Wonderful Wangaratta

Situated in the beautiful Ovens Valley, the City of Wangaratta straddles both banks of the Ovens River. It is home to just over 20,000 people and, of course, some great caches!

Wangaratta is the gateway to amazing bushland and some fabulous parks. Of particular interest is The Bush Tucker Garden as well as many smaller playgrounds and recreational areas. The Ovens River provides a meandering ribbon of green land through the city – which means more parks and outdoor areas for you to enjoy. The Warby-Ovens National Park is just a short drive or cycle away and has lots of interesting walks and treks for varying abilities.

Within the city there are some great landmarks and historical buildings including the Holy Trinity Cathedral, The Art Gallery and the Memorial Gardens. Half-day walking tours are run from the Information Centre and provide a great overview of the rich history of the city.

Once you have taken in the city and all its marvels (including the coffee, did I mention that there’s coffee?) then you’re ready to branch out to the surrounding areas.

Explore exciting Bushranger history with the Kelly Gang at Glenrowan, or find hidden pockets of wilderness along the many cycling trails.

If cycling and walking’s not really your style, why not visit some of the many wineries, craft breweries and food producers in the region? (You’ll need some cheese to go with all that wine 🙂 )

So much to explore and engage the senses in this fabulous gem in the North East. Be careful – you might even forget to cache! 🙂

September Surf Coast Update

Another Update for the upcoming Surf Coast Mega event…

Most important to log your “Will Attend” at GC65688

Its happening people, there are even signs pointing the way…

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Competition Winner
Things to do other than caching?
Accommodation
Victorian Geocaching Tournament
Coins and Pathtags
Stalls for the event
Sponsors

Competition Winner

Congratulations go to:

We could not decide on a winner so have chosen two!! Congratulations go to omegaman1971 and º on their designs. These designs will be revealed to all in November. Thanks to those who entered. The winners will receive their unobtanium prize at the event in November.

Things to do other than caching?

Are you coming along to the Mega and bringing along muggles with no interest in caching?

It is a thing!! There is so much to do on the Surf Coast, nobody could possibly get Bored. There is golf, hiking, beaches, lighthouse, shopping, and numerous cafés & restaurants. Fore more details on Attractions of the area, go here.

Accommodation

YMCA – Anglesea Recreation Camp (the MEGA site)

Remember you can book on site too.  Bookings are made directly with the Surf Coast Event venue, YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp.
They can be contacted directly on: 03 5263-1512

There are 150 beds available for $35 per person per night and this includes a continental breakfast. There are various configurations from:

  • rooms for 2, 4 or 6 people, with ensuite,
  • rooms for 2, 4 or 6 people with shared facilities,
  • Single rooms can also be booked.

There are lots of places left so please support this great venue.

Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park

We have been able to secure a special deal with the Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park!
They are offering all geocachers who use the code word “Geocache” when making their booking the following.

  • 10% discount,
  • Free Late checkout until 11am in Cabins (can stay in the park) or 6pm checkout for sites,
  • Free spa token,
  • 2 free coffees or 2 slushies.

This is for all bookings between the 1st June and the 17th November 2016 but does exclude the Melbourne Cup weekend and the Victorian School holidays.
This is great news!! Not only is this a great deal, but it means that you can head down to Anglesea before the Surf Coast Event, find all the caches, and leave the weekend of the event free for socialising!!
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Victorian Geocaching Tournament

Have you registered your team for the Tournament yet?

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Positions are limited for teams entering the tournament. If you haven’t entered your team yet, best get your skates on as spots are filling up quickly. You can register your team via this entry form

Coins & Pathtags

Yep, again we have collectables available.

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Geocoins pre-orders are available with 2 types of Geocoin, the Standard one at just $15 or the special Limited edition including Glitter for only $30.

Pathtag pre-orders are also available. 2 Options here, a Trading set of 5 identical tags. You will be able to gather at the event and trade with others for a full set. Alternatively, you can purchase a Complete set for $25.

Pre-order your geocoins and pathtags now at the Geocaching Melbourne page to be sure you get yours, they will be in very limited supply at the event.
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Event Stalls

Would you or someone you know be interested in a stall on MEGA Weekend?

We Still have some space available for Stall Holders who are interested in selling or displaying their products. Head to our website for more details. It does NOT have to be Geocaching related.

Sponsors

As always, we’d like to thank our awesome sponsors, who have helped us put this whole thing together.

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Activities update – Things with Ropes

Are you suffering from vertigo? Quick! Go to another website! Hurry up!

Alright. You’re still here. Great because there will be another activity for The Melbourne Event in November. Actually there will be two more! It’s up to you what to participate in, they are all part of the event, none are compulsory and attendance at the activities is not required to claim a find on the event.

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The youngest climbing tree-cacher – Isabella – shows how it’s done

Have you seen all these tree-caches popping up like mushrooms around Melbourne? Do you wonder how these weird people place and find them? Do you think, that’s something you want to learn? Great 🙂 because we are very happy to announce that the Victorian Climbing Club and the T5 Geocaching Australia group will host some sessions around the topic of climbing trees

  • Recreational Tree Climbing for Beginners
    This is a beginners course for technical tree climbing. This course will show you the basics of climbing a tree with a rope without hurting yourself or the tree.
    The course will be held by the VCC and you have to be a member to participate however we reckon it’s well worth the money. Bookings have to be made directly with the Victorian Climbing Club.
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  • Rope Safety Session
    This is a free session for everyone. We won’t show you how to climb a rock, a tree or a giant mountain but we will show you all the little things which go wrong in the process. This is more about highlighting that caching with ropes has a lot of hidden traps and shouldn’t be attempted by “giving it a crack”. The session is open to everyone: climbing and non-climbing cachers.  Some might want to check if they need a refresher course and others might be just curious to see what all the fuss is about. Thanks to the T5 Geocaching Australia group for setting this one up.

Activities update – Track-ables design

Updating you again from our series of posts on some of the activities we have planned for The Melbourne Event in November.
Remember, we are planning a full agenda of activities but none are compulsory and attendance at the activities is not required to claim a find on the event.

On to the update!
Whilst there are plenty of services out there that will design track-ables and trade-ables for you, if you have a pretty good idea of what you want, it isn’t to hard to submit your own and save yourself a few dollars.  This session will cover a few basic free bits of software that can help you get a great outcome for your track-ables and trade-ables.

Activities update – Canoeing

More great activities news for The Melbourne Event in November.  It’s up to you what to participate in, they are all part of the event, none are compulsory and attendance at the activities is not required to claim a find on the event.

On to the update!
We are working with Canoeing Victoria to put on some ‘Come and Try’ sessions. As boats get cheaper and cheaper and more people want to head out and get wet find boat geocaches, we want to help you do that safely. These session will cost to participate in but all equipment and instruction is provided by Canoeing Victoria, so you know you will be in good hands.