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.

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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)
 

 

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Summer Street Series Event 17 - Elermore Vale
Wednesday 15th February 2023

Last event for the season!!
Setter: Emile Altmann, Sally Quill
Assembly: Walker Fields (eastern end, out the back of Elermore Vale Shopping Centre, near the playground), Elermore Vale.
Parking:  Elermore Vale shopping centre, or Elermore Vale Community Centre or streets nearby. Please respect local residents
Facilities: Playground (small). Toilets may be available in Elermore Vale shopping centre.
Start times: Start at a time that suits you between 5:00pm - 6:30pm (with 2 minutes planning time before your start).
Course: 45 minute score course
Fees: Click here

Remember:

a. Bring your charged up phone with MapRun6 (latest version is 6.5) installed and ready to go.
b. If, while you are out on course, you are sure you have visited a control site and can’t get MapRun to beep in acknowledgement then continue on your course and after you’ve finished submit a “Review Result (HITMO)” request using the menu.
c. If, while you are out on course, your GPS sensor goes to sleep and misses sections of your course then let the officials at the finish know (including any additional controls visited) and the results processors can consider making adjustments to the official results.

A Note About Safety: Newcastle Orienteering recommends that all competitors wear bright clothing or reflective gear throughout the season to enable drivers to see you especially if you are running near dusk. Please also take care when crossing roads and use recommended crossing points on busy roads. We also wish to remind competitors that listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.

Summer Street Series Event 15 - Jesmond
Wednesday 1st February 2023

 
Setter: Alex Massey
Assembly: Collier St Park, Wallsend
Parking:   Large Carpark outside of the Hospital at the end of Nash St or other nearby streets Please respect local residents
Facilities: None
Start times: Start at a time that suits you between 5:00pm - 6:30pm (with 2 minutes planning time before your start).
Course: 45 minute score course
Fees: Click here

Remember:

a. Bring your charged up phone with MapRun6 (latest version is 6.5) installed and ready to go.
b. If, while you are out on course, you are sure you have visited a control site and can’t get MapRun to beep in acknowledgement then continue on your course and after you’ve finished submit a “Review Result (HITMO)” request using the menu.
c. If, while you are out on course, your GPS sensor goes to sleep and misses sections of your course then let the officials at the finish know (including any additional controls visited) and the results processors can consider making adjustments to the official results.

A Note About Safety: Newcastle Orienteering recommends that all competitors wear bright clothing or reflective gear throughout the season to enable drivers to see you especially if you are running near dusk. Please also take care when crossing roads and use recommended crossing points on busy roads. We also wish to remind competitors that listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.

Summer Street Series Event 14 - Dudley
Wednesday 25th January 2023

 
Setter: Sam Howe
Assembly: Frank Watkins Memorial Park, corner of Ocean adn Pitt Streets
Parking:   On Ocean St, Pitt Streets or surrounding streets. There is some parking on the other side of the oval onGardner St. Please respect local residents
Facilities: None
Start times: Start at a time that suits you between 5:00pm - 6:30pm (with 2 minutes planning time before your start).
Course: 45 minute score course
Fees: Click here

Remember:

a. Bring your charged up phone with MapRun6 (latest version is 6.5) installed and ready to go.
b. If, while you are out on course, you are sure you have visited a control site and can’t get MapRun to beep in acknowledgement then continue on your course and after you’ve finished submit a “Review Result (HITMO)” request using the menu.
c. If, while you are out on course, your GPS sensor goes to sleep and misses sections of your course then let the officials at the finish know (including any additional controls visited) and the results processors can consider making adjustments to the official results.

A Note About Safety: Newcastle Orienteering recommends that all competitors wear bright clothing or reflective gear throughout the season to enable drivers to see you especially if you are running near dusk. Please also take care when crossing roads and use recommended crossing points on busy roads. We also wish to remind competitors that listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.

Summer Street Series Event 13 - Warabrook
Wednesday 18th January 2023

 
Setter: Bridget Whitehead
Assembly: Warabrook Railway Carpark, Eucalyptus Cct, Warabrook
Parking:   Warabrook Railway Carpark or nearby streets or the carpark on the University side. Please respect local residents
Facilities: None
Start times: Start at a time that suits you between 5:00pm - 6:30pm (with 2 minutes planning time before your start).
Course: 45 minute score course
Fees: Click here

Remember:

a. Bring your charged up phone with MapRun6 (latest version is 6.5) installed and ready to go.
b. If, while you are out on course, you are sure you have visited a control site and can’t get MapRun to beep in acknowledgement then continue on your course and after you’ve finished submit a “Review Result (HITMO)” request using the menu.
c. If, while you are out on course, your GPS sensor goes to sleep and misses sections of your course then let the officials at the finish know (including any additional controls visited) and the results processors can consider making adjustments to the official results.

A Note About Safety: Newcastle Orienteering recommends that all competitors wear bright clothing or reflective gear throughout the season to enable drivers to see you especially if you are running near dusk. Please also take care when crossing roads and use recommended crossing points on busy roads. We also wish to remind competitors that listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.

Summer Street Series Event 12 - Rathmines
Wednesday 11th January 2023

 
Setter: Tom and Liz Bunn
Assembly: Corner of Alkrington Ave and Bournville Road, Balmoral
Parking: Balmoral Place Reserve nearby streets. Please respect other park users and local residents
Facilities: Toilets and playground
Start times: Start at a time that suits you between 5:00pm - 6:30pm (with 2 minutes planning time before your start).
Course: 45 minute score course
Fees: Click here

Remember:

a. Bring your charged up phone with MapRun6 (latest version is 6.5) installed and ready to go.
b. If, while you are out on course, you are sure you have visited a control site and can’t get MapRun to beep in acknowledgement then continue on your course and after you’ve finished submit a “Review Result (HITMO)” request using the menu.
c. If, while you are out on course, your GPS sensor goes to sleep and misses sections of your course then let the officials at the finish know (including any additional controls visited) and the results processors can consider making adjustments to the official results.

A Note About Safety: Newcastle Orienteering recommends that all competitors wear bright clothing or reflective gear throughout the season to enable drivers to see you especially if you are running near dusk. Please also take care when crossing roads and use recommended crossing points on busy roads. We also wish to remind competitors that listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.

 
 
 
 

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