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)

NOY 2 Balickera - Hamburgers Trail 2021 - Sunday 2 May 2021

RESULTS - Click here 

Map: Hamburgers Trail 2021, 1:10 000 5m contours

Setters: Oskar and Tommy Mella

Vetter: Bjorn Mella

Directions: Head north from Hexham on the highway. Approximately 13.5kms after the Raymond Terrace roundabout turn LEFT onto Italia Rd. (Just after the speed limit changes from 110km/h to 100km/h). Follow Italia Rd. for 3km and turn LEFT into Hunter Water’s Balickera Park.

Park inside the park, mainly on the right hand side of the road. Do not block access to a gate. There is a toilet at the Park. (Hopefully, it will be open).

Start and Finish: Starts will be available between 9:30am and 11:30am and course closure is at 1 pm.

The Start is located a 600m flat walk from parking and the assembly. The Finish is located 100m past the start. THE IS A ROAD CROSSING ON THE WAY TO THE START AND FINISH TAKE CARE WHEN CROSSING IT.







Very Easy



Follow tracks and streamer trail.




Follow tracks and streamer trails however controls are just off the track and require you to know when to leave the track.

Moderate Short



Moderate cross-country navigation.

Moderate Long



Moderate cross-country navigation.

Hard Short



Difficult navigation.

Hard Medium



Difficult navigation.

Hard Long



Difficult navigation.


  • Water will NOT be available on the course. Participants are encouraged to bring their own drinking water.
  • Control Descriptions will be printed on the map. All courses will have them on the front of the map. Except the Hard Long and Medium which will be printed on the back.
          You can download & print Control Descriptions here - Words - Symbols
  • ALL tree root mounds have been removed from the map.
  • Italia Road is 90 km/h and can be busy. Take extreme care if nearby.
  • Motor bikes and 4wds often use this area, if you encounter them on your course give them a wide berth.
  • The area has been through major bushfire and regrowth since last revision. In general, green areas are given reasonable indicators of run ability but should not be relied upon for navigation.
  • Trailbike tracks have not been updated. Some mapped tracks may be hard to see while newer unmapped tracks may be more obvious. Do not rely on them for navigation.
  • Generally, most major tracks on the map are well used but some may not be as obvious.
  • In some areas there are a lot of controls close together make sure to check your numbers.

2021 Bush Calendar1

This year's event will revert back to a standard 2 person relay due to the map size.
Short and Long Pairs offered. Details below.

RESULTS - Eventor - Individual Results


“Newcastle Pairs Champs” might be competitive, but at its heart is a spirit of camaraderie and fun.

PRE-ENTRY - Click here
We prefer you to pre-enter so we can ensure map availability and for better Covid safety. If you wait until the morning of the event we cannot guarantee you will get a start/map.
Contact us if you are having difficulty with the rego/entry process.

Sunday 9th May 2021

Bluegum Regional Park, Minmi

From Newcastle, take the Newcastle Link road and turn right onto Woodford Street just prior to the Freeway exit. Turn right into Minmi Road at the lights and you'll see the park entry gates on the right about 500m along Minmi Road. Continue through the park and follow the gravel road to the parking which will be along this road.

To access the park from the Freeway, take the Newcastle Link road exit and turn left onto Woodford Street. Turn right into Minmi Road at the lights and you'll see the park entry gates on the right about 500m along Minmi Road. Continue through the park and follow the gravel road to the parking which will be along this road.

Please park efficiently along the access road. Generally this will mean parallel with a few limited 90 degree areas. The later you arrive the further away you will be and you may need to give way to competitors already started. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WATER DRAINAGE HUMPS ON THIS GRAVEL ROAD. LOW RIDING CARS (eg Teslas) MAY HAVE DIFFICULTY TRAVERSING THESE. If you prefer to park in the sealed car park, then is about 1km walk to the assembly area. Please do not use Tree Tops parking area.

Bluegum Hills 1:7500

Due to the limitations of the mapped area this year’s event will be a 4 leg relay rather than the format used over the last few years.
As the name suggests this event is contested by teams of two people.
Other combinations can enter but will be classed as unofficial.

