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)


MapRun6  MapRun for Street Orienteering  

   What is MapRun?

  • MapRunF is GPS-based orienteering via your smartphone.

Street Series continues!

To Pre-enter - Click here log in to Eventor, select the applicable Event and Enter the Event.

CLICK HERE for Instructions about Street Orienteering


Wednesday afternoons

45 minute score course - 30, 40, 60 & 90 point controls.

30 points per minute late penalty up to 5 mins late then 30 points per 30 seconds from 5-10mins late. Disqualification if more than 10 mins late.

Start window: 5-6:30pm

Log on and REGISTER via Eventor PRIOR to the Event - Click here

10 best results count for the series



7/10/20 - Warm Up 1 - Wallsend - RESULTS

14/10/20 - Warm Up 2 - Lakelands 

21/10/20 - SS1 - Carrington

28/10/20 - SS2 - Arcadia Vale

4/11/20 - SS3 - Jewells

11/11/20 - SS4 - Ashtonfield

18/11/20 - SS5 - Cardiff North

25/11/20 - SS6 - Pelican

2/12/20 - SS7 - Medowie

9/12/20 - SS8 - Adamstown

16/12/20 - SS9 - Mayfield West  

23/12/20 - SS10 - Valentine  

30/12/20 - Christmas break

6/1/21 - SS11 - Blackalls Park

13/1/21 - SS12 - Islington 

20/1/21 - SS13 - Speers Point

27/1/21 - SS14 - Fletcher North

3/2/21 - SS15 - Windale

10/2/21 - SS16 - Maryland

17/2/21 - SS17 - Lambton

24/2/21 - Presentation event (location tbc)

Download the Flyer



Quick Start Instructions For Using MapRunF

Before The Event

  • Download (from Apple App Store or Google Play) the (free) MapRunF app and install it on your smartphone
  • Open the app and fill in the required personal details
  • Optional: Download MapRunG and install it on your Garmin watch if you prefer to run using your watch instead of your phone (you will still need MapRunF on your phone)
  • Download the control descriptions from the Newcastle Orienteering club website and print them out if you like to have them in your wrist control descriptions holder (they will also be printed on the reverse side of the map)

At The Event

  • Go to the event (Start times are from 5pm - 6:30pm but you will need to be there some time before your start for preparation)
  • Open MapRunF. Select the relevant event via the “Events Near Me” button and download the map (if you haven't already) then move to the Pre-Start Area (possibly line up)
  • At the next beep, move into the Pre-Start Area 1 (up to 3 people can enter at one time) where you will have 2 minutes
  • Here you will get your MapRun PIN. Press the “Go To Start” button (or "Send Event to my Watch"). Key in the PIN and make sure MapRun is working. If you are using your watch, you will be able to safely leave your phone here to pick up later at the finish.
  • At the next beep, move into Pre-Start Area 2. Pick up your map and you have 2 minutes to plan your course (you may want to bring a highlighter if you like to mark where you want to run)
  • On the next beep, run through the start triangle. Your phone/watch should beep to indicate that your time has started. You have 45 minutes. If you are later than 45 minutes then you will start losing points.
  • Run/walk your route. As you pass within 10m of each control your phone/watch should beep. Timing will stop automatically as you pass back through the start/finish location (Your device will beep)
  • Once you have finished, your result should automatically upload to the web. If it hasn’t, use the option to upload your run manually.
  • If you think one of the controls that you passed did not beep then select the HITMO button and we will check your route and amend your score.
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For more detailed information about MapRunf click here.