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 a fun family day out. Classic "forest" orienteering 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-Feb)
A great introduction to orienteering with fun courses in suburban parkland. Also includes a night event. (Feb-Mar)
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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Minor/Training Event - Mount Sugarloaf - Sunday 6 August 2023

Venue: Sugarloaf State Conservation Area

Planner: Justin Stafford

Directions: From Seahampton travel west on George Booth Drive. After 1.1 km turn left into Mount Sugarloaf Rd, travel 3.2 km to the reserve at the top and follow signs to park as directed. From the west take George Booth Drive, turn right into Mount Sugarloaf Rd and proceed as above.

Map: “Mount Sugarloaf”. Scale 1:10 000. 5m contours.

Starts: 9:30am to 11:30am. Course Closure - 1:00pm

Courses: This is a training event focusing on middle distance skills with point features. It uses one of Newcastle’s only maps featuring a high volume of rock features along with the usual watercourses. There are lots of short legs and changes of direction. You are encouraged to try a harder course than you usually run. Sportident will be used and results will be published including Livelox.



Distance (km)

Climb (m)


Very Easy








Hard Short




Hard Medium




Hard Long






Since the last event on the Mount Sugarloaf map there have been storms which have felled many trees. As there are so many new tree root mounds they have all be removed from the map. Please exercise caution around them. 

Vegetation boundaries are still mostly reliable on the route choices tested. 

Very Easy - The Very Easy course uses a walking track that goes past a steep decent that is semi cliff like. There is also a taped route up a relatively steep minor watercourse. Trailing young children is recommended.

Hard Courses - The Hard courses all share the same initial and ending controls. The Medium and Long extend in the middle of the course. This means there is an opportunity for all who do the Hard courses to compare notes and route choices after the event to learn from each other. Starts will be at 1 minute intervals with 1 runner per hard course at a time to accommodate the format.