Forest’s hidden treasure

PENROSE State Forest has become the latest target for high-tech geocache hunters.

Geocaching is a game in which people use GPS devices to find hidden containers, called geocaches.

Players use the internet to find the latitude and longitude of geocaches in their area, usually a scenic or unusual spot.

When they find the geocache, they open it, log their name and date, take a gift, and leave a new one behind for the next geocache hunter.

The geocache may also contain a numbered “travel bug” which is carried from geocache to geocache, often across the world.

Geochachers can log on to a website to track the journey of each “travel bug”.

Bowral geocache enthusiasts Ross and Margaret Middleton have tracked down geocache sites from the Southern Highlands to the Border Ranges.

Mrs Middleton said hunting geocaches had taken them to interesting places that they would not otherwise visited, such as the University of New England in Armidale and the Border Loop circular railway on the NSW/Queensland border.

For the full story see the Southern Highland News, Monday, February 16