Find hidden treasures and history with geocaching
IF YOU haven't tried geocaching, this weekend might be the perfect time.
The virtual and real worlds come together to form a worldwide scavenger hunt, where avid explorers can use hints and maps from the geocaching app to track down hidden treasures.
A number of geocaches are hidden around the Western Downs waiting to be found.
Some are in town around Dalby, only requiring a short walk and a keen eye to find.
Others might require a car trip with family or friends to one of the many other towns nearby.
Western Downs Regional Council Community and Cultural Development spokesperson councillor Kaye Maguire said geocaching activities were a great chance for the community to find some hidden treasures.
"Around the region you can find caches in trees, under park benches or even at museums,” she said.
"In each cache container there's a logbook to write down your name and what you've found and sometimes you'll even find special treasures or tokens.
"One of my favourite parts about the geocaching activities is the history they share.
"In some of our caches across the region you'll find snippets of local history - one cache in Macalister shares history of the former local school and other caches in the region share history from our local settlers.
"It's a lot of fun and I encourage people to join in.”
Geocaching is an activity that individuals and groups can do any time, all they need is a smartphone and the geocaching app.
The app is free, with options to upgrade and access additional features and caches.
It's the perfect way to explore the local region and learn about its history.
Avid geocachers can also create their own caches for others to find.
We'd love to hear your stories of geocaching adventures and what you learned about the western downs region or further abroad. Email your stories or photos to the Dalby Herald at editorial@ dalbyherald.com.au.