Treasure hunters to return

MORE than 100 enthusiasts will meet at Wedderburn’s Jacka Park on Saturday for Loddon Shire's third geocaching event.

The geocaching day has attracted participants from across Victoria and interstate for the past two years. 

People will gather from 9am for the free event. 

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt game where participants search for containers with their “treasure” using GPS co-ordinates published on the internet.  

Usually, the co-ordinates will take the player to within two to three metres of the hidden cache – after that, it’s down to the seeker’s keen eye. 

Inside the containers will be a log book or sheet and pen or pencil, where the finder can record his or her visit and maybe add a few comments on the search.

Also inside will be the treasure – normally small trinkets, plastic toys and small fun objects which will fit. These can be swapped for something of similar or greater value that the finder has brought with him.

Having signed the log and done any swapping of “loot”, the cache is re-hidden in the same way it was found.

Loddon Shire already has about 200 caches hidden within its boundaries.

The council’s tourism manager Robyn Vella said all were welcome to visit Jacka Park to see how the game was played.

A barbecue will be operating, with volunteers from Wedderburn Lions Club cooking with food supplies provided by the council.

For more information, phone the Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 5494 3489.

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