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.

Orienteering returns to the North Coast

Not since the late 80’s has there been an orienteering event on the North Coast, but last weekend saw Orienteering NSW stage three promotion events in the Lismore area. As a result of ONSW continuing to receive a steady stream of enquiries from the region about the sport, and having received funding from the Australian Sports Commission, ONSW were able to provide locals with an up-to-date experience and show them what orienteering is like 25 years on from the last event held in the area.

With so much having changed since the last time events were held in the region would the competitors like the latest version of the sport? It didn’t take long to find out – at the first race on Friday afternoon, a Space Race for kids starting from Heritage Park, the Smith boys were that taken with orienteering that they went out a second time with the sole intention of getting all 20 controls within the 45 minute time limit – which they did! The Space Race was designed with 8 to 12 year olds in mind, and the Heritage Park and Riverbank area was the perfect place to conduct the first event.
Saturday’s event, a 45 minute score course with 30 controls, started at Kadina Park in Goonellabah. Some of the controls for this event were placed in the nearby Birdwing Butterfly Gully, a picturesque  area which it appears some locals were not aware of until taking part in the orienteering event, despite living close by. The second event saw a number of Friday’s competitors coming back for another chance to exercise their legs and their brain at the same time, and all appeared pleased with their efforts when they returned to the finish. Sunday’s  third event took place in nearby Alstonville, where competitors were able to enjoy both the course and the remnants of the previous night’s storm.

Next weekend sees ONSW stage another three promotion events, this time in the Ballina and Lennox Head areas. Friday afternoon’s event will start from Pop Dension Park, off Compton Drive in Ballina, Saturday’s event starts opposite Lennox Head SLSC, and Sunday’s Space Race will be held at Lake Ainsworth Sport & Rec.
For more information see


Central Coast Prize Winning Series starts this weekend!

Central Coast Summer Series starts this weekend with the first event at beautiful Terrigal Beach on Sunday 18th November-  9:00am-11:00am.

How can you miss a day at Terrigal Beach?  A perfect mix of orienteering, swim, coffee, lunch, and social chat! This is a 45 minute score event. You will be using a 1:5000 scale map so you can expect high scoring for this first of the series of ten events over the summer all held on Sunday morning. Central Coast Orienteers offer $100 prize money for the series winners in female and male classes- putting money back into the sport.

Organiser Nick Dent is looking forward to seeing you all there - he promises that the water will be warm, weather great and coffee just as you request. Start, finish and parking at The Haven. See website for location


Orienteering launches in Lismore and Ballina

Next weekend sees the launch of orienteering in Lismore and Ballina. Six free taster events will be conducted in streets, parks and reserves. They will require only basic navigation and are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

The first weekend set of event runs from Friday 16 November with a late afternoon start, through a Saturday 17 November afternoon event to Sunday 18th November which has a morning event set up near the Aquatic Centre at Alstonville: 

Fri Nov 16: Riverbank, Lismore. Visitor Information Centre car park, Molesworth St. Start any time from 4.30-6pm. This event is designed for ages 8-14, but all ages are welcome to try it.

Sat Nov 17: Goonellabah. Kadina Park, Kadina St. Start any time from 4.30-6pm. All ages.

Sun Nov 18: Alstonville. Aquatic Centre, Freeborn Place. Start any time from 9.30-11am. All ages.

Paul Prudhoe, President of ONSW will be on hand and is the contact for this weekend (0418 287 694).

The second weekend follows the same pattern:

Fri Nov 23: Shaws Bay. Pop Denison Park, off Compton Dr. Start any time from 4.30-6pm. All ages.

Sat Nov 24: Lennox Head. Old Mining Road, at Pacific Pde (opp SLSC).Start any time from 4.30-6pm. All ages.

Sun Nov 25: Lake Ainsworth Sport & Rec camp. Start any time from 9.30-11am. This event is designed for ages 8-14, but all ages are welcome to try it.

The contact over this second weekend is Terry Bluett (0425 847 306).

The free weekends are part of Orienteering NSW’s aim to expand its club network into the northern rivers region and have been made possible thanks to funding from the Australian Sports Commission.

Each event will also be a good opportunity for participants to chat with the organisers about orienteering and express interest in joining / running a new club. Any prospective new club will receive mentoring from ONSW including administrative support, equipment, mapping and set-up costs.

Click here to read the Orienteering NSW Press Release.

For more information, please contact ONSW president Paul Prudhoe on 0418 287 694


Armidale Schools Champs 2012

St Johns Junior School leads the way

The 2012 Armidale Outdoors Schools Orienteering Championships were held at Gara Dam TSR 15km east of Armidale on Friday 2nd November. A near record number of 825 school children from 12 Armidale schools competed in this annual event.

The majority of participants completed the 1 hour score course, trying to visit as many control points as possible within the time limit. The remainder did either the green or orange line course in which they had to complete a set course as quickly as possible.

The mild temperature of the day and gentle breeze provided ideal orienteering conditions while the recent spell of dry weather meant there were few grass seeds. The lack of grass cover also made it very easy to spot the snakes as well as the control points.

The competition for the Primary School Sports Association trophy was very close this year, with St Johns junior school narrowly beating TAS and PLC junior schools. The Primary School trophy is awarded to the highest scoring school on the basis of participation and performance in both line and score courses taking school size into account.


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