About SideTracked Caches
This simple multi-cache (BYOP!) belongs to the SideTracked series. It is not designed to take you to a magical place with a breathtaking view. It's a distraction for the weary traveller, but anyone else can go and find it too. More information can be found at the SideTracked Website.
At all times, for safety, you must remain behind the YELLOW LINE on the platform while searching for the information you need. According to the regulations, anyone entering a railway platform must have tapped on with their Opal Card, even if they don't intend to board a train. After gathering the information for this cache, you can then tap off, which reverses the transaction. Apparently, transport inspectors can and occasionally do check the Opal Cards of people on railway platforms.
To find this cache, start at the posted co-ordinates:
A = The number of box hedges at the north-western end of the platform.
Head up the stairs to WP2:
B = The number of Opal (Tap On/Off) poles on the platform (including the one near the ticket office).
C = The number of fluorescent light fittings (not tubes) underneath the metal awning, excluding the one next to the coffee shop.
Turn left and walk down the hill to WP3, a memorial near the War Memorial with 2 plaques:
D = The third digit of the birth-year on the top plaque.
Continue along Millewa Avenue until you reach the pedestrian bridge at WP4:
E = The final digit of the year in which the lower plaque was dedicated.
F = The number of "arches" across the bridge.
Checksum (numbers above) = 39
The cache is located at:
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Being a commuter station usage is concentrated around the morning and evening peaks, hence be particularly muggle-aware at these times, at all waypoints.
About Wahroonga Station
Wahroonga railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the North Shore line, located in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area.
Railway and tramway plans for the area were discussed by the authorities in the 1880s. Wahroonga station opened on 1 January 1890 as Pearce's Corner when the North Shore line opened from Hornsby to St Leonards. It was renamed Wahroonga on 30 August 1890.
Shrubs and trees have been planted in the centre line of the platform on both sides of the centrally located building since its earliest days. Grounds on the east and west of the tracks are also densely planted with a mixture of native and exotic trees and shrubs. These are well cared for by Hornsby Shire Council and add to the stylish setting of the station.
Wahroonga Station is the highest on the North Shore railway line at 189.9 metres AHD. It is set in a cutting with elevated road and pedestrian bridges, connecting Wahroonga to its east and west. The main shopping centre is south of the station.
It ranks 110th in the network with about 2,200 daily users.
Wahroonga is an Aboriginal word meaning our home. In the early days of the British colonisation of New South Wales, the main activity was cutting down the tall trees which grew there. Wahroonga was first colonised by the British in 1822 by Thomas Hyndes, a convict who became a wealthy landowner.
Hyndes's land was later acquired by John Brown, a merchant and timber-getter. After Brown had cleared the land of timber, he planted orchards. Later, Ada, Lucinda and Roland Avenues were named after three of his children. His name is in Browns Road, Browns Field and Browns Waterhole on the Lane Cove River.
After the North Shore railway line was opened in 1890 it became a popular place for wealthy businessmen to build out-of-town residences with large gardens. Wahroonga is still known for its tree-lined, shady streets.
At the 2016 census, the suburb of Wahroonga recorded a population of 17,371.
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