Welcome to Newcastle Orienteering Club

Orienteering is a competitive or non-competitive recreational activity in which participants use a detailed map (and usually a compass) to navigate between checkpoints (known as “controls”) along an unfamiliar course. If you like a mental and physical challenge and exploring the outdoors, orienteering is the sport for you!

NEW TO ORIENTEERING? Click here for more information.

See what's on by clicking on the Club Event Series buttons below or see all orienteering events by going to the  Orienteering Event Calendar (Eventor).

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Run or walk, compete against yourself or others, or a fun family day out. Classic "forest" orienteering for all in the great outdoors. (April-Oct)
Run, walk or push a pram to a 45 minute time limit. How many points can you get? (Oct-Feb)
A great introduction to orienteering with fun courses in suburban parkland. Also includes a night event. (Feb-Mar)
Navigate around bush tracks and trails on your mountain bike. The BOSS series offers 75 minute score & line+score events. (Oct-Mar)

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Try orienteering for free

Newcastle Orienteering Club has two free permanent courses

Course 1 is located at Blue Gum Hills Regional Park at Minmi, in conjunction with NPWS. The course is available to use whenever the park is open. Print a copy of the map here.

Course 2 is located at Brickworks Park, Wallsend. Print a copy of the map here. This course is also available on the MapRun GPS app for both android and IOS. (Note that the MapRun map needs to be checked against the latest version of the printed map. When in doubt use the map in MapRun).

It's up to you to decide in what order you visit the checkpoints (orienteers call them controls). You can aim for the shortest route to get them all, visit the controls in numerical order, or however you like.

Already finished one of the permanent courses? If you have any feedback or you have spotted an issue (eg. you find that there is a control marker missing) please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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