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)




  Street Series Uncrossable or Out of Bounds Areas    bush                     

As a club we want to promote correct orienteering practice and hence ask that all competitors obey OOB areas on the map. Please remember that on the Street Series maps the areas shown in grey are Residential or Private Land and are Out of Bounds.

Even if the land seems to be a vacant block or is unfenced, please keep out of that area. Going through means you are trespassing and there could be serious complaints made to the Club.

All competitors' routes show up in MapRun and we can see if anyone has crossed an area marked Out of Bounds. This is also an unfair advantage over other competitors who are doing the right thing by not crossing the OOB area.


We noticed that a few competitors at Plattsburg took a shortcut across an area marked grey (residential OOB) between 62 and 92. Most competitors checked the map and didn't cross the OOB area. We are not disqualifying or penalising the competitors who took the shortcut this time as some people thought it was hard to see on the map or didn't realise it was OOB. We will be checking routes on all future events to make sure it is fairer for all competitors.


Another example from an event where we did receive complaints is shown below. A few competitors crossed private land as it was unfenced though shown on the map as uncrossable (olive green indicates OOB).

We will be taking care to make maps as accurate as possible and trying to indicate all private land as clearly as possible. Please check your map carefully and not cross areas marked OOB. Thanks