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. . .and Snuva’s sensational Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 10/16/2005
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Geocache Description:

Water cascading over rocks – check
Long-ish bush walk – check
Kind to ‘geriatric retirees’ - check
History – check
Old rusty mechanically stuff – check

A flat, easy – but approximately 10 km – walk to this old pipehead well offers a nice leg stretch, some great scenery, and the opportunity to be squawked at by black cockatoos (always held in high regard). No, I'm not THAT full of my beautiful Schnauzerness (well, almost), however the name itself provides you with a general hint for where you are heading - and a bad pun to groan at along the way.

WHAT TO BRING Although this cache can be approached along a fairly flat track, you do actually start at and maintain elevation. With this in mind, walking in this area is best done with a bit of preparation – be prepared for changeable weather: Snuva advises you bring water, sun hats, sunscreen, wear layered clothing (with a water-proof outer layer) and snacks. The approach most people will take means you will have to cross a stream; if it has been raining you might want some extra socks with you. The cache site offers a lovely area to have lunch, although no cooking as the fireplace has been taking out because of bush fire danger during dry spells.

DIRECTIONS These directions are pretty specific, so if for you half the fun of finding a cache is figuring out the route, don’t read any further; likewise, the hint will tell you right where to go (especially as coverage isn't great at GZ), so only decrypt if you really can’t find it and would be depressed if you left with a DNF. Park at S42 56.540 E147 14.496 and follow the Pipeline Track. The initial incline as you head toward the track will level off into a very wide well maintained path. Not long after you join the Pipeline Track, you will see signage which also includes a map; if you think about the bad pun the cache’s name is, it should be easy to see where you are aiming for. Continue along the track, and you’ll be branching off on a side track after you reach the corrugated iron hut (approximately 5km along the track after you leave the trailhead). This track goes uphill, however it’s not far up the track before you will reach your destination.

11 January 2008: This area has had some major work done - a really beautiful seat / observation spot has been added. And unfortunately the old location across the creek should no longer be visited. So that cache has been retrieved and a new one placed on the 'legal' side of the stream. THERE IS NO NEED TO CROSS THE STREAM. Cache is now a small container holding a log book and pen but no swaps. Note: the hint is a spoiler.

I visited this location at 10 pm with rebulus, gspblu, and red tag. If you visit after dark, please beware of trees leaning over the track. Someone, and I'm much too polite to say who, in our group walked into this and was knocked out. And then had to suffer us constantly asking if he or she was OK - and then, when it seemed no permanent damage was done, being laughed at until some of us were red in the face. So please be careful out there!

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Raq bs genpx, ba uvyyfvqr orgjrra jnvfg naq fubhyqre urvtug. Gb gur yrsg bs naq haqre byq ybt, oruvaq ebpx.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)