Toowoomba Japanese Gardens

After we stopped and spent as much time as possible at Picnic Point Toowoomba – at the lookout, the playground and then had lunch in the park, we decided to head to Toowoomba Japanese Gardens to check out the beautiful grounds. There is a cache there but my phone wasn’t able to pick up the location no matter where I stood, we walked on many paths and it kept on jumping – sometimes if there is too many tall trees, or over cast day the GPS on the geoaching app can’t work too well!

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Picnic Point Toowoomba

After we had been driving all day from Bundaberg to Childers {for a petrol stop}, on to Ban Ban Springs for lunch break, to Nanango for a coffee break we were heading to a free camping spot past Toowoomba but our Campervan had other ideas!

David had replaced the Carburetor in the Campervan before we left on our trip. It had been running rough for weeks, and we knew it had to be done. Unfortunately it was still running rough but I had done a trip to Brisbane and back the weekend before with no issues, so we headed off with confidence that our old girl would make it to Sydney and back no issues.

But we were about 30 minutes to Toowoomba when she was sucking in air, and not getting enough fuel {or getting too much at once}. We pulled into a Petrol Station in Toowoomba, thinking a good quality fuel might flush the issue through. But after filling up she crawled the car park area and stopped. RACQ was called – we are Premium members and have been for years, it has saved our butts big time so many times over the years.

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Baffle Creek Raft Race

Every year they have a Baffle Creek Raft Race where you can build your own, or turn up and they supply all the stuff needed to make one on the spot and race {its called a “Dogs Breakfast Race”}. We haven’t even been up to Baffle Creek before so I was keen to see what the town was like. We decided to join the Bundaberg Homeschooling group who were staying on a friends property for a spot of of Free Camping!

Baffle Creek Raft Race ::

Cameron and Kyle did make rafts at Grandma and Grandad’s place but they didn’t end up using them. Instead everyone got together and made one that could hold 5 of the homeschooling boys.

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Fred Haigh Dam

I have wanted to drive out to Fred Haigh Dam for so very long! Its been on my Bucket List for so very long, but things happen and we haven’t been able to drive out there – and believe it or not we had to go through Gin Gin Queensland  to get there – and found two caches at the Rest Stop.

We are super excited because we have found our first “Trackable” and our first “Travel Bug” – Kyle and Cameron had no idea what either one meant, and to be honest neither did I, so I had to do a fast google search.

We have contacted the owner of the “Trackable” and he has agreed that we are allowed to keep it with us for the time being, and will be taking it on a special trip soon! Lets see how far it can travel – it came from Sweden so far! And has been in Queensland – lets see where it ends up.

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Bundaberg War Nurses Memorial

With Geocaching we are seeing more of Bundaberg then we ever thought possible. From Places we drive past and don’t pay much attention to, and then to places we have been to before but didn’t really take much notice.

Bundaberg War Nurses Memorial is opposite Bundaberg Base Hospital, a place we have been to many times but really didn’t take the time out of our day to walk across to the park and see what was there.

And yeah we found the cache, it only took us two attempts, and many walking around in circles trying to work out where it was, before we thought outside the square and found it in the most usual place!

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Baldwin Swamp Bundaberg

Yesterday we meet with other homeschooling Mums/Kids at Baldwin Swamp Bundaberg for more GEOcaching fun, along with much needed exercise for us Mums, and an wonderful way to burn off energy for the kids. It was rather warm day but at the same time it was so beautiful.

I actually never even knew that Baldwin Swamp was there! I have been to the Sugar Train Playground. And I have seen the signs pointing to the landscaped bush walking areas but have never ventured that far. I think in the three hours that we were there we nearly covered ever walking track that’s available! If not we were so very close 🙂

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Geocache Finds In Bundaberg

We are addicted to Geocaching big time! Well Kyle and I are – David and Cameron don’t seem to have the patience for the search of the different type of caches, which is a shame cause its so much fun. And its a great way to see more of Australia.

We are driving down roads we wouldn’t know about, and seeing buildings we wouldn’t know were there!

Its a perfect way to see Australia, and to see the surrounding Bundaberg area. And there is a rush that I can’t explain with Geocache Finds in Bundaberg – some of the caches are so small you have to really think outside the box, others are large containers and Kyle loves finding those the most because there are so many trinkets inside to swap with!

The smaller ones are called “Nano” caches – they are so small you will be amazed they can fit any paper into them!

We have shared How We Geocache With our Boys, hope that gives the inspiration to get out there looking in your own area 🙂

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Geocaching in Bundaberg

I am not going to say exactly where in Bundaberg we have been Geocaching in the last week and a bit, only cause I don’t want to spoil it for others that also love to find caches.

But gee we are super glad to be back looking for hidden treasures, actually Kyle and I are the only ones that enjoy it! David and Cameron have no patience for hunting around to find the containers. So we are working out what to do with those two while Kyle and I escape for fun and games.

