BOSS 1 - Werakata N.P. (NE of Cessnock)


Map: Werakata Trails (1:15000 contours 10m). Map produced for Mountain Bike Orienteering. No fine detail shown on map at this scale. Roadside drains are not shown but culverts under main roads are marked.

Directions: Head north east on Old Maitland Road from its junction with Maitland Road (Neath to Cessnock). This junction is at the south west corner of East Cessnock Primary School. The junction can be confusing as you are nearly turning back on yourself, don't turn too early into a one way lane. After approx 3km turn left into the National Park (as indicated on map below). Follow o-signs for another 2.5km to parking along the south west side of a major set of powerlines. Registration tent will be visible as you enter the parking area.

Terrain: Reasonably 'flat' to undulating with steeper sections in the north east

Tracks: Main dirt roads are well maintained and 'fast' and do act as public roads giving access to adjacent farm lands - be alert, keep left. Obey all normal road rules. Other tracks are mostly 'moderate' but with sections of 'slow' or 'difficult' as a result of water drainage. There are no 'single track' paths. Some tracks that would show up in ariel photos have been 'closed' by National Parks. These have been deleted from our map, except where they join permitted roads/tracks. This join is shown to help with navigation, but is marked as forbidden route and MUST be treated as such if we are to use the area again.

Start Times: 8:00am – 9:00am

Event type: 75 min total time, with a 5.5 km Line course immediately followed by a Score course.

Planner: Denis Lyons




Map: A combination of the Killingworth and Fairley Dams maps (Line course 1:1000 and score course 1:12500, contours 5m).

Directions: Turn off Wakefield Rd on to “The Broadway” travel 2.5 km towards Killingworth. Turn right at the intersection with “The Boulevarde” towards West Wallsend, then follow ‘O-Signs’ to the start. Parking will be adjacent to the large Substation.

Start Times: 8:00am – 9:00am

Event type: 75 min total time, with a Line course immediately followed by a Score course.

Planners: Andrew Gilbert and Wayne Hawken



VENUE: Federation Park, Warnervale (north of Wyong)

MAP:  MTBO map: “Federation Park”  1:7,500 5m contours (updated 2016)     

DIRECTIONS:   From M1 Motorway (travelling north or south) take the Toukley/Warnervale (Sparks Rd) exit.     After2.6 km, turn right at the traffic lights. Continue straight ahead through the next set of lights to the end of the road and the assembly area. (near the entry to Lakes Grammar Senior School)

TERRAIN:     This is a small area of flat to undulating bushland with mainly single tracks of varying widths.  There is an area of the map that is made up of open, rough open, open with scattered trees. lightly timbered forest, thickets ,large mounds ( BMX jumps) and numerous motor bike tracks. You can ride anywhere in this section in which there may be controls located.. Normal MTBO rules must be observed elsewhere.

NOTE The grass has not been slashed for some time and is now longer- so ride with caution

COURSE LENGTH   The line course will be 7 km



VENUE: Awaba State Forest, Awaba (west of Toronto).

MAP: MTBO map: “Hawkemount” 1:15000 5m contours (some new tracks 2017). The eastern edge of the map is the fence preventing people accessing the railway line. Riders should make no attempt to enter the rail corridor.

NOTE: there is a change to the previously advertised start location.

DIRECTIONS: Due to the erection of a new gate and limited parking, the start has moved from Freemans Drive on the western side of the map, over to Awaba on the north east part of the map. Directions are as follows:
From the M1 take the Toronto exit and travel towards Toronto. After 3.9km turn right into Gosford Street. From the main set of traffic lights at Toronto, turn west and travel 4.6km towards the M1. Shortly after crossing the railway line, turn left into Gosford Street.
Once in Gosford Street, travel 1.1km, past Awaba railway station and turn left into Wyong Street. The start is at the south west end of Wyong Street. Wyong street is a quiet residential area so can be used for warmup. When parking, please be respectful of people's driveways and leave residents enough room to get in and out. Watch for children riding their bikes along the street.

TERRAIN: The area is more mountainous than other MTBO maps in the BOSS series. You may need to push your bike up some sections. Due to loose gravel on some downhill runs, getting off and walking may be the safest thing to do. One steep track into a 2pt control has been marked as a forbidden route in order to protect riders from a potential lack of judgment. Some new motor bike tracks have been marked but are slow, leaving the older tracks as the preferred route choice.

COURSE LENGTH: The line course is only 6 km and takes riders down and up some gentler spurs ensuring even novice riders can complete the line course, then find a fairly direct route home to make it back inside 75 minutes.

NOTE: In order to minimise the chance of other forest users interfering with controls, corflutes tend to be placed on trees along minor tracks a short distance in from a main track. You will get used to needing to turn around and ride back out again.

START TIME: between 8 - 9am. Course closure 11am. Please be back at the start by this time.

PLANNER: Peter Newton


BOSS 5 - Blue Gum Hills


Map: Blue Gum Hills (1:10000) 

Directions: From Minmi traffic lights head south east on Minmi Rd, after approximately 500m turn right into Blue Gum Hills Regional Park.

Planner: Shane Jenkins

Start Times: 8:00am – 9:00am (Blue Gum Hills does not open its gates until 7:30am so if you arrive earlier park in the overflow area nearby or go find a coffee.)

Event type: 75 min total time, with a 7 km Line course immediately followed by a Score course.

Important Note: NWPS have requested that we do NOT ride in the carpark or on the road within the park. This will limit space for warmups to the grassed areas. There should not be too many other people around at that time of morning. 




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