The results are in…..

Geocaching Melbourne Inc would like to welcome the two newest members into the Geocaching Melbourne Committee. Karen Ashford (carkisser) and Bert Mosterd (Pinkpiggy7) have been voted in and join the rest of the committee in their endeavours to help promote geocaching throughout Victoria.  We would sincerely like to thank the other candidates, Elizabeth Shaw (surefoot24) and Peter Taurins (caughtatwork) for their nominations and hope we can work with both of them in some capacity in the near future.  The Geocaching Melbourne Inc committee now looks like this…

Day Gowland (day1976) – President

Louise Sullivan (LouiseAnn) – Vice President

Adriaan Homburg (ahomburg) – Secretary

Bernie Hollaway (BernieH) – Treasurer

Sarah Cameron (sharkiefan) – Committee Member

Karen Ashford (carkisser) – Committee Member

Bert Mosterd (Pinkpiggy7) – Committee Member

The turnout for people voting was quite amazing and we would like to thank everyone for their interest.

We want you to have your say!

Voting has now opened for the two vacant positions on the Geocaching Melbourne Inc committee. There have been four individuals nominated and you can follow this link to the voting form…

There is a little blurb about each person who has nominated in case you aren’t sure who they are. You are required to enter your geocaching handle and to be eligible to vote you must have found at least one cache in Victoria.  You also must have found at least one cache in the last 6 months and have an active account on the Geocaching Website for at least 3 months.

Once you have entered your geocaching handle simply place the numbers 1 to 4 against the candidates, ranging from number 1 for your first selection through to number 4 for your last selection. Voting will be open until 8pm on Sunday the 18th of June.  You must submit only one vote per profile and we would encourage people who do run sock-puppet accounts to not use them to vote with.

 

 

Geocaching Melbourne and Oxfam Trailwalker

Over the last couple of days, 16 members of the Geocaching Melbourne community have formed 4 teams to each tackle the grueling 100 kilometer Oxfam Trailwalker to raise some much needed funds for the Oxfam charity. The Oxfam Trailwalker requires each walker to walk 100 kilometers, starting at Jells Park in suburban Melbourne, through the parklands, over Churchill National park, into Lysterfield Lake Park, then across through Bird Lands Reserve, up into the town of Upwey then into the Dandenong Ranges National Park, popping out at Mt Evelyn where it joins the Warburton Rail Trail for 26 kilometers before climbing up and along the aqueduct at the foot of Mt Donna Buang, it then wanders down to Warburton before tackling the nemesis that is Mount Little Joe, finally reaching the finish line in Wesburn.  To say it is a grueling track is an understatement.

Team 1 consisted of Colin (unclecocopops), Michelle (part of Team Smokey Bear), Robin (robinyang) and Darren (Burge). Team 2 consisted of Paul (waferthin), Darragh (Annoying Tarbit), Lauren (Loz6032) and Nicky (Lost_and_found_79).  Team 3 consisted of Karen (carkisser), Shaz (Ruverbug Jam), Donna (Jaktembo) and Tash (arielisme).  Team 4 consisted of Day (day1976), Jenny (Jentrek1), Marc (BendSinister) and Ross (The Welder).

The Friday morning began brilliantly with perfect weather at the start as each team headed out on to the trail. The official support crews as well as many other extremely supportive members of the Geocaching Melbourne community met everyone at various different points along the way to help, encourage and cheer everybody on.  Each team had set themselves a target goal time to complete the course ranging from 20 hours to 38 hours, so the four teams began to spread out through the day.  They enjoyed the walk through the Dandenong Ranges National Park, but the final stint out to Mt Evelyn as the day began to turn to night began to test the teams and unfortunately Team 1, decimated by injuries had to pull out at around 4am on the Saturday morning at Mount Evelyn.

The crack of sunrise at 5:30am on the Saturday morning saw Team 4, exhausted from conquering Mount Little Joe, stumble down the final hill to cross the finish line in just over 23 hours with all members still walking. Later in the day at around 1:30pm, the incredible team 2 also conquered the daunting last mountain to come down the hill and finish the entire course in just over 30 hours, also with all four members still upright.

At around 4:30pm on the Saturday, the only remaining Geocaching Melbourne Team on the trail, team 3, walked into Woori Yallock, half way along the Warburton Trail. At this point they had done 70 of the 100 kilometers, but suddenly, the weather turned against them and a huge storm passed over which stopped all further movement for the next few hours.  The team had to wait, huddled at Woori Yallock for the storm to pass before continuing on.  At around 9pm, Geocaching Melbourne’s Team 3 lost its first member, Donna, who retired from the team.  But the other three girls pushed on, boosted by an ever increasing support crew as they made their way to Millgrove where again they had to wait out another storm front.

Finally they made it to Dolly Grey Park, which is the last official rest stop before the finish line.  The rain was pouring down, the wind was up and thunder and lightning was surrounding the area.  Team 3 was now the last of over 600 starting teams left on the trail and unfortunately Karen had to make the heart-breaking decision to call it a day at the 93 kilometer mark.  The other two surviving members, Shaz and Tash needed to leave in the storm so as to make the finish line before it is closed for good.  They headed off, up backstairs track in the mud during the dead of the night to knock off the final section and arrived at the finish line at around 9am on Sunday morning, completing the entire course in less than 41 hours.

The achievements that all 16 of these wonderful geocachers have done can only be fully realized when you look beyond just this weekend. There were months and months of training out on the tracks.  There were personal hardships that needed to be overcome.  All just to even get to the starting line, let alone then to walk the 100 kilometers.  Lifelong friendships were born during this process and people who before this had never even met, come to rely on each other for support through a very strenuous ordeal.

And then there were the support crews. At each stop along the trail, each team got to meet up with their wonderful support crews who lugged all the supplies that could ever be imagined to each location.  Without a strong support crew, none of the previously mentioned achievements are even closely possible.  All four teams were blessed with some amazing people who volunteered their time as support crews and the fact that many members of these support crews also helped out many other support crews along the way speaks volumes about what kind of people these guys are.

And finally of course there are those who donated. Geocaching Melbourne was proud to be a supporter of these four teams.  Specially minted Geocoins for the upcoming Alexandra Event were sold with images of our mascot, Fern carrying hiking poles.  All proceeds from the sale of these coins were donated to these teams as well as the huge amounts of moneys that all four teams raised by themselves both inside and outside of the local geocaching community.  All up the teams managed to raise over eleven thousand dollars for the Oxfam charity.

The whole experience is a fantastic example of how strong and also kind the Geocaching Melbourne community is. That we have so many members who so willingly donate their time not just to train and walk this grueling course, but also to provide support or help raise money for such an awesome cause is a testament to the kind of people we are.  Geocaching Melbourne would like to thank each and every one of you for making this Oxfam Trailwalker such a success.  You guys rock!

Alexandra Event Update – 19th Feb

So Sunday rolls around again and we are another week closer to the Alexandra MEGA event this coming November. Planning on the many facets of this huge event has already well and truly begun.

labccacheThis includes LAB caches. Yep, we are not leaving these to the last minute.  We have selected some of the most creative cache placers in the state to rack their brains to come up with the most dazzling ideas that they can.  And, they have 9 months to plan, design and build some LAB caches that will truly make the Alexandra Event an event to be remembered.  If you’ve never done a LAB cache, then check out this link

 

If you have done LAB caches before and you enjoy them, prepare to be amazed this coming November!

ax2017-geocoin-oxThe first of the geocoins are still on sale and will continue to sell until the 9th of April.  This very special coin depicts Fern out taking a hike and as mentioned previously all profit from the sale of these coins is going directly to the four Geocaching Melbourne Oxfam Teams that are competing the 100 kilometer Oxfam challenge this April.  There will be other coins go on sale later in the year, but if you want the whole set, or if you just want to help support the Geocaching Melbourne Oxfam teams, then make sure you order one of these coins straight away to avoid disappointment!  Follow this link to purchase your coin today!

 

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The second one of the lead up events went off amazingly yesterday in Wedderburn. 44 teams attended the event and ate 80 of the best bushman’s sausages in Australia, kindly donated to us by Anvil Angus and Alexandra Quality Meats.  It is sensational to see so many people making the trip out to Wedderburn with many teams staying in the area for the weekend.  The next lead up event is in Portland on the 11th of March.  You can follow this link to the event listing.  We look forward to seeing you all then!

