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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)

Shorts Weekend


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General Information

This season (2018) the club will be holding weekly orienteering training sessions with the aim of providing a convenient mid-week session to get out onto a map and practice navigation and socialise with your fellow orienteers. The training sessions will be held mostly on maps which are close to Newcastle to make it convenient for people to attend after work or school. The sessions will be informal, with no punches or times recorded. A $2 donation is asked for to help pay for map printing and other expenses. The sessions are aimed at moderate and hard level orienteers.The sessions will begin at 6:00pm, with a briefing at 5:45. Ideally participants will arrive slightly before the briefing. The 6:00pm start time means that these sessions will be in the dark, so you will require a head torch! There are over 20 training sessions planned over the season, so if you plan on attending these sessions it may be worth investing in a strong head torch.

All interested members should join the coaching group facebook page, as this will be the primary means of organising the group.  

Call for volunteers

If you would like to participate in our weekly training sessions we would very much appreciate if you could sign up to put out controls at some point during the season. The controls are very small reflectors which are very easy to carry in large numbers. Additionally, the control sites will be grouped fairly closely to make putting out controls easy and quick.

Control collecting will be done by the group of people who participate in the training, so that we can quickly get controls in and get home. This means that the only task expected of a volunteer is to put out controls. The training sessions will be planned by Steve Craig or Rob Bennett and the all controls map can be picked up along with the controls.

2018 Training Schedule 

Wednesday Training Schedule – First 5 weeks





  Blue Gum Hills (Woodford Road Entrance)



  Brush Creek






  Tank Paddock



  Fassifern Ridge


Meeting locations will be posted closer to the training sessions


Archived Coaching Materials

 The Coaching Page is a series of articles written several years ago. Well worth the read.


Coaching Page Issues
Issue 1 Map terrain skills
Issue 2 Blue and Green skills and orienting a map
Issue 3 Orange and Red skills and thumbing a map
Issue 4 Contouring, Attack Points and Route Choice
Issue 5 Aiming off and Leg Analysis
Issue 6 Relocation and Catching Features
Issue 7
Issue 8
Issue 9 Control Descriptions and Route Choice
Issue 10 Control Descriptions
Issue 11
Issue 12 Traffic Light Orienteering
Issue 13 Route Choice and Techniques revisited
Issue 14
Issue 15 Techniques revisited
Issue 16 Picturing the control site
Issue 17 Route Choice
Issue 18 Hints on Approaching Controls
Issue 19 Race Procedure
Issue 20 Errors
Issue 21 Route Choice
Issue 22
Issue 23 Rough and Fine Orienteering
Issue 24 Consistency
Issue 25
Issue 26
Issue 27 Skills for Orange and Red and Basics Revisited
Issue 28 Route Choice
Issue 29 Control Descriptions Part 1
Issue 30 Control Descriptions Part 2
Issue 31 Reading Control Desciptions
Issue 32 Preparation and Skills for Red
Issue 33 Orienteering Basics
Issue 34 Route Choice
Issue 35  
Issue 36 Preparation
Issue 37  
Issue 38  
Issue 39 Basics Part 1
Issue 40 Basics Part 2
Issue 41  
Issue 42 Compass technique and contours
Issue 43 Intermediate techniques Part 1
Issue 44  
Issue 45 Intermediate techniques Part 2


Note: Please be aware the nomenclature used for courses has changed over time see below for a list

pre Jan. 2012post Jan. 2012 
Blue Very Easy
Green Easy
Short Orange Short Moderate
Long Orange Long Moderate
Short Red Short Hard
Medium Red Medium Hard
Long Red Long Hard



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