Coming Events

Fri 1 Oct 8:00 am
Newcastle October-November Street Events
Sun 3 Oct 10:00 am
Waggaroos Local

Wed 6 Oct 6:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 1 Jesmond Park

Wed 6 Oct 7:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 2 Myall Road

Sun 10 Oct 10:00 am
NTOC - Kooringle
Bundarra Road, west of Armidale
Sat 16 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 1

Sun 17 Oct 10:00 am
Interclub #6 - Waggaroos (New Date)
Sat 23 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 2

Sat 23 Oct 11:30 am
NSW State League #8 (New date)
Mackillop College, Lochinvar Pl, Port Macquarie.

Sun 24 Oct 9:30 am
NSW State League #9 (New Date)
Broken Bago State Forest, Tallowwood Ave, Wauchope.

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 David Dash

The family of David Macdonald Dash are sad to inform you of his passing on Saturday August 7 following a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis a number of years ago. 

David was an intrepid walker and regular Sydney Summer Series orienteer with Garingal. In recent years he did much of his walking in the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks.

Resourceful and unassuming, David also made a strong contribution to Newcastle's presentation of major events during the 1990s and early 2000s in a behind-the-scenes capacity, often doing the jobs others shied away from.

He was also the instigator of a group of walkers in the mid-2000s that took on the acronym ETHIC, standing for Engineers Track Heritage Infrastructure Committee, with the aim of bringing back heritage sites along the epic track which ran along the Grose River from Yarramundi to the Darling Causeway made famous by Dot Butler, the barefoot bushwalker, in earlier times. 

David and wife Willemina, both keen bush carers, moved to Newcastle two years ago and have been much missed by the local bushcare team in Greville Street, Chatswood. 

Born on March 31, 1943, he was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. A not-quite retired civil engineer and passionate bushwalker. 

There will be no service at this time. As an expression of sympathy donations to the Lung Foundation Australia or the Colong Foundation for Wilderness would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.

Half-yearly membership now available

Half-yearly membership of ONSW enables new orienteers to take advantage of club membership without having to wait until 2022.

By signing up for the rest of 2021 (Seniors $35, Juniors $25, Families $55), people who have just recently discovered the joys of orienteering can access greater benefits from participation in our sport. 
Click here for the list of ONSW clubs.

There are many benefits available to becoming a member of ONSW and one of our affiliated clubs. These include:

  • Immediate discount on event entry fees
    • typically $4 per event and so the cost of Senior half-yearly membership ($35) is fully covered once you have entered just 9 events over the next 5 months
    • for Juniors, the half yearly membership of $25 would be fully covered by eligible discounts from just 7 events by December 31
  • School students who join are also eligible to access the NSW government Active Kids Vouchers to the value of $100 to use for entry fees for 2021 and 1st half of 2022
  • For those orienteers based in Sydney, the Sydney Summer Series (26 weeks during daylight saving) offers a season ticket for members. This provides a potential benefit of over $100 compared with paying week by week. A season ticket also means just the one registration covers the whole series. It is all done for you, just show up and run!
  • Weekly e-bulletins with details on upcoming races and training courses
  • Access to additional member-only training courses/events to help improve your skills
  • ONSW member discounts with our retail partners
  • Membership of your local club offers additional benefits (social outings, coaching sessions, mentoring in event organisation etc). 

The fees applicable for the 2021 half-yearly membership are:

  • Senior: $35
  • Junior: $25
  • Family $55 (2 x Senior and unlimited Junior)

There are just two steps to register your membership and start taking advantage of all these benefits now for the rest of 2021!

While currently those in Greater Sydney and some regions are impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown, ONSW is working with member clubs to reschedule events for when community sport is allowed to resume.

Some of regional clubs are still conducting events for eligible regional members.

In addition ONSW and our Sydney clubs have invested and developed a number of permanent courses that are still accessible at any time (subject to lockdown travel restrictions).


Aust champs entry deadline extended

In view of the Covid circumstances in several states, Australian championships organisers have decided to extend the deadline for standard entries from August 22 until September 5.
They will also extend the 90% refund deadline from August 22 until September 5.
This will allow orienteers to hold onto their bookings and entries for an additional two weeks in the hope that the Covid situation will be resolved.
As a result, they will not accept any late entries.
Meanwhile, enjoy this Prime7 news clip of the four Woolford brothers from Coffs Harbour who have been picked in the NSW schools team. Here's hoping they can get to Tasmania!

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