Add geocaching to your next road trip

The traditional road trip treasure hunt has gone digital with the new global game called geocaching.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

The caches can be found in all sorts of weird and wonderful locations and can vary in size and appearance. They might be in a small tin or plastic container, or hidden inside a tree hollow or beneath a piece of bark. And there are geocaches located all over the planet.

Geocaching Australia explains how to go geocaching. Go to the website to choose a geocache. You can click on the map for your state, move the map to your home location then select a geocache or enter your postcode or suburb in the search box and click ‘Search Now’.

Then:

  1. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
  2. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS device or load the geocache into a geocaching app on your smartphone.
  3. Use your GPS device of the smartphone to navigate to the geocache.
  4. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
  5. Log your adventure online.

The rules are simple.

  • Find the geocache.
  • Log your name in the log book.
  • If you take something from a geocache replace it with something of equal or greater value.
  • Log your adventure online.

Here are the tools you need to go geocaching:

You will need a GPS device or a GPS-enabled smartphone so that you can navigate to the cache. To log your adventure online you will need to create an account that identifies your geocaching name. Access to Geocaching Australia is free and open so no payment is needed to go geocaching.

To learn more visit www.geocaching.com.au.