 

eventtshirtsOf course the merchandise continues to sell and it is fantastic to see The Alexandra Event t-shirts, jumpers and polo shirts appearing at events around the state already. The feedback so far on the quality of the merchandise is that it is of excellent quality and the couple of issues that people have so far reported have all been quickly resolved by spreadshirt.  You can follow this link to our spreadshirt shop to design and build your own shirt and if you are not completely happy with the end product we of course encourage you to contact spreadshirt immediately.

 

We hope you are all enjoying getting out and finding lots of caches. We look forward to seeing you all in November and remember, if you’re hoping to come, make sure you log your “Will Attend” on the event listing today!

The Alexandra Event Update – Feb

Its update time for the Alexandra MEGA Event that is coming up in November….

1stvisit1st – A couple of members of the organizing committee had our first meeting with the president of the showground’s committee this week onsite and had a good look around.  There is plenty of room to spread out and lots of undercover areas if the weather should dare to be inclement.  There is also a large area for non-powered camping as well as a limited number of sites available for powered camping.  These sites will be on sale through the showground’s committee soon and we will provide you with the contact details once they have worked out a suitable layout for the camping.

ax2017-geocoin-oxThe first of the Geocoins went on sale a couple of weeks ago. This one is a very special limited edition coin that will only be available for purchase between now and the 9th of April this year.  There will certainly be other geocoins available for purchase through the year and of course at the event, but this one is strictly pre-purchase only and can ONLY be purchased between now and the 9th of April.  For this coin only, all proceeds are to be donated to the 4 fabulous Geocaching Melbourne teams who are completing the Oxfam Trailwalker event this year.  So if you want to get yourself a wonderful geocoin that is sure to be a collector’s item in the future, as well as support the Geocaching Melbourne members who are all walking 100 kilometers for the Oxfam charity, this coin is fantastic value at only $25.  Purchases can be made through our website, just follow this link.

jostshirtMerchandise has been on sale for a while now and little by little we are seeing more and more very creative “The Alexandra Event” clothing appearing at events and in photographs taken all over the state. It’s quite easy to do to, just head over to our spreadshirt shop at http://ax2017.spreadshirt.com.au/ and start creating.  Not only t-shirts, but aprons, hats, beanies, pants, shorts, backpacks, mugs, phone cases, umbrellas, bandanas and even a pillow case if you so desire!

The 10 months to MEGA event at Pakenham went off amazingly well on the 15th of January.  The next one is on at Wedderburn on the 18th of February and then another one at a new location each month.  Remember, there are prizes available to those who attend multiples of these events, so get out and explore the countryside, meet some locals and maybe win some prizes!

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce the organizing committee for Alexandra. It is a good mix of locals, new members and some experienced ones too.  The organizing committee this year is…

Ahomburg, LouiseAnn, TeamSmokeyBear, day1976, Clever Monkey, scody, º, xsurfergirlx and BernieH

Hoping you are all enjoying your geocaching and look forward to seeing you in November.

Regards

The Alexandra Event Organizing Committee.

The First of the Geocoins for the Alexandra Event

A very quick announcement.

The first of the geocoins for the Alexandra Event have just gone on pre-sale through the geocaching.melbourne website.  You can follow this link.

The coins are a special edition and are designed to support the 16 Geocaching Melbourne members that are taking part in the Oxfam 100 kilometer charity walk this April. The coins feature our friend Fern out having a hike and come with their very own tracking code.

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All proceeds from the sale of this coin will be donated to the Geocaching Melbourne Oxfam teams that are completing the challenge this year. So for only $25 you can get a limited edition geocoin for the Alexandra MEGA this year AND support the Geocaching Melbourne walkers and Oxfam.

This is the first of the geocoins for the Alexandra MEGA and further ones will be released throughout the year, so if you like completing a whole set, make sure you stay tuned. This first geocoin will only be available for purchase between now and the Oxfam trailwalker on April 7.  Pick up is available at the Alexandra MEGA, or for an extra $8 you can get it posted to you anywhere in Australia.

Melbourne Event Update – October 2015 – Mk I

Another fortnight has past and it is time for another MEGA announcement!

You would think with all the amazing things that we have announced that will be happening during the MEGA weekend already that there would hardly be time for anything else!

Well Australians always have time for a BBQ!

Check out the links below or have a read through of all the cool things the organizing committee have been working on during the last fortnight!

