Geocaching began in May 2000 shortly after GPS Selective Availability was switched off (now commemorated as Blue Switch day), but the first geocache on the Central Coast wasn't hidden until January 2001. That cache was Aero-Vale (GC17C) hidden at Warnervale by Rob and Kazz. Sadly in 2015 its ammo can was replaced by an M&M tube throwdown which went the way of most such things, leading to its archival in October 2016.
Four other caches from that year are still in play, though:
- GC72C #4 Wonderful by Hounddog hidden in April 2001
- GC1C47 #18 The Thin Black Line by Hounddog hidden in September 2001
- GC1CD1 #19 Haunted Highway by Hounddog hidden in September 2001
- GC2471 Head Like a Box by GeoMonkeys hidden in October 2001
The rest, they say, is history, and to celebrate that history is this Community Celebration Event in the beautiful bushland setting of the Crommelin Native Arboretum at Pearl Beach. GZ is the grassy field near the cottage at the southern end of the park, with shelter available in the event of rain. There's limited parking close by in Crystal Avenue, with more room at the northern end near the tennis courts off Opal Close.
There will be activities and give-aways to keep everyone amused. Bring a picnic rug and whatever else you need. Pearl Beach shops and Pearl Beach itself are just a few hundred metres away if you need supplies or a swim afterwards.
Community Celebration Events - 2020
This Event is part of a limited release of Community Celebration Events to celebrate 20 years of geocaching. Geocachers hosted events between May 2, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Learn more about Community Celebration Events on the Geocaching Blog.