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 5 Dec 2021 (One hour earlier start and Course closure times) NOY 8

Start - 8:30am to 10:30am

Course Closure 12 NOON


New map – New area. “KITCHLEY GREEN” 1: 10 000 5M contours

Planning. Denis Lyons.

Event FEES

The area is part of Werakata NP. between Kitchener and Kearsley (Hence the name of the map.) There are large sections of thick T-tree, which have
not been mapped in any real detail, plus many other forms of light and dark green. (Hence the second part of the name.)

There is good detail in the gullies and watercourses that run off the steeper section of the map. There is one large erosion gully system with it’s outflow
creating random marshes and waterholes, WHICH HAVE NOT (yet) BEEN RUINED BY TRAIL BIKES.

VENUE: The North-west edge of the residential section of Kitchener. (About 250m North of the Khartoum Hotel.)

DIRECTIONS: To get to Kitchener

(a) From Cessnock, head south on Vincent St.(the main St.) which becomes Kitchener Rd /Quorrobolong Rd.

(b) From Lake Rd. go via Abernethy where you turn right into Murray St. which becomes Abernethy Rd. to get to Kitchener. Turn right at the “T” junction onto Cessnock St. and head north.

NOTE: Sandy Creek Rd. has recently been closed. Check NSW Traffic to see if it may be open.(Roadworks??)
(c) Sandy Creek Rd is an alternate route to Kitchener from the South.

Parking: Park at right angles to Cessnock St. on the WESTERN side, along a power-line, which is usually pretty clear. Leave the
section opposite the hotel clear for patrons and other users. Move as far off the street as possible.


START: The start (and finish) will be approximately 260m east of the registration. Follow a STREAMER TRAIL. The symbols for start and finish will be smaller because they are very close.

COURSES: The START TRIANGLE will be about 20m from map collection.

CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS - Will be printed on the maps.  If you would like a copy to print - WORDS or SYMBOLS

Length Climb

VERY EASY. 1.6 KM 25m Follows tracks and streamer trails.

EASY. 1.9 KM 30m Controls not far from tracks or a fence. BUT, you need to know where you are along the track, or fence before turning off.

MODERATE SHORT. 2.0 KM 40m Moderate cross-country navigation


HARD SHORT. 3.3 KM 70m Difficult navigation

HARD MEDIUM. 5.1 KM 145m “

HARD LONG. 6.8 KM 165m “

Hard Long and Hard Medium have been reduced by 500m from the September plan.


(a) TRAIL BIKES and 4WD’s use the area. If you hear them coming, MOVE WELL OFF THE TRACK, OUT OF THEIR WAY. A pack of 12-18 riders had been using some tracks in the area, earlier in the year. The very easy and easy courses have been designed to avoid the tracks that this large group had been using. There still could be other riders, anywhere, at any time.

(b) The area does contain SPIKEY VEGETATION hidden in areas of light or dark green.

(c) 1. Brown triangle represents small termite mounds.

2. Prominent Tree-root mounds are shown with a GREEN X.

(d) The position of all STREAMER TRAILS will be shown on ALL maps with pink dashes. One of these trails is likely to be the best option for everyone to get to the finish, and to some first controls. Please share this trail.

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

  Newcastle Orienteer of the Year Event # 7          bush                     
  Belford National Park - Sunday 14 November 2021

* All competitors over 16 must be double vaccinated to attend this event (proof will be requested)

  Click here for more detailsRESULTS


Newcastle Orienteer of the Year Event # 7 - Belford National Park - Sunday 14 November 2021

* All competitors over 16 must be double vaccinated to attend this event (proof will be requested)
* please use the NSW Covid check-in on arrival
* Do not attend if feeling unwell or have any COVID symptoms or are a close contact of a positive case.
* Please conform to any Covid restrictions in place at the time of this event. 


Map: “Belford National Park” (Scale 1:10 000, 5m contour interval). Updated - Ian Dempsey July 2021.

Planner - Glenn Burgess. Vetter - Greg Bacon.

Directions: From Newcastle/M1 travel northwest on the M15/Hunter Expressway. Continue onto the A15/New England Highway (past Branxton towards Singleton). Turn right at the "Lower Belford 3" sign into Kirkton Road (this is approximately 3.0km after the Branxton Heavy Vehicle Rest Area, just past and opposite the large brown “Hunter Valley Vineyards” sign). Follow Kirkton Road for 700m. From the west/Singleton turn left from the A15/New England Highway into Kirkton Road at the "3 Lower Belford" sign and follow Kirkton Road for 700m.

Parking: Park on the left side of Kirkton Rd. Do not park directly in front of the assembly area. Kirkton Rd is an 80 kmh zone and traffic is infrequent but fast moving. Ensure your vehicle is fully off the road. Take care with children.

Assembly/Start/Finish: The assembly area is through a gate in the fence on the left (southwest) side of the bend in Kirkton Rd. The start and finish are on the opposite (northeast) side of the road through a marked fence crossing. There is a 75m walk to/from the start and finish from the fence crossing. TAKE CARE WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD TO AND FROM THE START AND FINISH. LOOK OUT FOR TRAFFIC.

