Welcome to Newcastle Orienteering Club

Do you like a challenge, fresh air, and exploring the countryside and your surroundings? Orienteering is the sport for you!

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. The course may take you through bushland and forests, parks or urban areas. You may wish to amble around a course and enjoy the scenery or be competitive by going as fast as you can. It's up to you.

Events are conducted nearly every week of the year, taking place in bush, parkland and urban areas within the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, Port Stephens and Singleton local government areas. The club also holds mountain bike orienteering events. 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 clicking on the event buttons below 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. (Mar-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)


Newcastle Orienteering Club
2022 Night Championship Information - 6 April 2022

LOCATION: Speers Point

VENUE: Speers Point Park, Speers Point

LOCATION: Assembly is in the south-eastern part of the park utilising the larger covered area.

FEES:  Click here

PARKING: Car parks adjacent to the park grounds and swimming pool.

SETTER: Peter Orr
VETTERS: Viola O’Connor and Carolyn Chalmers


STARTS: 6:15 pm (If dark enough) to 7:45 pm. (2 minute start intervals)


COURSES: Long 4.4.km, 20 controls
Short 2.3 km, 12 controls

FORMAT: Line courses utilising traditional orange and white flags with Sportident punching. If you do not have an SI stick you can hire one, use the services option to add to your entry in Eventor.
Control descriptions (symbols) are on the map. There will not be any loose control descriptions available. If you require a copy or English descriptions, please downlod & print your own from here - SHORT - WORDS or SYMBOLS OR LONG - WORDS or SYMBOLS.

There won’t be a mini course. Parent could shadow children on the short course as an alternative.

Bring your own headlamp, torch or any other suitable light.

First starts will be from approximately 6:15 pm (or a bit later if it is deemed not dark enough). Last start will be 7:45 pm and the course will close at 8:45 pm, please return to the finish by this time whether you have finished your course or not.

There are two course available, a short course (2.3 km) and a long course (4.4 km) both of which will involve some street running. Please note that these course lengths are straight line distances, and you will likely run further than this.

You will need to provide your own headlamp or torch and mosquito repellent.

Please enter via Eventor where possible.

Please remember to maintain social distance from other competitors and do not attend if you are unwell.

Control descriptions (symbols) are on the map. There will not be any loose control descriptions available. If you require a copy or English descriptions, please print your own from the listed PDF documents.  WORDS or SYMBOLS

Course Setter Notes:
The five pedestrian gates into the fenced playground on the southern and eastern sides are mapped as open. These gates are self-closing and will need to be unlatched by the competitor to allow entry. Please ensure they close.
Take care crossing roads, give way to all vehicles.
The carparks in the vicinity of the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility will be busy, take care when running through them.
Dependent on the Council’s mowing program some areas may have long grass.
There will not be any reflectors on the controls.
The out of bounds area on the north side of the playground is the COVID testing site. It will be taped off using red and white tape. DO NOT CROSS.