Current position on publishing caches in Western Australia (Updated June 6th, 2020)
From Monday, 19th May, 2020 physical caches within Western Australia are being published subject to them not being located inside the designated bio regions.
From Saturday, 20th June, 2020 event caches, both indoor and outside, can be held if the area can hold 100 people at the 2 square metre distancing requirement.
Additionally for indoor events there may be a requirement for written permission from the proprietors allowing the gathering to occur.
Thank you for your understanding.
Kings Park, Bold Park
Geocaches placed in Kings Park or Bold Park need explicit permission from the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
Geocaches intending to be placed on Rottnest Island need to be approved by the Rottnest Island Authority before any physical container is placed on the island.
The guidelines for new caches on Rottnest Island are as follows (Effective from June 17th, 2013):
- All individual cache owners are to contact the RIA (contact details are mentioned below) prior to placing a cache on the Island and formally request that the RIA approve their proposed cache – both its physical location and the wording of the listing.
- After the RIA approves the placement and wording of the listing, if applicable, the cache can be physically placed and the cache submitted for review at Geocaching.com.
- All geocaching review processes will be followed and approval by the RIA does not automatically mean publication of the cache if any Geocaching guidelines are not met.
- Caches submitted for review before RIA has approved them will not be reviewed.
- The contact email address for seeking RIA approval is firstname.lastname@example.org
Stirling City Council
The Stirling City Council have formulated a policy regarding placement of geocaches in the Local Government area controlled by them.
Geocaches may be placed in Public Open Space grassed areas provided soil and vegetation is not damaged by the hiding or finding of geocaches.
Geocaches may not be placed in
- grassed areas next to any area that contain dieback or otherwise signposted as a restricted area
- dune reserves
- conservation reserves
- behind fences whether access is allowed through them or not (see below about limestone tracks)
- any other area subsequently identified by council as an area of concern
unless there is a formed limestone or sealed track allowing pedestrian access through these areas and only if the geocache is placed less than one metre (1m) from the edge of the formed limestone or sealed track. Other tracks, especially sand tracks, whether official or not will not be allowed to have geocaches placed next to them.
Geocaches already published will be examined individually and moved to a more appropriate location or archived as determined by the Stirling City Council. Stirling City Council may remove any geocache without warning if they determine that the location is not appropriate for geocaching hiding or finding.
City of Melville Council
The City of Melville have a number of restricted areas as a result of dieback and a number of areas that they designate as re-vegetation areas.
In the dieback areas they will not permit geocache placement. Most of the dieback areas are signposted as such but this is not always the case. If in doubt contact the City of Melville before placing any container.
In the re-vegetation areas and any other area that they determine from time to time a geocache may be permitted but permission from them must be obtained before placement of the container.
Contact for the City of Melville is Environmental Community Liaison Officer, Phone: (08) 9364 0695
Wittenoom Asbestos Hazard Area
The designated area around the former town (now degazetted) of Wittenoom, WA, has been declared a hazardous area because of the presence of contaminated dust from Asbestos Mining.
There are no geocaches of any type permitted in this area.
Western Australia Reviewer
Balayang(WA & NT)
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.
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