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!

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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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NOY5 - "The Powerlines" -  Abermain - Sunday June 25th

Planner: Alex Massey  Vetter: Steven Roberts

Start Window: 9:30am – 11:30am     Course Closure: 1pm

Directions: From Cessnock Rd, turn into Goulburn St and continue North to Lismore St. Turn Left into Lismore St and continue West to the intersection of Albury St and the Abermain Trail. Park as per directions below.

Parking: Parking is available on Lismore and Albury Streets, as shown below. Please keep clear of any property owners’ accesses and driveways on the Southern side of Lismore St and Western side of Albury St. The assembly area is located approximately 450m along the Abermain trail, at the intersection of the Abermain trail and Shiralee Trail. Please note the Abermain trail is a through road and has intermittent traffic, including motorbikes.


Start: The start is located a further 250m north of the Assembly area, along the Shiralee trail.

Finish: The finish is located 100m from the Assembly area. Please remember to punch at the Finish before proceeding to the assembly area for download.

Planners Notes: The terrain varies from flat to undulating. Many single trails and 4WD tracks exist across the area, with Motorbikes and 4WD’s very active in the area, particularly in the quarry area to the Southwest of the map. Forest cover varies from fast, open to areas of thicker vegetation and reduced visibility and runnability, particularly in some of the creek areas. Watercourses to the Northeast of the map include some erosion, care should be taken when entering and crossing these watercourses. The map has been extended to the North and some courses utilise this section of the map. Full body cover is recommended. A section of the map immediately to the Southwest of the Assembly area is not part of the National Park and is marked Out of Bounds on the Map. Please do not enter this area. Courses have been set to avoid any route choice through the Out of Bounds Area. No drink controls have been set for this event, please carry your own water if required.

Special Notes: Very Easy and Easy courses have an option to follow a linear watercourse as a shorter route from the last control to the finish. This is optional and a clear route by track is also available.


Course  -  Distance - Climb - Controls

Very Easy -  2.1km - 45m - 9c

Easy -   2.2km - 45m - 10c

Moderate Short  -  3.0km - 65m - 10c

Moderate Long  -  4.1km - 75m - 12c

Hard Short  -  3.6km - 70m - 12c

Hard Medium  -  5.3km - 90m - 17c

Hard Long  -  7.1km - 100m - 20c

Safety Bearing: East to Sealed Road, then South if you face Rural properties or North if you face Urban properties.