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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Bush Presentations Sprint Event - Gregson Park, Hamilton

Date: Sunday 19 November 2023

Time: Compulsory briefing - 4:00 pm. Mass Start - 4:15 pm. (Easy course starts from 4:16pm).

Course Closure: 5:00 pm. (Presentations from 5:00 pm)

Assembly: Gregson Park near the corner of Samdon and Lindsay Streets, Hamilton.

NOTE: The rest of the park is out of bounds until after the event.

Parking: West and north of the Samdon/Lindsay St intersection. To ensure fairness and enjoyment of the courses for all, parking adjacent to the park east and south of this intersection is out of bounds (Parking for officials will be immediately north of the assembly area).  

  Gregson parking

Warm up: Outside and away from the park on the streets west and north of the Samdon St/Lindsay St intersection.

Facilities: The toilets in the park are out of bounds until after the event. Nearest toilets are south side of the Beaumont St/James St Plaza (650m) or Hamilton Railway Station (900m). A playground & public BBQ are available in the park but not accessible until after you’ve run the event.

Water: Bring your own. There are bubblers in the park but they are not accessible until after you’ve run the event.

Map: “Gregson Park” 1:1500. First drawn: Russell Rigby 2018. Redrawn: Glenn Burgess Nov 2023.


1. “Multi loop mass start madness” - 2.3 km. Mass start sprint with multiple loops in random order.

2. Easy - 1.0 km.


Special map symbols

 Special map symbols

Wood chipped and bare areas under trees are mapped as rough open (lighter yellow). Planted areas under trees are mapped as out of bounds (olive green). Areas around larger fig trees with extensive root buttresses are mapped as slow run (light green). Special surfaces (eg. rubberised areas in the playground) are mapped with the ISOM School Maps symbol for “Paved area/Tartan surfaces” (darker brown).

Note the Out of Bounds/Forbidden to Cross symbols. Do not cross the garden beds (regardless of whether they have plants or not) or the planted areas under trees. There are red & white streamers in some places to remind you not to cross.

Mass start event: There is a pivot control that you will visit multiple times. There is a map flip at the pivot control part way through the course. IOF specifications regarding minimum distances between controls have not been adhered to and there are lots of close controls in some areas (including some controls not on the course). There are multiple crossings of the lines between controls on the map. Make sure you are heading to the correct control.

Control Descriptions are on the map (no loose descriptions).

Safety: Keep to the left when rounding blind corners (tight turning left, wide turning right). Take care around the pivot control which may be busy. Be aware of other park users.