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!

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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).

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-Oct)
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 bush style orienteering in local parks before stepping out into the bush. Also includes a night event. (Mar-April)
Navigate around bush tracks and trails on your mountain bike. The BOSS series offers 75 minute score & line+score events. (Oct-Mar)

Permanent Courses


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Event location and information.

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Assembly Area is adjacent to the narrow part of Eucalyptus Circuit where it fronts the Parkland.

Parking Park in Coachwood drive or Eucalyptus circuit but…

DO NOT PARK in the narrow part of Eucalyptus circuit directly next to the parklands – it is too narrow. These are quiet suburban streets – please be mindful of the residents. It may be necessary to park a few hundred metres from the start. The corner of Coachwood Dr and Eucalyptus Crt will be closest to assembly area

Facilities There are barbecues and play equipment 150 m from the start. There are no toilets in this park – nearest public toilets are at Warabrook shopping centre.

Course information.

General – Courses are in open parkland, suburban streets and there are some small patches of bush. There are tracks and cycleways through the park – be mindful that these are narrow with blind corners and take care to avoid colliding with pedestrians and cyclists. Mosquitoes are abundant and hungry. On the long and short courses there are some patches of rough ground where the runnability depends on the mowing schedule – grass varies between thigh and ankle high.

Mini course is around the central park and lake area. It is not all visible from the assembly area and has direct access to the lakes’ edges so depending on the child’s age shadowing may be needed. There are no street crossings on the mini course.

Long and Short courses include the parkland and surrounding streets.

Course Details

Long     3.8km; 48m climb; map flip

Short   2.1km; 24m climb; map flip

Mini     0.8km; 6m climb


Map “Warabrook Wetlands” 1:4000, contour 2m, standard sprint symbol set.

Original map was by Russell Rigby, updated this year with new contour and vegetation detail.

Special symbols – Green X = pine tree ( usually Norfolk Island but some others as well)

                                Black X = play or gym equipment.

                                 Black O = park bench.

Note that trees are not mapped in street areas except if adjacent to parkland.

Note that telegraph poles, information signs and manholes are not mapped, except for a few prominent telegraph poles in the park.