From Newcastle/Sydney: The simplest approach is to take the A1 to Raymond Terrace, turning left at the large roundabout at Heatherbrae. Follow the Old Pacific Highway (Adelaide Street) through the town, turning left into William Bailey Street at the McDonalds traffic lights. Proceed straight ahead through the roundabout (becomes Seaham Road) and onto the bridge. From the river, it is approx. 7.2 km before turning left into Brandy Hill Drive. Follow this to the end (stop sign) and turn left again, then after 4.3 km turn right into Butterwick Road. After 2.4 km, turn right into Green Wattle Creek Road. Follow this road (mostly unsealed) for 1.2 km. (Your GPS unit may offer a variety of alternative ways to get there, depending on your origin.)

From Maitland: Leave Maitland through Lorn and Bolwarra, following Paterson Road through Bolwarra Heights and on to Woodville (becomes Clarence Town Road). Continue straight ahead for 3.1 km after the Woodville Store and turn left into Butterwick Road. After 2.4 km, turn right into Green Wattle Creek Road. Follow this road (mostly unsealed) for 1.2 km.

From East Maitland: Alternatively, you can travel through Morpeth, over the bridge and turn right, then over the Hinton bridge and turn left, then drive through Wallalong up to the stop sign on Clarence Town Road. Turn left and proceed for 700 m, then right into Butterwick Road. After 2.4 km, turn right into Green Wattle Creek Road. Follow this road (mostly unsealed) for 1.2 km.

Map: Green Wattle Creek, 1:7 500, 2018.  New map!  (New mapper!)

Terrain: 

Planner: David Kitchener

Vetter: Peter Newton

Courses: Standard range of NOY courses. Details available closer to the event.

Course       Length(km)       Controls
Very easy        
Easy        
Moderate short        
Moderate long        
Hard short        
Harm medium        
Hard long        

Entry Fees

Facilitities: Toilets & CATERING (no, that’s not a misprint). The kind people at the Hinton Wallalong Pony Club have agreed, not only to provide us with toilet access, but to open up the canteen to feed and water us from about 10 am. They plan to offer sausage sandwiches, bacon and egg sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee and cold water and soft drinks. Being a smallish club (a bit like orienteers), they will be very grateful for your support.

Safety: The area is largely free of trail bikes, 4WD vehicles, rubbish piles, cliffs, deep erosions, wombat holes and mine subsidence. There are, however, some sections of old cattle fence which are not always easy to see in the field. Generally, courses will attempt to avoid them, but be alert to their presence wherever they are marked on the map.

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

Notes: The event area is the Butterwick Crown Reserve, a former travelling stock reserve. The terrain is largely undulating with scattered tree root and termite mounds, a modest track network, plus a few detailed watercourses. Vegetation is truly at both ends of the scale – some really lovely open running that is almost park-like, contrasting with some that is diabolically thick and scratchy (lantana & thorn bush). Needless to say, vegetation feasibility will play a part in determining route choice for the harder courses. The area is (almost) entirely fenced, so there should be no need to cross anything resembling a working fence.

And as if a new map, new area, toilets and catering weren’t enough to get you there, there’s the novelty of getting to critique a novice mapper’s work. There’s quite a bit that could be said about the experiences of the first-time mapper, but we might be best to save that until after the event.

A few thoughts, however:

> It is fair to say that I haven't rifled exhaustively through every last thicket. I figure that the thick stuff is useless for placing controls - and anyone who does go in there will be worried about much more than an unmapped tree root mound. But I look forward to hearing about your experience, upon return.

> The distinction between "rough open with scattered trees" (yellow with white dots) and "fast running" (white) is fairly arbitrary. On the whole, ROST will be sparser trees with little undergrowth and good grass cover on the ground, while fast run is a little more heavily wooded, a bit more undergrowth and less/fewer grass. Hopefully it makes sense when you see it. That said, vegetation feasibilities are a bit arbitrary anyway. The same area can look different from opposite sides. Hopefully I've been reasonably consistent.

> A lot of undergrowth (up to about 60 cm) isn't mapped. Much of it is in patches too small to show up properly with a stripe symbol, in which case you can run around it anyway. If it impedes running, then it's mapped with green stripe. If it really impedes running, it’s classed as regular "slow run" (light green).

> Survey pegs and isolated star pickets are not mapped, unless they still have wire on them or are part of a row of star pickets. Isolated wooden fence posts are mapped, as long as they are clearly an ex-fence. Be warned – there are about 5000 tree stumps out there that look like an ex-fence post, but only a few on the map.

> Although the watercourses are often surrounded by horrible thick stuff, they frequently have a shallow, grassy floor and are surprisingly navigable on the whole, as long as it hasn’t just rained. This could be construed as a hint.

> Remember, you all get the same map. It’s what you make of it...!

 

 

 
 
 
 

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