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Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by lemmykc » 14 June 11 6:40 pm

I am thinking of going for a weekend (1 night) to either Ballarat or Bendigo, but I cannot choose in a few weeks time. I have some questions that I would like to be answered with facts, not opinion.

1. What town has more caches within a 10km radius of the town centre.
2. What town has easier caches (on average)?
3. What town has more creative caches?
4. I am a fan of nightcaches, what town has them?
5. In what town would I be able to get more completed? (what town has caches closer together).

Remember, I am purely going to cache, not do any tourist stuff etc.

Thanks

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by caughtatwork » 14 June 11 7:33 pm

1. Showing only active caches.
Bendigo Number of matching caches: 189
Ballarat Number of matching caches: 136

2. D/T
Bendigo - Difficulty 1.8, Terrain 1.8
Ballarat - Difficulty 1.9, Terrain 1.7

3, 4 and 5 are opinion based so I can't answer based on your initial criteria.

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by gmj3191 » 14 June 11 8:44 pm

Bendigo has two night caches
Zombie Apocalypse http://coord.info/GC2NTKF
Tigers First Night Cache http://coord.info/GC2F5GR

Ballarat also has two night caches
Left on Sturt http://coord.info/GC2JBCG
Walking on Simpson http://coord.info/GC2K0XX

Based on - within 10 km, available, with Nightcache attribute set

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by lemmykc » 14 June 11 8:59 pm

gmj3191 wrote:Bendigo has two night caches
Zombie Apocalypse http://coord.info/GC2NTKF
Tigers First Night Cache http://coord.info/GC2F5GR

Ballarat also has two night caches
Left on Sturt http://coord.info/GC2JBCG
Walking on Simpson http://coord.info/GC2K0XX

Based on - within 10 km, available, with Nightcache attribute set
However there is a big difference between a trad nightcache and a multi. A trad nightcache is generally false, usually the owner trying to attract people or just putting attributes in for the sake of it. Both of the Bendigo nightcaches are true nightcaches (what i am talking about anyway). I know I didn't specify the type of nightcache, but I did mean real nightcaches (like °'s nightcaches) that use reflectors, firetacks, etc.

Could somebody please tell me how difficult the two Bendigo nightcaches are? Could you do both of them in one night, and also 'HUNTING DROP BEARS AT NIGHT'? Or is that a bit of a stretch :D

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by gmj3191 » 14 June 11 9:21 pm

Some additional information.
I've recently got my database up to date, so I'm confident these are all the available caches following a lot of archives lately.

Using Many Thanks to Bendigo as the Bendigo centre point
and
Ballarat Station as the Ballarat centre point for the 10 km limit,

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by gmj3191 » 14 June 11 9:24 pm

Based on that, my **subjective** opinion based on this and nothing else would be that
Bendigo caches are larger and more interesting, but if you're interested in just clocking up finds, go to Ballarat.

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by roundcircle » 14 June 11 9:32 pm

gmj3191 wrote: Ballarat also has two night caches
Left on Sturt http://coord.info/GC2JBCG
Walking on Simpson http://coord.info/GC2K0XX
These two aren't night caches. They can be done at night, but there's nothing special about them.

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by lemmykc » 14 June 11 9:34 pm

roundcircle wrote:
gmj3191 wrote: Ballarat also has two night caches
Left on Sturt http://coord.info/GC2JBCG
Walking on Simpson http://coord.info/GC2K0XX
These two aren't night caches. They can be done at night, but there's nothing special about them.
That is what I meant. The description seems like they are just normal caches.

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by gmj3191 » 14 June 11 9:35 pm

They have the Night Cache attribute set, rather than the Recommended at Night attribute.

Having a quick look at some caches I'm familiar with, this does seem a point of confusion.

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by PrincessDiala » 14 June 11 9:50 pm

My opinion only...
I prefer Ballarat caches, the Bendigo ones frustrate me far too much!
So maybe this is an answer to Q3?..

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by McAdies » 15 June 11 11:53 am

Bendigo has some rather devilish hides. But then Ballarat has some that are very hard because they are nano's hidden where you could place a large.
We live in Ballarat so have found the majority of caches except for some of ST37E's as they are mostly hard nano's.
I doubt you would get over 100 in a night so really each town would be a good place to cache. Especially if you avoid long multi's and set the difficulty low on a GSAK filter.
Hope you have fun and remember it is really cold in both places at night!

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by covert » 15 June 11 12:02 pm

Each of the 3 night caches in Bendigo (inc dropbear) can be done in less than 30 mins each.

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by iamapom » 15 June 11 12:33 pm

My vote is for Bendigo... a lot of caches that make you say "oooooh you tricky s*d". Nice hides there, and plenty of them.

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by lemmykc » 15 June 11 6:14 pm

McAdies wrote: I doubt you would get over 100 in a night so really each town would be a good place to cache. Especially if you avoid long multi's and set the difficulty low on a GSAK filter.
Hope you have fun and remember it is really cold in both places at night!
I don't plan to get 100 anyway, and I would probably leave on a saturday morning around 9:00 am and return at about 3/4:00 pm on a Sunday.

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Re: Ballarat or Bendigo

Post by Earthbound Chief » 15 June 11 6:32 pm

Lemmy - Drop bears at night is a lot of fun out in the scrub. If you were to go there Tigersden put out 62 caches for the pre easter event, have a look at Lancoorie (I think that's how its spelt), do the mystery at the caravan park which needs you to find the new caches. The journey will take you all around a part of Victoria steeped in history (with stacks of caches).

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