*** The 8th Annual Geocaching Event. ***
Heart of Yorke Caching.
Long weekend event
June 6-7-8th 2009.
SA Geocachers are invited to the June long weekend caching event
at Maitland on the Yorke Peninsula.
Situated 167kms north of Adelaide by road
this event will provide three days of fun and caching.
The Maitland Showground Pavilion, located in the centre of town, will be the hub for event activities. The showground also has camping facilities for those with caravans and tents. So if you want to be close to all the action this is the place to be.
If you haven't been to one of these before check out all the fun Geocachers have had with previous events.
Clare Caching Capers by Lyn and Gavin
S33° 51.977 E138° 37.237
GC41BC on 12/06/2002
SA-Geocachers "Geo-caping" weekend by Team Piggy
S35° 26.835 E138° 18.505
GCF8E6 on 7/06/2003
The Remarkable Winter Caching Event by Gunnell & Pandaabear
S32° 48.600 E138° 11.660
GCJC9A on 12/06/2004
Fourth Festive Frolic Weekend by alex
S37° 02.536 E140° 48.032
GCN6XC on 11/06/2005
Cap-Under Caching Classic by Freddo and Team
S34° 20.222 E138° 54.383
GCTR53 on 10/06/2006
Caves, Craters and Caches by SECS
S37° 50.688 E140° 49.200
GC11VAE on 9/06/2007
Cosy Corner Caching by Pirate Parrotheads & Freddo Frogs
S34° 02.235 E139° 45.460
GC1949Q on 8/06/2008
Friday - Setup for those who arrive early. Organise your own meals.
Saturday morning 11am - sign in, pay up $20 per team then meet, greet and brief. Head out to place caches and do a picture activity. Each team will place caches, number depending on attendance. One cache from each team may be a permanent traditional. There will be points for best camo, and most innovative hide. Nothing over three star, and no micros, please.
Saturday Early Evening 4pm - Return cache placement co-ords and Quarantine GPSrs or Memory cards, games for kids and adults mingle and brag about caching exploits.
Saturday Evening 6pm - A dinner event "THE GEOCACHING DINNER" at the Yorke Valley Hotel for those who have booked.
Sunday Early morning 8:30 am - sausage and egg sandwich and coffee/tea at the Showground.
Sunday 9am - Event briefing and grop photo. Cache hunting to start from 9:30am.
Sunday 4pm - All caching to be finished. Logbooks and caches returned to Showground. There will be severe point deduction for not being back on time, and there will be points for picking up your temporary cache after the completion of caching.
Sunday Early evening 4:30 pm - BBQ meal on the Showground. Self cook BBQs will be available.
Sunday evening 6:30 pm - Geocacher's Presentation night, Basket supper and prize presentations.
Each team should bring a wrapped prize to the value of $10-$15.
Monday morning - recovery, clean up and drive home.
There will be CITO points awarded for the return of a bag of rubbish per team collected over the weekend.
THE GEOCACHING DINNER
A dinner event to be held at the Yorke Valley Hotel. The menu will be a smorgasbord with soup and dessert . Cost $25 a head. Please see event listing for more detail.
Payment wll be direct to the venue on event night.
There will be caches hidden on the Saturday by those participating in the event. The number of caches to be hidden by each team will depend on the number of participating teams.
The temporary caches supplied to the teams will be hidden on the Saturday and retrieved after the hunt on the Sunday.
Caches placement is to be within the guidelines for placing a Traditional 3 star cache. Whilst clever hides contribute to the event you should be mindfull of the opportunity for people to find a large number of caches on the day. Therefore accuracy in your waypoint is also important . It you have never placed a cache dont hesitate to ask for some advise.
Teams may choose to replace one of the temporary caches with their own traditional cache that will remain after the event. The traditional cache will need to be at a minimum about 10 cm in length. Contents of the temporary cache will be placed in the traditional cache and retrieved along with the other temporary caches at the end of the hunt.
Traditional caches will still need to be listed and approval granted as per GC guidelines after the event. Due to the vagaries of the 160m rule some discussion may be required between teams after placement.
