Welcome to Newcastle Orienteering Club

Do you like a challenge, fresh air, and exploring the countryside and your surroundings? Orienteering is the sport for you!

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. The course may take you through bushland and forests, parks or urban areas. You may wish to amble around a course and enjoy the scenery or be competitive by going as fast as you can. It's up to you.

Events are conducted nearly every week of the year, taking place in bush, parkland and urban areas within the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, Port Stephens and Singleton local government areas. The club also holds mountain bike orienteering events. 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 clicking on the event buttons below 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. (Mar-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)


Summer Street Series 4 - Ashtonfield - Wed 11th Nov

 Click here - to download the Series Point Score (after Round 3)

Click here for Raw scores RESULTS from MapRun. (Click the back arrow <- to return to this screen)

Click here for Score by Classes RESULTS from Eventor.  (Click the back arrow <- to return to this screen)

Setter: Viola O'Connor

Start: .The Reserve off Beaufort Circuit, East Maitland

Parking: Beaufort Circuit
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 with extra categories for Walkers (walking only) and Prams (jogging allowed with pram).

We will be using MapRun this season after the success of our MapRun Street Orienteering Trial Series (which you can still try). You will need to bring a smartphone with the MapRunF app which will register (and beep) when you get to each control and upload your score after finishing. There is now also the option of using your Garmin watch with MapRunG on course and link back to your smartphone when finished. You will no longer need an SI stick for timing or a pen/highlighter (unless you wish to mark your map in your 2 min preparation time) as there will no longer be questions to answer at each control. 

Your best 10 event results will go toward your Series Total.

Click here to download the Control Descriptions (if you would like a separate copy).  Control Descriptions are included on the back of the map.
Click here to have a look at the blank map.


Course closure: 7:25pm. 



Important Note: 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.