geocaching.com.au is one of many listing services around the world for geocaching. As you'd expect geocaching.com.au caters to Australia caches. Frequent readers of this blog may realize that I have not been outside North America in several years, and putting two and two together are wondering how I was able to make 100 finds on an Austrailian geocaching listing site.
The answer is locationless caches. These are caches that do not have a container, nor do they have specific coordinates. Most of them require a cacher to find an object in the world, and post a picture and coordinates to claim the find.
I came across the idea of logging caches on geocaching.com.au during a discussion on Google Plus about my recent encounters with StreetView Cameras (here and here). During the discussion the fact that a locationless cache deals with encounters with StreetView cars. I was intrigued so I logged the cache. While I did I noticed that there were hundreds of locationless caches on the site.
At the same time I had a bike accident so I was off my feet for a few days. I used that time to go through my archive of pictures and claimed locationless caches. After a couple days I ended up with 100 finds.
From what I understand from discussions with Geocaching Australia, I am the first person overseas to be sent this pathtag, so it is a unique momento of my caching experiences. Someday I hope to cache in Australia for real, but for now this pathtag will have to do.