Coming Events

Sat 1 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Northside - Frenchs Forest
meet at Frenchs Forest Girl Guide Hall, Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest

Sat 1 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Hawkesbury - Richmond
UWS Richmond, Science Rd (accessed from Campus Drive), Richmond
Sun 2 Jun 9:00 am
Waggaroos Local event, Rocky Hill plus LTO training session.

Sun 2 Jun 9:30 am
The 49th Great NOSH Footrace

Sun 2 Jun 9:30 am
NOY4 - O'Donnelltown Rock - East (West Wallsend)
O'Donnelltown Rock - East. Scale 1:10000 for all courses. 5m contours., O'Donnelltown Rd, West Wallsend GPS: 32°54'14.8"S 151°34'00.1"E.

Sat 8 Jun 12:00 pm
2024 KB3 3-Days (NSW State Leagues) - Rylstone Area

Wed 12 Jun 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness - VIVID (Waverton & Wollstonecraft)
Berry Creek., Brennan Park, Waverton

Sat 15 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Northside - Belrose
access from the western end of Wyatt Ave, Belrose

Sat 15 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Hawkesbury - Ropes Crossing
Wianamatta Regional Park (access from Mainwaring St, Ropes Crossing)

Sun 16 Jun 9:00 am
Waggaroos Local event, CSU plus LTO training session.

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.

Heroes at the Hut!

Following on from the work weekend at Belanglo House in April, Peter Howe, handyman extraordinaire, recently spent a couple of very productive days at the Hut to screw down the boards on the front deck of the Fire Room, paint the Bathroom and clean the tiles in the Shower Recess, sand back and paint the Campers Fridge (and also clean out the interior, brave fellow) and install a shelf in the alcove for esky coolers and boxes of food supplies, so that cupboard tops can be used for food preparation.

Dave Lotty, Peter Howe and Kevin Curby were back last Wednesday installing a new stove and replacing broken power points. A new cupboard is to be installed beside the stove for storage of saucepans. As a result of all this work, the Hut is returning to its former glory.

Later this year, when the weather is warmer, we will be looking for volunteers to paint inside and outside the fire room. 

Kevin Curby, Special Projects Director and Hut maitre d' would like to extend a big thank you to Peter Howe and Dave Lotty.


Northern Tablelands serve up Queens Birthday 3 Day treat

Whilst much of NSW was hunkering down under a deluge, Armidale was enjoying near perfect dry, cool and bright running conditions for the Queen’s Birthday 3 day carnivalNorthern Tablelands fielded some of its finest maps for the events, and orienteers who wanted to do well had to bring their best game. 

Day 1 was a Sprint Race in Armidale State Forest.  Starting later in the afternoon to allow for competitors to make their way from across the State, this event had the fewest runners of the weekend.  Those who did compete were treated to really enjoyable courses.  Terrain was fast underfoot and fragrant with pine needles.  For those who did well this was an opportunity to experience true ‘control flow’ through the checkpoints.

Bullecourt Boulder BoundersDay 2 and State League #6 at Mount Brown provided probably the most challenging map of the carnival.  Eric Andrews, Liz Bourne and their colleagues from Queensland’s Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Orienteering Club worked with the local club to put this event on. A granite strewn hillside with patches of open and not so open, made it important to navigate carefully and stay in touch with the map.  Inattention or sloppy technique was punished severely on the harder courses which had few catching features or major handrails in much of the more detailed areas. 

QB3 Day 3 finisherNSW Juniors were out in force as Day 2 and 3 have been nominated as selection races for the Schools Team for Tasmania, and they couldn’t have asked for better terrain to test themselves on.  Daniel Parton (GS) and Daniel Hill (GO) had a great race, with Daniel Parton getting the edge over the younger boy by only 8 seconds. Georgia Jones (UR) had a winning run in W14A after a disappointing mispunch on Day 1. Future squad members are beginning to appear in the younger age groups with Duncan Currie (GO) running up in M14A for a win, closely followed by Alastair George (BF) Some standout results amongst the other age classes included M65A Ross Barr (GO) who was fastest on the Hard 5 course whipping around in 42:23, and W65A Meredyth Sauer who was beaten to fastest on Hard 7 by W35AS Maria Orr who was only a minute ahead of her.  Evening at the Armidale RSL allowed orienteers to chew over courses as well as dinner.

