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.

Coin
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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GenieJoan’s prize winning duck!

At today’s 2 Months to the Surf Coast event in Ballarat, we all got to meet a real celebrity. GenieJoan brought along her prizing winning GLUTTONY DUCK.  This intrepid little traveler took out the Furthest Distance Traveled 1st prize in the recent HQ Duck Dash competition.  He has traveled 75,726.610 miles, or 105,028.3km in real numbers!! That’s about 1/3rd of the way to the moon, more than 2.5 times around the world or 5 times the length of the Great Wall of China!

Thanks for bringing your duck along today GenieJoan and here’s to many more kilometers for your world famous duck!!

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Geocaching Melbourne is going interstate!

We are running a couple of Surf Coast information sessions INTERSTATE! We have one in Sydney in NSW and one in Canberra.  If you happen to be in Sydney on the 17th or Canberra on the 18th, we hope you can come along.  As usual we will have a few prizes🙂 , but no BBQ😦

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Surf Coast Event 2016 – August Update II

Another update with more exciting information for the second annual Victorian based MEGA!!!

Don’t forget to log your “Will Attend” at GC65688

Merchandising
Souvenir Design Competition
Accommodation
Geocoins and Pathtags
Sponsors

Merchandising – Polo Shirts
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We now have an official uniform in the form of some new shirts for this years event. They come in a range of sizes and shapes to suit kids and male and females.
I have mine on order already, not giving away my size or shape though…
You can order yours too from Geostuff
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Souvenir Design Competition

We are having a competition. We are after people with some ideas for the Surf Coast Event souvenir. Do you want to be the one that designed the logo that every geocacher receives for logging the Surf Coast Event?
And, you might just WIN a Surf Coast 2016 UNOBTANIUM  Coin!
For full details refer to the Geocaching Melbourne Surf Coast Competitions page.
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Accommodation

There are a couple of accommodation options for the event and you can find out more about these special packages at the Geocaching Melbourne Accommodation page and then book directly with the venues below.
YMCA – Anglesea Recreation Camp (the MEGA site)
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 lots of places left so please support this great venue.
Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park
Bookings can be made directly with the Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park.
They are offering all geocachers who use the code word “Geocache” when making their booking a special deal as detailed above.
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Geocoins and Pathtags

Yep, again we have collectibles available.
Don’t forget to pre-order your geocoins and pathtags now at the Geocaching Melbourne Coins & Pathtags page to be sure you get yours, they will be in very limited supply at the event.
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Sponsors

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

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Surf Coast Event 2016 – August Update

Well, here we are again for another update for the second annual Victorian based MEGA!!!
It has been a while since our last update but everyone has been hard at work behind the scenes to make sure things are on track…

Don’t forget to log your “Will Attend” at GC65688

Accommodation
Coins and Pathtags
Official The Surf Coast 2016 Event merchandise
Sponsors

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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Coins and PathTags

Yep, again we have collectables available.

Coin
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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Official The Surf Coast 2016 Event merchandise

A range of official Surf Coast Event 2016 merchandise is available from our sponsor Geostuff.com.au.
The official Polo Shirts, with lovely Fern embroidery on the chest will be available in a good range Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes. Also expect to see a range of official merchandise similar to that available last year such as embroidered Caps, Beanies, Mugs, etc! The Polo Shirts and other items
 will be available soon online at Geostuff.com.au for you to reserve and pick up at the event, pickup at the Geostuff retail store, or have delivered directly to you beforehand if you choose. They will also be available from the Geostuff stall at the event. 
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Sponsors

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

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The Surf Coast Event – July….

Hi All, It has been a while,

We have been busy working behind the scenes at Geocaching Melbourne Events to make the Surf Coast Event in November as good as we can while maintaining it as a free event….

VOLUNTEERS: There will soon be a call for volunteers, keep an eye out for a special announcement here.

SESSIONS SCHEDULE: Session schedule is up, there may be some minor changes between now and the event, just keep an eye on the website for details. Unlike last year, there will be no need to book for the educational sessions, it will be limited, first in, first served.

STATISTICS: Just like last years event, if you as interested in stats, head to this link for some fun and interesting information.

