Coming Events

Fri 1 Oct 8:00 am
Newcastle October-November Street Events
Sun 3 Oct 10:00 am
Waggaroos Local

Wed 6 Oct 6:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 1 Jesmond Park

Wed 6 Oct 7:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 2 Myall Road

Sun 10 Oct 10:00 am
NTOC - Kooringle
Bundarra Road, west of Armidale
Sat 16 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 1

Sun 17 Oct 10:00 am
Interclub #6 - Waggaroos (New Date)
Sat 23 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 2

Sat 23 Oct 11:30 am
NSW State League #8 (New date)
Mackillop College, Lochinvar Pl, Port Macquarie.

Sun 24 Oct 9:30 am
NSW State League #9 (New Date)
Broken Bago State Forest, Tallowwood Ave, Wauchope.

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.

46th Running of the Great NOSH Footrace

Perfect Sydney winter weather greeted close to 400 runners and 50 volunteers for the 46th edition of the Great NOSH Footrace.

Orienteering NSW members were in their element for this technical course along the upper reaches of Middle Harbour starting at Lindfield and finishing at Bantry Bay. Bennelong Northside member Ryan Armstrong won the Outright Male title over the 16km. In the Juniors section it was a ONSW clean sweep of the podium with Cooper Horley from Garingal first home ahead of Seth Sweeney from WHO in second and William Nolan from Uringa taking third.

Other notable ONSW placings were : Riley Grainger (GO) 3rd Male 18-29, Gary Farebrother (WHO) 3rd Male 50-59, Bob Morgan (BN) 3rd Male 60-69, Emily Sorenson (BF) 3rd Female 18-29, Zoe Melling (UR) 1st Female 50-59, Paula Shingler (BF) 2nd Female 50-59, Glenn Horrock (GO) 3rd Male 22km over 40

Thank you to the volunteers from Bennelong, Garingal, Uringa, WHO, SHOO and Big Foot for helping make this event happen and thanks to Bold Horizons for organising!


Vale Neville Fathers

NSW, SHOO and the general Orienteering community have lost a long term contributor and participant in our sport.

Neville started orienteering in 1988 and has orienteered in all states except the Territory. He started as a member of Scrubrunners Club then, on its folding, joined Southern Highlands due to his interest in schools orienteering.

He has been a coach, setter, vetter, mapper, coach driver (for the NSW Schools team) and always been part of club events. Neville was always available at SHOO club events to help newcomers learn the basics of orienteering and was in his element at the Sydney South West schools events where he would revive his former skills as a school principal.

He ran the ONSW email news bulletin for many years before handing over to people with more refined computer skills. Due to his interest in the sport’s development he became an ONSW Board member representing the association at a number of development conferences. He was also part of the organising team for JWOC 2007 in Dubbo.

Neville didn’t often make the podium but his favourite story was when he came third in M65A at 2001 QB111, laughing ‘that makes me the third fastest man in Australia’. And then winning NSW Sprint Champs in 2015 where everyone but him and Frank Assenza fell over.

He just loved being in the bush with a map in his hand. And engaging in philosophical conversations while sitting around an assembly area.

Vale Neville Fathers


Gentleman and scholar.


New Sydney permanent courses open

We are delighted to announce that new permanent courses are now open on Cockatoo Island and at West Pymble.

Both courses are available on the free MapRun6 app, and can also be done retro-style by writing the letter codes in the boxes on the information sheet for each.

We have only run once on heritage-listed Cockatoo Island - at the Xmas 5-Days in 2014 - so this will be a new experience for many. Please note that if you navigate in an undercover area (the sheds or tunnels) you will need to allow 10-15 seconds for the app to 'catch up' to you.

(The Term 2 Sydney SOS finale will be on Cockatoo Island on June 19, using SportIdent.)

Bicentennial Park at West Pymble (pictured) has been used for more than a decade for orienteering training, Space Racing, Sprints, the SOS, orienteering birthday parties and more. It's bathed in greenery.

All the information for these locations can be found on our permanent course web page. Each offers a score course plus three line courses.

We thank the landowners - the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and Kuring-gai Council - for their co-operation on these projects.


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