Coming Events

Thu 9 Feb 5:00 pm
Bruce Browning Oval
Taylor St (north)

Fri 10 Feb 9:30 am
NSW Seniors Festival: Balmain
Birrung Park, Balmain.

Fri 10 Feb 6:00 pm
Goldseekers Summer Series #2
Cook Park

Sat 11 Feb 9:00 am
SHOO's Summer Saturdays #5 - Liquidamber Reserve, Narellan Vale
Sat 11 Feb 9:00 am
SOS Term 1 Pass (Explorer Pass)

Sat 11 Feb 9:30 am
Saturday Orienteering Series 3D - Frenchs Forest
Mimosa Public School, Frenchs Forest (courses also extend into Davidson High School)

Sun 12 Feb 9:00 am
Central Coast Summer Series 11 - Erina
Erina Oval, Ilya Ave, Erina.

Sun 12 Feb 10:00 am
Illawarra Map Running #2 - Fairy Meadow
Guest Park, Cambridge Avenue, Fairymeadow

Wed 15 Feb 4:30 pm
2022/23 Sydney Summer Series #20 Belrose
County Road Field, Belrose.
Wed 15 Feb 5:00 pm
Newcastle Summer Street Series - #17 Elermore Vale
Elermore Vale

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.

Bluebottles Raffle

Bluebottles Raffle Fundraiser for Juniors

A huge thank you to our raffle sponsors. This week's sponsor is BIG 4. 

Big 4 has donated a voucher for Big4 Perks + Membership to the value of $50.  With this, you have 2 years to redeem.

Raffle tickets can be bought on Eventor and close at 6pm tonight.

Look under 19th September to see the raffle and buy tickets.

Zoom link for all ticket holders to join the draw on Monday evening, 19th Sept:

Join Zoom Meeting 


RIP Mike Ward

RIP Mike Ward

It is with much sadness that we advise the passing of Mike Ward after a stoic two year battle with cancer.
Mike was a keen runner and became interested in orienteering 12 years ago after hearing about the sport from long time running friend Warwick Selby. Mike had speed and endurance and over time worked hard on his navigation and planning. He introduced his partner Stacey to orienteering shortly after both joining the Garingal club.
In particular, Mike loved the Sydney Summer Series and all that it involved - the different weekly map and location, planning the course, making last minute changes after discussions with other competitors, and running the course. Before the era of live results, Mike, like others eagerly awaited for Eventor to show ‘results are up’ to see how he and others went. This was followed of course by the post mortem dinner and beer discussing the map again at either the nearest pub or back in Balmain at the local Italian. Great value for a 45 minute event!
Mike’s background was running and he completed a number of road marathons often organised by Sydney Striders a club he was actively involved with. It would be nothing for Mike to get up ‘at sparrows fart’ as he would say, run 30km with Striders and be home to take his two kids to Little Athletics. Later he preferred trails and longer distances and was one of the early pioneers of ultra marathons having completed 59 over the years including the Brindabella Classic and the gruelling UTA 100km in the Blue Mountains. He also completed the first Oxfam Trail Walker with his team winning their category. He also finished 18 Six Foot Track events earning him a prized vest. Ever thoughtful, Mike waited for his friend Dave on the last event to ensure Dave made the cut off time. Mike made many life long and dear friends from running over the years and up until recently would join the guys for the monthly lunch get together in North Sydney.
The Balmain household also contains a number of rogaine winner's mugs with Mike and Stacey teaming up occasionally to win a mixed team category or Mike finding a partner more closely matched to his speed and fitness. Mike and Stacey along with their respective rogaine partners Brett and Carey are the current NSW 24 hour champs in their categories from the 2019 event (which was not held in 2020 or 2021). He joins some familiar names on the trophy including past winners John Anderson, Ted Woodley and David Dash.
A devoted father he was very proud of his children Nick and Emily and very happy to see them take up running recently both completing half marathons in very quick times.
A mild mannered accountant Mike loved doing his daily crossword, wordle and sudoku. Mike had a wonderful dry sense of humour, a strong morale compass and never said an unkind word about anyone. He enriched the lives for all who knew him and he will be sorely missed. Stacey Bryce.


2022 MetrO League 4

Some of our sub-juniors - still in primary school - have been tearing it up in the Sydney MetrO League.

Division 6 was introduced in 2020 to be an introduction to bush orienteering for younger kids and older newcomers. The standard is Easy, with later controls on the course on the easy side of Moderate.

WHO 10-year-olds Shay Sweeney and Justine de Remy de Courcelles are leading the individual standings in Div 6, while team-mates Levi Coady (8) and Thomas Spencer (12) are also doing really well.

For ladder leaders Garingal Blue Tongues, Tania Horrocks (11) made up for a mispunch last round with 9 points on Sunday at Wianamatta in round 4. Her team is almost assured of the trophy.

Bennelong Northside don't have a team in Div 6 but that doesn't stop Max Povah, aged 8 who went out on his own for the first time!

Max caught up to ML co-ordinator Ian Jessup late in their runs on Sunday and proudly said "I am doing this all by myself!"

With one round left before the finals, in Divn 1 it will be a Big Foot-Garingal final regardless of the results at Smiths Creek. Big Foot are also into the Divn 2 final, with Bennelong needing a win against the GO Frill Necks to join them.

The Feet also lead Divn 3 but four teams are on four points so it's anyone's race.

Unbeaten Bennelong look hot favourites in Divns 4 and 5. 

See the ML web page (link) for all the results. Thanks to WHO for a lovely day out at Wianamatta.


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 Schedule 2022 - 2026

Event Series

NSW State League

MetrO League



West Orienteering Series