The Weekend Post - - Lifestyle -

WANT a fun way to ex­plore the great out­doors? Then give geo­caching a go, a sport that takes trea­sure hunters to some of the most amaz­ing parts of the world, in­clud­ing many un­known ar­eas across Trop­i­cal North Queens­land. Geo­caching in­volves the use of GPS to find hid­den con­tain­ers, called caches, at set lo­ca­tions all over the world marked by co-or­di­nates that are shared on­line by the sport’s par­tic­i­pants. Caches, which are hid­den by other en­thu­si­asts, take many shapes and forms, rang­ing from World War II am­mu­ni­tion con­tain­ers, through to fake rocks. Caches usu­ally hold a log book for peo­ple to sign to prove they have found it. Geo­caching is best car­ried out by down­load­ing the Geo­caching app, avail­able through geo­caching.com, Ap­ple’s iTunes store or Google play.

Regis­ter a free ac­count and then click on a cache to find, fol­low­ing the clues when you reach the des­ti­na­tion. A quick glance at the app re­veals there are about 300 se­cret geo­caches across Cairns, rang­ing from Palm Cove to Be­hana Gorge. Many geo­caches, par­tic­u­larly in the Far North, are de­signed to teach users about lo­cal sites of en­vi­ron­men­tal, cul­tural or his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, such as the Av­enue of

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