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)


Want to try Orienteering? Don't know what its really all about? Want to have a go for free?

Well Newcastle Orienteering Club currently has two permanent courses.

Course 1 is located at Blue Gum Hills Regional park at Minmi, in conjunction with NPWS. The course is available to use whenever the park is open. Print a copy here,

Course 2 is located at Brickworks Park in Wallsend. Print a copy here. This course is also available on the maprun app (available for both andriod and IOS). Please note: the maprun version does need to be checked with the latest version of the printed map. when in doubt use the map in maprun. 

It is left up to you to complete in the order you like. Will you go numerically? odds then evens? backwards?

Already finished it? Got feedback, suggestions or spotted an issue? let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Note: We check on the course at regular intervals, but if you find there is a control marker missing (vandalism does unfortunately happen) please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.