BBQ, Music and Fireworks, GC63717 in Tooradin.
Coins and Pathtags.
Official The Melbourne Event merchandise
Sessions
Show Bag Registration
Sponsors
CITOs

BBQ, Music and Fireworks, GC63717 in Tooradin.

Of course we are super-excited about this one.  Imagine it!

  • Free entry,
  • Free food,
  • Free music
  • Free fireworks!

That’s right!  Once it is published (hopefully soon), you will be able to log your “Will Attend” on GC63717.  In the coming weeks we will let everyone who has logged their “Will Attend” know about the location of a cache full of wrist bands.  On the evening of the event, head towards this cache and grab yourself a wrist band.  Then head over to the event.  Music will be playing, the fireworks will be going off and providing you’re wearing your wrist band, you’ll even get some delicious BBQ food supplied by the one and only Anvil Angus and cooked to your satisfaction by Scouts Victoria.  Who could possibly want more?

Drinks will be available for purchase from the scouts, or you can bring along your own (non-alcoholic).

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Coins and Pathtags.

Yes, we still have a few geocoins left and a very small amount of pathtags left for pre-sale on our pre-sale page. Also, we have split up the limited edition set of Lemon, Lime and Cherry coins and they are now available separately for pre-sale at $40 each, or still in a set of three for only $99. These coins can be picked up at the event, or for a small postage fee, we can send them to you once we have them.

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Official The Melbourne Event merchandise

A range of official Melbourne Event 2015 merchandise is available from our sponsor Geostuff.com.au. The Official Polo shirts, with lovely Fern embroidery on the chest, are available in a good range Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes. Also expect to see official embroidered Caps and Beanies soon ! The Polo shirts, and other official merchandise will be available from the Geostuff stall at the event, although they are also available right now 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 before hand if you choose.

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Sessions

GSAK and Wherigo sessions

For those who are going to the GSAK and Wherigo builder sessions, to get the most out of these sessions, it is recommended that you take along a laptop or portable IT device.  These will be demonstration sessions where you will be encouraged to explore GSAK or actually build and test a wherigo within the session.  It should also be noted that power supply opportunities within the session rooms is very limited so to have your device fully charged at the beginning would be advantageous.

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Show Bag Registration

Well of COURSE it is going to be popular!  You’re getting stuff for free!

Unfortunately though we can only supply these to those who have registered a “Will Attend” before the 26th of September and registered with our eventbrite page.

Why the 26th of Spetember cut off?  Well we had to draw a line in the sand somewhere because there is only a finite amount of these bags and we knew if we didn’t there would be a rush of people logging their “Will Attend” just to get the free show bag.  So the 26th of September was the selected date.  We know that unfortunately many well-intentioned people got caught out by this as they are waiting to confirm their availability or they had thought they had logged their “Will Attend”, which is unfortunate, but as we said, we had to draw a line in the sand somewhere.

The good news though is that there is still some show-bags left for those who have logged their “Will Attend” before the 26th of September.  If you want a bag full of free stuff then register yourself on our eventbrite page.

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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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CITOs

There are two CITOs running over the weekend of the MEGA event.  The Casey Council has been fantastic in helping us put this event on and so we would like to thank them in the best way we know how.  Cleaning up some rubbish!  You can join in the fun and get your hands dirty on either day.

  • Saturday 14th November, GC61TQ9 – Narre warren
  • Sunday 15th November, GC61TWN – Lysterfield

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Melbourne Event Update – September 2015 – Mk II


And so the big event in November draws ever closer, so what exciting news does the organizing committee have for you now, well click on the link that interests you the most, or grab a cup of coffee and sit down and have a read of some of the fun filled excitement that we are planning…

Event Show bags!
Geocoins and Pathtags for sale!
Official The Melbourne Event merchandise
Sponsors
Sessions
Other activities on the MEGA weekend
CITOs

Event bags

Registration

Yes there will be showbags however since this is a free event we have to limit them somehow. How do you get your hands on them? It’s fairly straight forward:

  • You’ve already logged your will attend up to (and including) the 26th September 2015. Yes that was yesterday.
  • After 9pm on tonight (the 27th of Septmeber), go to our Eventbrite page and register for the showbag ticket. The number of tickets and therefore the showbags are limited. If the ticket doesn’t show up, use the access code WUNDERTUETE. Make sure your GC account name is exactly the same spelling as it shows up on Geocaching.com

Personal Trade items

Do you have some pathtags, geocoins, trackables or any other type of personal trade item that you would like randomly distributed amongst our event bags?  Then get in contact with us and we can do this for you.

