The Wangaratta Event

It has been too long since our Geocaching Community has come together to celebrate a Mega event in Victoria, but finally the weekend is upon us and it is sure to be one that creates some special memories. Below is some information that will help you get the most of your time with us in Wangaratta.

Opening Ceremony

There will be an official Opening Ceremony being held on the Saturday morning at 8am.  Some short speeches and a chance to let the Wangaratta Council, as well as our other sponsors, know how much we appreciate them helping us put this whole event on.  The opening ceremony will be held out the front of the Wangaratta Sports and Aquatics Centre.

Registration & Merchandise Collection

The Registration Desks, Log book, Merchandise Pick up and stalls will be open between Saturday 9am and 4pm and Sunday 9am and 2:30pm. These will all be located inside the Wangaratta Sports and Aquatics Centre, on the basketball courts.  This is where you go to pick up all the merchandise that you’ve prepurchased from Geocaching Victoria (if you haven’t purchased any merchandise, you can head over to our store and have a look around).  There will be plenty of stalls, like Geostuff, where you can purchase all your geocaching needs.  The log book will be here aswell, which you can sign to prove that you’ve attended the MEGA.  Also here will be the registration desk where, if you have logged a “Will Attend” for the MEGA, you will be able to pick up your event bag.  If you haven’t logged a “Will Attend”, but would like to grab an event bag, simply follow this link to log your “Will Attend”.

Camping

Camping is available from Friday afternoon, but please remember that you need to check in before 8pm on Friday.  Once you’ve set your camp spot up, you have it until Sunday afternoon, but you will need to be pack up by 3pm on the Sunday afternoon.  If you haven’t done already, you can book your camp site. There are still spots available and for further information, please check out this link.

Event Schedule

The Wangaratta MEGA Event promises to be a be a fun packed weekend and a great opportunity to catch up with old geocaching friends and making new ones.  This year we have decided to try something a little different and instead of our usual information sessions, we have created a program schedule to help you plan all the events you wish to attend and maximize your chance of attending as many of the events as possible. Over the past few years, we have all missed many events and opportunities to socialize, so we have worked hard to develop a full program to maximize the chance for our geocaching community to connect.

Below is a schedule of the Mega weekend.

Pathtag Trading

There will be a pathtag trading session at 11am on both the Saturday and the Sunday morning, held at the basketball courts in the Wangaratta Sports and Aquatics Centre.  This is a chance for all those people who purchased the trading sets of pathtags to meet up and fulfill their full sets.  Or bring along some personal pathtags and trade with others too.

Closing Ceremony

The official closing ceremony will be held at 1pm on Sunday.  This will be a chance to reflect on everything that’s happened over the weekend and also look forward to other upcoming MEGA events. This event will be held out the front of the Wangaratta Sports and Aquatics Centre.


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COVID Safe Events

For the health and wellbeing of our geocaching community, GVI events have a COVID Safe Plan. A confirmed Covid Safe Plan for the Mega can be found at this link.

GC9EBKM Welcome to Wangaratta

There will be a brief “Welcome to Wangaratta” (GC9EBKM), event at 7am on Saturday morning, across the road at Rotary Park.  This is a great excuse to catch up with all those friends you haven’t seen in such a long time, or to head over and make some new ones.  You can log your “Will Attend” by following this link.

GC8EW45 – The Wangaratta Mega Event

Near the registration desk you can sign the Wangaratta Mega Log book to confirm that you attended the MEGA.  Also here will be the registration desk where, if you have logged a “Will Attend” for the MEGA, you will be able to pick up your event bag.  If you haven’t logged a “Will Attend”, but would like to grab an event bag, simply follow this link to log your “Will Attend”.

GC9C72H – GPS Adventure Maze Down Under – Wangaratta

The GPS Maze will be open from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday and from 10am to 2pm on the Sunday.  There will also be the special preview event of the Maze, strictly for the Foundation Friends of the Maze on the Friday night.  The GPS Maze will be located inside the Wangaratta Sports and Aquatics Centre in the basketball courts.  If you haven’t already logged your “Will Attend” for the Maze, please jump in now and let us know your intentions.

GC9EBKT CITO (Cache in Trash Out)

There will be a CITO (Cache in Trash Out) event at the Wangaratta Common between midday and 2pm.  This is being held in conjunction with Parks Victoria, so we’d dearly love to see as many people as possible come along and support this initiative.  So that we can gauge numbers, you can leave your “Will Attend”

GC8HMWW – Community Celebration Event

There is a “Community Celebration Event” being held at the Wangaratta Football Club (which is onsite at the MEGA location) from 6pm on the Saturday night.  Dinner is free, drinks at bar prices.  To make sure you get your free feed, log your “Will Attend”.

GC9J1C2 – Farewell from Wangaratta

There will be another brief “Farewell from Wangaratta” event at 2pm on Sunday afternoon, across the road at Rotary Park.  This is a final excuse to catch up with all those friends you’ve made during the weekend and to make geocaching plans for the rest of 2022 with them.