Permanent courses offer the opportunity to enjoy orienteering at your convenience.
You can just turn up and have a go at a time that suits you. You can choose to run hard or just enjoy a leisurely walk, try an easier course or have a go at something more challenging.
All courses offer something suitable for beginners; most also offer more challenging options for experienced orienteers.
To get active on a permanent course, you will need a pre-marked map and instructions for the course.
INSTRUCTIONS - go to the information section in the table below to view and print the instructions for the venue you are visiting. Please ensure you read the safety information contained in the briefing notes.
MAPS - (1) to download and print your own map, click here.
(2) Our newer courses are also accessible via the free smartphone app MapRun6. Follow the instructions on the MapRun website to install it on your phone, open the app, then:
* Select 'EVENT LIST' - then click on the folder 'NSW'
* Choose your location and course
* Select 'GO TO START' - this brings up the map in a tiny area. Use your fingers to zoom in to find the pink start triangle. Hit 'Start the GPS' and walk to the start - your phone should beep and vibrate, and the timer will start.
* Each control is located at the + symbol in the middle of each pink circle. The app should beep and buzz when you are within 0-10m of the control; it will keep track of and display how many you have been to.
* When you reach the finish (shown by the double circle), the timer stops and your split and GPS route are uploaded to the server. You can see the results here - just click on the tab you wish to see.
COURSES - (1) a LINE course means you must visit the controls in order; (2) a SCORE course means you may visit them in any order. You have 60 minutes to complete each course - this should be more than enough. Each control circle will turn green on your phone screen to signal it has been visited. The ones still in pink are yet to be visited.
|Cockatoo Island||Cockatoo Island||Opened May 2021! 3 line courses and 1 score course. Also on MapRun6.||here|
|West Pymble||Bicentennial Park||Opened May 2021! 3 line courses and 1 score course. Also on MapRun6.||here|
|Centennial Park||Grassy area north of the Bird Sanctuary||3 line courses and 1 score course. Also on MapRun6.||here|
|Sydney Olympic Park||Bike Hire Shop, Bicentennial Park||8 line courses (2 of them are wheelchair-accessible) and 2 score courses. Also on MapRun6.||here|
|Curl Curl Lagoon||Weldon Oval and Netball Centre, John Fisher Park||6 line courses and 4 score courses. Also on MapRun6.||here|
|Headland Park||Suakin Drive, Georges Heights||4 line courses and 1 score course. Please ensure you read the safety information contained in the briefing notes. Also on MapRun6||here|
|Fox Valley||Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga||3 line courses, a score course and a scatter course (get any 20 controls). Only on MapRun6.||here|
|Chatswood West||Mindarie Park, Lane Cove West||
3 line courses, a score course and a scatter course (get any 20 controls). Only on MapRun6.
|Seaforth||Balgowlah Oval or Seaforth shops||
3 line courses and a score course - with two different start locations. Only on MapRun6.
|Gordon||outside Gordon golf course||3 line courses and a score course. Only on MapRun6.||here|
|Hughes Park||Waterview Drive, Lane Cove||
Braille meets orienteering. A trail in a small park, ideal for younger children.
|Kiama||Coronation Park, Manning St||
A 3.3km line course around the famous blowhole and headland. Only on MapRun6.
Iranda Grove, Wallsend
3 line courses and a scatter course. Pick up a map at Wallsend Library or use MapRun6.
|Blue Gum Hills||Minmi Road, Minmi (Newcastle)||
10 controls in a popular park. Ideal for families and younger kids.
|Hunter Wetlands||1 Wetlands Place, Shortland (Newcastle)||Small entry fee. Orienteering is just one of several activities available. The map and flyer are available as a printout at the Wetlands Centre.||here|
|Dumaresq Dam||Dumaresq Dam Road, Armidale||Get your map from Armidale Visitor Centre or download it here.|
Interstate permanent courses
ACT | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA
Private courses in NSW
In addition to the public courses, a number of Department of Communities, Sport and Recreation, Scouts, conference and other centres also offer orienteering using permanent courses as an activity. As these courses are not managed by Orienteering NSW or affiliated clubs, we cannot warrant how well these courses are managed or maintained. Known courses are however included below for information. Please note that these courses are on private land and permission MUST be obtained from the landholder before attempting a course.
|Bilarong Reserve||Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen||This a Q & A course with a bit of photo O. Please contact the Coastal Environment Centre for more info.|
|Cataract Activity Centre||Cataract|
|Ingleside Scout Camp||Ingleside|
|Mowbray Park Farmstay||Picton|
|Wambangalang EEC||near Dubbo|
|Sport & Rec Centres||Location||Website|
|Borambola||Near Wagga Wagga|
|Broken Bay||Hawkesbury River|
|Lake Ainsworth||Lennox Head|
|Lake Keepit||Near Tamworth||https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/sport-and-recreation-centres/lakekeepit/|
|Lake Burrendong||Near Wellington||https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/sport-and-recreation-centres/lakeburrendong/|
|Milson Island||Hawkesbury River||https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/sport-and-recreation-centres/milsonisland/|
|Point Wolstoncroft||Lake Macquarie|