Cairns Esplanade Lagoon - Virtual Reward
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A virtual reward cache at the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, a very popular place for locals and tourists.
The lagoon was opened in 2003 and is designed in the shape of our state of Queensland. If you change your map to the satellite view, you will see the shape. At the pointy end are rocks, which represent the clusters of the islands of the Torres Strait.
Around the area there are plenty of free facilities to keep families entertained. You can go for a swim in the lagoon knowing you are safe from crocs and jellyfish, and under the watchful eye of the lifeguards. There are free BBQ facilities around the lagoon and along the esplanade and even free WiFi. Go for a walk along the esplanade to muddies playground for the kids, or just enjoy the boardwalk with some great public art and information boards to look at along the way.
Check out the three of the great pieces of public art around the Lagoon itself to find the answers you need to log the virtual cache. Have a look at the 'tip' of the lagoon at 'The Herd'. This piece by Hew Chee Fong and Loretta Noonan, resembles a herd heading out to sea. Individually carved from granite, the pattern is reminiscent of the mud flats seen along the Cairns Esplanade at mid to low tide.
Wander over to 'The Woven Fish' by Brian Robinson. The large sculptures are interpretations of the smaller woven fish forms that are often woven in palm leaves. The weaving of palm leaves is a tradition that dates back centuries in the Torres Strait.
Find the Brass plaques along the wall between the lagoon and the ocean, also by Brian Robinson. The designs and motifs are a combination of patterns and markings used by the indigenous craftspeople, artisans and artists from the Torres Strait.
To claim this virtual cache you must message or email the answers to the two questions and then add the required photo to your log:
1. What fish is depicted on the brass plaque between the woven fish and the ocean?
2. How many rocks are in the 'Herd'?
3. At the given coordinates there is a digital clock, which alternates between time and temperature. Take a photo of the temperature and add it to your log.
4. Optional info you might want to put in your log: If you are a visitor to the area, how does that compare to home?
If the questions confused you then go back and read the description. It tells you where to go to find each answer.
Once you have sent off your answer please go ahead and log the cache. We do check that everybody sends us the answer. Logging this cache without sending us the answer will unfortunately result in your log entry being deleted.
DO NOT post the answer to the questions in your log, not even encrypted. Please also don't include photos that show the answers. Your log will reluctantly be deleted if you do.
Virtual Reward - 2017/2018
This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog (visit link)
Reference for the public art (nope the answers to the questions can't be found there): Cairns Regional Council. 2017. Public Art - Cairns Esplanade. [ONLINE] Available at: (visit link)
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