Geocaching In Bundaberg ::

There are so many caches on the map for Bundaberg – not sure if we will ever have the time to find them all, and super bummed that we didn’t think to check Geocaching.com before we headed from Bargara to The Lighthouse, because there was many caches along the way {even one at The Lighthouse 🙁 }

But its been fun trying to work out how many we can do in one day – yesterday we managed to find five! Not bad for an afternoon of exploring. And we got to see a Historical Site that we never ever knew was there – actually I bet the locals don’t even know its there because if you blinked you would so miss the information about what used to be in the area.

The Tiniest Cache Ever ::

the following few pics are from our Instagram account because I didn’t have our camera with us, and I took them with our phone! Must always remember to carry camera, and Pen/Pencil when out looking for caches!

Kyle found this cache in Bundaberg

THE SMALLEST EVER? PROBABLY NOT BUT ITS TINY!

Shrek Looking After This Cache

HE LOVED THAT SHREK WAS THIS CACHES GUARDIAN ANGEL

Kyle finds another great cache with lots iinside

ANOTHER GREAT CACHE, WITH LOTS OF GREAT TOYS INSIDE!

This was all last weeks finds! Today I was smarter and had my Canon Camera with us, and got some great pics ::

Kyle with a Cache that I found

KYLE WITH A CACHE BUT HE DIDN’T FIND THIS ONE THIS TIME

So excited that I finally got to find one

THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER FOUND A CACHE

Muddy ground and sank in it to my ankles today

ITS DIRTY BUSINESS LOOKING FOR CACHES

Yeah I sank in the mud today! And it felt gross under my feet. Luckily in the back of our Campervan we carry water – actually it is our Shower when we go camping, which we hope to do very soon.

Kyle was over the moon to find this one

FINALLY FOUND THIS ONE

It took us three attempts to find this one! Very tricky cache, hidden well out of sight, but at the same time it made sense where we found it.

We have had so much rain

GETTING VERY WET AND MUDDY NOW

Kyle swaps toys

OH MY GOSH A BIG BOX OF GOODIES TO SWAP WITH

Kyle is such a “Giver” so he loves finding things in our motorhome to “Swap” with these bigger type caches. He loves gifting a toy to another GeoKid 🙂

Fields Are Flooded

WALK THIS WAY – WE HAVE HAD SO MUCH RAIN

We stayed out of  the water this time

YEAH NOT WALKING IN THAT

We stayed on the Road, looking for traffic as we went. There was no way either one of us was going in that deep puddles!

Finding another great cache

ANOTHER WONDERFUL CACHE THAT WAS SO OBVIOUS TO FIND!

Yeah it was dirty on the outside, but surprising enough it was dry and clean on the inside. Some of the caches we have found have been water logged and not able to write in the Log Book!

Great Size Cache

WE COULDN’T BELIEVE WHERE THIS ONE WAS HIDDEN

The Lid was on tight

IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO OPEN IT UP

The lid was on that tight that I had to take the container to the Road and gently tap it on the ground.  It took a couple of attempts before the lid was lose enough for me to un-do!

Finding something to swap with

KYLE LOVING THESE CACHES WITH SO MUCH TO CHOSE

Kyle keeps a Zip locked bag in our Campervan with little trinkets inside. And he has lots of fun swapping something for what ever he can find. Today it was swapping a smaller “Bouncing Ball” for smiling badges. Or something like that – we visited five caches so I can’t exactly remember what he swapped with at each one, but do know that he loved finding each cache.

The area we looked in had lots of caches placed by the same member. Which was so handy because we were kinda of aware of what to look for each time.

We are only free members of Geocaching.com – and we don’t have a GPS device with us, so we work with the co-ordinates that each Geocaching description gives us, and then use Google maps to help us out. Not the easiest or quickest way to operate Geocaching In Bundaberg but for us its Okay for the time being.

Maybe next Xmas/Birthday someone will gift me a GPS and pay for full membership to the website/App {hint/hint Kids/Hubby}

Have You Tried Geocaching In Bundaberg?

Cheers

Lisa

New Life on the Road

Bargara to The Lighthouse

On Australia Day I wanted to cross off a Bucket List adventure that I have been wanting to do for sometime. Its a long walk from Bargara to The Lighthouse – one website said it was a 90 minutes walk there and back! Well I am sorry but we took 2 hours to walk one way. And it was so very hot by the end of our walk but so very worth it. David dropped us off at Bargara and went to The Lighthouse carpark.

Then he started walking towards us – we actually meet up with him sooner then he expected and was shocked to see how much we had walked. After wards we thought that we could have easily walked there and back, if it wasn’t so very hot mind you.

Yeah we got burnt that day but gee we had so much fun.

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