Partners will run two alternate legs each.

The running order is Member1-Member2-Member1-Member2.
All controls need to be visited in order.

Some legs contain small loops with a pivot control that needs to be punched each visit.

The maps will be printed front and back with the two different legs.

The event will commence with a mass start for first Leg runners.

Returning runners will firstly tag their partner then punch the Finish after which they download.

Competitors will need to clear and check after downloading their first run.

Tagged runners will need to pickup the correct map and punch the start.
They can choose which side of the map to do first.

Due to Covid you can retain the map after your first run and pre-plan your second leg route.

Do not discuss or show the course to any other teams.
The winners will be the team with the fastest combined total for the 4 runs.

Two classes - Short Pairs (SP) and Long Pairs (LP)
Both have an East and West leg with each team member completing both of them.
They are designated SP-E, SP-W, LP-E, LP-W
All will be of moderate navigational difficulty but will have a few point features.
The total lengths are Short Pairs 5.8 km (2.9 km each runner); Long Pairs 8.0 km (4.0 km each runner)

Alternate running course order will be allocated to teams. Please advise if for any reason you need to run in a specific order or even run your two legs sequentially. e.g. first leg to allow shadowing of sub juniors after your run.

Advise us which Pairs course you prefer and we'll try and find you a partner.

Very Easy 1.7 km
Easy 1.8 km
Progressive 1.9 km
Moderate 2.5 km
The progressive course is designed for novice adults with a sense of adventure – it starts out Very Easy level of navigational difficulty but progresses to Moderate as you get further into it.

Pairs - $20 per team (members or non-members)
Other Courses - Regular club fee structure

9:15 Arrival & confirmation of Team details
9:35 Pairs briefing
9:45 long pairs mass start (leg1)
9:50 short pairs mass start (leg1)

9:30-11:00 Note shorter window

Control descriptions will be printed on the maps with seperate printable versions available for download via Eventor a few days prior.
Word Descriptions - here; Symbol Descriptons - here

SportIdent SI STICKS
Unlike previous years both team members require an SI stick. If you don’t have one use the “Services” section in the entry and ADD a hire one.

Mostly mildly undulating spur gully with an extensive track network. Recent rains and limited use during Covid lockdown has seen some tracks become indistinct, especially when crossing at 90 degrees, be careful. Run and visibility varies with some thicker areas spread across parts of the map. Long leg coverings or tights are advised

Motorcycles may be present on the tracks. There is some mining subsidence in the area.

Please supply drinking water to cover your personal needs both on and off course.

12:30 pm. You must report back to the finish no later than this time.

Presentations will be held as soon as the majority of Pairs teams have finished.
Due to Covid we are unable to provide a BBQ this year but feel free to bring a picnic lunch.

Geoff (or Margaret) Peel
Mob: 0422471353
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday 18 April (2021) 9:30am to 11:30am Course Closure 1PM

RESULTS - click here

New map – New area. “HEBBURN ROAD” 1:10,000 5 metre contours

Please REPORT TO REGISTRATION before going to the Start.

Planning team: Denis Lyons and David Kitchener.

The area is part of Werakata National Park. Which straddles the flat (Southern) end of Hebburn Rd. There are no large hills, but a number of areas of thick ti-trees will add to your route choices.

DIRECTIONS: From the junction of Leggetts Drive and Lake Road travel on Lake Rd for 4.8km to turn right onto Hebburn Rd. (GRAVEL road –SPEED HUMP and CAMERA).
From Kearsley, follow Lake Rd (to the east) for 3km to turn left onto Hebburn Rd.
The registration area will be (Approx) 1.2km from the turn off.

