud Event so you can add your name to the existing 1,146* logs on the series of 12 geocaches.

*Statistics current as of 27 October 2019

First to Find (FTF) Raffle

We know people love chasing FTFs – how would you like a MEGA Event FTF? This raffle supports the amazing work done by The St Arnaud Agricultural Society (whose premises we are using and who do an amazing job of coordinating the St Arnaud Show). So if you are a FTF hound, or you just want to support a really great charity, then you can go in the draw to earn the right to call yourself the FTFer of The St Arnaud Event, 2019. Tickets are only $2 and you may win FTF and an unobtainium geocoin… You can purchase your tickets in this wonderful raffle by following this link!

St A Ag society

Fun & Games

Like most other Victorian MEGA Events that have gone before us we are continuing on with the tradition of having a “few games” run throughout the weekend. Some forms will be handout out at registration so to be in with a chance of winning – you need to grab the forms and get hunting! The following games are on offer:

  1. Social Bingo – fill the WHOLE sheet.
  2. Far & Wide Game – fill in a LINE with the specific stamps allocated in the cache. The more lines you fill the more chances you get to win.
  3. Letterbox Game – find all FIVE new Letterbox caches (yet to be released) and stamp with the special GVI stamps.
  4. Receipts Game – collect any receipts from when you shop in St Arnaud in the week prior and post the Mega and pop your caching name and a mobile number on the back.

Sponsorship

It’s thanks to amazing supporters that make a MEGA event possible. This includes GeoStuff who will be on site during the Mega. We’ve also had donations from our mates in South Australia who are organising a MEGA event there – GeoVenture2020, Caching SuppliesSssafe and Sistema so a big thanks to them too. It’s also important to note that this event isn’t possible without the support of the Northern Grampians Shire Council so thank you NGS – your support in invaluable! And we can’t forget the amazing support from PathTags and Geocaching HQ   who help to make this dream a reality! Thanks guys!

The St Arnaud Event – June update

Welcome to The St Arnaud Event June update. The committee are working behind the scenes to bring you the best MEGA event we can – all for FREE! Remember to REGISTER HERE as this year we will be crossing off names at the event to ensure everyone who registered early gets their gift.

Exciting news is that we have registrations from every state and territory in Australia as well as some international caching friends who are joining us from the USA, Zimbabwe, Canada, Finland and Switzerland. Don’t you love how geocaching can bring us together globally?

The lead up events have continued and in May and June we’ve seen events in Portland (Vic) and Wangaratta (Vic). Thanks to our hosts for helping to spread the word about The St Arnaud Event 2019. June and July are packed full of events in Adelaide (SA), Appin (at The Gong MEGA – NSW), Hexham (NSW), Geraldton (WA) and Camperdown (Vic).

Portland & Wangaratta

Geocaching in St Arnaud – St Arnaud Ramble Series GEO ART

Those of you keeping an eye on the St Arnaud geocaching map may have noticed some new geo-art pop up earlier this month. 89 caches plus a pre-existing trad make up alpha crusis, beta crusis, gamma cusis, delta crusis, epsilon crusis and the northern star – otherwise known as the southern cross. With D2/T1.5’s the norm, this series is doable for all with each star giving you a new type of puzzle challenge to solve.

As the newest series in the area, the caches have just a handful of finds but we’ve no doubt those numbers will be bumped significantly throughout the year. Put together by geocaching stalwarts FUF009 & sharkiefan, the series will teach you all about our radiant southern cross and take you along some farmer tracks and back roads around the outskirts of St Arnaud. To get started head to StARS 01 – Delta Crusis GC85FK4.

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Official Shirts now Available

Official St Arnaud Event shirts now available to order. Check out the Geocaching Victoria Store to pre-order yours now. Available in Men’s, Women’s and Kids sizes.

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Lab Cache Builder Competition

We are looking for several keen Lab Caches Builders for St Arnaud. Do you have a great idea a little “left of field”? If so we would love to hear from you. Simply email gemmasiemensma@gmail.com.au and tell us your idea along with a simple sentence (or two) on how it would be “interactive and delight cachers”. Entries close on August 10th so get creating!

Pathtag Competition Winner

Congratulations to Victorians “chooknchunk” who designed and won our Pathtag Design Competition. They  will receive a full set of the 5 official St Arnaud Event 2019 pathtags. Now we don’t want to give away their special design so you’ll just have to come along to the event to discover it for yourself!

If you are designing your own pathtags for the event (or just in general) please consider using the GVI pathtag back. A small percentage of these sales go back to GVI to help run FREE events like the St Arnaud MEGA!

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Sponsorship

It’s thanks to amazing supporters that make a MEGA event possible. This includes Caching Supplies AND GeoStuff who will both have their shop on site during the Mega. We’ve also had donations from our mates in South Australia who are organising a MEGA event there – GeoVenture2020,  Sssafe and Sistema so a big thanks to them too. It’s also important to note that this event isn’t possible without the support of the Northern Grampians Shire Council so thank you NGS – your support in invaluable! And we can’t forget the amazing support from PathTags and Geocaching HQ   who help to make this dream a reality! Thanks guys!

St Arnaud Geo Coins & Pathtags

The St Arnaud Event 2019 MEGA standard and limited edition geocoins are now for sale in the Geocaching Victoria store.

The Standard coin has been specifically designed for the event and features Fern the ledbeater possum as well as some stunning Australian flora including Victoria’s floral emblem – the Pink Heath. What sets this coin apart is that it is a 3D textured coin. If you’ve seen one before you know how magnificent they look – if not you will definitely want one for your collection! Coins are $16 each. Order here.

ST A standard coin

The Limited Edition coins come in three different colours and aims to depict the farming communities that are located within the St Arnaud district. Get in quick as these are limited in number! This coin is 3 inches in size so nice to add to the collection. Limited edition coins are $34 each. Order here.

LE tractor coins

And whilst in the store don’t forget to purchase your St Arnaud Pathtags too!

St A 5 set

First to Find (FTF) Raffle

We know people love chasing FTFs – how would you like a MEGA Event FTF? This raffle supports the amazing work done by The St Arnaud Agricultural Society (whose premises we are using and who do an amazing job of coordinating the St Arnaud Show). So if you are a FTF hound, or you just want to support a really great charity, then you can go in the draw to earn the right to call yourself the FTFer of The St Arnaud Event, 2019. Tickets are only $2 and you may win FTF and an unobtainium geocoin… You can purchase your tickets in this wonderful raffle by following this link!

St A Ag society

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.