What are Zones?
Zones are community created geographic regions that can be uploaded to [Geocaching Australia]
These can be used for many purposes, for example:
- Flagging of areas where geocaching is banned or restricted
- Postcode boundaries
- Urban areas
- Mapping out areas with caches that are good to seek at the same time (thanks Snuva)
- Combining Zones with caches to set up 'challenges' (thanks again, Snuva)
- Many other uses we haven't though of yet
An Example of a zone: Anakie Gorge by caughtatwork:
How do we use Zones?
Currently you will not encounter Zones unless you list a GCA cache that resides withing a restricted area. We will be expanding it to being an open-ended system with extended usage in the near future, but due to resource restrictions on the server we have to limit its usage just for now.
Zone information can be viewed here and downloaded in KML format for viewing in Google Earth.
Zones are user contributed, and reviewed by the site admins before being activated to ensure integrity of the database.
They are free to be used for whatever non-commercial purpose you see fit.
Why use them?
At Geocaching Australia, we believe that the hider should have all the information they need ot responsibly hide a self-reviewed cache. If they accidentally try to list it in a known restricted area we strongly suggest they move the cache to a more suitable area.
With the non-restrictive zone types (to be introduced at a later date), it will mean you will be able to use geographic regions to do all kinds of interesting things!
How can I help?
If you know of an area that caching is off-limits, or you have the time to map any other zone categories, you can make a zone and upload it to the site.
A tutorial is found here: HOWTO:Add_Zones_to_GCA