The temporary caches can be camouflaged and there were many great examples of this last year from interesting plumbing right through to memorial sites and cow pats. The camouflaging will need to be able to hide something the size of a small Milo tin or a rectangular take away food container. The bonus points for best camo will be awarded to the team receiving the most votes from the other teams.
There is also a bonus award for the most innovative hide judged the same way.
The idea of camouflage and innovation is to add fun to the day, not to create a caching challenge that is too difficult for other participants to find. So no micros or specialised equipment to retrieve a cache ie ladder, and the star rating should be under a 3.
Maitland Showgrounds. The grounds have newly built shower facilities, a clean and neat kitchen facility and there are sites available for caravans and tent camping on the oval.
A flat rate of $15 a night per site applies to all who stay on the oval.
To book a site please e-mail SA_ParrotHead with your camping requirements.
The society wll not be accepting bookings they need to come through SA_ParrotHead.
There are also numerous cabins, camping and hotel room accommodation in nearby Port Victoria.
Reminder to all event goers.
One week to go reminder to all event participants.
Event program as set out in the listing above is confirmed.
The Playing field image has been uploaded. An A4 paper map image will be available in your registration packs.
The registration pack also contains a local area guide.
Cachers are reminded to bring a UHF radio and Camera if available.
If you have a PC cable for your GPS please make sure it is available for upload and download.
We will also accept memory cards if you want to retain your GPS for overnight caching.
Memory cards will be loaded with a GPX, waypoint and Tom Tom file.
If you want to try to get a Black Thunder token but don't have a UHF radio Please forward your mobile number to
We will be texting messages during the cache hunt as well as broadcasting in UHF.
A CITO cache will be run in conjunction with the main event so don't forget to bring some bags to put the rubbish in you collect.
Registration cost is the usual $20 a team and a $10-$15 wrapped gift.
Payment is by individual team even if teams are combining.
Please leave your gift when you register on the Saturday.
Make sure if you are attending the dinner event you get your dinner token at registration.
If you are camping on the showgrounds you need to pay for your stay when you register.
If you must bring a dog keep it on a lead and watchful eye.
Dogs are not to be brought into the hall or shed areas.
You must clean up after your dog.
Dog owners should be aware there will be sheep in the area.
The local police will be notified of the event so they will be able to respond to any queries by locals.
We want this to be a safe event for all concerned anyone charged with a road traffic act will be disqualified from the game.
Drive safe and observe speed limit.
There are going to be a lot of children out there this weekend.
Things to do in Maitland:
From the Maitland event website.
Maitland Art and Craft Fair Winter 2009 – Maitland Town Hall.
Art and Craft Fair with over 50 stalls to browse over and buy a bargain. There will be plenty of children's activities to amuse them for hours from face painting to a matinee movie - a great family outing.
When hunger strikes there will be plenty to choose from - a barbeque or maybe some donuts and a cappuccino to tempt the taste buds. The Fair is a two-day event.
Maitland National Trust Museum
Located on the corner of Gardener and Kilkerran Terrace, this National Trust Museum (it used to be an old schoolhouse) contains a good collection of local memorabilia. Of particular interest are the Aboriginal and German heritage exhibitions. As most of the Aborigines had disappeared from the Yorke Peninsula by the time of European settlement this is a particularly valuable collection. Open Sunday and school and public holidays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - (08) 8832 2220
St John's Anglican Church (1876)
This is well worth a visit to look at the stained glass windows. They depict biblical stories but the settings are all Australian. It is located on the corner of Alice and Caroline Streets.
Lions Bicycle Adventure Park
Located off Elizabeth Street, the Lions Park is an ideal place to spend a few hour with the children. It is a pleasant retreat.
There is a self-guided nature and history trail. Information and leaflets from District Council. Also a wide range of interesting stone buildings exist in the town. In Walter Street there are some particularly fine examples.
The District Council of Yorke Peninsula Building which was completed in 1908 at the cost of £276 and used as Council Chambers from 1 July 1908 and the verandah was added in 1928 at the cost of £60. It ceased to be used as the Council Chambers on 16 March, 1969
Playing field for the Heart of Yorke event is as follows.
