Orienteering Services for the public
Orienteering offers wonderful opportunities for groups of people looking for outdoor activities that require both physical and mental effort. While orienteering is competitive for some, most people take it at their own pace - preferring to enjoy the experience as they work out how to progress around the course set for them.
Orienteering is an ideal activity:
Several permanent courses are available throughout Melbourne - see below.
Orienteering provides an outdoor activity which promotes team work. It achieves this by creating a challenge that can be completed successfully if people work together to plan and execute the activity - providing a physical component that allows more capable members to support other members of their team. People working together to gain the best result for their team!
What does it involve?
The activity combines navigational challenges with integrated tasks demanding group communication, co-operation and delegation of responsibilities.
We’ve been running courses in this field for over 10 years. Our staff are qualified teachers and outdoor educators. Our track record speaks for itself. Comments from satisfied clients:
“The course was both fun and challenging and catered for a good cross section of people, taking into account different physical and mental abilities. I highly recommend the course as a team building activity”
David Pullen Operations Manager Nufarm Ltd
“Inspiring, challenging and confronting”
Stewart McRae General Manager, Maffra Herd Improvement Co-operative
“Our group was set a challenge. We were initially uncertain but were able to achieve the goal and feel the satisfaction of success”
Anne Wilson, lecturer, Casey Institute of TAFE, Cranbourne.
How does it work?
This activity works best with groups of 15 + up to about 60. Each group is divided into teams of 5. The objective is to gain the maximum points through navigating to a series of checkpoints, in an allocated time period, usually 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
During the activity, at selected points, there is the opportunity to gain bonuses by carrying out a task. The tasks are within the capabilities of all able bodied people.
Also throughout the activity there are a number of top-up points which can be gained by completing tasks. The whole activity is usually planned for a 3 hour period (1/2 day).
The activity requires
delegation of tasks
assessment of strengths and weaknesses
and moderate physical exertion.
Working together to plan strategies
Challenge and Enjoyment
The activity will be suitably challenging, enjoyable and stimulating. It will be designed with the acknowledgment that a wide range of people will be taking part with differing levels of fitness and navigational expertise.
The most important aspect of the course is the in-depth debrief held after the activity.
The emphasis is on the process and then the outcome.
Team members are debriefed on such areas as how was the task carried out? how did the team feel after the half way points? tell us about delegating the tasks did you alter your plans? how did the team feel with the change of plan?
There is a minimum fee* for the half day activity which is dependent on type of group, size of group, location and duration of the activity.
* contact Peta on (03) 8846 4140 for written quote
Where can we do this activity?
Orienteering relies on suitably mapped areas adjacent to or nearby to your Conference Centre. Areas popularly used include:
- Parks Victoria Parklands
- Brimbank Park - Keilor
- Cardinia Reservoir Park - Narre Warren
- Darebin Parklands - Alphington
- Maroondah Reservoir Park – Healesville
- Hanging Rock - Woodend
Our program leaders
All our staff are fully qualified teachers and outdoor educators with years of experience.
Orienteering for Youth Groups
- Organised involvement through schools program
- Involvement by scouts and guides:
Scout hike - difficulty navigating on roads. The training that scouts obtain through orienteering provides navigational skills, confidence
- Facilities available to scout/guide leaders
Involvement in existing series - great way of covering 1-2 evenings per year from your program. Availability of weekend events during winter.
Orienteering for People with Disabilities
Orienteering Victoria welcomes people with disabilities in Park and Street orienteering events.
Each event has an accessibility rating a,b,c,d indicating the level of access for wheelchairs or terrain suitable for people with ambulant problems. You can select the events most suited to your ability.
Events are held during daylight saving ( Oct - March) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, starting at 7pm for one hour.
Instructors will help with map interpretation i.e. map symbols, scale and using maps.
It is suggested that you select the "PowerWalker" course (suitable even if you intend to just stroll). This is the course where you have one hour to visit as many of the controls as you can (in any order you choose).
Orienteering Victoria cannot provide 'carers', but we do acknowedge the Companion Card.
For more advice call our office for a chat: (03) 8846 4140.
What are Permanent Courses?
Orienteering Victoria and associated clubs have placed orienteering markers in a number of parks around Melbourne. Combined with high-quality maps of each area, these courses permit individual and groups such as schools and clubs totake part in orienteering without having to set out any controls - that's been done for you!
Permanent courses are maintained by orienteers and some by Parks Victoria staff. They are subject to wear and tear and as a result of fire, flood,maintenance and other changes within the parks it is possible that older copies of a map may no longer be relevant or accurate.
Contact Orienteering Victoria for updated information 8846 4140.
To purchase permanent course maps contact Orienteering Service of Australia www.osoa.com.au or ring 9017 4835.
There are some onsite or near site purchase points too :
For links to Parks Victoria sites for these parks - please click here
- Brimbank Pk - Leaping Lizard Cafe within the Park
- Cardinia Reservoir Park - Harkaway General Store - 9707 1197
- You Yangs - contact Parks Rangers on site - 5282 3356
- Jells Pk and Studley Park are currently out of stock and in the future these courses may be updated.