Bush Orienteering

Bush Orienteering is more than just a trail run, involving moving off the trail into the bush. There is no marked route on the ground, instead the aim is to visit pre-determined control points using a map for navigation. The key is concentration and the ability to make quick decisions while moving as fast as you can. It’s not just for runners, but walkers as well, with courses available for everyone regardless of fitness or age.

Bush orienteering is predominantly held in Autumn through to Spring. Weekend events are held throughout the region, with the main series being:

  • MelBushO – an introductory series of events close to Melbourne.
  • Bendigo regional series – an accessible series catering for both new and experienced participants.
  • Autumn and Spring series – these events, at locations across the state, have courses for all. Experience the excitement of navigating some of Victoria’s best forests.
  • Two Victorian Championship events are held each year, currently with one after the autumn series and one during spring. These are open to all, providing the opportunity either test yourself against your peers or to simply provide another excuse to get out into the bush.

There are also standalone events held at various times during the year, each with a unique format, such as the Maxi 3 hour, the Bush Night Champs and Bendigo ToDay. Want to know more: check out New to Bush Orienteering , and the series that interests you.

2019 BUSH ORIENTEERING CALENDAR (updated FEBRUARY 20 2019)

Latest Bush Orienteering Events

Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Monday 25-Mar-19 Increasing female engagement Seminar: Orienteering Victoria and Sport and Recreation Victoria Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 30-Mar-19 Come and try it - Westerfolds Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 31-Mar-19 Ballarat MapRun #7 - Lake Esmond Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Thursday 04-Apr-19 Level 0 Coaching Accreditation Course - Ballarat Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Saturday 06-Apr-19 Bendigo Bush Short 1 - Prince of Wales Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 07-Apr-19 Victorian Club Relay Championships Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Thursday 11-Apr-19 Level 1 Coaching Accreditation Course - Brimbank Park Orienteering Victoria Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering
Saturday 13-Apr-19 Bendigo Bush Short 2 - Ironstone Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Wednesday 17-Apr-19 Orienteering Victoria April Board Meeting Orienteering Victoria Mountain bike orienteering,
Radio orienteering,
Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering
Saturday 20-Apr-19 Bendigo Bush Short 3 - Dead Bullock Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 27-Apr-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 1 - One Tree Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 28-Apr-19 MelBushO 1 - Woodlands, Greenvale Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering
Monday 29-Apr-19 Level 1 Coaching Accreditation Course - Westerfolds Park Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Saturday 04-May-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 2 - Mt Tarrengower Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-May-19 Vic Autumn Series 4 - Eppalock South Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 11-May-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 3 - Mt Korong Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Wednesday 15-May-19 Northern Metro Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Friday 17-May-19 Southern Metro Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Saturday 18-May-19 Bendigo Bush Day or Night - Mandurang-Sheepwash Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 19-May-19 MelBushO 2 - Macedon Central Highlands Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Wednesday 22-May-19 Western Metro Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Friday 24-May-19 Eastern Metro Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Friday 24-May-19 Orienteering Victoria Annual General Meeting Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Radio orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Saturday 25-May-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 4 - Mandurang-Coolibah Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 26-May-19 Vic Autumn Series 5 - Irishtown, Vaughan Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 26-May-19 AWOC/Waggaroos Interclub No.3 - Walburndrie Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 01-Jun-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 5 - Smiths Reef Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Jun-19 MelBushO 3 - Brimbank Park, Keilor Tuckonie Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 08-Jun-19 Creswick Diggings 3-Day, Race 1 / Vic Autumn Series 6 Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Sunday 09-Jun-19 Creswick Diggings 3-Day, Race 2 / Victorian Middle Distance Championship Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Friday 14-Jun-19 Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Saturday 15-Jun-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 6 - Pilchers Bridge North Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 22-Jun-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 7 - Mount Kooyoora Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 23-Jun-19 MelBushO 4 - You Yangs Regional Park Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 29-Jun-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 8 - Peter the Great Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 06-Jul-19 Orienteering Victoria Youth Camp - Maldon Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 06-Jul-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 9 - Mount Tarrengower Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 07-Jul-19 AWOC/Waggaroos Interclub No.5 - 9 Mile Hill Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 13-Jul-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 10 - Kangaroo Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 14-Jul-19 MelBushO 5 - Yellow Gum Park, Yan Yean Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 20-Jul-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 11 - Sedgwick South Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 27-Jul-19 BendigO-Ringen - Royal George Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 03-Aug-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 12 - Sedgwick North Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 04-Aug-19 MelBushO 6 - Tikalara Park, Templestowe Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 04-Aug-19 AWOC/Waggaroos Interclub No.7 - Table Top Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 10-Aug-19 Ian's Birthday MicrO - Black Jack Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 17-Aug-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 13 - Mosquito Creek Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 18-Aug-19 Introductory Bush Navigation Day Orienteering Victoria Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering
Saturday 24-Aug-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 14 - Stumpy Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 25-Aug-19 MelBushO 7 - Cardinia Reservoir, Emerald - Anniversary Event Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 31-Aug-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 15 - Fiddlers Green Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 07-Sep-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 16 - Mount Alexander Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 08-Sep-19 Victorian Junior Squad Training Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 14-Sep-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 17 - Brown's Reef Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Sep-19 MelBushO 8 - Banksia Park, Bulleen Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Date Event Activity Results Splits TBT
25-Mar-19 Increasing female engagement Seminar: Orienteering Victoria and Sport and Recreation Victoria Foot orienteering
24-Mar-19 Vic Autumn Series 3 - Nerrina, Ballarat Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
24-Mar-19 AWOC/Waggaroos Interclub No.1 Chiltern, Magenta Mine Foot orienteering
21-Mar-19 Orienteering Victoria March Board Meeting Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Radio orienteering
20-Mar-19 Twilight Street/Park O, Willow Park Wodonga Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
17-Mar-19 Ballarat MapRun #6 - North Gardens Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
17-Mar-19 Bush Training Weekend - Mt Beckworth Foot orienteering
16-Mar-19 Bush Training Weekend - Glenluce Foot orienteering
13-Mar-19 Twilight Street/ParK O, East Albury Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
10-Mar-19 Vic Autumn Series 2 - Petticoat Gully, Creswick Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
06-Mar-19 Twilight Street/Park O, Chiltern Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
03-Mar-19 Ballarat MapRun #5 - Warrenheip Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
27-Feb-19 Twilight Street/Park O, Monument Hill Albury Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
24-Feb-19 Vic Autumn Series 1 - Bunjil, Bungal State Forest Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
17-Feb-19 Canadian Lakes Ballarat Map Run Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
16-Feb-19 BendiGo ToDay Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
15-Feb-19 Orienteering Victoria Council Meeting Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Radio orienteering
03-Feb-19 Ballarat Map Run (Calembeen Park Creswick) Foot orienteering
02-Feb-19 End of Summer orienteering weekend Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
02-Feb-19 AGM and Fowl & Fizz - No. 7 Reservoir Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
20-Jan-19 Delacombe Ballarat Map Run Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering

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