GEOCOINS AND PATHTAGS: Yep, again we have collectables available. 2 types of Geocoin available for pre-order, 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. Check out this link

MINI EVENTS: The Geocaching Melbourne Team are again doing some road-trips! We have had great turn outs to the 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 Months to MEGA events in Geelong, Traralgon, Beechworth, Bendigo and Mildura. We are looking forward to the 3 Months event in
St. Arnud next month and the 2 Months to MEGA in Ballarat in September.  Since the turn out for these events has been so fantastic, we wanted to give you a heads up: There will be some special prizes at the last event (in Warrnambool) for people who have been to multiple events. Remember, you have to be in it to win it, or in this case, attend as many of our mini events as you can!

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SPONSORS: We would like to welcome Geostuff as the latest sponsor of the Surf Coast Event. Keep an eye out for some great event products to go on sale very soon at geostuff.com.au We would also like to acknowledge the support from our existing sponsors, Geocaching.com, Pathtags.com, Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park, The Red Centre Experience and of course The Surf Coast Council.

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VICTORIAN GEOCACHING TOURNAMENT: Most of you have already heard about this, it is time to get your registrations in. Places are limited and spots are filling up fast. Head here to get more information or register today.

STALL HOLDERS: We would like to welcome our latest stall holders…
Geostuff: http://www.geostuff.com.au
Caching Supplies: http://www.cachingsupplies.com.au

Of course there is still spots available for more stall holders and your business does not necessarily have to sell caching related equipment, it could be almost anything. head here for stall costs.

SOUVENIR DESIGN COMPETITION: We are having a competition starting today. We are after people with some ideas for the Surf Coast Event souvenir. Do you want to be the one that designed the logo that every cacher receives for logging the surf Coast Event? Here is last years Souvenir:

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You will need to come up with 2 logo’s. Bigger one is 480×320 and smaller one is 100×100. The Surf Coast Event committee will decide on the best logo which will be a surprise to everyone until they start logging the The Surf Coast Event. You can submit as many souvenir’s as you like.

What is the prize I hear you say? I am glad you asked. For the winner will be the honour of having your name to one of these rare souvenirs as well as a 2016 Surf Coast Unobtanium Geocoin. Email entries to secretary@geocaching.melbourne

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and look forward to catching up with you all in November…

Red25 – Blood donation program

Cancer patients, road trauma victims, women giving birth, and people with blood disorders are just some of the people who rely on blood donated to the  Australian Red Cross Blood Service.  The Blood Bank estimates that one in three Australians will need to use donated blood during their lifetime, however out of the 9 million Australians who are eligible to give blood, only 500,000 actively do so.  This is where you can help! You might not be able to complete for Australia at the Olympics, you probable haven’t decided to represent Australia in the international political area BUT you can bleed for Australia!

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a giving program that is designed to work towards ensuring that 25% of Australia’s blood donations are secured.  It’s called Red25 and is a unique giving program where we unite with workplaces, schools, universities and other community groups around Australia to save lives through blood donation.  As a result of suggestion on the Facebook page (thanks Paul Ridley!) Geocaching Melbourne is now working towards the Red25 goal.

This is where you come in: if you donate regularly already, at your next donation ask to have Geocaching Melbourne added as your Red25 group.  Or you can do it yourself here.

If you haven’t donated blood before, now is the time to put your hand up! Donating usually takes around an hour, and during that time your get to relax/read a book or magazine. Afterwards, you get a free snack and drink and you get to feel good, knowing you are helping save lives.  The blood donated can be made into 22 different products.

You can see the Geocaching Melbourne Red25 group total online at any time.

 

Surf Coast Event – May update 2

GeoCoin and Pathtag pre-sales

We are really pleased to announce that we have launched GeoCoin and Pathtag pre-sales! Two versions of the geocoin are available for pre-sales.  We are also offering you trading sets of the Surf Coast themed Pathtags.  A trading set is 5 of the same pathtag, you then have to meet up and trade with other geocachers to collect the whole set of pathtags.  We ensure there are even numbers of sets distributed.

