Geocaching

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Geocaching is a real world, outdoor treasure-hunting game using GPS-enabled devices such as your smart phone. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the cache hidden in that location.

Geocaching is often described as a game of high-tech hide and seek, sharing many similarities to orienteering.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container, containing a logbook. After finding it, the geocacher enters the date and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers can also have items for trading which are usually toys or trinkets of little value which range from weird to wonderful.

Caches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide them in places they find interesting. Therefore you get to go places you wouldn’t normally go and see things that only the locals know about. These places are often special to them, reflecting a special place of interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. A local attraction, park, along a hiking path, underwater, on the other side of a creek or beside a city street. Let’s go! We encourage you to explore the The Macleay Valley countryside, as well as the township of Kempsey and surrounds, there are over 200 caches in the Kempsey region.

Start with the beginner caches below. Janet’s memorial (coordinates S 31° 06.053 E 152° 49.980). This is an existing reserve with lovely gardens and a memorial to Janet Hayes. There is ample parking for caravans and motorhomes and is a great spot for lunch or a rest stop near the highway.

Janet was the mayor of Kempsey from 2001 until 2006 and was loved by many in the Kempsey Shire for her ongoing work in the district. Later she was appointed showground administrator and it was her efforts that enabled secure overnight camping for RV Travellers who now can enjoy better amenities right in the heart of town. Janet has left us but her legacy lives on though this beautiful memorial. The cache container is a small magnetic and contains a logbook & pencil. Hint: Rest sit down and feel around.

For more information contact Mike or Gloria at ozglory1946@gmail.com, phone (02) 6562 3520 or the NSW Geocaching page
http://www.geocachingnsw.asn.au

 


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