A new craze has rocked into Greater Shepparton and it’s all about painting, hiding and finding rocks.
The treasure hunt-style game has been popping up around the globe and found its way to Greater Shepparton during the school holidays.
Tatura mother Vanessa Tartaglia and her friend Ellen Grieve saw coverage of the game on the news and decided to start up a Facebook group specific to the area, GV Shepp Rocks, which now has more than 400 members.
‘‘We’ve seen what they have done on WA Rocks Facebook page, which has close to 12000 members, and the Victoria Rocks page, but wanted to make it more local to the area,’’ Ms Tartaglia said.
Ms Tartaglia said they wanted to get behind the movement because it was getting children out of the house during the school holidays and away from iPads and screens.
‘‘It’s a good family time activity, we’ve found close to 10 rocks on weekend trips to Mactier Park in Tatura,’’ she said.
The premise of the game is to decorate a sturdy garden rock, take a photo before hiding it, upload the picture to the GV Shepp Rocks page and leave a clue as to where it is in the park.
When you find a rock, you are asked to take a photo and upload it back onto the group Facebook page.
‘‘When you find one the idea is to re-hide the rock at the same park or hide it at another park, although if children really like the rocks and want to keep it they can,’’ Ms Tartaglia said.
‘‘In return it’s suggested you decorate and add three more rocks to a park to replace it.
‘‘We have some suggestions on how to do it on our website, it’s important to remember not to leave rocks on lawn or grass areas.’’
Ms Tartaglia said her five-year-old son, Sebastian, was ecstatic when a lady visiting from Germany said she would take back one of his decorated rocks back home and place it in a park there. Another one of their creations was found in a new hiding place in Bendigo.
‘‘The best part of it is finding the rocks because they look cool,’’ Sebastian said.
Sebastian, who was a big fan of Pokemon Go, said his favourite rock find so far was one painted like one of the characters from the game, Pikachu.
‘‘People can be creative with their designs, some are just colours, others have kind or inspirational words written on them,’’ Ms Tartaglia said.
‘‘We ask people to write on the back of their rocks GV Shepp Rocks or Vic Rocks and to please re-hide.’’