Australia’s first ever exciting Geocaching Mega Event (GC1YJ5R) was held in Wagga Wagga which is located in the heart of the Riverina region in Southern Central NSW in April 2010.
Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in NSW with a population of over 60,000. The city is very close to the geographical centre between Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and is nestled on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee River. There are more than 150 geocaches located within a 20 km radius.
Wagga Wagga is a dynamic and cosmopolitan regional city with thriving businesses and boasts fantastic sports and arts communities. The city offers a temperate climate, is rich in cultural heritage and has a wealth of fantastic attractions making it an ideal destination for visitors all year round. It is the gateway to many attractions within the Riverina.
The Oz Mega location is at “Camp Kurrajong” within the Kurrajong Reserve, north east of the city, on the road to Oura (named the Gundagai or Oura Road), about 9 km from the north end of the main street of the city, Fitzmaurice Street. The 13 acres of natural bush reserve is owned by the Scout Association,"Riverina Division".
Included in the amenities are two large halls, 2 toilet blocks, 2 shower blocks, bunk dormitories for 81 people, which includes bedrooms with your choice of either 4 beds or 8 beds in them. But the highlight is a picturesque facility with privacy all around, and is the ideal location for geocachers, as it is very flat and has ample camping facilities.
For full details, see the cache event page - Oz Mega.
The cost to attend Oz Mega Wagga Wagga was AU $30 - $40 per Geocaching name team. Late entries did not receive any of the special pack that all registered entries will receive.
Camping on Site
Many visitors camped on site, and others stayed in Wagga Wagga motels or caravan parks.
Another event, the Oz Mega Cito (a Event) had been listed to help with the cleanup of the area around the scout camp on Easter Monday.
The Committee donated surplus funds after the event to worthy local charities, including the MS Society Wagga Branch.
Now the event is over, here are some links to a few youtube videos:
OZ MEGA RESULTS::
OZ MEGOPOLY presented by Cub Campers:
1. Earthbound Control
6. Solomon Family
9. Team Robins
10. Mr. Coffee and the Coffee Clan.
11. Just A life
15. Blue Tongue
1. Moch's Mob
2. Puddle Jumpers
3. Earthbound Control
1The Hunta, Earthbound Control
3. Earthbound Control
OZ Mega Mix & Mingle:
1. Semik (USA)
South Africa to Wagga Race:
2. Margie H.
Easter Egg Hunt:
1. Mr Coffee
Helicopter Mega Drop:
1. Jemalong and family
Photo caption comp:
1. Tealby-"you wont milk me for a hint "
500th Will Attend (On geocaching.com):
1. Solomon Family
500th Registration (On rivcache.com):
Furthest travelled to attend OZ MEGA Wagga:
1. Hobel - Switzerland & Wandering Starfire - USA - Joint winners -tie