Coming Events

Tue 23 Jul 7:30 pm
Orienteering NSW July Board Meeting

Wed 24 Jul 4:00 pm
2024 Sydney MapRun #2 Putney
Putney Park Toilets (South), Pellisier Rd, Putney

Sat 27 Jul 9:30 am
SOS Northside - Arcadia
Vision Valley, 7 Vision Valley Rd, Arcadia

Sat 27 Jul 9:30 am
SOS Hills District - Baulkham Hills
Meet at 2nd Baulkham Hills Scout Hall, 25 Jasper Rd, Baulkham Hills
Sat 27 Jul 9:30 am
SOS Term 3 Season Pass

Sat 27 Jul 10:00 am
Learn to Orienteer - Port Macquarie
Mackillop College Oval.

Sat 27 Jul 2:00 pm
Jetty Foreshores Orienteering
Jetty Foreshores, Coffs Harbour

Sun 28 Jul 9:30 am
2024 Metro League #4 - Clay Pan
Tristram Road Reserve, Ben Love Place, Beacon Hill

Sun 28 Jul 9:30 am
NOY 6 - Belford National Park
“Belford National Park”. Scale 1:10 000. 5m contours. Remapped: Ian Dempsey 2015. Partial updates: Glenn Burgess 2023-24.

Sun 28 Jul 10:00 am
Waggaroos - AWOC Interclub #5, Goombargana

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.

Tin mining terrain tests the best in opening races of the 2012 Australian Championships

The Australian Orienteering Championship Carnival kicked off at the weekend with the Australian Middle Distance and Tasmanian Long Distance Championships in areas close to St Helens in the north east of Tasmania.  Many orienteers took advantage of the model map to get acquainted with the race terrain and discovered the intricate tin mining erosion gullies and challenging earth bank features ahead of the first race.

On Saturday good runnability and visibility allowed many of the racers to build up a good head of steam, and winning times across the courses were quick. Others struggled with some of the more technical details getting confused with the network of bank and gullies and taking significantly more time.  Sunday was more of the same but with longer course legs and increased climb to test stamina and challenge the brain. Competitors enjoyed the larger field of entrants and the chance to test themselves against the best of the other Australian States.  New Zealanders are over in decent numbers and again showing their strength across the age groups. 

NSW orienteers have been having their fair share of success. In the Long Distance Championship M40 was a good class for NSW;  although the men couldn't hold off Jon McComb of Tasmania who took 1st place, NSW took the next three places with Jock Davis (BF) 2nd, Scott Simson (NCN) 3rd, Paul Marsh (BF) 4thBennelong Northside's Terry Bluett took 1st in M65 with Ross Barr (GO) 3rdEwan Shingler (BF) took the M10 class with SHOO's John Hodsdon scoring a win in M70.  The female contingent have been having a great Championship so far: Sophie Jones (UR) 1st W10, W35 1st Anna Fitzgerald (WH), 2nd Brook Martin (GO), W45 2nd Barbara Hill (GO), 3rd Paula Savolainen (GO), W60 1st Lynn Dabbs, W65 1st Jenny Hawkins (NTN) and W75 1st Maureen Ogilvie (UR)

The Carnival moves on to the Schools Championships on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by the Australian Sprint Championships on Friday, the Australian Long Distance on Saturday and finishing with the Australian Relay Championships on Sunday.  All race information, and results can be found on the Australian Championship website here.