Accom on site

Remember you can book onsite too.  Bookings are made directly with the Surf Coast Event venue, Anglesea Recreation Camp.  They can be contacted directly on:
Phone: 03 5263 1512
There are 150 beds available for $35 per night, including continental breakfast. They are in various configurations from

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

There are lots of places left

The Victorian Geocaching Tournament

Make sure you remember to register your team! The Tournament is being run on Saturday in two versions:

  • Standard version: out and about in your car, finding real caches and completing challenges for points your team and squad.
  • Family version: on site at the venue, with special event caches and challenges, collection points for your team and squad

At the end of the day,the whole of the winning squad will get a prize, so that’s a one in four chance of winning! Plus there will be other prizes.  You can go here for more information.  Feel free to ask questions too.

Bendigo here we come!

Our next event, 5 Months to the Surf Coast Event is going to be held in Bendigo. Bendigo has a really busy geocaching community with many great caches.  Since it’s only 2hrs up the road, why don’t you join us. Make sure you log a ‘will attend’, so we have enough snags to go round.

Sponsors

As announced in previous updates, we have some fantastic sponsors.

Red Centre Experience is set to be an amazing experience in Australia’s Red Centre, whether you’ve been before or not.  To be held Easter 2017, now is the ideal opportunity to be involved in a special event and it’s free.

What do I need to do, you say?  First thing is log your “Will Attend” here

If you are still not convinced that this is going to be awesome, check out the Red Centre website and Facebook pages for more details of all the fun you can have while you are there.

Our amazing sponsors, the Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park have a great offer for all bookings made with the code word “Geocache”.  For all bookings between  June 1st 2016 until 17th November 2016 you’ll get:

  • 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

Please note this deal excludes 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!!

Surf Coast Event – May update

I know we’ve been a bit quiet, but have we got news for you!  Not only did the Surf Coast 2016 event get officially changed over to a Mega Event, but we have all the great news below.

Game: Victorian Geocaching Tournament

Last year we educated and informed you, this year we want to entertain you! We had a lot of really great feedback from the survey after the last event and we have listened.  You wanted more social activities, more family friendly activities, more caches and more games.  We have tried to combine all these things with some friendly rivalry, fun challenges and of course  some geocaching.  We want you to team up with your geocaching buddies, register your team and join in the fun on Saturday for the Victorian Geocaching Tournament.  More information is here.

 Accomodation on site

Remember you can book onsite too.  Bookings are made directly with the Surf Coast Event venue, Anglesea Recreation Camp.  They can be contacted directly on:
Phone: 03 5263 1512
There are 150 beds available for $35 per night, including continental breakfast. They are in various configurations from

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

There are lots of places left

Sponsors

As announced in previous updates, we have some fantastic sponsors.

Red Centre Experience is set to be an amazing experience in Australia’s Red Centre, weather you’ve been before or not.  To be held Easter 2017, now is the ideal opportunity to be involved in a special event and it’s free.

What do I need to do, you say?  First thing is log your “Will Attend” here

If you are still not convinced that this is going to be awesome, check out the Red Centre website and Facebook pages for more details of all the fun you can have while you are there.

Our amazing sponsors the Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park have a great offer for all bookings made with the code word “Geocache”.  For all bookings between  June 1st 2016 until 17th November 2016 you’ll get:

  • 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

Please note this deal excludes 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!!

Schedule

Whilst we are still fleshing out the details of the sessions that will be running on the Sunday, here is a schedule for the weekend, so you can get planing.

What is a Pathtag?

For those of you that do not know about the craze that is pathtags, here is a little info on what it is all about:

“Pathtags are personal trading items. Used most often in Geocaching, they are also very handy for Scouting, Military and Promotional use. A pathtag is a single-sided custom metal tag about the size and weight of a U.S. Quarter, a one Euro coin or an Australian ten cent piece.”

 

Believe it or not, Australia is the biggest consumer of pathtags outside the US and it is getting more and more popular every day.

You may have found a pathtag in a cache somewhere or even seen others swapping them at an event. How do I get started you say? Well, is is quite simple really. If you know a little about design, you can actually design one yourself. If not, do not worry, there are lots of people out in the caching community that for a nominal fee will design one for you.

Go to pathtags.com to check out latest deals and current prices to get your own tags minted.

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During the pathtag creation process, you can choose from a selection of “Give Backs” just like the Geocaching Melbourne ones below.

Tag Backs