Coming Events

Tue 23 Jul 7:30 pm
Orienteering NSW July Board Meeting

Wed 24 Jul 4:00 pm
2024 Sydney MapRun #2 Putney
Putney Park Toilets (South), Pellisier Rd, Putney

Sat 27 Jul 9:30 am
SOS Northside - Arcadia
Vision Valley, 7 Vision Valley Rd, Arcadia

Sat 27 Jul 9:30 am
SOS Hills District - Baulkham Hills
Meet at 2nd Baulkham Hills Scout Hall, 25 Jasper Rd, Baulkham Hills
Sat 27 Jul 9:30 am
SOS Term 3 Season Pass

Sat 27 Jul 10:00 am
Learn to Orienteer - Port Macquarie
Mackillop College Oval.

Sat 27 Jul 2:00 pm
Jetty Foreshores Orienteering
Jetty Foreshores, Coffs Harbour

Sun 28 Jul 9:30 am
2024 Metro League #4 - Clay Pan
Tristram Road Reserve, Ben Love Place, Beacon Hill

Sun 28 Jul 9:30 am
NOY 6 - Belford National Park
“Belford National Park”. Scale 1:10 000. 5m contours. Remapped: Ian Dempsey 2015. Partial updates: Glenn Burgess 2023-24.

Sun 28 Jul 10:00 am
Waggaroos - AWOC Interclub #5, Goombargana

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.

Embargoes for 2024 & 2025 an update

Map embargoes are used to make sure that our major races are fair by restricting access to map areas prior to the event.  

Once an embargo is declared it is not permitted to visit or train on a map, or future map, prior to the event.  

Note that it is not possible to completely embargo schools or universities for those who need to attend for school or work. 

For these areas it is not permitted to train on or visit the area with an orienteering map (including a map you may have made yourself). 

Current embargoes in NSW:

  • Rylstone area for 2024 KB3 June Long weekend;
  • 2024 Australian Orienteering Championships - Armidale area;
  • 2024 Sydney City Race; and
  • 2025 NOL events - Onley State Forest (Central Coast)

Details of embargoes are listed below on our website page: 

Orienteering NSW - Embargoed Areas ( or see button top left hand side column of website.


2024 ONSW Annual General Meeting Monday evening


The 2024 ONSW Annual General Meeting was held last Monday night. The Board for 2024-25 is:  






Robyn Pallas (CC)


Re-elected unopposed

Vice President

Jamie Kennedy (GO)


Elected unopposed

Finance Director

Kathy Drayton (SH)


Elected unopposed





Louise Brooks (SH)




Nick Barlow (GO)




Richard Morris (BN)


Elected unopposed








* either of these positions can specialise as Coaching Director or Technical Director

Many thanks to the outgoing Board members - Sheralee Bailey (Vice President), Mark Schaefer (Finance Director), Gayle Quantock (Secretary), and Angus Shedden (Director).

Links to Annual Report in Eventor - here and on website here


In order to effectively and efficiently function ONSW needs to fill the three vacant positions and in particular the position of Board Secretary. Please consider if you or someone you know within ONSW may be suitable and interested in any of these roles. For all enquiries please contact President Robyn Pallas in person or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Orienteering NSW oldest member dies in Aged Care - 93

Vale Susan Healy  

Sue died on 1 March at her Aged Facility at Ashfield.  She was 93 and had suffered from cancer for the previous year. Fortunately, she did not have much, if any, pain and died peacefully.

Sue began orienteering in late 1974, introduced to the sport by her sister, Pella Rye.  Pella was visiting Sue in Wollongong from England (Pella had been orienteering for some years in England).  Sue formed Orienteers of Wollongong (the predecessor of Illawarra Orienteers) in early 1974 and organized several events for OW in 1975.

She then moved to Melbourne (late 1975) to work at the Victorian State Library (she became Victorian Head Librarian before her retirement in 1993).  Sue competed in most major Australian events from 1975 to 2020 as well as in New Zealand and Europe.  Sue was President of the VOA (Victorian Orienteering Association) in the early 80s and won the World Masters Sprint Championship (W85) in 2017 in NZL.  She moved to Sydney in 2018 and joined Uringa Orienteers.

Sue had a very active and varied life.  Born in England in 1930, she lived the first 25 years of her life near Wem except for boarding school and University (London University) where she obtained a BA in French, Spanish and Librarianship. She was the leader of a UNESCO team sent to reconstitute the library at Dunkirk in 1951 (she was the leader because she was the only team member who spoke fluent French - with a Marseille accent! due to working as an au pair there in 1949-50).

She lived in Kenya in 1955-57 (during the Mau Mau incursion!) and Sierra Leone in 1959.  She moved to Australia (Canberra initially before moving to Wollongong) in 1960.  In the mid 70s in Wollongong she stood for the Australian Parliament for the Australia Party and later the Australian Democrats.  Sue spoke French and Spanish fluently and Italian, Greek and Swahili competently!

She has 2 children (both born in Kenya) – son, Richard and daughter, Margaret.  

Dave Lotty


Central Coast Weekend Cake Winners

Congratulations to all our O'Shea 2 day winners! 🏆🌲🍰
Also, thanks to the course setters, volunteers & IT specialists who all helped bring the event together 👏
With the competition too close to call, it all came down to the final event in both the Long and Short pairs!
Long Pairs (Top 3)
🌲🥇 Alvin Craig & Erika Enderby - 95:53
🥈 Emily Sorensen & Nora Westerlund - 98:18
🥉 Alastair George & Jo Parr - 100:56
Short Pairs (Top 3)
🌲🥇 Vivien de Remy de Courcelles & Justine de Remy de Courcelles - 102:16
🥈 Melissa Robertson & Georgina Macken - 106:08
🥉 Julian Dent & Maja Dent - 109:26
All results are available on eventor:

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