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)





Although you are welcome to come and try orienteering at any event on the calendar, longer term involvement recommends joining the Orienteering Association via your local club. To ensure you receive regular notification of coming events, social activities, training, results and general information of interest to orienteers you are invited to join the club of your choice. Details of NSW clubs can be found on the Orienteering NSW website.

The initial and most obvious benefits of joining a club are the reduced entry fees at events – both locally and across Australia.

For current members wishing to renew and new members wishing to join please click the appropriate link

Membership Types

Family, Senior and Junior memberships cover full OANSW membership, a subscription to the digital national magazine "The Australian Orienteer", OANSW newsletters and event programs and qualification for entry to State and National Championships.

Associate membership includes OANSW newsletters and event programs but not "The Australian Orienteer" or qualification for entry to State and National Championships. Associate Membership can apply to families or individuals.

Family: up to 2 seniors living at the same address and any juniors who look to either adult as a parent.

Senior: 21 years and over during the membership (calendar) year.

Junior: under 21 years during the membership (calendar) year.

But why join Newcastle Orienteering Club?

Newcastle is a vibrant club, and certainly the most active in NSW, providing a large number of Bush, Street, Park and MTBO events throughout the year.

Membership of Newcastle Club gives a member access to coaching and training activities here in the Hunter. This program has been recognised as a trailblazer in the State. Nurturing our emerging orienteers, of all ages and abilities, leads to enjoyment and a sense of satisfaction.

If you'd like to be involved in the more technical side of the sport we've had sessions on mapping and there's lots of opportunities to learn from an expert in the various aspects of orienteering. Newcastle is moving towards upskilling in several areas and there are great opportunities to become involved in administration as well as the technical sides to the sport.

Newcastle Orienteering Club can truly boast the broadest spectrum of ages within the sport. Our young “crew” is growing in number as our older orienteers continue to enjoy the wide range of courses and events in a variety of terrain – within an hour's drive of the CBD.

Newcastle has been voted NSW Club of the Year several times for its activities, atmosphere and quality events. On the more competitive side, we've also had our name on the Inter-club Points Score trophy more than once.

So come along to a Newcastle event. We're not quite the biggest Club in NSW – but we think you'll like what you see.