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; the aim is to reach 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 generally held in Autumn through to Spring. Weekend events are held throughout Victoria,  with the main events 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. These are open to all, providing the opportunity to test yourself against your peers or to simply provide another excuse to get out into the bush.
  • The Victorian Relays are a chance for club based teams to compete head to head in an exciting annual contest
  • Standalone events, each with a unique format, eg Maxi 3 Hour, Bendigo ToDay

Want to know more: check out New to Bush Orienteering , and the series that interests you

Oceania Long and Middle Distance Championship Highlights Videos

With the help of the Victorian Government  highlights videos have been created of the Oceania Long Distance and Middle Distance championships held in October 2019.
Orienteering Victoria trusts this gives you a flavour of the major bush events we run.
Scroll down to view upcoming events.

Covid-19 & Return To Sport

All events listed in the fixture are subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Orienteering events will only take place in accordance with Victorian government restrictions, health advice, and landowner permission.  Always check Eventor for final event details, and subscribe to the weekly O News Bulletin for the latest updates.

For more information, read our Return to Sport plan.

Latest Bush Orienteering Events

Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Saturday 13-Aug-22 Bendigo Bush 15 - Mosquito Creek Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 14-Aug-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 6 - Eppalock Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 14-Aug-22 Interclub #7 - 9 Mile Hill, Ettamogah Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 20-Aug-22 Bendigo Bush 16 - Stumpy Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 21-Aug-22 MelBushO 8 - Hawkestowe, South Morang Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 27-Aug-22 Bendigo Bush 17 - Smith's Reef Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 28-Aug-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 7 - Crocodile Res, Fryerstown Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 03-Sep-22 Bendigo Bush 18 - Fiddlers Green Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 04-Sep-22 MelBushO 9 - Woodlands, Greenvale Tuckonie Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 10-Sep-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 8 - Tarrengower weekend, day 1 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 11-Sep-22 Mt Tarrengower Vic Autumn-Spring 9 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 17-Sep-22 Bendigo Bush 19 - Virginia Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 18-Sep-22 Interclub #8 - Waggaroos Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Sep-22 AOC2022 Extras - Sportident Hire Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Sep-22 AOC2022 Extras - Split Start Times for Child Minding Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Sep-22 NOL Team Accommodation at Campaspe Downs Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Sep-22 AOC2022 T Shirts Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 24-Sep-22 Victorian Middle Distance Championships - Daylesford Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 25-Sep-22 Australian Middle Distance Championships - Blackwood (WRE) Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Australian Schools Long Distance Championships - Mt Alexander, Harcourt - ENTRY BY INDEPENDENT STUDENTS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Australian Schools Long Distance Championships - Mt Alexander, Harcourt Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Goldfields 3-Day, Day 2 - Mt Alexander, Harcourt Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Australian Schools Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Chewton) - ENTRY BY INDEPENDENT STUDENTS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Australian Schools Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Chewton) - ENTRY BY SCHOOLS TEAM MANAGERS ONLY Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Goldfields 3-Day, Day 3 - Wattle Gully (Chewton) Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Thursday 29-Sep-22 Mapping Meeting Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 01-Oct-22 Australian Long Distance Championships - Nuggety Range, Maldon Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 01-Oct-22 AOC2022 Dinner, Five Flags Hotel, Campbells Creek Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Oct-22 Australian Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Campbells Creek) - Individual Entry Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Oct-22 Australian Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Campbells Creek) - TEAM LINEUPS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 08-Oct-22 Bendigo Bush 20 - Crusoe Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 09-Oct-22 Melbourne City Race Weekend 2022, Race 3 - Williamstown (Long Distance) Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 15-Oct-22 Bendigo Bush 21 - Brown Reef Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 16-Oct-22 Maxi (Team) Mt Franklin Gorge, Guildford Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 16-Oct-22 Maxi (Individual)- Mt Franklin Gorge, Guildford Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 23-Oct-22 Victorian Club Relays - Argyle, Heathcote Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 23-Oct-22 Victorian Club Relays - Individual Entry Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 29-Oct-22 Twilight event - Mandurang Sheepwash Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 05-Nov-22 Bendigo break up event - Botanic Gardens Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Saturday 13-Aug-22 Bendigo Bush 15 - Mosquito Creek Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 14-Aug-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 6 - Eppalock Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 14-Aug-22 Interclub #7 - 9 Mile Hill, Ettamogah Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 20-Aug-22 Bendigo Bush 16 - Stumpy Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 21-Aug-22 MelBushO 8 - Hawkestowe, South Morang Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 27-Aug-22 Bendigo Bush 17 - Smith's Reef Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 28-Aug-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 7 - Crocodile Res, Fryerstown Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 03-Sep-22 Bendigo Bush 18 - Fiddlers Green Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 04-Sep-22 MelBushO 9 - Woodlands, Greenvale Tuckonie Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 10-Sep-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 8 - Tarrengower weekend, day 1 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 11-Sep-22 Mt Tarrengower Vic Autumn-Spring 9 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 17-Sep-22 Bendigo Bush 19 - Virginia Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 18-Sep-22 Interclub #8 - Waggaroos Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Sep-22 AOC2022 Extras - Sportident Hire Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Sep-22 AOC2022 Extras - Split Start Times for Child Minding Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Sep-22 NOL Team Accommodation at Campaspe Downs Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Sep-22 AOC2022 T Shirts Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 24-Sep-22 Victorian Middle Distance Championships - Daylesford Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 25-Sep-22 Australian Middle Distance Championships - Blackwood (WRE) Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Australian Schools Long Distance Championships - Mt Alexander, Harcourt - ENTRY BY INDEPENDENT STUDENTS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Australian Schools Long Distance Championships - Mt Alexander, Harcourt Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Goldfields 3-Day, Day 2 - Mt Alexander, Harcourt Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Australian Schools Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Chewton) - ENTRY BY INDEPENDENT STUDENTS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Australian Schools Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Chewton) - ENTRY BY SCHOOLS TEAM MANAGERS ONLY Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Goldfields 3-Day, Day 3 - Wattle Gully (Chewton) Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Thursday 29-Sep-22 Mapping Meeting Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 01-Oct-22 Australian Long Distance Championships - Nuggety Range, Maldon Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 01-Oct-22 AOC2022 Dinner, Five Flags Hotel, Campbells Creek Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Oct-22 Australian Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Campbells Creek) - Individual Entry Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Oct-22 Australian Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Campbells Creek) - TEAM LINEUPS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 08-Oct-22 Bendigo Bush 20 - Crusoe Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 09-Oct-22 Melbourne City Race Weekend 2022, Race 3 - Williamstown (Long Distance) Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 15-Oct-22 Bendigo Bush 21 - Brown Reef Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 16-Oct-22 Maxi (Team) Mt Franklin Gorge, Guildford Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 16-Oct-22 Maxi (Individual)- Mt Franklin Gorge, Guildford Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 23-Oct-22 Victorian Club Relays - Argyle, Heathcote Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 23-Oct-22 Victorian Club Relays - Individual Entry Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 29-Oct-22 Twilight event - Mandurang Sheepwash Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 05-Nov-22 Bendigo break up event - Botanic Gardens Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering

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