Magic Wand – Geocache of the Week

Multi-Cache
GC3KWJE
by duck 43
Difficulty:
3
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Western Australia, Australia
S 32° 00.400 E 115° 50.109

Have you ever wished for a magic wand that could solve all of your problems with just a wave? While wielding this power in everyday life may only exist in fairy tales, you can experience the next best thing. Visit this Multi-Cache where your wish for a “magic” wand comes true to reveal the smiley for this Geocache of the Week!

Image by duck 43 – Perth, Western Autstralia’s capital city, can be viewed in the background of GZ

The backdrop for the Multi, Magic Wand, is the capital city of Perth in Western Australia (WA). Ground zero overlooks the Swan River, an idyllic estuary that contrasts the bustling metropolis of WA’s largest city. Cache owner, creative wizard, and Australia’s highest Favorited hider, duck 43 located the spot over six years ago. “It was such a lovely location, I simply had to come up with something special. At the time I was not an experienced hider and could not have imagined how popular this cache would become.”

Image by Dark Energy – the wand is in close proximity to the cache container

There are two stages to the Multi-Cache: one for the cache container and one for the key to access the log— the magic wand! Step aside Harry Potter and Fairy Godmother, this wand consists of a classic, black rod with an attractive special feature (no, not fairy dust). “I don’t know how I came up with the idea for the mechanism, but I knew I would have to use magnets to open the box,” duck 43 said of their creative process. The wand was specially made for this cache. The cache itself is nestled nearby under a natural, cave-like arch of foliage. It is comprised of an outer box (on which you can cast your spells) that provides protection for the inner Lock & Lock with logbook.

Image by duck 43 – the container can be seen under a cave-like structure in the brush

Geocachers can proclaim Alohomora! if they wish to astound young wizards with ‘sorcery’ in opening this cache, but the components all conform to the laws of physical science. “It is quite simple really. A magnet moves across, like a latch, and prevents the lid from opening. By sliding a magnet on the outside, it would move another one on the inside which would move into a position to become a locking bolt. To close it you simply place the wand magnet in a position to repel the internal magnet.”

Image by duck 43 – geocache container placed with permission

The combination of a beautiful venue and cache design have drawn geocachers from across the globe to the Multi, including from the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Netherlands.

We have a limited population in Western Australia, so most geocachers have found it but people from overseas and interstate put it on their priority list. It has been muggled a couple of times but generally not badly and I have been able to fix it. . .The favourable logs help to keep me motivated!”

The attention garnered this cache with over 200 Favorite points, the current leader in Western Australia. We’re positive you’ll understand why!

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