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Welcome to Orienteering NSW

Orienteering is a sport that challenges both the body and the mind. It's also loads of fun!

The aim is to use a special orienteering map to navigate your way around a course and visit marked check points along the way. You choose a course that suits your age and experience and proceed at your own pace: walk, jog or run. It is a race but you decide if you want to just race yourself or be the next world champion! The course may take you through urban areas, parks, schools, farmland or forests.

Events are conducted weekly across NSW and beginners are welcome at all events.

New to orienteering? Click here for more information.

Want to enter an event? You can see what's on by looking at the Coming Events at left or by going to the Event Calendar. Some events are enter on the day - you just turn up and register at the start. Other events require pre-entry and for that you need to know about (and register with) Eventor - read the Eventor FAQ.

Uringa training course starts on Sunday

Uringa are putting on a "Learn to Navigate" 4-week course in the eastern suburbs, starting this Sunday (November 2).

This beginners course gives you all the tools to get out and orienteer! Over 4 weeks Michele Dawson (Australian junior rep) and Lawrence Jones (NSW Schools Squad member) will introduce you to the techniques to make your navigation secure.

Sessions and course materials include:

  • Map reading
  • Introduction to key orienteering techniques
  • How to read contours and navigate efficiently
  • Key elements of good route choice
  • How to use a compass at speed

Cost is $75 for individuals, $99 for families - with discounts for ONSW members.  Can’t come to the whole course but want some top quality coaching? You can book in for a single session.

Details and bookings are at

Each session runs from 2-4pm, after which you have time to get to the Southern Sydney Summer Series event that day to put your theory into practice. The first two weeks are at Centennial Park.


All set for Ultra Sprint debut

In an Australian orienteering first, this Saturday at Callan Park ONSW is hosting an exciting new format - ultra sprints.

This event is open to everyone and is being held in conjunction with our regular Saturday morning schools series. It will also be a trial run for the last day of the Xmas 5-Days on New Year's Eve.

Pre-entry is preferred so we know how many maps to print.

There are some twists in an ultra sprint:
* Participants have a two-hour window to complete 3 courses, each of approximately 1km.
* on each course is a maze with several controls
* there are no control descriptions
* a mispunch means a 30-second time penalty rather than disqualification
* you can do the 3 courses in any order

With each course being so short there is a temptation for the more serious orienteers to go flat out. But with controls seemingly everywhere, and just a dot on the map to indicate their location, care is still required to execute a clean run.

This event promises to be a lot of fun, so come along and try something new.

Enter Callan Park via the traffic lights at Park Road / Darling Road intersection (opposite Cecily Street) and follow the signs to parking.


Xmas 5-days entries are open

We know you've been waiting patiently, and we're pleased to announce that entries are now open for our annual end-of-year carnival - to be held for the first time in the Sydney metro area.

Georges Heights, Cockatoo Island, Pyrmont, Lapstone and Centennial Park are our stunning event locations. Along with our Xmas bush regulars, we'd love to see lots of the summer series crowd join in - you can enter the lot, or whichever days take your fancy.

For 2014, with the except of Day 4 (Lapstone) the Xmas 5-Days takes on a distinctly urban feel. Full details are on the flyer, and entries via EventorDay 3 at Pyrmont (see pic) will also count towards the Sydney Summer Series.

We have random prize draws for October, November and December thanks to our generous donors. Pre-entry is strongly recommended as we will have only a limited number of EOD maps available.

We anticipate several tour groups from Europe en route to Tasmania the following week for the World Cup round, not to mention the Oceania championships being held in conjunction.

We are still confirming the exact location of the last day, which is an ultra sprint somewhere within Centennial Parklands. To find out more about this exciting micro version of orienteering, read the flyer.

Entries close December 14. More information is available on the Xmas 5-Days web page. Tell your friends. All events are easily reached by public transport and offer great sightseeing opportunities.



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