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Australia Reviewers

Ngaambul (QLD & ACT), Jingeri (QLD), Tchingal (SA), Bunjil (VIC), Balayang (TAS, WA & NT), GeoAwareANZ2 (EarthCaches - Oceania)


About This Guide

The local laws and guidelines for geocaching placement vary from place to place. As community reviewers learn geocache placement policies for a certain location, they can add it here. This site may not be a complete or accurate list of land policies. These policies are made by the land owner or manager, they are neither the reviewer’s nor Geocaching HQ’s. This guide is just for reference, if no policies for the area you’re looking for are listed, that doesn't mean no policies exist. You must still obtain permission to place your geocache from the landowner or land manager,comply with all applicable laws, and follow the Geocaching Listing Requirements.

If you have an update, email the community reviewer(s) listed.


GENERAL AUSTRALIA WIDE POLICIES

Covid-19:

From time to time there may be a need to restrict events and new cache publications in Australia due to local/State requirements. For Event listings, State Restrictions need to permit gatherings of 80 or more. Where publishing of Events has been suspended, event lead in times will still be 14 days from submission to Event date.

Difficulty and Terrain Ratings:

The Difficulty and Terrain (D/T) ratings often cause confusion for hiders. There is some guidance which covers common cases found here in the Help Centre. We provide further guidance here to help in some areas not addressed therein. The Australian Reviewers offer this guidance to try to get uniformity across the country. The actual values are chosen by the Cache Owner but they should provide a fair indication of the effort required to log a find.

DIFFICULTY (D rating)    

This represents the effort to determine the coordinates (Mystery/Multicache), and once at the cache location, to finally access the cache once you’ve stopped moving (open it, find log, replace), solve field puzzle, manipulation with string, poles, and/or magnets.

TERRAIN (T rating)

This represents the physical effort to get to where you stop moving to grab the geocache container and extract the log. Walking, hiking, swimming, and climbing.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

These are things requiring training to use, safety equipment such as helmets or life jackets, and are not part of the caching tool kit you can carry easily, or the tool kit the average geocacher would carry most of the time. Boats, large ladders, and rope climbing or abseiling equipment are examples. For example, a technical tree climb requiring ropes etc. would be a T5. But a free climb without the need for special equipment would be 4.5 or lower (often much lower). Once you’re up there if it’s hard to open or find the cache then that would be reflected in the D rating. A pole cache (tree fishing) on the other hand, would be generally be low Terrain in most cases if it’s easy to get to the position you need to be at, but higher Difficulty to reflect a tricky manipulation.

A tree fishing geocache should have both attributes "no tree climbing required" and "special tool required" to allow finders to search for, and know what to expect at GZ.

Caches are not typically published on any of the following:

  • Power Poles, Transmission Lines and Power Boxes  - or in the vicinity of live overhead power lines.
  • Airport property, Fence lines or adjacent surrounds

  • Military bases, Fence lines or adjacent surrounds

  • Motorway verges, Roundabouts, Traffic Islands and Median Strips

  • Schools, Kindergartens, Child Care Centres and the like.

  • Post boxes, Stamp Vending Machines or other Australia Post property. See The Crimes Act.

Fastening of Caches:

  • No screws, nails or other fastening devices into trees - alive or dead. If a cache is to be secured to a tree to prevent muggling use a strap or wire that is significantly larger than the tree and can expand as the tree grows.

Regional differences to Global Policies:

  • Railways - Caches can be placed close to railway lines if they are fenced or outside the easement/corridor - generally 25m.

  • Highway Bridges - Caches are typically allowed under bridges so long as their placement will not cause alarm.

Event Stacking Guidelines

The Event Stacking guidelines say that events intended for the same people, a sequence of events or near the same time or location should be a single event. To help clarify the "Same Time Or Location" We have built the following guidance.

ScenarioDistance RestrictionsOther Requirements
On the day of a Mega EventNo other events to be held within 100km radius, except for a single event hosted by the Mega Committee.

No CITO's allowed within the 100km radius at all.

The day before / after a Mega EventEvents held within 50km radius of another event must meet the other requirements

Events must be held 4 hours apart

General Policy

See State Wiki for details (New South Wales, Victoria) otherwise 10km radius of another event,

must meet the other requirements
Events must be held 4 hours apart

Note: Event hosts are still expected to demonstrate that their event meets all other parts of the event stacking guidelines. The guidance above is specifically for the Same Time or Location point only.

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE REGARDING THE ABOVE, NEED CLARIFICATION, OR BELIEVE YOU HAVE AN EXCEPTION, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REVIEWER BY EMAIL - see top RH corner of this page for Australian Reviewers.

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