Coming Events

Sat 28 May 9:30 am
SOS Newcastle 3 - Broadmeadow (World Maze Race event)
Hunter School of the Performing Arts (109 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow NSW)

Sat 28 May 9:30 am
SOS Northside - West Pymble (World Maze Race event)
Bicentennial Park, West Pymble (Prince Of Wales Dr, West Pymble NSW 2073). Meet in the centre of the park by the playground.

Sat 28 May 9:30 am
SOS Hills District 3 - Rouse Hill (World Maze Race event)
Rouse Hill Public School (Clower Ave, Rouse Hill NSW)

Sun 29 May 9:30 am
Central Coast Winter - Bateau Bay
EDSAAC Bateau Bay
Sun 29 May 9:30 am
2022 NOY3 - Pelaw Main
Mining Mystery 1:7500, Pelaw Main

Sun 29 May 10:30 am
Highlands Forest Series #2
"Penrose State Forest", 1:10,000, minor updates 2022, Penrose State Forest, Kingsbury VC Rest Area on the Hume Motorway, 2km south of the Sutton Forest (Shell) Service area.

Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Hill District 4 - Baulkham Hills
Baulkham Hills High School  (419A Windsor Rd, Baulkham Hills, NSW)

Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Newcastle 4 - Lambton
Lambton High School (85 Womboin Rd, Lambton NSW)

Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Northside - Pymble (ultra format)
Robert Pymble Park, Pymble (Alma St, Pymble NSW 2073).

Sat 4 Jun 2:00 pm
IKO - Stanwell Park
Stanwell Park (updated May 2022). Scale 1:7,500, contour interval 5m.

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.

Victorian MTBO Champs last weekend

Andrew Power (Newcastle) won all three races at a muddy Victorian MTBO Champs at the weekend.

Andrew's domination of M60 in Ballarat shows how much he relishes competition after skipping the Australian champs because he was overall controller.

And the mud would have been little concern after the events at Cessnock in March!

Special mention to Uringa's Ori Gudes who finished third in M40 in the Middle despite his map board snapping off the handlebars mid-race.

The only other ONSW winner in Victoria was Hamish Mackie (Big Foot) who took out the Middle and Sprint on Saturday in M50.

Minor placegetters were:

* Ori Gudes (UR, M40) 3rd in all 3 events

* Hamish Mackie (BF, M50) 2nd in the Long

The next MTBO event in NSW is on July 3 in conjunction with the Turkey Trot at Castle Hill.


Central West Orienteering

Terrific technical terrain met competitors at Wyangala Waters for State League 5 – a middle distance event hosted by Western and Hills Orienteers.

Recent rain made the rocks slippery and there are lots of rocks! But the full dam and steep banks created a picturesque setting.

Rebecca George (BF) set wonderful courses with Sheralee Bailey (BN) doing the controlling. 

The tightest competition came in both 20A classes, where Sam Woolford (BB) edged out Alvin Craig (NC) by a mere 31s and Eszter Kocsik (GO) pipped rising star Erika Enderby (NC) by 39s.

The following day, Goldseekers organised a long distance event in Roseberg SF.

James Lithgow’s (GO) courses used the Southern and Western parts of Roseberg, which haven’t seen any orienteering competition in over 15 years.

The spur gully terrain with large rocks scattered all over the place makes for a wonderful orienteering playground.

It can be easy for times to blow out in a long distance event but only 2s separated Newcastle clubmates Martina Craig  and Jennifer Enderby in W50A!

In 21A Rebecca George, fresh off setting the day before won. Martin Dent up from Canberra was the best in M21A.

Please fill in the Course Setter of the year surveys at - CSOTY


Thank you, Ian

Ian Jessup, ONSW's long-standing Marketing and Communications Officer, is finishing up this week after 11 years of dedicated service.

Ian came into the newly created role in 2011 and has helped transform ONSW from a one-person operation into a vibrant body that delivers orienteering on many fronts.

He says his three proudest achievements are:
* creating the OK-GO kit for use in the popular Sporting Schools program
* setting up our newest club in Port Macquarie
* generating widespread media coverage of orienteering - especially at the 2017 Australian champs where TV covered nearly every day of the 9-day carnival

Ian was awarded ONSW's Cox's Cup Encouragement Award in 2019 and in 2017 made the shortlist for Sport NSW Administrator of the Year. 

"I have had the privilege of working with many wonderful people in orienteering, especially my colleagues John Murray and Jim Mackay," said Ian.

"It's a fantastic sport and I wish I had started a long time ago. You'll still see me at events and I wish ONSW the very best under new management."

Ian will still be involved as co-ordinator of the Sydney Summer Series and MetrO League.


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