PARKING: DO NOT PARK IN THE FIRST 600M FROM THE TURN OFF. “Runners will be crossing.”
Most parking can be found in mowed areas on the western side of the road.
Park at right angles to the road. This would be from adjacent to the Start area to north of Registration.
Additional "parallel" parking may be possible on the east side of the road.
MAKE SURE WE LEAVE ROOM FOR TWO-WAY TRAFFIC. Don’t block trail bike tracks.
You may need to follow Hebburn Road, until it leaves the powerline, to find a few other "non-mowed' spots.


COURSES: The three HARD courses will cross the road twice. Drivers and runners please show caution.
The start will be just off the eastern side of the road, 180m south of the registration area.
Preliminary information only, as many sites and tracks are currently underwater.

Click here to download the WORD Control Descriptions
Click here to download the SYMBOL Control Descriptions

Control Descriptions are printed on the maps.

NOTE: There is NO DRINKING WATER on the Course. Please bring your own drinking water.


VERY EASY 1.3km  Follows streamer trails and tracks
EASY 1.9km  The first part of the course follows a streamer trail or track,
then you need to know where you are along the track, before turning off.
 You need to be able to recognise, and possibly follow, a watercourse.
MODERATE SHORT 2.2km  Moderate cross-country navigation
MODERATE LONG 2.7km  Moderate cross-country navigation
HARD SHORT 3.5km  Difficult navigation
HARD MEDIUM 5.4km  Difficult navigation
HARD LONG 7.5km  Difficult navigation


(a) The start TRIANGLE will be at the map collection area. The VERY EASY, EASY, MODERATE SHORT, MODERATE LONG courses will use a streamer trail along an old indistinct track to move away from the start. The HARD courses will “go bush”.(With water views.)
(b) TRAIL BIKES and 4WD’s use the area. KEEP OUT OF THEIR WAY.
(c) The area does contain SPIKEY VEGETATION hidden in areas of light or dark green.
(d)  1. Brown triangle represents small termite mounds.
      2. Prominent tree-root mounds are shown with a green X. Meat- ant nests are NOT SHOWN.
      3. Streamer trails are shown on all maps with purple dashes.
(e)  At least 5 helpers are needed to collect controls at every event.

2021 Bush Event Entry Fees:

    Adults   Juniors   Family
  Members   $14   $10   $38
  Non Members   $17   $12  
First Timers $14 Inc Stick Hire  

*Family - Two Adults and two children (or more children)

Second map $5

SportIdent stick hire $2

Bush Event Entry Fees:

    Adults   Juniors   Family
  Members   $14   $10   $38
  Non Members   $17   $12  
First Timers $14 Inc Stick Hire  

*Family - Two Adults and two children (or more children)

Second map $5

SportIdent stick hire $2

Your Event Entry Fee Destination 2

Jesmond Park Bush Event

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The first bush orienteering event for the season will be held at Jesmond Park this Sunday 28th March.

Very Easy, Easy, Moderate, Short Hard and Medium Hard courses will be available.
An all controls map will also be available for those wanting to practice for transition to a hard level this year and for those wanting to try a variety of controls of differently levels.

All courses have a mixture of bush controls and park controls.

If you are new to orienteering or new to bush orienteering please talk to one of the officials at the event who will be able to provide you with advice on the course you should try and some guidance and instruction on orienteering in the bush.

Details and entry are available via Eventor - Jesmond Park

Assembly will be adjacent to the intersection of Robinson Ave and the Jesmond Cycle Path.

The best parking is along Robinson Ave or in the car park off Robinson Ave.

Starts are from 9:30am.

Course Closure is 1pm.

For those undertaking the moderate and hard courses full body cover is recommended.

All courses head first into the bush to the south of the Jesmond Cycle Path and finish in the park on to the north of the Jesmond Cycle Path.

A score/progressive course is available for people looking to transition to a harder level course this year. If you would like to try this talk to the course controller or one of the officials who will be able to recommend controls to visit and give you some coaching.

New Entry Fees for Bush 2021

   Adults  Juniors  Family
  Members $14 $10 $38 (max)
  Casuals $17 $12  
  First Timers $14 Includes
Stick hire
  Second Map $5    
  SportIdent stick hire $2    

* Family = 2 Adults and two children (or more)