Coming Events

Wed 4 Oct 4:30 pm
2023/24 Sydney Summer Series #1 - Rydalmere
Eric Primrose Reserve, John St, Rydalmere

Sun 8 Oct 8:00 am
BOSS1 Newcastle MTBO - Glenrock
Glenrock State Conservation Area

Wed 11 Oct 4:30 pm
2023/24 Sydney Summer Series #2 - Hunters Hill
Boronia Park Reserve, Hunters Hill.

Wed 11 Oct 5:00 pm
Newcastle Summer Street Series Warmup
National Park, corner of Dumeresq St and Smith St, Cooks Hill.

Sat 14 Oct 2:00 pm
Coffs Score #6 - Woolgoolga
Woolgoolga High School Sport Fields.

Sat 14 Oct 3:00 pm
Cordeaux Heights
Cordeaux Heights 1:7,500, Sheargold Park (Derribong Drive) Cordeaux Heights

Sun 15 Oct 10:00 am
Waggaroos Local event, Livingstone

Sun 15 Oct 10:00 am
Bush event #8 Rocky Falls
Rocky Falls, Mullion State Forest

Sun 15 Oct 10:00 am
23 km on Bundarra Road

Wed 18 Oct 4:30 pm
2023/24 Sydney Summer Series #3 - Killarney Heights
Killarney Heights Oval, Killarney Heights.

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 Hunter Valley Championships

2023 Hunter Valley Championships  - Orienteering Fun for everyone this Sunday only 90 to 100 mins north of Sydney and the weather looks good!

As well as being the last event in the club’s Newcastle Orienteer of the Year series, this Sunday’s event at Kitchener (3km south of Cessnock, 22 minutes from the M1) is also the 2023 Hunter Valleys Championships. The “Kitchley Green” map is typical Lower Hunter spur-gully terrain which mapper and course setter Denis Lyons describes as having “good detail in the gullies and watercourses which run off the steeper section of the map”.

Seven courses are on offer - Very Easy (2.0km) , Easy (2.4km) , two Moderate (2.1km & 3.1km) and three Hard (3.2km, 5.5km & 7.1km) - with a range of championship age classes from 12 up to 80+. 

An opportunity for some late season quality orienteering or a good warm up for those heading to WA for the Kambarang Carnival. Pre-entry before the day is preferred and will ensure a map for your chosen course but EOD will be available for all courses (subject to map availability).

Information & pre-entry here: Eventor Australia - Event information: 2023 NOY8 / Hunter Valley Champs (


2023 Australian MTBO championship

Last week the Australian MTBO championship was held in Brisbane, this was also the first Aus/New Zealand challenge in four years (since COVID) and round three in the MTBO National Series. A good representation of riders from NSW from three different clubs raced over 3 days and four high-quality events:

Mass Start race:  

The Aus. The New Zealand challenge kicked off on Friday morning. With the sun shining down on the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and the sound of wheels spinning over diverse terrain, the 2023 Australian Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships had kicked off in style. The terrain promised a thrilling challenge—a mix of bitumen, concrete, dirt roads, and tracks, with open grassy areas and scattered trees that riders could navigate through. As expected from a mass start, The race was fast and furious.

The NSW placegetters were:

Newcastle riders: 1st Andrew Haigh M50, 2nd Nicole Haigh W40 and 3rd Robert Vincent M60

Garingal’s rider: 2nd Michael Ridley-Smith M50

Uringa’s, Ori Gudes reported to have a great race, but unfortunately, he miss-punched at control 12.

Aus/NZ Challenge result: 4:4

Sprint Race:

Saturday morning took our NSW MTBOers to the Alexandra Hills TAFE and school campus for the Sprint race of the Australian Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships. Riders were set to navigate the complex terrain of the educational campus, featuring a mix of buildings, playing fields, and pathways. With diverse controls mapped out, the Sprint race tested both riders’ agility and navigation skills.

The NSW placegetters were: Newcastle rider: 2nd Andrew Power M60, 

Garingal’s rider: 2nd Michael Ridley-Smith M50 and Uringa’s rider: 3rd Ori Gudes M40

Aus/NZ Challenge result: 4:4

Middle Distance:

In the afternoon (I must say, a very hot afternoon), participants converged at the Scribbly Gums Conservation Area for the Middle-Distance race. Riders prepared themselves to tackle the gently undulating bushland terrain. With a network of MTB tracks and maintenance paths, the race offered a balance of challenges. The riders embarked on their courses, facing gradients and varying surfaces.

The NSW placegetters were: Newcastle riders: 2nd Andrew Power M60, 3rd Andrew Haigh M50 and 3rd Robert Vincent M60 and Garingal’s rider: 1st Michael Ridley-Smith M50 and Aus/NZ Challenge result: 1:7

Long Distance:

On the last day of the Australian MTBO championships, riders assembled at the Bayview MTB Trailhead in Redland Bay for the Long-Distance race. Riders were ready to explore the undulating bushland terrain, featuring MTB tracks and fire trails. The race offered a mix of challenges, including fire breaks and single tracks some of which were one-directional. With the Long-Distance race underway, the competition continued to test their endurance and skills in this prestigious event.

The NSW placegetters were: Newcastle riders: 2nd Andrew Power M60, 3rd Andrew Haigh M50 / Garingal’s rider: 2nd Michael Ridley-Smith M50 and Uringa’s rider: 3rd Ori Gudes M40, despite 40-minute delay due to mechanical issue in which he broke two spokes and had a flat in his tubeless tire. This also helped to complete the day with 5:3 win against the Kiwis. 

Unfortunately, the Kiwis won the overall challenge by 18:14, we will definitely challenge them again in 2024..(-:

Well done to all riders who made the long journey to Queensland, and congratulations to Craig Steffens and his team of volunteers in organising top level races over three intense days.


2023 Metro League Final Wrap

Bennelong were the big winners after a dramatic final day in the MetrO League at St Ives on Sunday. BN won the Divn 4 and 5 finals and finished first in Divn 6 to sweep the three lowest grades. Big Foot, buoyed by the return from overseas of some big guns, downed Garingal in the Divn 2 final. The Lizard people could not find the clean fast runs needed, also losing the Divn 3 final to SHOO-IKO along with Divn 4 to Bennelong. Garingal already had Divn 1 sewn up and finished the year undefeated after accounting for hosts Big Foot. 

Three WHO members scooped the individual medals for most points across the six rounds, and juniors won four of those medals. 

Congratulations to our 2023 ML champions: 

Div 1 Garingal. Indiv - Seth Sweeney (WH)

Div 2 Big Foot. Indiv - Lee Coady (WH)

Div 3 SHOO-IKO. Indiv - Callum Waland (KNOX) 

Div 4 Bennelong. Indiv - Merryn Horrocks (GO)

Div 5 Bennelong. Indiv - Shay Sweeney (WH)

Div 6 Bennelong. Indiv - Euan Shedden (SH)

The ML web page has been updated with all results and links. A big thank you to all setters, controllers, organisers, participants and club captains for another great year.


Central West farm hosts NSW Orienteering Champs Podcast

Listen to this podcast from last Friday, 8th September before the NSW Champs on the weekend.

Central West farm hosts NSW Orienteering Championships - ABC listen

Full results click here.


More Articles...



Major Events

 Schedule 2022 - 2026

Event Series

NSW State League

MetrO League


West Orienteering Series