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Coins and Pathtags..

On our Geocoins and Collectables Pre-sale page, we are selling some limited edition geocoins as well as pathtags. They have our little mascot, Fern and they are inscribed with “The Melbourne Event 2015”. This is the VERY first MEGA event in the state of Victoria, as well as being the largest geocaching MEGA event ever in the southern hemisphere!  So these are definitely set to become absolute collectors items. Besides our regular geo-coin, we have an awesome set of VERY limited edition coins in Lemon, Lime and Cherry. Only 75 of each of these special coins will ever be minted and we are selling an entire set of three for only $99.
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Merchandise.

Geostuff.com.au is proud to be a Sponsor of The Melbourne Event 2015, and has rights to produce all of the Official Clothing for the event.

 These are, of course, exclusive to Geostuff.com.au. Made from high quality polo shirts by “Aussie Pacific” and embroidered in Melbourne Australia.

You can buy them online now and have them delivered to you, or optionally pickup from the Geostuff retail store or the Geostuff.com.au stall at The Melbourne Event 2015.

Until the 30th September 2015 you can specify different embroidery “extras” on your shirt:

  • Your team name embroidered in white text on the chest – $6
  •  A new unique tracking code (supplied by Geostuff) embroidered in white text on the chest – $7.50
  •  An existing tracking code (supplied by you) embroidered in white text on the chest – $6

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Sponsors

Where would we all be without our sponsors?  Our main event sponsors, Geostuff, Anvil Angus and Groundspeak have all been amazing.  Also we would like to thank our other sponsors, pathtags.com, Sougthern Cross Fireworks and the City of Casey.  We’d also like to introduce a new sponsor, HERE Map Creator.  Finally a shout out to the two charities that we are fund-raising for, Friends of the Leadbeaters Possum and TRY Australia.

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Sessions

Geocaching Melbourne have put together some really cool informative sessions on all aspects of geocaching.  From creating wherigo’s to using GSAK, building creative containers, putting together Earth Caches, climbing tall trees or using all those really cool phone apps like GC buddy, geosphere and c:geo.  There are so many really cool sessions that you can attend and Geocaching Melbourne have been able to secure the best in each field to present them.  Numbers are strictly limited and most of these sessions are filling up very fast.  Some are already full, so you need to be quick and register to secure yourself a spot.  Unfortunately though, the numbers for our canoeing/kayaking session that is to be run on the nearby lake at Casey Fields have been kind of low, which is a pity.  If we don’t get more people subscribing to this one, we may have to cancel these sessions.
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Other Weekend activities

Besides all the fun things that we have already announced, we would like to announce even more cool things that are happening on the weekend of the MEGA that you might like to get involved with…

FTF raffle draw

It is always an issue at every event.  Who gets the FTF?  Well we have decided that for the Melbourne Event 2015, we will hold a raffle.  Tickets are only $1 and you can purchase as many as you like.  Tickets will be available for sale at the administration desk, near the log-book signing for the event will be.  On the Sunday afternoon we will draw a name at random and who knows, you could have the honor of being the FTF for the very first MEGA event in the state of Victoria!  All proceeds from this raffle are being donated to the Friends of the Leadbeater possum.

Wide game

What happens when you take a traditional wide game like that played by many scouts groups and blend it with technology?  Well Geocaching Melbourne has mixed these two things together and then added a healthy dose of scavenger hunting to form a cool location based game that you can join in on with your (web enabled) phone.  The result is a fun new experience that will get you out and about, enjoying locations around the event and learning all sorts of cool new things.  More details will be released on this in the near future, but certainly……Watch this space!

LAB Caches

Exactly what are these things? Well they are a geocache creators license to experiment outside the normal rules! No proximity rules, no commercialization rules, no review process, no log book. Just imagine the possibilities! All those really cool cache ideas that wouldn’t normally get past the review process can be done as a LAB cache. Geocaching Melbourne is excited to announce that we will have a LAB cache adventure at the Melbourne Event 2015 that will rival the absolute best out there. So who is creating this adventure? Well we have asked some of the best geocache makers in Victoria to get their creative juices flowing, untie the normal shackles that would hold them back from being truly creative and to create an adventure that participants will walk away from saying “WOW, that was awesome!”

Guess the caches in a fishtank – TRY Australia

Who comes up with this kind of stuff? Oh, yeah, we do!

To add to the list of fun-filled activities, there is going to be one MEGA big fish tank filled with all sorts of unused geocaches.  Mint tins, berocca tubes, cliptop containers, ammo cans, nanos.  Many, many many geocaches.  But the question is how many?  For a $1 donation to TRY Australia, you get to guess how many geocaches are in the fishtank!  The person (or persons) with the closest guess will win one of those super cool and totally rare unobtanium, golden “The Melbourne Event 2015” geocoin!

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CITOs

Yes, we have some CITOs published on the weekend of the MEGA.  So you can give back to the Casey Council who have been absolutely marvelous in helping us get this MEGA off the ground.  Clean up crews will be assembling in Narre Warren on the Saturday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm for GC61TQ9 and also at Lysterfield South on the Sunday morning between 10am and midday for GC61TWN.  Come for the full two hours or just lend a hand for a few minutes.  There is plenty of parking and LOTS of rubbish to pick up!
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Melbourne Event Update – September 2015 – Mk I


Wow, the days are really flying past now. Only 2 months to go and the committee have been working hard in the background to finalize some REALLY cool stuff…

Topics…

Sponsors
Sessions
Merchandise
Volunteers
Other Activities
CITOs
Kids Area
A souvenir
Coins and collectables

Sponsors

150310_TrueCar_Desktop_930x300First of all we like to thank our sponsors who actually make this event possible. If you haven’t checked out their websites, go and have a look. You will find all of them linked on our event page.  They are a bunch of good companies who are helping to create this amazing festival of geocaching. Thank you. Thank you Thank you.
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Sessions

10350522_747342872000128_2496675434850784499_nThe sessions schedule is filling up really fast. Many of the sessions are already booked out, but there is still some room left in some of the others. Everything from learning how to build a wherigo, learning GSAK, creative containers, overnight hiking, T5 rope safety, creating Earth caches and much more! You can meet the local reviewers or even some mountaineers! Also there will be some informal puzzle solving workshops and even a movie night on the Sunday evening. On top of all of that we have two dedicated T5 sessions, one for learning canoeing and kayaking and another for technical tree climbing. But numbers are limited so you need to get in fast to secure your spot. Finally, we have recently added another session so you can learn the almost lost art of manual navigation. Yes, amazingly in the days before GPS, people were still able to navigate around! Sign up for this session to learn out how. All these sessions and information on how to book your name in can be found on our session schedule here.

1503394_747343088666773_7796674889288527400_nAnd whilst we are talking about really cool sessions, we are super excited about the canoes and kayaking session! So much so, we made a video! It’s hard to imagine it when it has been so cold and wet outside lately, but the weather is starting to get warmer and when the summer hits, there is absolutely nothing better than taking a relaxing paddle on crystal clear water to nab yourself a T5 cache. If you are considering this for yourself this coming summer, learn all the basics you need to know at our canoes and kayaking session.
Watch the video here:
Register yourself for the session here:
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Merchandise

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We are very excited to announce that merchandise, including Melbourne Event polo-shirts and coffee mugs are now available for pre-sale through our very good friends at Geostuff.  Check out their website for all the exclusive Melbourne Event merchandise, plus LOADS of other geocaching related stuff!
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Volunteers

army koalaRecently we have been pleased to announce that the number of volunteers has exceed 50 people! As we have said before, we have been blown away by the response and it is a real testament to the geocachers of Victoria as to how willing they are to help make this MEGA the best it can possibly be. That doesn’t mean we have closed the books on volunteer registration though. Many hands make light work and we need volunteers to help with everything from the registration desk, to the car-park to just helping out at the sessions and group activities. So if you do have a spare few hours on that weekend, register your details here and let us know when you are available.
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Other Activities

So besides all theses really cool informative sessions, what else can you do at our MEGA? Glad you asked, because we have some really neat activities lined up for you. These include, (but certainly are not limited to)….

Informal Meet and Greet sessions – yep, by far the most popular activity voted by geocachers on our poll from earlier this year was for informal meet and greet sessions. It is true that there will be tables and chairs and food and coffees available at the site at Casey fields all day, so you can rock up and meet other geocachers whenever you want, but there will also be a couple of informal meet and greet sessions as part of the itinerary for the day too. There is no registration process for this so you can just rock up and who knows, you might just meet your hero geocacher, or get a hint on a puzzle that’s been doing your brain in.

Trackable tradings – So many people love them, be they personal trackable items or geocoins that have travelled the earth. There will also be a couple of trackable and trading sessions on-site where yourself and many many other like-minded souls will be able to trade and track to your heart’s content. Again, registration is not required so you will be able to rock up, mingle and trade as much as you like.

Bingo – It wouldn’t be a large scale Geocaching Melbourne event without a large scale Geocaching Bingo game, would it? Everyone can play and entry is of course free. You will be able to collect your bingo card when you sign the log book. Spend the weekend meeting people, finding geocaches, discovering locations and filling in the squares. There will be multiple prizes so even if you’re not the first to complete the Bingo card, you will not walk away with nothing.

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CITOs

Cache In Trash Out. Wow, people are very excited about these. Yes, as we have said before there will be two of them. One will be on the Saturday afternoon and the other will be on the Sunday morning. We are still working with council on suitable sites where we can achieve the most positive result but we hope to have more information for you in the very near future.
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Kids area

Kids love geocaching and we know there are some awesome juvenile geocachers out there, so we have dedicated a whole area for the geocaching kids to play in at the MEGA. Whilst this is not a crèche and a parent will still be required to be in attendance whilst the kids are there, we will have plenty of fun-filled really cool activities for the young geocachers to do.  There will be a separate post regarding this in the near future, so keep an eye out for it…
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A souvenir

IMG_4265Yep, that’s right, we are very pleased to announce that there will actually be a souvenir awarded to everyone who logs our MEGA event as “attended”! It features the infamous feet at Princes Pier in Port Melbourne as well as cute little Fern playing in the forest.
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Coins and collectables.

Last but not least we’ve got some shiny things left. But you might want to get your skates on because the pre-sales are going fast:

  • There’s standard but limited to 250pcs The Melbourne Event 2015 geocoin is only $15.
  • We also we have a very limited edition set of three Melbourne Geocoins in Lemon, Lime and Cherry. The one time only mint run is 75 pcs each and you can get the whole set of three coins for just $99!
  • Plus, for just $15 you can buy a trading set of 5 pathtags. You get 5 pathtags, all the same style, there are 5 different styles all up and the idea is that you swap with others so that you can get a complete set. Of course, going along to our new trackable and trading sessions would be a great way to achieve this!
  • Speaking of pathtags, you can still get your own personalized pathtags with the Geocaching Melbourne tag on the back on it!  But if you want this in time for the MEGA you had better hurry as time is definitely running out on this one…

You can pre-order all of the above at our pre-sales
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Melbourne Event Update – August 2015

Hi folks. It is update time again!

With more than 75 days to go it may seem like the Melbourne Event is still a long way off, but trust me, those few weeks are sure to go VERY quickly. The Geocaching Melbourne committee members have been working very hard behind the scenes to make sure that this event will be the best it can possibly be, without costing participants a cent! We also have a few extra special exciting announcements to make, but stay tuned! There are also many other things that we are working on to hopefully create an unforgettable experience.

It’s Free –

Yep, we cannot stress this one nearly enough. The event is free to attend. You can turn up any time over the whole weekend, walk around the grounds, and browse the stalls of your favorite geocaching stores that will be there, including the famous Geostuff.com.au. It is free to attend most of the sessions (providing you register), participate in a multitude of games that will be running over the weekend, or just sit back and have a chat with some friends and have a good old yarn about geocaching. Oh, and maybe even head out and find a geocache… Whatever you choose, all of the above is free! Don’t forget to sign the log too, to officially register your attendance, that’s free too!

Plus, you get stuff! –

Want something for nothing? Well guess what, you guessed it – there will be show bags full of random stuff! What’s in these show bags? Well, at the moment that is a VERY closely guarded secret. Further details on the very special bags and how you can lay your hands on them will be released in the near future, so watch this page or subscribe to geocaching.melbourne

Volunteers –

The response to our call-out for volunteers has been awesome. Our good friends at Anvil Angus recently have kindly donated two uber rare and super amazing unobtanium Golden Clever Monkey geocoins to give away randomly to our volunteers. We have already given the first away to one of our first volunteers using a random number generator. We let the computer select a volunteer and it picked …. Mr Coffee, from the The coffee’s. Congratulations! The second is to be given away to a new volunteer in the near future, so if you haven’t volunteered yet and you have a bit of spare time that weekend (just a couple of hours will do), we’d love you to register as a volunteer here Volunteers Registration and you may even be the lucky recipient of the second uber rare unobtanium Golden Clever Monkey geocoin! Good Luck!

CITOs –

Speaking of volunteering, who doesn’t love a good CITO? With so many environmentally conscious geocachers coming to the area, we here at Geocaching Melbourne have asked the people at waste management in the City of Casey to identify particular areas that are in need of a good clean up. They have identified a number of areas and we have our scouts out inspecting these spots right now. More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out!

Saturday Night 14th Nov –

Speaking of amazingly exciting events – man do we have one planned for you! Let’s just say if you don’t like really good food, particularly beef from one of Australia’s most awesome beef producers, Anvil Angus, or if you don’t like live music, or fireworks, or a chance to sit around with your friends and catch up by the beach . . . stay well away from this one! But, if you do like all of these things, you are going to love the event we have planned for you on the Saturday night! But how much could you expect to pay for all that food, fireworks, music and good times by the beach? Well guess what, we have stuck to our word, and as with most things connected to this MEGA event, it is all FREE!!!! One tiny exception is the drinks, you can BYO (non-alcoholic) drinks or drinks will be for sale, we think this is a pretty fair trade, given your dinner is free.  You will need to stay posted to learn more details, but we are all super-excited about this one!

SESSIONS–

The response to our sessions has been phenomenal. Over 250 places have already been booked. Some of the sessions have been completely booked out (!!) and others are very close to being booked out. Spots are filling up fast, so if any of these sessions have caught your interest, register your details so you don’t miss out. Just reminding here that almost all of the sessions are free to attend, however you need to register, or you will not be able to get in. Here is a link to the session schedule

Canoes and kayak session –

Ok, so this one is not free, but for only $30 it’s a great opportunity to learn some basic safety skills on the water, with 90 minutes of tuition with a expert from Canoes Victoria. The venue is nearby on the lake at Casey Fields, and the weather will be a lot warmer than it is now! All equipment is provided for you, so what are you waiting for? Sign up now to learn how to nab some of those pesky T5s ;). Head to this page to register for the sessions.

Other Weekend Activities –

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more fun packed into an absolutely free weekend, we have come up with more. Although not finalized completely, expect some REALLY different stuff to do and have fun with. Think games and activities and of course, think LAB CACHES! – Oooo yeah!

Geo-Art –

If you haven’t noticed, we have interesting Geo-art, and it is growing piece by piece, with new parts being added almost every week. There are some truly ingenious puzzles – though some are easy, some are downright dastardly; most importantly every one is different from the other, just to keep you all on your toes. Get your noggin’ working on these before you arrive – or if you are completely stumped, turn up to one of our many informal puzzle solving sessions over the weekend, and maybe gain some valuable insider information!

Collectables –

Yep, we have them. Shiny new geocoins, at a lot less than you would expect to pay. You can pick up your official Melbourne Event Geocoin for only $15. But guess what? Do you want rare? Super, uber, totally rare? We have limited edition Lemon, Cherry and Lime versions of this coin. With only 75 of each of these coins available, these will go fast. You can currently pick up all three of these very rare coins, as a set, for only $99. Check out these, and other swapables, over here

Road Trips –

The Geocaching Melbourne team have been enjoying our road trips all over the great state of Victoria. Last month we were in Geelong where we met up with an awesome bunch of locals. This month we have been up to Wodonga where we experienced some fantastic hospitality up there. Next month we are in the great city of Bendigo for the “Two Month to MEGA” event, and then in October we go east to Traralgon in Gippsland for the “One month to MEGA” event. It has been awesome to get out to the regional centres and catch up with the locals.

Sponsors –

Finally, a shout out to all of our sponsors without who, none of this would have been remotely possible.

geostuff.com.au
Anvil Angus
City of Casey
geocaching.com
Southern Cross Fire Works
pathtags.com