Travel

Cached up area to host mega event next year

CACHED UP: Keen geocachers Annette Mayfield, Kaibrya Cooke, Christine and Ian Robins, Thomas Krafft, Geoff Tynan and Gary Flynn.
CACHED UP: Keen geocachers Annette Mayfield, Kaibrya Cooke, Christine and Ian Robins, Thomas Krafft, Geoff Tynan and Gary Flynn. Jayden Brown

IT'S the treasure-hunting phenomenon that has people around the globe hooked, now the pastime of geocaching has its sights set on the Granite Belt.

Stanthorpe looks set to be transformed into the geocaching capital of Queensland, as more and more tourists travel to the area to partake in the growing treasure hunt.

The concept of geocaching involves tech-savvy adventurers using GPS co-ordinates (online or via a smart phone app) to locate caches - a box or container of goods hidden by other geocachers, with a log book to note who found it and when.

On Saturday, the Granite Belt became a geocaching adventure land with more than 100 geocachers camping out at the property of The Summit residents Ian and Christine Robins

The Robins are regarded as geocaching pioneers on the Granite Belt, introducing the activity to the area two years ago.

"We hold a geocaching camp here at least twice a year," Mrs Robins said.

"We bring a lot of tourists here - it's become very popular on the Granite Belt."

Geocachers have given the adventure quality of the Granite Belt a nod of approval, with the Stanthorpe Showgrounds chosen to host Queensland's first Geocaching Mega Event in April.

As many as 800 geocachers from around Australia and overseas are expected to attend.

Mega event organiser and geocacher Thomas Krafft said there were more than 600 caches hidden across the Granite Belt, ranging from a fake apple hanging in a tree at Ballandean to a tiny treasure under a seat in the main street of Stanthorpe.

"About 99.9% of caches are hidden in public places," he said.

"Each one has a logbook - a record of who has been there - and things inside which you can swap.

"Finding the caches isn't always easy - many you find by asking questions and solving problems."

Geocaching only really exploded in popularity with the onset of the smart phone app, according to geocacher Gary Flynn.

"Most people use the smart phone app for geocaching," Mr Flynn said.

"The response from the locals here has been insane."

For more information visit http://www.qldmega.com.

Geocaching facts

  •  There are more than 2.2 million caches hidden world-wide
  •  9000 caches are hidden across Queensland with more added each day

Topics:  geocaching, granite belt, stanthorpe


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snow covers parts of Southern Downs

Snow at Guyra in northern New South Wales.

Social media abuzz with reports of snow on the Southern Downs

Videos show snow across southern Darling Downs

A resident plays in snow in the NSW town of Guyra.

Falls were reported in Amiens, Stanthorpe, The Summit and Warwick

Bureau pours cold water on chance of flakes for festival

COLD SNAP: Jen Summers captured this freezing sunrise between Stanthorpe and Tenterfield on Sunday.

High levels of snow currently look unlikely

Latest deals and offers

Knitting warmth for the elderly

Joyce Willard is calling for knitters around Stanthorpe to help her knit squares to make blankets for elderly and palliative care patients at the hospital

Snow covers parts of Southern Downs

Snow at Guyra in northern New South Wales.

Social media abuzz with reports of snow on the Southern Downs

Videos show snow across southern Darling Downs

A resident plays in snow in the NSW town of Guyra.

Falls were reported in Amiens, Stanthorpe, The Summit and Warwick

Bureau pours cold water on chance of flakes for festival

COLD SNAP: Jen Summers captured this freezing sunrise between Stanthorpe and Tenterfield on Sunday.

High levels of snow currently look unlikely

Never-before-seen footage of Granite Belt snow

Snow blankets the road through Girraween National Park.

Dash cam footage shows a winter wonderland across Southern Downs

Elderly man left shaken after Warwick crash

A crash on the southern outskirts of Warwick.

Vehicle rollover south of Warwick.

Dash Cam of Slip in Snow

Even light snow can be hazardous.

Dash cam shows how easy it is to lose control in even light snow.

Chaos outside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Distress as cars escape Istanbul airport after bombing.

Panic inside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Dramatic vision from inside Istanbul airport after explosin.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward