Policy adopted December 2010
Policy last updated December 2020
Scope and application
This policy applies to all lands acquired or reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) except for lands reserved under Part 4A of the Act (unless the Board of Management for those lands has adopted the policy). However, NPWS staff can use the policy as guidance in their dealings with Boards of Management.
The objectives of this policy are to:
- minimise the impacts of geocaching on the natural and cultural values of parks
- provide an opportunity through geocaching for more people to enjoy and appreciate parks and to raise awareness of parks and their conservation.
Aboriginal area means lands dedicated as an Aboriginal area under section 30K of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act).
Cache includes physical caches, virtual caches and multi-stage caches (multi-caches).
- Physical caches are also known as traditional geocaches and consist of a sealed container that typically contains a logbook and a pen or pencil.
- A virtual cache is a cache that exists in a form of a location where no physical object is left.
- Multi-caches involve two or more locations, with the final location being a physical container with a logbook inside. Each stage (except the final) typically contains a clue to the next one.
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, placing and/or 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.
A waypoint is a set of coordinates that typically include longitude, latitude and sometimes altitude. Reference points are waypoints where no physical cache is placed.
Memorandum of understanding between NPWS and Geocaching Association of NSW
NPWS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) (PDF 216KB) with the Geocaching Association of NSW 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.
This section outlines NPWS staff with significant responsibilities for ensuring implementation of the policy.
|| Positions Accountable
|2. Geocache consent