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Pennyweight Gully by Night

A cache by Romax (adopted by claybol) Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 06/17/2011
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


A night cache so bring your torch, check its battery condition and enjoy the experience.

 

The posted co-ordinates will bring you to the Prince of Wales mine site which was in operation around 1893 here in Pennyweight Gully, and where much paraphernalia still remains to remind us of those early days that had Bendigo recognized as such a significant gold bearing destination for early diggers.

Poppet legs, what is left of brick foundations for compressors and engines, together with mullock heaps, disruption to the countryside, and similar evidence of mining is all around.

 

Here you will also find a large gum tree marked with 3 Fire Tacks to indicate the starting point of your trek.

The normal procedure of holding your light source at eye height, recommended for seeing fire tacks at night applies and may also help with prismatic reflex reflectors.

An easy circuit of approximately 350m, comprising of a mixture of amber, red & clear reflectors, some fire tacks and 2 plaques bearing the numbers for GZ, coded in a variation of the letters to numbers code.

The location of these small plaques is indicated by 2 reflectors or fire tacks placed adjacent on a tree, and are hidden within 2m of the base of that tree.

Some reflectors ahead are placed so as to be visible when standing close up to the previous tree, and others from out within a 2m radius from it.

It is possible to keep to the defined tracks for most of your journey with short diversions to the reflector harbouring trees, so please take care as there are many digging depressions and subsequent erosion throughout this area.

We recommend a good torch as night conditions can vary and moonlight may have a detrimental effect on reflection!

The difficulty rating refers primarily to finding the plaques.

At GZ you will be seeking a 1L container holding the usual logbook, pen, and some trinkets for exchanging if required.

Remember this is a typical Australian bush environment where most of the natural inhabitants will still be active during your presence!

 

 

Good Luck.

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