Coming Events

Wed 4 Oct 4:30 pm
2023/24 Sydney Summer Series #1 - Rydalmere
Eric Primrose Reserve, John St, Rydalmere

Sun 8 Oct 8:00 am
BOSS1 Newcastle MTBO - Glenrock
Glenrock State Conservation Area

Wed 11 Oct 4:30 pm
2023/24 Sydney Summer Series #2 - Hunters Hill
Boronia Park Reserve, Hunters Hill.

Wed 11 Oct 5:00 pm
Newcastle Summer Street Series Warmup
National Park, corner of Dumeresq St and Smith St, Cooks Hill.

Sat 14 Oct 2:00 pm
Coffs Score #6 - Woolgoolga
Woolgoolga High School Sport Fields.

Sat 14 Oct 3:00 pm
Cordeaux Heights
Cordeaux Heights 1:7,500, Sheargold Park (Derribong Drive) Cordeaux Heights

Sun 15 Oct 10:00 am
Waggaroos Local event, Livingstone

Sun 15 Oct 10:00 am
Bush event #8 Rocky Falls
Rocky Falls, Mullion State Forest

Sun 15 Oct 10:00 am
23 km on Bundarra Road

Wed 18 Oct 4:30 pm
2023/24 Sydney Summer Series #3 - Killarney Heights
Killarney Heights Oval, Killarney Heights.

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.

Careful planning at Newcastle Club event

Freeway underpass map

For the Newcastle Club event this weekend at The Underpass, planner Peter Newton had a number of problems to solve.  The area between Killingworth and the F3 Freeway is heavily used by motorbikes and 4 wheel drives which made Very Easy and Easy course setting a worry. Faded flags were used to draw less attention from passersby and the flags were stood up late in the afternoon to minimise the time they were in situ.  Control stands were secreted behind bushes or off the track, again to reduce the chance of interference from non-competitors which added a bit more spice to courses for the orienteers. Very Easy were set challenges to cross an open area to the base of an electricity tower which they could see.  Easy runners were given route choice options enticing them to be brave and leave the comfort of the track, so cut across rather than run the long way around tracks. Since this event was a minor/training event these options were highlighted on a notice board map for course entrants to study. 

With all that planning and care the only small problem for the day was courtesy of OCAD ‘all controls’ feature. Course descriptions were all correct but using a master map of all controls to place the stands meant that with the 2 last controls in close proximity, OCAD positioned the control numbers on the map in a fashion which saw the setter reverse the controls. More experienced OCAD users are aware of this trap so shrink the circles and numbers to ensure they are positioned close to the feature and double check number location. A useful tip for all!

And what of the race? One of Newcastle's fittest competitors (recent NOL setter Steve Todkill) ran the Long Hard in just over 41 minutes so Newcastle's newest JWOC representative (Alex Massey)  was set the challenge of beating that time. He did - by 26 seconds. Alex’s time would have been shorter had he not baulked at getting his feet wet at the creek crossing (he was reminded that all he should do is RUN!)

Many thanks to Peter Newton for this report



Major Events

 Schedule 2022 - 2026

Event Series

NSW State League

MetrO League


West Orienteering Series