A Guide to Orienteering Events and Competitions in NSW and Australia

Calendars and event details are available from the menu to the left, including the full NSW Event Calendar. This calendar can also be imported into Outlook or iCalendar by downloading this iCal File. Details of local street/park and bush events in the following regions may also be found via the links below:

Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) combines navigation and bush track riding skills. For details of NSW Mountain Bike Orienteering events, see the Mountain Devils Orienteering Club website.

National Event Calendars are available on the Orienteering Australia website. For listings of events in other Australian states, see also the list ofLinks to other State Orienteering Association sites.

Types of orienteering events include:

Summer Series, Street and Park Events

These are informal events held in metropolitan Sydney and NSW regional centres using small, easily accessible local maps which may include parks, residential streets and small adjacent areas of bush. The standard of navigation is fairly easy and these events are often held on weekday evenings. The Sydney Summer Series is a popular series of 45 minute events held on Wednesday evenings between October and March each year.

Club Events

These are small local street/park or bush events where beginners are especially welcome to come and try orienteering. Instruction is provided and courses of different length and navigational standard are available to suit both beginners and experienced orienteers.

Sydney MetrO League

The Sydney MetrO Leaguecompetition is a series of 5-6 events held between May and September where club teams compete in a number of Divisions. MetrO League events are generally held in small areas of bush in metropolitan Sydney or nearby areas within about 1.5 hours drive from most parts of Sydney. Regular venues include Lake Parramatta, Glenbrook and Campbelltown. Orienteers who are not part of a club team are also welcome at these events and a range of courses is always available for individual entry on the day.

Junior Orienteering League

The Junior League is focussed on the Sydney area and includes a series of events through terms 2 and 3.  Events are generally on Sunday mornings.  Courses offered range from very easy navigation through to hard navigation.  The series is suitable for school aged students that can navigate independently.  Juniors need to be members of a club to participate. Further details are available here.

Schools Championships

The NSW and Australian Schools Championships are conducted each year. Entries for the NSW Schools Championships will be accepted from any student at a primary or secondary school (or approved home school) in NSW. A NSW Schools Team is selected annually to represent NSW at the Australian Schools Championships.

NSW State League Events

The NSW State League events are a series of 10-13 high quality bush orienteering events held between March and October each year. State League events are usually held outside of Sydney and individuals compete in a range of age classes and grades. 

State and National Championships

State and Australian Championships (over Long, Middle and Sprint Distances) are conducted each year in a range of age classes and grades. The Australian 3-Day Championships are held during the Easter weekend and the Australian Championship Carnival is normally held in September or October. Entry in State and Australian Championship Events is acceptable only from full members of affiliated clubs (associate members are not eligible). There are otherwise no qualifying requirements for entry and all orienteers are encouraged to compete.

SILVA National Orienteering League

The SILVA National Orienteering League (NOL) is a national competition for Open and Junior representative State teams.

International Events

Australia sends representative teams to the World Orienteering Championships (WOC), World Cup races, World University Games and Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) each year, and to the World Games every four years. A team of orienteers in Junior, Open and Masters age classes competes in the Australia-New Zealand Challenge, which is held at the Oceania Championships.

The World Masters Orienteering Championships (WMOC) are held in a different country each year. Entries are open to all orienteers aged 35 years and over (within the calendar year).

The experience of orienteering in another country can also be simply an enjoyable and interesting part of an overseas holiday. Orienteering is practised world-wide on a variety of terrain and entry at most events is open to all. For links to orienteering organisations and listings of events in other countries, see the International Orienteering Federation website.