What is GPX?
GPX stands for GPS Exchange Format. It allows people to exchange data about:
GPX was developed by Topografix, which publishes the GPX format specfication.
Different GPX formats
Groundspeak developed extensions to cover this information, however unfortunately they have made the extensions proprietary so they cannot be used by other cache listing websites. Geocaching.com makes their GPX files available to Premium Members via a method called Pocket Queries.
Obtaining GPX Files
GPX files are available from two main sources. The first is through Pocket Queries on Geocaching.com. This is a Premium members service on that website. A Pocket Query is only going to provide geocaches that are initially listed on that site. It will give you a large part, but not necessarily the whole picture of geocaching in your area.
The second method for obtaining GPX files is from Geocaching Australia. This will give you state-by-state GPX files for caches listed on Geoaching Australia. These files are available on each state page of cached. These can be found on the menu system by selecting "Find > Available Caches", and then choosing a state. Presently, there is a small link on the bottom right of the page with the GPX file.
Geocaching Australia GPX Files
GPX links by state :
- ACT : http://geocaching.com.au/caches/gca/au/act.gpx
- New South Wales : http://geocaching.com.au/caches/gca/au/nsw.gpx
- Northern Territory : http://geocaching.com.au/caches/gca/au/nt.gpx
- Queensland : http://geocaching.com.au/caches/gca/au/qld.gpx
- South Australia : http://geocaching.com.au/caches/gca/au/sa.gpx
- Tasmania : http://geocaching.com.au/caches/gca/au/tas.gpx
- Victoria : http://geocaching.com.au/caches/gca/au/vic.gpx
- Western Australia : http://geocaching.com.au/caches/gca/au/wa.gpx