Coming Events

Sat 20 Apr 9:00 am
Forest Orienteering and Navigation Skills Day
Smiths Creek Reserve, Campbelltown (meet at Waminda Reserve, Macquarie Av, Campbelltown.

Sun 21 Apr 9:30 am
NOY2 - Redgum Ridges (Freemans Waterhole)
 Redgum Ridges. 1:10 000. 5m contours.

Sun 21 Apr 11:00 am
Broken Bago Orienteering
Scout Hall, Tallwood Avenue, Wauchope.
Mon 22 Apr 7:30 pm
Orienteering Australia 2024 AGM
Online via Zoom.
Tue 23 Apr 7:30 pm
Orienteering NSW April Board Meeting

Wed 24 Apr 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #1 Northbridge
corner of Sailors Bay Road and Kameruka Road (Bonds Corner), Northbridge

Sun 28 Apr 9:30 am
Newcastle Pairs Relay Champs & Minor Event
The Range (South) 1:7500, Killingworth
Sun 28 Apr 10:00 am
Waggaroos - AWOC Interclub #1, 9 Mile Reserve

Wed 1 May 6:30 pm
Newcastle Night Champs - Eleebana
Thomas H Halton Park. Revised by D. Orr 2024. 1:4000, 2 metre contours and 1:1000, 2 metre contours.
, Thomas H Halton Park, Eleebana
Sat 4 May 9:30 am
SOS Northside

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.

2023 ONSW President’s Awards

2023 President’s Award:  

Jenny and Damien Enderby (NC)

Jenny and Damien Enderby have been recognised for their commitment to the NSW Schools Orienteering Team 2019-2022 as the Carbine’s team managers (both) and assistant coach (Jenny). They are also long and substantial supporters of orienteering in NSW, particularly in the Newcastle area. They are coaches, promoters of the sport and well-known competitors in Foot-O and MTBO, demonstrating how orienteering is a sport for all ages.

2023 President’s Junior Award:

Cooper Horley (GO)

Cooper Horley has been awarded the President’s Junior Award for his efforts in competition and training since discovering orienteering in 2018 at age 11. With just five years in orienteering, his achievements demonstrate commitment to the sport as an individual and as a team member. He contributes to the development of junior orienteers by sharing his research on orienteering settings and by providing running wild courses for junior training experiences and has contributed to other activities of the 2023 junior squad. In 2023 he placed at the men’s elite level nationally, contributed to the NSW Schools Team success at the Australian Championships, and achieved at a high level internationally (JWOC, Oceania).

[For those wondering why Cooper is pictured wearing a WA Schools Team running shirt: it is a tradition to exchange team shirts as part of the camaraderie of the competition. These shirts are subsequently worn proudly at events. If you see an NSW orienteer wearing such a shirt, ask about the story behind it!]

More about These Awards

These awards are decided by the ONSW President. Each year nominations for all ONSW’s annual awards are invited from Association members; nominations for the President’s awards are welcomed as they give the President wider information about what members are contributing to orienteering across NSW.

Find more information about the awards and about previous recipients at

President’s Award

President’s Junior Award


2024 Membership is open

December is here - which means it's time to renew or join one of our friendly clubs for the first time.         

Full Year 1st January – 31 December 


Standard (Metro  

and Regional) 

Remote Clubs 




Junior 0 – 20 years old 



Available in Eventor on 1st December of the preceding year thereby offering new members a 13-month membership. 

Remote Clubs are Bush ‘n’ Beach, Hastings Orienteering Group, Northern Tablelands, Goldseekers, and Wagga and Riverina (ref ONSW Manual 3.4). 

Members receive discounted entry fees, a subscription to the quarterly Australian Orienteer magazine (opt-in for hard copy is still available) and a range of other benefits - not to mention the collegiality of being a member of a club. Current members must renew by December 31st or Eventor will add the non-member levy to each 2024 event entry fee.

Click on the blue links for the benefits of membership, a list of our clubs, how to join, and how to renew.


50 Years of Orienteering – Inaugural Recognition

Orienteering NSW congratulates thirteen members for their 50 years (or more) of involvement in the sport of orienteering as of 2023. 

These current ONSW members are recognised for their participation at any level as a competitor and/or official and/or organiser and/or mapper and/or course setter.

They have also been substantially resident in NSW over the period.

Certificates will be presented to these honourees during the Christmas 5-Days, or at a suitable opportunity in the new year. 

Various strategies were used to identify current ONSW members who met the criteria for recognition.

This list may well be incomplete – if you think you should have been included, please contact your club.  


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff - John & Jim and the Orienteering NSW Board.

Orienteering NSW Office Closure

Closure of the office over the Christmas holidays - Friday 22nd Dec to Monday 8th Jan 2024. 

First day back for 2024 is Tuesday, 9th January. We will be checking emails over this period intermittently.

Good Luck if you are competing in any of the Xmas 5days on the Central Coast more information, see below. Enter on day is available. 


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