Geocaching fans congregate in Perth, Australia

Geocaching fans congregate in Perth, Australia

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Australia: About 1,300 hi-tech treasure hunters from around the world will descend on Perth on July 31, 2010, for the Geocaching Mega Event. Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use handheld GPS units to seek out containers hidden by other geocachers and then share their experiences online.

More than one million active cache containers are currently hidden in more than 100 countries around the world. The Geocaching Mega Event, the first of its kind in Scotland, has attracted participants from 21 countries, including South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and the US, as well as enthusiasts from across the UK. It is expected to generate about GBP 300,000 for the local economy.

The Geocaching Mega Event, which will use the Dewars Centre in Perth as its hub, is being held as part of the Perth 800 series of events. There will also be free lectures about the sport and geocaching trade stands.

Provost John Hulbert said, β€œThe event encapsulates all of the Perth 800 themes – heritage, culture and sport, economy, youth, technology and communities. It will give us the chance to showcase to people from around the world what Perth and Kinross has to offer and it will also provide the local economy with a major boost.”

Source: Press & Journal