An A-Maze-ing Adventure!

Something very exciting is happening in November. Not only will we be having our first Victorian Mega in more than a year with The Wangaratta Event, but we will also be having an Australian First!

Thanks to our very generous sponsors, Geocaching Victoria, Geostuff.com.au and Geocaching.com, you can join us in the very first GPS Adventure Maze (GC9C72H) in Australia – indeed, in the Southern Hemisphere! This will be the first time an Adventure Maze will appear outside of Europe or the US.

But what is this wondrous thing, I hear you ask?

A GPS Adventure Maze leads you through a series of rooms that explores the wonders of GPS and Geocaching. It will be a delight for new and experienced cachers alike. And, on completion, there is a brand spanking new cache icon (in Australia, at least!) for you to collect!

This is also your chance to get in on the ground floor, so to speak. Yes, YOU can be the first to have this Amazing Adventure by becoming part of the exclusive “Foundation Friends of the Maze”. Foundation Friends will not only pick up some exclusive merch, but they will be the first (and only) people to go through the Maze on the Friday night of the Wangaratta Mega Event. So, what are you waiting for? Click here to find out more and to join the exclusive “Foundation Friends of the Maze”.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be very busy indeed, so make the most of this opportunity.

For more information, check out Geocaching Victoria’s guide to the GPS Adventure Maze Down Under.

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! 🙂

Sweet Shirts for Valentines

You might have noticed that there are some geocachers wearing pretty cool shirts, hoodies and aprons when they hit the trail. Yes the official #AX2017 Clothing Shop opened and this weekend you can grab a 20% off for two or more items deal.

  • 20% off any order of 2+ items
  • Run Time: February 3rd – February 5th, 2017
  • Coupon Code: GET20
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts or coupon codes
  • ax2017.spreadshirt.com.au

And of course we would looooove to see you in this fine couture. Please post plenty of pictures!

Cheers 🙂
The Geocachers of Victoria

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Rinse and Repeat

The Surf Coast Event 2016 was a great success and we have to thank everyone who got involved: The organising team, the geocachers who attended and of course all the awesome volunteers. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Oh yes! It’s all happening again!

Now the year is coming to an end and everyone is busy buying Christmas presents and bumping up find numbers in a rush before the holidays start. But hold it for a second – we got an early surprise for you. The Alexandra Event 2017 has been listed as a Mega Event.

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One of the AX2017 logos – Climbing

Geocaching HQ has seen our track record of great and enjoyable big events in Victoria and supports our efforts to do it all over again.

There are plenty of things to do in the Murrindindi Shire and the local caches offer some fantastic experiences. From enjoyable family friendly activities like kayaking on Lake Eildon, lovely walks, 4WD geocaching to the more sporty things like tree & rock climbing. There really is an adventure for everyone around The Alexandra Event 2017.

Join us and celebrate this great game which brings a colourful bunch of people together. We’re looking forward to welcome you in Alexandra next year.

The Alexandra Event 2017

Enjoy the festive season and Merry Christmas
The Geocachers of Victoria

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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GEOSTUFF

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