A Hot Day For Geocaching

February 7th, 2006 | by Charlotte |

Paddocks End

by The Reigate Squires

S 33° 48.395 E 151° 12.368

(ratings out of 5 stars. 1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)
Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Terrain: 2 out of 5

The march of progress.

This area has been known for years as the Willoughby Paddocks and was the subject of an appeal by the former local MP Peter Collins and a residents’ action group to save it as community open space.

A good portion of the land has now been earmarked for a development of about 80 homes and its name commercialised to Market Garden on the basis that it was actually used as a market garden at some stage.

A “riparian corridor” of public land straddling Sailors Bay Creek, it was originally set aside as an extension to the Warringah Expressway which was to career through Castlecrag and on to Seaforth over a proposed, but of course never built, bridge. It sits between some suburban houses and school playing fields.

The new plan calls for a playground, picnic and parking areas and the retention and “rehabilitation” of bushland alongside the creek. There is also an exisiting “community eco garden” and a group of very out-of-place palm trees that were transplanted from another site.

There are several points of entry to the Paddocks. We have placed the lunchbox-sized cache in an area that we expect will remain untouched by the development.

Landcom is a NSW-Government owned corporation.To quote from their website:
“Turning these paddocks into prime property is a challenge requiring the best of Landcom’s development and consultative skills”. Time will be the judge.

Number 3 in our occasional Parks of Willoughby series.

February 5 by Charl (94 found)

A quick and easy find.

TNLN. Thanks for the cache.

The 60CS took us as near as it could get, but we had to walk down the street to find the park, which had the bushtrack that led to the cache. The track was sadly overgrown with garden weeds.

Walter’s Jukebox
by EvilDan

S 33° 47.889 E 151° 13.380

(ratings out of 5 stars. 1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)
Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Terrain: 2 out of 5

A musical cache – bring your unwanted CDs, and maybe pick up an unknown gem…

Walter Burley-Griffin is most well-known for designing Canberra, but he also had a lot of influence in Sydney. He designed the suburb of Castlecrag, and many of the houses in it. The Council has an interesting fact sheet available at http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/fileDownload.asp?id=1462&file=_Upload/files/Fact_Castlecrag.pdf.

The cache is a 3-litre container with a pile of CDs. We all have a CD or two at home that hasn’t been listened to for ages… well, bring yours to this cache and share the music! Should be able to fit 10 full-size CDs in the cache, far more if they’re in slimline cases or disc envelopes.

Initial contents include an EP from Sydney’s best band, Lazy Susan; an EP from The Whitlams, a Triple J Hottest 100 compilation; and a couple of Bangkok specials – CD’s in MP3 format with a dozen albums on each, from some well-known bands… if you’re a musical cacher, drop in a CD (burnt or commercial) of your music!

The cache is located just off a moderately steep trail that winds all the way from the main road to Middle Harbour, with nice views. There’s a playground for GeoKids, too.

Acessible by public transport – catch the 203 bus from Wynyard (city) to the end of the line.

See if you can find a Burley-Griffin original house, or the memorial near the hospital… then play your new CD in the car as you head to my other Burley Griffin cache, The Incinerator.

Difficulty bumped to 2 due to variable satellite reception.

February 5 by Charl (94 found)

What a cute little park. Loved the statue of “Walter the Burly Griffin”. He deserves a children’s story. 🙂

Walter the Burly Griffin from the side (photo by c.j.b.)

Walter the Burly Griffin from the front (photo by c.j.b.)

Found what I presumed was the cache. There were lots of logs in it, so we weren’t the first ones.

The owner should mark the fake cache in some way so other don’t make the same mistake.

Right by your side

by Bensel

S 33° 51.030 E 151° 12.222

(ratings out of 5 stars. 1 is easiest, 5 is hardest)
Difficulty: 1 out of 5 Terrain: 2 out of 5

Find this one and enjoy the harbour views on your way. If you do it right it shouldn’t be much of a stretch to find. Please note, this is a log only cache with a pencil provided. Happy caching : )

February 5 by Charl (94 found)

This would be the perfect park to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks. I’m sure thousands of Sydney-siders have that exact idea each December 31st.

Beautiful views across the water to the Habour Bridge, Luna Park (with spinning ferris wheel) and the Opera House. Watched an orange ship the size of a skyscraper sliding under the bridge. The ship was big enough to make the enormous, luxury motor yacht perched on its top deck look as small as a child’s toy.

All of that made up for not finding the cache and ripping the arse of my cotton pants wide open as I climbed over a fence.

P.S. I’m astonished that c.j.b. didn’t take the beer.

Habour Bridge from Blues Point (photo by c.j.b.)

Freighter with motor yacht on top (photo by c.j.b.)

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  1. 3 Responses to “A Hot Day For Geocaching”

  2. By yewenyi on Feb 8, 2006 | Reply

    The link to http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au is broken. 🙁 I love the photos. 🙂

  3. By Charlotte on Feb 8, 2006 | Reply

    Yes, it’s a cut and paste from the geocaching website.

    *slaps forehead* We should have invited you! Sorry! Next time! (By the way, it was far to hot to be geocaching anyhow. We’d given up by the early afternoon.)

  4. By cjb on Feb 8, 2006 | Reply

    There’s more photos at http://kildall.apana.org.au/~cjb/wordpress/ *plug plug*

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