Coming Events

Fri 29 Oct 6:00 pm
Summer Park Series #1
Elephant Park, Sale Street.

Sat 30 Oct 9:30 am
SOS 2 Term 4 West Pennant Hills
Beside Building A off Gentle Way at the southern end of the park.

Fri 5 Nov 6:00 pm
Goldseekers Summer Park Series #2
Botanic Gardens, Hill Street.

Sat 6 Nov 9:30 am
SOS 3 Term 4 - Collaroy
The Collaroy Centre

Sun 7 Nov 9:00 am
Central Coast Summer Series 1 - Avoca Beach
Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach.

Sun 7 Nov 4:00 pm
River and Bay Series #1 Botany
Sir Joseph Banks Park Oval
Sun 7 Nov 4:30 pm
Garingal Social Picnic with Courses
Artarmon Parklands Community Garden and Playground, Burra Rd, Artarmon (probably in the lower playground area)
Fri 12 Nov 6:00 pm
Goldseekers Summer Park Series #3
TAFE, Forest Road.
Sat 13 Nov 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 4

Sun 14 Nov 9:30 am
Central Coast Summer Series 2 - Erina
Reserve between Owen Close and Stratford Park Drive, Erina.

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.

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.


2021 QB III entries open

Newcastle have opened entries for this year's QB III carnival on the June long weekend.

Each of the three maps has only been used once, and two of them have new extensions.

These are events 5-6-7 in our State League and the final selection trial for the NSW schools team.

All the info you need is in the flyer.

There will be limited enter-on-day. Entries close Tuesday June 1.


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