Welcome to Newcastle Orienteering

Do you like a challenge, fresh air, and exploring the countryside and your surroundings: Orienteering could be the sport for you!

Orienteering involves using a detailed map and usually a compass to navigate one's way round a course with designated control points (check points), which are drawn on the map. The course may take you through urban areas, parks, schools, farmland or forests. This will be either on foot or on a bike.

Events are conducted nearly every week in the year, taking place in either the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock and Maitland areas. Beginners are welcome at all events.

New to orienteering? Click here for more information.

Interested in entering 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 on the ONSW webite.

Run or walk, compete against yourself or others, or just for a family day out. The bush series caters for all in the great outdoors. (April-Nov)
Run, walk or push a pram to a 45 minute time limit. How many points can you get? (Oct-Mar)
Preparation for the Bush. Try out bush style orienteering in local parks before stepping out into the bush. Also includes a night event for the adventurous. (Feb-April)
Grab your mountain bike and ride around bush tracks in either a street style event, bush style event or a combination of the two. (Oct-Mar)



Coaching Page Issues
Issue 1 Map terrain skills
Issue 2 Blue and Green skills and orienting a map
Issue 3 Orange and Red skills and thumbing a map
Issue 4 Contouring, Attack Points and Route Choice
Issue 5 Aiming off and Leg Analysis
Issue 6 Relocation and Catching Features
Issue 7
Issue 8
Issue 9 Control Descriptions and Route Choice
Issue 10 Control Descriptions
Issue 11
Issue 12 Traffic Light Orienteering
Issue 13 Route Choice and Techniques revisited
Issue 14
Issue 15 Techniques revisited
Issue 16 Picturing the control site
Issue 17 Route Choice
Issue 18 Hints on Approaching Controls
Issue 19 Race Procedure
Issue 20 Errors
Issue 21 Route Choice
Issue 22
Issue 23 Rough and Fine Orienteering
Issue 24 Consistency
Issue 25
Issue 26
Issue 27 Skills for Orange and Red and Basics Revisited
Issue 28 Route Choice
Issue 29 Control Descriptions Part 1
Issue 30 Control Descriptions Part 2
Issue 31 Reading Control Desciptions
Issue 32 Preparation and Skills for Red
Issue 33 Orienteering Basics
Issue 34 Route Choice
Issue 35  
Issue 36 Preparation
Issue 37  
Issue 38  
Issue 39 Basics Part 1
Issue 40 Basics Part 2
Issue 41  
Issue 42 Compass technique and contours
Issue 43 Intermediate techniques Part 1
Issue 44  
Issue 45 Intermediate techniques Part 2


Note: Please be aware the nomenclature used for courses has changed over time see below for a list

pre Jan. 2012post Jan. 2012 
Blue Very Easy
Green Easy
Short Orange Short Moderate
Long Orange Long Moderate
Short Red Short Hard
Medium Red Medium Hard
Long Red Long Hard