NTOC runner QB3Day 3 at Banalasta was the Long Distance of State League #7. Fast paddock interspersed with forested granite outcroppings in this race which saw M21A running 8.8km on Hard 1 course.  This set of courses was incredibly challenging and saw many competitors with times well over the 60 minute winning target, and some who battled their way around the course to times of 2 hours and more. Three days of racing scores were accumulated to set the rankings for the QB3 carnival winners. QB3 Day 3 runner


 Full results, splits and Routegadget are available on the NTOC website


A Game for Princes!

Orienteering became, if not the Sport of Kings, then at least the Game of Princes when Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark took part in the 'Find your Way in Denmark Day' recently and introduced his children to the sport. Orienteering was invented in Sweden by the army, and is much beloved of the Scandinavian countries and is now widespread around the world, with 73 nations members of the International Orienteering Federation. Thousands of people of all ages and levels of fitness take up the challenge every year.  So what is this sport all about?

Orienteers navigate across country using a specialist map, making their way as quickly as they can between control points. Reading the map accurately and puzzling out the best route to take is as much the challenge as the physical element of covering the distance of the course.  This need for brainwork rather than just physical ability means that people can compete in the sport competitively for many years.  In a recent World Masters Championships there were nearly 100 runners over the age of 80!  In orienteering  there is plenty of room for everyone; it does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and finish at your own pace. As well as the traditional foot orienteering other forms of the sport have proliferated; there is Ski-O, Mountain Bike O, Trail O and even Horse O.

Orienteering courses are set in all sorts of places - from city centres to remote bushland, from urban parks and school playgrounds to farmland.  Orienteering clubs bring together groups of people in their local areas, who love the sport.  Clubs organise and run the events giving an opportunity for club members to make friends and work together.  Events can be simple affairs with a limited number of courses, to race series such as the Sydney Summer Series run in the summer around urban areas,  to State level multi-day carnivals with high quality bush maps and course setting available.  Newcomers are always welcome. Get in touch with your local club, or just come along to an event.  There are always club coaches on hand to help you get started. The full schedule of events can be found on the Events page of this website.

And now you don't even have to wait for an event to try out orienteering.  Orienteering NSW in partnership with Centennial Park Sydney, launches their first public permanent course in inner Sydney this weekend.   Uringa Orienteers President Linda Sesta has been working hard with the Centennial Park management and the Conservation Volunteers Australia to set up courses which can be used for all levels of orienteers, from absolute beginners to the more experienced.  Map and instruction packs will be available from the Centennial Park Visitors Center in July and then off you go!

Centennial Park opening of the new permanent orienteering coursePhoto shows from left to right :Peter Hadfield - Executive Officer of the Centennial Parklands Foundation, Linda Sesta - President, Uringa Orienteers, Paul Prudhoe - President Orienteering NSW, Kim Ellis - Director and Chief Executive of Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust
Michael Ellison - Sydney Region Manager for Conservation Volunteers Australia


Briohny Seaman sets the kangaroos bouncing!

Waggaroos logoUsing the score event format of orienteering Don MacIntyre set a challenging course of 22 control sites at Pomingalarna Reserve, for which participants had 60 minutes to find as many as possible. Various features were used for the control sites including watercourses, pits, old horse jumps, and contour banks. Depending on distance and difficulty the controls carried different points values so some forward thinking was required to choose the best strategic route to gain as many points as possible.

Briohny Seaman chose well and managed to set kangaroos bouncing in all directions by finding all 22 controls and score the maximum possible 240 points. Alex Davey also scored exceptionally well finding 20 controls and scoring 215 points. Debbie Davey scored 190 points and just managed to hold out Trent Seaman (195) for third place. Nonetheless Trent’s effort earned him handicap honours for the day.

To score heavily required covering most of the reserve. Several chose to just locate controls along the main ridgeline and the eastern slopes. Julie Gooding took this approach and scored an excellent 130 points just ahead of Rob and James Boetto (110).

 Results: Pomingalarna 60min Score Event: Briohny Seaman 240; Alex Davey 215; Debbie Davey 190; Trent Seaman 185; Julie Gooding 130; Rob & James Boetto 110; Matthew Thomas 85; Tegan Lee, Christine Lee & Courtney Whitton 85; Marguerite Caskie group 70; Beryl Latham 30.

The next Waggaroos event will commence at 10 am on Sunday 1 July in the Livingstone National Park and Nature Reserve.

Thanks to John Oliver for this report.


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