Coming Events

Sat 20 Apr 9:00 am
Forest Orienteering and Navigation Skills Day
Smiths Creek Reserve, Campbelltown (meet at Waminda Reserve, Macquarie Av, Campbelltown.

Sun 21 Apr 9:30 am
NOY2 - Redgum Ridges (Freemans Waterhole)
 Redgum Ridges. 1:10 000. 5m contours.

Sun 21 Apr 11:00 am
Broken Bago Orienteering
Scout Hall, Tallwood Avenue, Wauchope.
Mon 22 Apr 7:30 pm
Orienteering Australia 2024 AGM
Online via Zoom.
Tue 23 Apr 7:30 pm
Orienteering NSW April Board Meeting

Wed 24 Apr 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #1 Northbridge
corner of Sailors Bay Road and Kameruka Road (Bonds Corner), Northbridge

Sun 28 Apr 9:30 am
Newcastle Pairs Relay Champs & Minor Event
The Range (South) 1:7500, Killingworth
Sun 28 Apr 10:00 am
Waggaroos - AWOC Interclub #1, 9 Mile Reserve

Wed 1 May 6:30 pm
Newcastle Night Champs - Eleebana
Thomas H Halton Park. Revised by D. Orr 2024. 1:4000, 2 metre contours and 1:1000, 2 metre contours.
, Thomas H Halton Park, Eleebana
Sat 4 May 9:30 am
SOS Northside



The series is conducted by ONSW partner organisation Bold Horizons - click on the blue links to see all the latest details on their website and Facebook page.  

The Saturday Orienteering Series is open to all budding orienteers! No experience is necessary. Both beginners and experienced orienteers are very welcome! Students, mums, dads, uncles, aunts, friends, grandparents: everyone is welcome to participate.

All events are on Saturday mornings in school grounds, parks and reserves.

In the summer school terms the SOS is conducted around northern Sydney and the Macarthur region; in winter terms around northern Sydney and the Hills District. The series runs for six weeks every school term.

At most events they offer 3 different courses:

Score Course: There are 20 controls to find within a set time limit (usually 45 minutes). You need to plan, navigate, run (or walk) and manage your time. The controls are worth different amounts, so there is strategy involved in deciding on the best return for time and energy before setting off. Anyone taking longer than the time limit starts losing points. On this course, the focus is on the personal challenge, making friends and learning some skills. Everyone 'wins' by finding at least a few controls, learning new skills and having a go. Entrants are welcome to head out on their own or team up.

Short Line Course: On this course, the challenge is find all the controls marked on the map in a set order. The course will be around 2-3.5km. The navigation is not too difficult for newcomers, however the finer challenges of optimising route choice and the need for speed and accuracy keeps the experienced orienteers on their toes. Orienteers are encouraged to tackle the challenge on their own but if they want to head out with friends or family then that is okay too.

Long Line Course: This course is similar to the Short Line Course but will generally be 3-5km long.

Electronic (SportIdent) timing is used for all courses and participants. Timing sticks can be purchased or hired at each event. They can also be purchased through ONSW partner AussieOGear.


Registration is from 9am and starts are any time between 9.30am and 11am.  


Entry is at the event. However if you are bringing along a group of more than 5 we ask that you please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to look after you.  The best contact is Barbara - email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 0418 270 476.

Entry cost is $12 for orienteering club members with their own SportIdent timing sticks or $15 for non-members hiring sticks.


Date Hills   Newcastle  
7 May Castle Hill Results    
14 May     Callaghan College Waratah  Results
21 May   Results Callaghan College Wallsend  Results
28 May   Results Hunter School of Performing Arts  Results 
4 Jun    Results  Lambton HS  Results 
18 Jun   Results Merewether HS Results
25 Jun     Callaghan College Jesmond Results



Urban maps with distinct boundaries will be used.

All runners check in and out.


Barbara Hill, Series Coordinator.

Mobile: 0418 270 476

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For results of past series, please click here.