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)


SUNDAY APRIL 28 - Minor / Training event

Starts from 9:30am to 11:30am

Map:  Jigadee  Jog 1:10 000

Results (Eventor) ! Splits (Winsplits)


FROM THE NORTH.  Head south on Freemans Drive for 3.75 km from the roundabout at Freemans Waterhole and turn right into Becks road. Then follow Becks road for 500m for parking along a power line.

FROM THE SOUTH.  500m north of where the Cessnock Exit from the M1 motorway joins Freemans Drive, turn left into Becks road. Then as above.

Parking: There will be two sections for parking.                 

(a) Along the power line on the western side of the road. This may not suit low clearance vehicles.                 

(b) Along the power line which heads south from the bend in the road. Suitable for all vehicles. 

A streamer trail will go along the western edge of the northern parking area (a) to access the assembly area. (Avoid walking on the road.)


28 Apr 2019 Parking

Courses: All courses will be point-to-point. (Visit controls in numerical order.)  

VERY EASY:      1.5km. Follows tracks and streamer trails.

EASY:                 1.8km. Controls not far from tracks or streamer trails.

MODERATE:      2.7km. Involves cross-country navigation to large features.

HARD SHORT:   3.4km

HARD MEDIUM: 4.6km. Some difficult navigation.

HARD LONG:     6.2km.           


(1) Hard long and Hard medium                 

-- (a) will need to cross Becks road. ( Take care.)                 

-- (b) A pivot control will (hopefully) mean that runners will not cross the main parking area.

-- (c) These courses will have a separate finish. This will be marked with a control flag, not a “finish banner”.

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

(3) OLD STYLE SYMBOLS will be used. Mainly, tree-root mounds will be a brown “T”, oriented to match the direction of the fallen tree trunk.

(4)  Magnetic north lines are now 300m apart.             

(5)  At least five helpers are needed to collect controls at each event.

Bush Event Entry Fees:

  Adults Juniors Family
Members $12 $9 $30
Casuals $15 $10  

1st timers $12 (includes SI stick hire)

Second map $5

SportIdent stick hire $2