West Boundary = Coast
North Boundary = Old Boundary Road (approx S34º 16.575)
East Boundary = Piggery Corner/Bournes/Gillis/Kittos Roads (approx E137º 46.800 ±0.250)
South Boundary = Andrew/McFarlanes Road (approx S34º 33.200 ±0.200)
Out of bounds ? Maitland Town Area within East/North/West/South Terraces.
Oziexplorer map of playing field "Event Map"
Combined teams -
1 Psalm118:24 (C3)
2 Ginger Ninja (C3)
3 Delta Echo (C3)
4 goingtheredoingthat (C3)
7 Postiegirl (Southwest)
8 Everlasting (Southwest)
9 Grand Voyagers (Southwest)
12 Team Hurtle (Hurtling Dragons)
13 Winterdragon (Hurtling Dragons)
14 Dazzatron (Team Hancock)
15 Margieh (Team Hancock)
16 Setsujoku (SetsuAnja)
18 The Hunta(Shane4)
22 Adrian Mc(Adjar
23 I,Dax (Shonky Dax)
24 Shonkylogic (Shonky Dax)
25 Skippy (SkippyKiwi)
26 Sydneykiwi (SkippyKiwi)
27 Zytheran (Zythwibblean)
28 Team Wibble (Zythwibblean)
Individual teams -
31 Orange Angels
32 White Dog Gang
33 Silver Snitch
35 George Jetson
36 Healthy Leg
38 Team Canyonero
39 Barryd SA
44 Mystery Inc
45 Team Ermalesh
53 Pirate Parrots 54 Fredd0
Now not able to attend
Camper Van Wannabe's
Photo Fun on Saturday.
On Saturday besides putting out caches we will be running a fun activity using digital photography. If you have a ditial Camera, Phone or other device that takes pictures please bring it along to participate so you can join in the fun.
Freddo will provide all the details at the breifing on Saturday morning so no cheating and pestering him before then.
We will provide a laptop for images to be downloaded to when you come back on the Saturday afternoon. You will need to be able to copy your pictures up to the laptop. We will have a card reader but you should bring your own USB connection/cable (and software) if you think your device will need them to connect to the laptop. Most cameras have a storage card or act like a flash drive when plugged in. So hopefully it will be a simple task to collect all the pictures.
One of the entries from the Photo game on Saturday.
The Final Score.
The Caches column represents the points awarded for finds on caches 01 to 60. 2 points were awarded for an outer band area from GZ and 1 point for inner hides.
Hi Folks. The heart of Yorke was the third June event planned by SA_Parrothead and Freddo. It has been our ambition to hold a version this annual event on YP for many years. Little did we realize that the event would be wet, wet, wet. The first truly wet event in a long time. Wet, slippery and fun.
Thanks to all participating teams. Your patience under sometimes trying conditions is much appreciated. With such a big group a queue would form occasionally. Your attention to safety and accuracy is applauded.
Special thanks from the organising team to everyone who assisted over the weekend.
Fantastic to meet lots of new people and to catch with many old timers.
The big red Freddo-mobile enjoyed being the tow vehicle for the Sunday hunt. It is now impressively filthy and looks like a real 4wd.
The roll call of teams is as follows. 35 competing teams. A truly magnificent event. Let's do it all again next year.
Now that was fun.
Its great to be part of a team that can bring so much joy to so many people. It has also been fun working with Team Freddo to make this possible and everyone else who pitched in along the way.
To see all those happy faces and families coming together is a wonderful thing.
Last year we had tales of country singers to tell but this year I am sure it will all be about the wet and just as a fisherman's catch gets bigger so will the stories of the amount of mud clinging to our vehicles.
It's no easy task bringing an event like this together with lots of planning going on in the background to make it all work. What I really love is the way people will pitch in to make what we organise successful. Say you want a BBQ cooked and teams rush in to help and before you know it Wibble, Winterdragon, White Dog and Alex(Jock) are making it all happen.
Its a great thing to be part of such a wonderful community and to be able to read so many logs of what a great time people have had interacting with each other and know you have been a part of it.
Once again thank you for taking what we presented you with and giving us back such a fantastic event.
and Alex I know where you can get a 4WD next year if you want a driver to go with it.