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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This series of short coaching articles by former club coach Geoff Todkill originally appeared in the club's printed newsletter. They contain a wealth of information for those wanting to develop their orienteering skills, from beginners to the more experienced. 

The vast majority of content is still fully relevant but a few references are dated such as:
  • Bush course difficulty levels: Blue, Green, Orange and Red have been replaced by Very Easy, Easy, Moderate and Hard. 
  • Control punch cards have been replaced by SportIdent electronic punching.
  • Marking your map / drawing your course on the map - the vast majority of events now have pre-printed maps.
  • A couple of map symbols have changed (eg. termite mounds) and some control descriptions have been updated.
 
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 Descriptions
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