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
Thursday 25-Jul-19 Orienteering Victoria Youth Camp - Payment Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 27-Jul-19 Bendigo Bush - Royal George Company Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 28-Jul-19 BendigO-Ringen 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 Foot orienteering,
Park and street 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
Saturday 21-Sep-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 18 - Diamond Hill South Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Sep-19 Victorian Long Distance Championships - Chinaman Flat, Linton Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Sep-19 AWOC DuO Championships - Barambogies Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Saturday 28-Sep-19 Bendigo 1 hour Score - Guys Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Friday 04-Oct-19 Beechworth Accommodation- Stanley Recreation Reserve Orienteering ACT Foot orienteering
Friday 04-Oct-19 ISOM17 Mapping workshop Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Friday 04-Oct-19 Oceania Model Event Orienteering ACT Foot orienteering
Saturday 05-Oct-19 Old Beechworth Gaol - Sat. presentations, drinks &The Last Dinner Orienteering ACT Foot orienteering
Saturday 05-Oct-19 Oceania 2019 - Event 7 Oceania Long Distance Championships Orienteering ACT Foot orienteering
Sunday 06-Oct-19 Oceania 2019 - Event 8 Oceania Middle Distance Championships Orienteering Australia Foot orienteering
Friday 11-Oct-19 Melbourne City Race Weekend - Sunset Sprint/Sprint Into Spring Race 1 Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 12-Oct-19 Bendigo Twilight 1 (score or short) - Wildflower Drive Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 13-Oct-19 Melbourne City Race 2019 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 19-Oct-19 Bendigo Twilight 2 (score or short) - Morton Ridge Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 20-Oct-19 Glenluce Maxi Adventure Race - Glenluce, Vaughan Springs (Individual Entry) Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 20-Oct-19 Glenluce Maxi Adventure Race - Glenluce, Vaughan Springs (Team Entry) Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 26-Oct-19 Bendigo 3 Hour Twilight - Marong Forests Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 03-Nov-19 AWOC Bush O Club Championships - Chiltern Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Wednesday 06-Nov-19 Twilight Street/Park O - Willow Park Wodonga Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Wednesday 13-Nov-19 Twilight Street/Park O - Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Wednesday 20-Nov-19 Twilight Street/Park O - Thurgoona Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Wednesday 27-Nov-19 Twilight Street/Park O - Birallee Park Wodonga Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 01-Dec-19 AWOC Christmas O and AGM Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 11-Jan-20 junk2 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 12-Jan-20 junk Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Thursday 25-Jul-19 Orienteering Victoria Youth Camp - Payment Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 27-Jul-19 Bendigo Bush - Royal George Company Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 28-Jul-19 BendigO-Ringen 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 Foot orienteering,
Park and street 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
Saturday 21-Sep-19 Bendigo Bush Classic 18 - Diamond Hill South Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Sep-19 Victorian Long Distance Championships - Chinaman Flat, Linton Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Sep-19 AWOC DuO Championships - Barambogies Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Saturday 28-Sep-19 Bendigo 1 hour Score - Guys Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Friday 04-Oct-19 Beechworth Accommodation- Stanley Recreation Reserve Orienteering ACT Foot orienteering
Friday 04-Oct-19 ISOM17 Mapping workshop Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Friday 04-Oct-19 Oceania Model Event Orienteering ACT Foot orienteering
Saturday 05-Oct-19 Old Beechworth Gaol - Sat. presentations, drinks &The Last Dinner Orienteering ACT Foot orienteering
Saturday 05-Oct-19 Oceania 2019 - Event 7 Oceania Long Distance Championships Orienteering ACT Foot orienteering
Sunday 06-Oct-19 Oceania 2019 - Event 8 Oceania Middle Distance Championships Orienteering Australia Foot orienteering
Friday 11-Oct-19 Melbourne City Race Weekend - Sunset Sprint/Sprint Into Spring Race 1 Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 12-Oct-19 Bendigo Twilight 1 (score or short) - Wildflower Drive Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 13-Oct-19 Melbourne City Race 2019 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 19-Oct-19 Bendigo Twilight 2 (score or short) - Morton Ridge Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 20-Oct-19 Glenluce Maxi Adventure Race - Glenluce, Vaughan Springs (Individual Entry) Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 20-Oct-19 Glenluce Maxi Adventure Race - Glenluce, Vaughan Springs (Team Entry) Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 26-Oct-19 Bendigo 3 Hour Twilight - Marong Forests Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 03-Nov-19 AWOC Bush O Club Championships - Chiltern Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Wednesday 06-Nov-19 Twilight Street/Park O - Willow Park Wodonga Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Wednesday 13-Nov-19 Twilight Street/Park O - Gateway Island, Lincoln Causeway Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Wednesday 20-Nov-19 Twilight Street/Park O - Thurgoona Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Wednesday 27-Nov-19 Twilight Street/Park O - Birallee Park Wodonga Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 01-Dec-19 AWOC Christmas O and AGM Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 11-Jan-20 junk2 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 12-Jan-20 junk Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering

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