Welcome to Newcastle Orienteering Club

Orienteering is a competitive or non-competitive recreational activity in which participants use a detailed map (and usually a compass) to navigate between checkpoints (known as “controls”) along an unfamiliar course. If you like a mental and physical challenge and exploring the outdoors, orienteering is the sport for you!

NEW TO ORIENTEERING? Click here for more information.

See what's on by clicking on the Club Event Series buttons below or see all orienteering events by going to the  Orienteering Event Calendar (Eventor).

    Run or walk, compete against yourself or others, or a fun family day out. Classic "forest" orienteering for all in the great outdoors. (Mar-Sept)
   Run, walk or push a pram to a 45 minute time limit. How many points can you get? (Oct-Feb)
    A great introduction to orienteering with fun courses in suburban parks & reserves. Also includes a night event. (Feb-Mar)
    Navigate around bush tracks and trails on your mountain bike. The     BOSS series offers 75 minute score & line+score events. (Oct-Mar)

Permanent Courses






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SUNDAY MAY 7        9:30am to 11:30am

VENUE: Adjacent to the junction of Kearsley Rd. and Lake Rd.

                 Note: Kearsley Road is the road from Lake Road to Abernethy. (This is not Kearsley Selections Road which is a few hundred metres to the east.)

PARKING: Park on open ground on either side of Kearsley Rd near its junction with Lake Rd.. PARK AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THE TREE LINE AT THE EDGE OF THE CLEARED GROUND. PLEASE TURN ONTO KEARSLEY RD FOR 30m BEFORE TURNING ONTO THE CLEARED GROUND. DO NOT DRIVE DIRECTLY ACROSS THE CLEARED GROUND WHEN ENTERING OR LEAVING. WE MUST LEAVE CLEAR VISIBILITY FOR OTHER MOTORISTS USING THIS ROAD JUNCTION. There will be additional parking along the edge of Kearsley Rd – Some at right angles, but mainly parallel. Keep as far from the road as possible.

Note: Some additional parking is possible along a powerline which runs parallel to Kearsley Rd. on its east side. This area has just been slashed and can be accessed via a short track from Kearsley Rd. This access track is approx. 200m from the Lake Rd junction. This area may be best suited to 4WD vehicles. The northern end of this area is an easy walk through the bush to the assembly area.

       Some volunteers to help direct early parking would be helpful.

MAP: Kitchener East Fire Trail   (1:10 000)   This map will include some previously unused sections of Werakata NP as well as areas included in the “Kitchley” map used in 2021.

             The whole area does include large sections of “green”. Some is just slow, but other large sections of ti-tree are very much “walk”. There is some SPIKEY vegetation.

ASSEMBLY: The registration (and finish) will be inside the National Park’s gate, adjacent to most parking, on the western side of Kearsley Rd., at the end of Kitchener East Fire Trail.



START: The START will be 620m from the registration following Kitchener East FT. in a westward direction. NOTE: Your safety bearing information will need you to keep in mind if you are to the north or south of this main fire trail. You will know if you are on, or crossing it, because of the recent upgrade work, and some signposts. (Provided they have not been stolen.) 

 COURSES  DISTANCE  Climb  Directions
 Very Easy  2.0km  30m  Follow tracks and a short streamer trail
 Easy  2.3km  40m  Controls not far from tracks, but you need to know where you are along the track before turning off.
 Moderate Short  2.2km  30m  Moderate navigarion to prominent features with catching features nearby.
 Moderate Long  2.7km  40m  
 Hard Short  3.5km  45m  Difficult navigation.
 Hard Medium  5.4km  85m  
 Hard Long  6.9km  105m  

(a) The area is frequented by trail bikes and some 4-WD vehicles. If you hear them, MOVE OUT OF THEIR WAY.

                 (b) There are some lattice / streamer barriers, marking “threatened species”. Please use tracks or go around. These positions are marked on the map with a deep purple dash.

                 (c) Large fallen tree canopies which may hinder runability or aid navigation have been shown as a small oval shaped thicket.

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

                 (e) Control 119 (black circle- man made feature) is a rusty 44 gallon drum on its side.

                 (e) COURSE CLOSURE 1:00 pm.