Geocaching smart way to enjoy great outdoors

Bushrangers instructor Gary Thirlwell tries out Yanchep National Park’s first geocache trail with park manager Julia Coggins. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d414144
Bushrangers instructor Gary Thirlwell tries out Yanchep National Park’s first geocache trail with park manager Julia Coggins. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d414144

Park manager Julia Coggins said the trail was a course of hidden containers, called caches, that can be discovered by GPS or smartphone, and follows the wetlands walk around Loch McNess.

‘The Nyanyi-Yandjip geocache trail, named after the traditional tribal name of the park, will lead people through our stunning Australian bush, then when completed, they share the details of their find to the world online,’ Ms Coggins said.

Bushrangers WA cadet program instructor Gary Thirlwell worked with the cadets to develop the geocache trail.

‘I had been introduced to geocaching by my nephew, and thought that there was potential to develop a geocache trail with my cadet unit,’ he said.

‘More than 30 students made several visits to the park to consider locations for the caches and it was decided that the Wetlands Walk Trail was the perfect place.’

Park visitors can hire geocache receivers from McNess House for $10 plus a $50 deposit after providing identification. Visit www.geocaching .com.