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Post not so easy....
I just found out today, that caching in Sydney is different from caching at home...

Of course I started in the CBD. First cache (Town Hall) was blocked by a group of homeless, second (Macqueries Park) by a busdriver and people taking a break in the park.
Circular Quay was crowded even on the level the cache is was a couple hanging out for half an hour, than I gave up. My biggest hope of the day: Philmas Litterbin. After letting three asian Tourist goups take photos and move on, I found the waypoint (yay!) and failed at the final...

hmmm... not a successfull day. Tomorrow I will try again....
Anyhow I enjoyed the city and the gardens. :-)


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Welcome to Sydney!

I never like the CBD nanos with the number of muggles around. Christmas Day is the best time for those! And it is still hard. Depending on how long you are here the ferry ride over to Manly is nice (and a much cheaper way of seeing the harbour than a cruise, though you don't get the commentary you get the same view). And there are quite a few within walking distance over there.

There are also quite a number within walking distance around North Sydney and Milsons Point which you can get to by train or bus. And a number of those are regular easy hides with less muggles around (and a few city nanos as well).

Another option if you have time is to get a train up to the Blue Mountains for the day, there are a quite a lot up there within walking distance of railway stations and the scenery is certainly pretty spectacular.


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Hi Isa,
funny to see your name in the GCA forum ;-)

Philma's litterbin hat mich auch Nerven gekostet, hast du bestimmt gesehen. Gut zu finden waren Coathanger und Campbell Cove, beide an der Brücke, und Look at Moi in Manly. Natürlich alles zu klein für die vielen TBs ;-)
Für die Statistik nicht vergessen: Lane Cove, Australiens Erster von Mai 2000, aber wirklich nur für die Statistik, falls dich das interessiert.
Wenn du was Sportliches machen willst: Hanging Rock in den Blue Mountains hatte ich mir vorgenommen, doch das Wetter war dagegen. Am Meer Felsenkletterei in Stanwell Park, und ich glaube bei Manly gibt's auch noch was mit Tunnel/Felsen.
Ach, würde auch gerne der Kälte hier entfliehen...

LG Anja


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goldhai wrote:
I just found out today, that caching in Sydney is different from caching at home...


I would be interested in hearing what the differences are between different countries. Is it harder, easier? are there different things in caches?


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I would be interested in hearing what the differences are between different countries. Is it harder, easier? are there different things in caches?
Left the cities alone (these are always "different" - no matter which country) I can say there is a difference between Australia and Germany. Germany has a lot of "special" caches. Nightcaching, climbing, caves, extensive puzzle, long Multis, ...

Germans tend to make it more complicated which also reflects if you compare the weight of the three main cache-types:

VIC:
Tradi 73%
Multi 20%
Puzzle 7%

Germany
Tradi 58%
Multi 21%
Puzzle 21%

The typical aussie cache - and that's just my opinion - works like: cool spot - box - coordinates - bang - done whereas the German ones lack of cool spots so the cache itself has to be interesting.

Cheers

P.S.: I think the way the game is played down-under is way better than back home.


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Post Re: not so easy....
Try "Sea Monster" and "Tolkein Tree" and you might get away from the muggles a bit. :D

Also "Writes of Renown" and "Mrs Macquarie's Chair" which are a Virtual and an Earthcache and, as such, only require a photo. Both are really worthwhile as they show you some interesting part of Sydney.

Philma's Litter Bin is difficult to spot as the cammo is very good (or it was when I found it).

Some of the other inner-city caches are best done before breakfast when it's cool and fresh but most people are still not in the city. Good luck :D


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Philipp wrote:
the Monkey King wrote:
I would be interested in hearing what the differences are between different countries. Is it harder, easier? are there different things in caches?
Left the cities alone (these are always "different" - no matter which country) I can say there is a difference between Australia and Germany. Germany has a lot of "special" caches. Nightcaching, climbing, caves, extensive puzzle, long Multis, ...

Germans tend to make it more complicated which also reflects if you compare the weight of the three main cache-types:

VIC:
Tradi 73%
Multi 20%
Puzzle 7%

Germany
Tradi 58%
Multi 21%
Puzzle 21%

The typical aussie cache - and that's just my opinion - works like: cool spot - box - coordinates - bang - done whereas the German ones lack of cool spots so the cache itself has to be interesting.

Cheers

P.S.: I think the way the game is played down-under is way better than back home.


Thanks for the reply as I found it very interesting. Now I am wondering if other countries vary in the way of things.


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Drifting slightly OT I have found my DNF rate always goes up when I visit different cities. Different vegetation to hide them in, and slightly different hide styles.

For overseas ones haven't had too many dramas in Paris, Singapore or NZ.


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Post Re: not so easy....
I have found a few in South Korea, pretty much the same, but you cannot read the logs, unless you read Korean, which I do not. O and the muggle factor is huge in downtown Seoul, especially if you are an extremely good looking round eyed white person such as myself... :shock: :lol:


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I had some beautiful days of caching. From Wollstonecraft Station up to Berry Island, around Kirribilly and some other places. And than: I really lost my GPS. I don´t know how this happend... It´s just gone...

So now I am down to my mobile on which I have an app and an online access. So I am still on my way. I will be do the Northern Beaches a few more next week.

Thank you all for your good advices.


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Report the loss to the police station nearest to where you were when you saw it last. Someone may have found it and handed it in.

I am sorry to hear you lost it. :-(

Wendy

PS You could also describe the GPSr here, and the location you were at when you lost it, in case it ended up near a cache, and one of 'us' stumbles across it....


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Philipp wrote:
the Monkey King wrote:
I would be interested in hearing what the differences are between different countries. Is it harder, easier? are there different things in caches?
Left the cities alone (these are always "different" - no matter which country) I can say there is a difference between Australia and Germany. Germany has a lot of "special" caches. Nightcaching, climbing, caves, extensive puzzle, long Multis, ...

Germans tend to make it more complicated which also reflects if you compare the weight of the three main cache-types:

VIC:
Tradi 73%
Multi 20%
Puzzle 7%

Germany
Tradi 58%
Multi 21%
Puzzle 21%

The typical aussie cache - and that's just my opinion - works like: cool spot - box - coordinates - bang - done whereas the German ones lack of cool spots so the cache itself has to be interesting.

Cheers

P.S.: I think the way the game is played down-under is way better than back home.

You obviously havent been to Canberra...


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You obviously havent been to Canberra...
No I haven't - from what I heard there are only closed shops and a lot of roos.


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Philipp wrote:
Bewilderbeest wrote:
You obviously havent been to Canberra...
No I haven't - from what I heard there are only closed shops and a lot of roos.

Roos yes, and (i dont have stats handy) about 15% multis and 20% puzzles...


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