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)

SUNDAY 30 August 2020 (NOY 4)


NEW Covid10 Procedures

ONLY NEWCASTLE Members and non-members who reside in the greater Newcastle areas will be permitted to compete in Newcastle events.

The impact of the new recommendations and updated ONSW COVID Safety Plan for upcoming Newcastle events is mainly related to the recommendation to keep metropolitan and rural communities separated where possible.
For the Newcastle Club this causes an issue as Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are defined as metropolitan area and Port Stephens, Maitland and Cessnock are defined as rural. As well, some of our club members live outside of the Greater Newcastle area.

In accordance with the ONSW COVID Safety Plan competitors should arrive at the event in time to start and compete.
Competitors should then leave the event as soon as practical after they complete their course.
Competitors and officials should maintain a social distance of at least 1.5m while at the event.
Metropolitan and Rural competitors will need to remain in separate areas at the event.
Separate areas of the assembly area will be set up and separate start chutes will be established.

The event will have the following recommended start windows.
    a. 9:00am - Newcastle Club members who live outside of Greater Newcastle.
    b. 9:30am – competitors who live in the rural areas of Greater Newcastle.
    c.10:00am – competitors who live in the metropolitan areas of Greater Newcastle.
We recognise that it may not be possible for you to attend at the recommended start time.
If you attend at a different time please ensure that you use the relevant assembly and start areas for your residential location.

PRE-ENTRIES are NOW OPEN.  https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/10301

Starts from 9:00am to 11:30am. (Course closure 1PM)

Map: “TOMALPIN” 1:10 000 80% of this map is NEW for (foot) orienteering.

Planning/vetting team: Denis Lyons and Justin Stafford

Control Descriptions:  Control Descriptions are included on the maps.If you would like an additional Control Description - download them and print them here - WORDS or SYMBOLS



From Leggetts Drive turn (west) onto the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) road.

No entry signs have been erected on the HEZ road.  We have permission to access the area so you can proceed past the signs.

Approximately 2.4 km after turning off Leggetts Drive there is a dip in the road where it has subsided at a creek crossing. Please use caution.

This “T” junction is 1.2km south of Pelaw Main and 1.4km north of the entrance to the Richmond Vale Railway property.

Follow the Hunter Economic Zone Road (approx.) 4 km to a roundabout and turn left onto a gravel road.
(TAKE CARE crossing a slight drainage rut.) After 250m you can choose from two options for parking.

Parking option 1: Veer right along a power line. Avoid pot holes, and find parking in the next 200m.
This area is currently wet and best left for 4WD vehicles. Check on the day.

Parking Option 2: Park on the LEFT SIDE (only) of this road for the next 300m.
Note: Some users of this road travel at a high speed along this stretch. Keep as far left as possible.

The ASSEMBLY AREA will be on the southern (left) side of this road near where a track crosses the road.


The START will be about 120m north-east of the assembly area. The maps and start units will be at the “start triangle”.

COURSES: All courses will be of NOY standard. (Visit controls in numerical order.)


VERY EASY 1.7 km Follows tracks and a streamer trail. 
EASY 2.1 km Controls not far from tracks. You need to know where you are
along the track before looking to the side. Includes a streamer trail.
MODERATE SHORT 2.3 km Involves cross-country navigation to large features.
MODERATE LONG 3.2 km Involves cross-country navigation to large features.
HARD SHORT 3.4 km Some difficult navigation
HARD MEDIUM 5.4 km Some difficult navigation
HARD LONG 7.4 km Some difficult navigation


NOTES: (1) The area contains a large steep sided hill. (Mt Tomalpin) Only longer courses will visit lower sections of this “hill”.
The rock layer around the top edge of the hill is not mapped in full detail.

(2) The area is frequented by trail bikes and 4WD’s. If you hear them coming – move out of their way.

(3) Firewood collectors and rubbish dumpers have been busy. Some new faint tracks may appear.

(4) Trail bikes have ridden along the base of some watercourses and erosion gullies. The black dashes have not been shown in these situations.

(5) SPIKEY vegetation exists to some extent over much of the area.

(6) Only termite mounds are shown. No tree-root mounds or meat-ant nests.

Distinctive trees (including native cherry trees) are shown with a green X.

Significant fallen tree canopies have been shown as a thicket of full green.

Only larger rocks (> 1m) have made it to boulder status.

(7) A broad gully has been flooded by orange coloured mud and looks like a track from a distance.

(8) At least five helpers are needed to collect controls at each event. Please let the organisers know. 
Thank you for your help.