After the success of the last ACT event in Manuka, we offered to hold an event and this time it beckons you beyond the city limits!
This event is designed not only to get us all together, but also to entice some ACT and Queanbeyan cachers out into the beautiful and exciting Namadgi National Park. Sample some of the easier caches in Namadgi by visiting the Orroral Valley, or if you've done all the easy ones make this the date to do one of the more adventurous.
This entry is initially to advise you all of the date so that you mark it down in your diary. We will update this page as the event develops. For the moment we are keeping the event pretty simple because the location is the feature, and if you have never been out this way before you will be busy taking the opportunity to collect at least four easy caches. Timing is flexible, but the official start time will be 11.00 am. You can either come earlier and do the local caches, or do those after the event. Make a day of it - do some along the way. Two BBQs and toilets are available on site, and there are several large tables and shade. There is a sealed road all the way to the site - contact Mtrax, Jezzzaxtreme or us if you would like to car pool.
From Woden you should allow about 45 minutes to get to the valley. To get to Orroral you head to Tharwa (the bridge is now repaired) and turn south along the Bobeyan Road (towards Adaminaby). Continue past the Namadgi Visitor Centre, and continue past the right hand turn to Honeysuckle on the Apollo Road. (There are caches up there - some not much of a walk, some very adventurous and will take a while to complete). After passing the Apollo Rd you will climb out of the valley up the long steep hill that is Fitz's Hill. Coming down the other side,after several km's you will come to another right hand turn to the Orroral Valley. Watch this section - there are several tight bends as you approach the right turn (big brown sign marks the spot). Follow this road - do not turn into the campground that you come to first. Continue past and after a short uphill you will enter the valley. Keep following the sealed road to the carpark and site of the old tracking station. Easy!!
Event update: We've been out to this site twice lately on the way to/from Rock of Ages and Smokin', so I've checked out the BBQs and tables. There is a lot of open space here, so if you have geokids you could bring the whole family and when not doing the nearby easy caches, you could kick a footy around or throw a frisbee.
The kids might also be interested in the remains of the tracking station - lots of fixtures and signs to check out. Do Moon Mirrors and Time and Space while you're at it! Other nearby caches that are an easy walk are Orroral Run and The Valley 4 – Gurgling Cache. We will be placing a couple of new caches nearby for those folks who have done all those in the valley. More to come! And I am cleared to disclose that anyone who is working their way through the Lost French Tourist would find their efforts rewarded!
But wait there's more!!! Caughatwork contacted us, and we will have GCA stickers to sell to support the fundraising drive for the new server. You KNOW you have all used the forum and encountered problems, so support this appeal by buying the stickers - 3 for $5.
22 October update: another cache released in the valley. Unfortunately for Winglen, but not for you all, it is exactly where we had planned to place one in a spot we've visited several times long ago. We have still have one more that we will probably release just before the event. We are also working on some questions in the style of that fun quiz offered by Matt and Shell at the Manuka event.
Finally for car pooling, it will make sense for people to get together - easier on the environment, easier on the hip pocket, and it will make for easier parking at the site. We will have one or two spaces in our car, and will be going early to get organised and claim some space. Mtrax and Jezzzextreme offered to manage the car pooling, and I will email you both separately to check that is still OK.
Keep a watch on this site for further update. Thanks!!