The City of Charles Sturt is bringing the exciting world of geocaching to your door step.
What is geocaching?
Geocaching is a good fun treasure hunting game that anyone with a GPS device or Smartphone can play. It involves following clues to search for hidden containers called geocaches or caches. The caches may contain all sorts of treasure and trinkets to be exchanged, clues to other caches or items that can be tracked such as Travel Bugs. Once you’ve found a cache you log your find and share your experience on line.
The size of caches varies from very small to large. While small caches are fun to find they are more challenging and don’t contain treasure. The fun is in finding the cache! The larger caches are more suited to kids because trinkets can be found and exchanged.
Geocaching is something that you can do all over the world and it is always exciting to find a cache. You must always take care to keep the location of the cache a secret – that’s part of the fun!
Geocaching is a great way to explore the parks and places within Charles Sturt. There are more than 200 caches within a six kilometre radius of the Charles Sturt Civic Centre at Woodville, many of them designed for families to do together.
How does it work?
Other Geocachers hide caches in secret locations in the community. Generally they are a waterproof box which along with trinkets and treasures will include a log book for you to sign and date. But of course a micro cache can be very small with just a log book to record that you have found it.
Download a free App for your iPhone or Android phone to find out where the closest caches are located. Once you have found a cache fill in the log book and go on www.geocaching.com and log your find for others to view. Swap a trinket if the cache contains treasure which can be anything small and inexpensive such as Christmas bon bon toys, key ring, sticker or figurine.
Some caches may also contain a Travel Bug which is a ‘trackable’ treasure which gets moved from location to location until it reaches its final destination. This might be somewhere else in Charles Sturt or half way across the world! Trackables have a unique code so that its location and progress can be followed online. If you find a trackable once you’ve hidden it in another geocache remember to log the find and the new location on line.
GPS units now available
- Loan GPS units available for free at Civic (Woodville) Library.
- Ask at the library for further information or phone 8408 1333.
Don’t have a smartphone? You can use an outdoor GPS device if you don’t have a smartphone.
Where can I try it?
Bring along your sense of adventure and try to find one of over 200 geocaches in and around the City of Charles Sturt.
Geocaches for kids
There are lots of geocaches in and around Charles Sturt that may contain treasures to swap. Look for caches that are ‘regular’ in size when you’re searching for cache locations. Here’s a few to get you started.
If you finish these don’t stop there. Log into http:www.geocaching.com and find more geocaches near you.