Coming Events

Wed 17 Aug 9:30 am
Sydney West Primary Orienteering Championships

Wed 17 Aug 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #4
1st Lindfield Scout Hall, Seven Little Australians Park, Slade Avenue, Lindfield.

Sat 20 Aug 9:30 am
SOS - Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head

Sat 20 Aug 11:30 am
ACT Middle Distance Championships: ACT League #10, NSW SL #12, Pine Island

Sun 21 Aug 10:00 am
Goldseekers 2022 Bush #6 - Oaky Creek South
Oaky Creek South, Mullion State Forest.

Sun 21 Aug 10:00 am
ACT Long Distance Championships: ACT League #11, NSW SL #13, Tidbinbilla

Sat 27 Aug 9:30 am
SOS - Lane Cove National Park
Lane Cove National Park – Jenkins Hill Picnic Area (this is by the weir, Cafe and Playground. It is best accessed from the Lady Game Drive, Lindfield)

Sat 27 Aug 10:00 am
NSW Stingers Training Camp

Sun 28 Aug 9:30 am
Newcastle Bush 2022 OY #7
Sugarloaf North.

Sun 28 Aug 9:30 am
MetrO League 2022 #4 - Wianamatta
Roads to Nowhere. Scale 1:7,500 with 2m contours., Wianamatta Regional Park.

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.

Goldseekers cancel Bloomfield event Friday 2 March

The Orange Twilight orienteering event scheduled for Friday 2 March 2012 at Bloomfield - Gosling Creek  has been cancelled due to predicted bad weather and flooding.

Weather permitting Goldseekers next event is Sunday 11th March at 10am at Lake Canobolas.


If you go down in the woods today

Women's training weekend in Belanglo Forest was no teddy bear's picnic, with nearly thirty female orienteers from around the State coming to learn from NSW Head Coach Nick Dent.  The weather was unkind for most of the time, making running conditions wet and slippery and soaking the participants as they tackled the challenging exercises.

Theory sessions followed by practical sessions delivered a tight training package, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  'You don't often get the opportunity to spend real time working on techniques, like really reading contour,' said Jane McKenna from Uringa Orienteers.

The experience level of the group ranged from urban orienteering savvy orienteers who had little or no bush experience  - one described herself as 'consciously incompetent', to those who had been orienteering for some years picking up skills along the way and often coached by husbands, to a couple who have represented Australia.  There was something to learn for everyone, and the final relay race, where teams were mixed up by ability produced some fierce racing. Read the full report here.


A course for the eagle-eyed thinking orienteer

The last of the Sydney Sprint Series was run by Uringa at Mort Bay Dock on a map newly refreshed by Dave Lotty, who also set the course.  Dave had taken the best of the area to produce an unusual sprint course that combined street areas and the best of the local parks.

Route choice was important especially on the longer legs where choices made measureable differences to results.  Tricky short dashes through the parkland at Ballast Point, where spotting detail on the map was critical,  had runners leaping up and down staircases and hunting in amongst the park features which included old oil drums and loading bays.

Michael Burton was the swiftest, canniest runner on the day with a time of 21:47 followed by Big Foot runner Patrik Gunnarsson in 22:21.  First woman home was Tracy Marsh in 24.24.  Special mention must go to Duncan Currie, Garingal junior, who with his 26:18 romped home ahead of some serious competition.


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