Inspired by the discussion on show 566 of the Podcacher podcast about when and where the first of each type of geocache was placed, I decided to try and find this information out for Australian caches. The following list (from oldest to newest) shows the earliest currently active cache of each type i.e. it does not include archived caches, some of which may have been placed before the ones listed here.
Virtual: Lane Cove (GC3E) – 18/5/2000 (NSW). This is actually the first cache placed in Australia. It was originally a traditional cache, but was changed to a virtual when the container had to be removed because it was inadvertently placed in the habitat of an endangered plant.
Traditional: Melbourne’s 1st (GC7A) – 8/10/2000 (Vic). This wasn’t the first traditional cache placed in Australia, but it’s now the oldest traditional due to Lane Cove changing to a virtual.
Multi: Scott Creek Multiple (GC1E2) – 3/2/2001 (SA)
Mystery: On The Run (GC3720) – 3/2/2002. This is one of very few movable caches still active in Australia.
Mystery: #38 Under Pressure (GC39EC) – 15/2/2002 (NSW). The oldest non-movable mystery cache in Australia.
Webcam: Penguins (GCC1EC) – 10/1/2003 (SA)
Earthcache: Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head (GCHFT2) – 10/1/2004 (NSW). This is also the first earthcache placed anywhere in the world.
Letterbox Hybrid: – The Apprentice (GCRF2Z) – 11/12/2005 (Tas)
Whereigo: – Flight of Fancy (GC1BCA3) – 20/4/2008 (Vic)
So if anyone wants to find the oldest active cache of each type in Australia, you know where to go.
Note: I’ve only included caches from geocaching.com; I might prepare a separate list of caches from geocaching.com.au.