Cache hiding best practice
You have chosen to list a cache here on Geocaching Australia. Thank you for doing so.
The motto for the site is 'Free and Open Geocaching', however with this freedom comes responsibility Please take time to consider some of the following items before submitting your cache:
Have you considered:
- Is this cache worthwhile/Is this cache here for a reason?
- Why have you brought people to this place?, is it the kind of cache you like to seek?
- Proximity to other caches (GCA and others)?
- Are there other caches nearby? If so, are you utilising a different feature or area of the site, or is it the same ad the existing one?
- Possibility of causing a public nuisance?
- Permission, if the site warrants it?
- Has your cache name been used in your state before?
- Is your container weatherproof?
- Did you include a stash note?
- A stash note will help the longevity of a cache if it is muggled
- Is the hide legal?
- You are not above the law. Keep within public areas and in places where you and your fellow cachers will not get into trouble for being there.
- Is it in a National Park?:
- Some National Parks (NSW for instance) have an explicit ban on geocaching whilst others have rule regarding off-track walking.
- There are usally policies in place prohibiting disturbing fauna.
- Some suggestions from the forums for caches in National Parks include:
- Follow the rules & place caches VERY close to the track to prevent others from doing the WRONG thing
- In parks such as this, Give a VERY OBVIOUS HINT, & where possible show a PHOTO of the cache hidey hole on the cache page, After all in parks it’s the “Location, location, location,” not the cache hunt, (which would only lead to damage).