New to Geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

At its simplest level, geocaching requires only a few key steps:

  • Register for a free Basic Membership.
  • Download the geocaching.com app direct onto your phone
  • Search for caches nearby
  • Select a cache and use naviation function to locate the cache
  • Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location
  • Share your geocaching stories and photos online via digital ‘Found it Log’

What are the rules of geocaching?

  • If you take something from the geocache (or “cache”), leave something of equal or greater value.
  • You must sign your caching name in the physical log book with a date
  • You must rehide the cache in a manner that it was originally hidden
  • Log your experience at www.geocaching.com. or your downloaded app

What do I need to go geocaching?

The only necessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache, and a Geocaching.com Membership.

Where are geocaches located?

Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.

Are there different types of geocaches?

Yes. There are currently over a dozen “cache types” in geocaching, with each cache type being a different variation of the game. See the full list of Geocache Types.

Some ‘How to…’ guides for you

Beginner Blog Series

Recently we started a new Beginner series aimed at the newer members of our community. See the links below to read more: