Winter is dead; long live the Spring!

What better way to say goodbye to Winter than with an event? On the 23rd of this fine month the MEGA train is heading way out east to Bairnsdale to celebrate 2 Months to the Event in Alexandra. Come join us as we throw some bushman’s snags on the barbie. Log your ‘Will Attend’ on the Event page now 😊

As we steam ahead to the main event, your organising committee has been busy making preparations to ensure this year’s MEGA is the best yet. It’s going to be a busy weekend and we can do with a helping hand to ensure everything runs smoothly. As in previous years, we are calling for volunteers, so if you would like to donate an hour or two of your time over the MEGA weekend please let us know by registering your interest here. We don’t expect you to lock in any specific times at this stage, just register your interest in being a part of it all.

Riding on the success of last year’s Tournament, we decided to mix it up a bit this year. We know you are all proud of your geovehicles, so the annual Show and Shine Event has moved from its usual Winter timeslot to the Sunday of the MEGA. Most excellent news! Starting at the Showgrounds, teams will travel around the surrounding area in an effort to collect the most points and thereby prove their vehicle is the best. What a great way to see the Alexandra countryside! Spots are limited, so head to Show and Shine Event page for more info and to secure a starting position for your geovehicle.

One final note before signing off, this one is just a reminder that there are still onsite camping options available for those of you who want to stay and enjoy the whole weekend of festivities, or indeed, extend your stay further. Powered and unpowered sites can be booked at our #AX2017 Shop. You can also purchase pathtags and geocoins here too 😊. And, if you part with your hard-earned and order both the standard coin as well as the limited edition coin, you automatically go into the draw to win 1 of 5 unobtanium geocoins. Super!

#AX2017 Shop – camping, coins & pathtags

It's been a chilly weekend – hope you have managed to keep warm and find some caches for your Mary Hyde team, despite the rain and bitter cold! It may be miserable weather for caching out there at the moment, but Spring is sneaking up, and that means the #AX2017 MEGA is too … and if I have done my maths right, it's only 17 weeks away people 😮 It'll be upon us in no time at all! Yay!!

Speaking of time slipping away, there are still some powered sites available for the MEGA weekend, but as places are limited, it would possibly be a wise idea to book soon, or now even, to avoid disappointment. If you want to extend your stay and explore more of this awesome part of the state, no problems, we can arrange that too 😊 Just let us know when booking. And, if you want to 'rough it' you can also book unpowered sites.

Now for the shiny stuff. I like shiny stuff 😊 We have pathtags on pre-sale in the #AX2017 shop. Order them now and you can pick them up onsite at the MEGA. Or, alternatively, if you can't make it to the MEGA, you can opt to have them shipped wherever you want. And, because you pay for them now, it'll be like an extra cool surprise present in November 😃Well, okay, I concede it won't be a surprise, but it will still be cool.You can order a trading set, in which case you will receive a set of pathtags of a single design, ready for swapping with other cachers at the Event. But if swapping isn't your style, don't dismay, for a little bit extra cash you can order a full set. No swapping required. Happy days 😊

And continuing this theme of shiny stuff, we also have geocoins available for pre-sale. Same deal as the pathtags. Order now and pick up later. Too easy. As in years gone by, there are two options for geocoins, the regular version and the special limited edition version, which, as its name implies, will be special and limited. This year, if you spend your hard-earned on both coins, you will go into the draw to win 1 of 5 unobtainium geocoins.

Now where is this #AX2017 shop, you ask? Easy, everything you need is located at the other end of this link: https://www.freewebstore.org/geocaching-melbourne/

End of June Alexandra Announcement

As mentioned earlier this month, the #AX2017 shop is now open for business, so if you are planning on booking powered accommodation onsite at the event in November, then you may want to act sooner rather than later as spots are filling fast. There are only 15 powered sites left people! Head to the Store to secure your spot. If you do miss out on a powered site, or if you want to ‘rough it’, we also have unpowered sites available for you to utilise. There are plenty of things to do around Alexandra and Eildon, and many quality caches to be found, so if you would like to extend your stay and experience more of what this fantastic part of the state has to offer, may we suggest making the event site your GZ and book a couple of extra nights before or after the event. Just let us know when booking 😊

But of course that is not all, the #AX2017 shop is also the place to go to pre-order your very own set of event pathtags. You can nab yourself a trading set, where you receive five pathtags of the same design, ready for swapping at the event or, if swapping isn’t your style, you can always fork out a little more of your hard-earned and order a complete set from the get-go.

Do you have some wares to sell at the event? A product that you feel will interest fellow geocachers? We can accommodate that too 😊 Shoot us an email at info@geocaching.melbourne for more info regarding becoming an event stall holder.

Still not sure what to wear on the big day? Don’t forget you can to head to the Spreadshirt shop and put your own spin on some #AX2017 merchandise. Profits from the sale of this merchandise go back into making this year’s MEGA in Alexandra the best yet, so not only will you end up with some awesome clothes, but you are also helping make a difference for all who attend the event, including yourself. Win-win 😊

Now, it’s quite easy to get caught up in all the excitement of the MEGA and forget to log your ‘Will Attend’, so just pause for a second and ask yourself, have I logged my ‘Will Attend’ yet? If the answer is hmm, maybe not, then now may be a good idea to head to the event page at on Geocaching.com to log a ‘Will Attend’ right now, while you are thinking of it 😊

Once you have got all the pre-event nitty gritty stuff sorted, join our Journey to #AX2017 Chatterbox Facebook group. We have specifically launched this group to provide you with updates and info – all things related to the lead-up to #AX2017.

The #AX2017 shop is open for business!

Good news everybody!! We know that quite a few of you have been wanting to book on-site accommodation for the MEGA, and we are happy to announce that The Alexandra Event 2017 shop is now up and running for booking on-site camping accommodation and pre-ordering pathtags 😊

You can choose from powered and unpowered sites at the Alexandra Showgrounds for the weekend of the event, and if you wish to arrive early, or extend your stay to explore the surrounding area, you can do this too. Note that there are limited powered sites available, so if you want power, then it is best to book in early. Once you have secured your accommodation, if you haven’t done so already,  you can head over to The Alexandra Event 2017 cache page to log your Will Attend 😊

We have two options for purchasing your pathtags – you can buy a set of five pathtags for trading, which means you will receive five pathtags of the same design ready to swap with other cachers, or if you wish, you can do away with the swapping and just buy a full set outright. All proceeds from the sale of these pathtags goes towards making this year’s event the best yet!

Head to the The Alexandra Event 2017 shop for more information.

Free shipping and other stuff

❄️ Brrrr, it’s getting chilly out there, and with winter officially starting this week, it’s time to dust off the winter woollens when you head out caching. But your current winter wardrobe is so last year, right? Well, Spreadshirt hears you, and wants you to have the latest in #AX2017 fashion with FREE SHIPPING for all orders from the 2–4 June, just by using coupon code ‘FS617’*. And who doesn’t love free shipping? Afterall, shipping is such a downer in this online world we live in. I mean, who wants to design the most awesome #AX2017 merchandise and then have to pay shipping? So, if you are in need of some new clothes while you are out hunting those elusive caches this winter, then now is the time to act!  Head to Spreadshirt and, you never know, your new attire may just become your new lucky charm**.

Now, if you have already put your own spin on some funky #AX2017 attire, why not head to our next lead-up event, 5 Months to the Event in Alexandra – Werribee (GC6X194) this weekend and show it off? Alternatively, if you are struggling for ideas, why not head to Werribee on the pretence of enjoying some free bushman’s snags, sneakily check out what others have designed, then head home and place your own order? The event is on Saturday and the free shipping offer is valid until Sunday night – perfect timing 😊 And, for all you city-folk, this lead-up event is the closest to the city, so no excuses! Let us know you are coming by logging your ‘Will Attend’ now.

We are also putting the call out for anyone who is interested in volunteering their time at Alexandra in November. Just an hour or so over the weekend would be of great assistance! At this stage we are only seeking an expression of interest, nothing concrete. Head to our volunteer post for more details.

* Note quotation marks are not part of the code. Cannot be combined with other discounts or coupon codes. Free shipping promotion valid for standard shipping option only.
** Lucky charm status not guaranteed. But it may help you stay toasty and warm.