The 2017 bush calendar opens up with a minor event at Mount Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Yes its a minor event, but in name only, as we will still be offering 6 courses for you to choose from (plus a string course for the kiddies). The Moderate and Hard courses will be “Middle Distance” style courses with plenty of controls to locate, ensuring you will need to be focused at all times.



From M1 Freeway:
Take the Cardiff exit (West Wallsend Interchange) and turn left at the roundabout at the top of the exit ramp. Travel along George Booth Dr through the small hamlet of Seahampton and continue for 1.2 km where you will turn left onto Mt Sugarloaf Rd. Travel 3.3 km to the picnic area just below the summit.

From Newcastle:
Travel west along the link road. Turn left at the major lights just prior to the Sydney exit. Travel towards West Wallsend long Cameron Park Dr (roadworks currently active). Turn right at the next roundabout onto George Booth Dr and travel to Seahampton and then a further 1.2 km where you will turn left into Mt Sugarloaf Road. Travel 3.3 km to the picnic area just below the summit.

Map: Mt Sugarloaf (1:10000)

Training Component: This event is listed as a minor/training event. This means that with the exception of the Hard Long course, participants may see their maps prior to the start and discuss route choice strategies and options with either the setter or any other experienced orienteer. It would also be of benefit to discuss what you did after you complete your course.

Facilities: The picnic area features Toilets, Drinking water and (free electric) BBQ's. Why not bring a picnic lunch or some meat to cook after the event to take advantage of the nice surroundings we will be in and to socialise with other orienteers.

Planner: Geoff Peel

Vetter: Andrew Power


Course       Length(km)       Controls
String   0.2-0.5   10
Very easy   1.6   9
Easy   1.9   11
Moderate short   2.4   10
Moderate long   3.3   14
Hard short   3.7   17
Hard long   5.7   24

Entry Fees

Safety: Loose leaf litter and gravel on steeper tracks can be slippery. If you are climbing down (or up) dangerous cliffs, then you are likely to be well off your course - reconsider your actions and your possible location as no courses should cross high cliffs. Hard Short fringes some high cliffs on leg 9-10. Hard Long fringes some high cliffs on leg 16-17. Hard Long crosses a broken fence line on leg 4-5

Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm. Please ensure you start your course with enough time to complete it prior to course closure