The objectives of the policy are to:
- minimise the impacts of geocaching on the natural and cultural values of parks
- utilise the increasing popularity of geocaching to provide an opportunity for more people to enjoy and appreciate parks and to raise awareness of parks and their conservation.
The policy applies to all lands acquired or reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 ('parks').
Aboriginal Area means lands dedicated as an Aboriginal area under s30K of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Archiving a cache means removes the listing from public view on the internet.
Cache includes physical caches, virtual caches and multi-stage caches.
Datum is the framework that defines coordinate systems. The Australian Geodetic Datum (AGD) is the traditional coordinate system and has been replaced by the Geometric Datum of Australia (GDA). GDA is the current national standard, however some older GPS units may not have GDA.
Declared wilderness areas are those lands declared as wilderness under the Wilderness Act 1987.
An EarthCache is a type of virtual cache that is the site of a unique geological feature. To have an EarthCache listed on www.geocaching.com it must meet the website's guidelines. These guidelines require EarthCaches to be educational as well as adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Geocachers are individuals who practice the activity of geocaching, including both placing and seeking caches.
Leave No Trace outdoor ethics are techniques to prevent and minimise impacts on the environment while undertaking outdoor activities. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations. More information is provided at Leave No Trace Australia
Park authority means the body responsible for care control and management of a park, as defined in the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009.
Physical caches are also known as traditional geocaches and consist of a sealed container which typically contains a logbook and pen/pencil.
In the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid the world is divided into 60 longitudinal zones numbered 1-60 and 20 latitudinal zones, numbered A to Z (with O and I not being used). For example the UTM grid zone which contains Sydney is 56H. In each UTM zone, coordinates are measured towards the east then the north, in metres.
A virtual cache is a cache that exists in a form of a location where no physical object is left.
A waypoint is a reference point for a physical location on Earth. Waypoints are defined by a set of coordinates that typically include longitude, latitude and sometimes altitude. Multiple waypoints (i.e. steps for a multi-stage cache) may be posted on a cache listing to help a geocacher search for the cache. The actual location of a cache is also a waypoint. 'Reference points' are waypoints where no physical cache is placed.
Please refer to: delegation of Director-General Functions, National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
- National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act)
- National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009 (NPW Regulation)
- Wilderness Act 1987
MOU between NPWS and Geocaching Association of NSW
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Geocaching Association of NSW has been developed to promote sustainable and culturally sensitive visitor use of parks. The MOU also seeks to encourage:
- improved understanding and awareness of geocaching
- mechanisms for regular communication and issue resolution
- improved compliance with government policy and guidelines.
Document to download:
Memorandum of Understanding between National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW) and Geocaching Association of NSW (PDF 216KB)
Related policies and other documents
Visitor Safety Policy