Terrain: Mostly gently undulating with some more moderate slopes. Generally open to very open forest offering fast running and high visibility. Areas mapped with light green (“slow run”) can be quite runnable but have variable visibility. Green stripe (“slow run, good visibility”) is mostly low tussock which varies between slow run and run. Larger areas of darker green (“walk”) are predominantly either distinct denser stands of Casuarina trees, or areas of feral African Olive (mostly poisoned by National Parks and now dead, hard “skeletons”). Numerous termite mounds, Native Cherry trees of various sizes and the occasional small Lantana thicket are scattered across the area. Erosion detail occurs along some of the watercourses. The track network is sparse in much of the park.

Course notes: Fresh growth of groundcover has made some of the tracks indistinct and harder to see in parts, particularly when crossing over them. Unmapped animal trails may be encountered in some areas.

The fences along each side of Kirkton Rd road have recently been renewed resulting in narrow cleared areas and piles of vegetation along the fencelines. These are not shown on the map.

The Very Easy course follows streamer trails between some controls. (These are not shown on the other courses.)

On the Very Easy and Easy courses parts of some tracks, where new growth has made them harder to follow, have streamers to aid navigation.

The Hard Long course crosses Kirkton Rd twice. The new wire fences along the roadsides are tightly strung but there is no barbed wire and runners should be able to pass through between the strands. Beware of traffic when crossing the road.

Control Descriptions are included on the maps, however if you would like a copy for your holder you can copy then print them here - WORDS or SYMBOLS

Special map symbols

Brown triangle = termite mound >0.3m

Small green circle = Native Cherry tree(s)

Small green dot = Lantana thicket

Green cross = tree root mound >1.5m

Black circle = man made feature

Black cross = car wreck

COURSE            LENGTH    CLIMB (approx.)

Very Easy            2.1 km          35 m                 Follows tracks, streamered routes, a watercourse and a fenceline.

Easy                     2.6 km          50 m                 Controls near tracks and watercourses. Some options to cut across.

Moderate Short     2.8 km          55 m                 Moderate cross country navigation.

Moderate Long      3.9 km          60 m                Moderate cross country navigation.

Hard Short            4.3 km          80 m                 More difficult navigation.

Hard Medium        6.1 km          105 m              More difficult navigation.

Hard Long            8.2 km          160 m              More difficult navigation.

Control descriptions will be printed on the map and will also be available to print from the club website.

No water will be provided on the courses or at the assembly area. Please bring your own and consider carrying water on the course.

Warmup area: The track and forest south of the assembly area.

Safety: Safety bearing is WEST to the Kirkton Rd (or East if on Hard Long and have crossed the road). Beware of traffic on Kirkton Rd.

Start times: 8:30am to 10:30am. Course closure at 12:00pm (ensure you start in time to finish by course closure).

Results: Live results should be available at http://sportident.itsdamp.com (click on Live Results) and later on Eventor.

Help with collecting controls following the event closure will be needed and very much appreciated (all controls are within 1km of Kirkton Rd). 

  Newcastle Orienteer of the Year Event # 7          bush                     
  Kitchener - Sunday 5 December 2021 (One hour earlier start & Course closure times)

* All competitors over 16 must be double vaccinated to attend this event (proof will be requested)

RESULTS    Click here for more details. Click here to Pre-Enter.  Control Descriptions - WORDS or SYMBOLS

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Orienteering NSW invite you to the Xmas 5 Day 2021.

This event had to be cancelled in 2020 due to lockdowns so was rescheduled for this year (2021).

While Covid regulations again prove to be very fluid, we are working hard to bring you 5 days of great orienteering (which seems close to the total number of events most of us have attended this year).

Clubs have courses set and are ready to challenge your orienteering skills which may have gotten rusty due to the lack of practice!

You will find information about the events and locations below or search on Eventor under the date 27/12/2021.

The main things you need to know now are:

a) We will let you know when entries will open. We are holding off and watching things unfold so it may be in October.
b) There will be NO Enter on the Day.
c) EVERYONE will be required to register with the NSW government QR code at each event.
d) Please “Get in” “Run” then “Go home” (or for coffee).
e) Please observe the “Social distancing” rules and any other regulations of the day.
f) The Belanglo Hut remains closed, but there are many other accommodation options in the area.
g) You can now put this event in your diary. We will be in touch!
h) And do have fun!

The event director is Colin Price.
Looking forward to seeing you all (from a distance) in the Southern Highlands.

Click here for FULL DETAILS




Orienteering NSW invite you to the Christmas 5 Day 2021.

This event had to be cancelled in 2020 due to lockdowns so was rescheduled for this year (2021).

While Covid regulations again prove to be very fluid, we are working hard to bring you 5 days of great orienteering (which seems close to the total number of events most of us have attended this year).

Christmas 5 Day 2021 - Details

2021 Bush Calendar2

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

  Newcastle Orienteer of the Year (NOY) Series Standings - click here

Here are the links to the Results.

 Date  Event  Location  Results     
 18/04/2021  NOY1  Elrington  Eventor    
 02/05/2021  NOY2  Wallaroo  Eventor    
 30/05/2021  NOY3  Pelton (not counted)  Eventor    
 27/06/2021  NOY4  Stockrington  Eventor    
 11/07/2021  NOY5  Richmond Vale  Eventor    
 27/07/2021  NOY6   Ryhope  Eventor    
 15/08/2021  NOY7  Branxton  Eventor