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 28-May-22 Victorian Middle Championships 2021 - Little Kangaroo Crossing, El Dorado Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 29-May-22 Victorian Long Championships 2022 - Kangaroo Crossing, El Dorado Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Monday 30-May-22 Victorian Schools Team Nominations 2022 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 04-Jun-22 Bendigo Bush 7 - Tappit Hen Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Jun-22 Come Try Orienteering, Daylesford Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 11-Jun-22 Bendigo - Mandurang Coolibah Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 12-Jun-22 MelBushO 4 - Wellington Chase (from Birdsland), Lysterfield Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 18-Jun-22 Bendigo Bush 8 - One Tree Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 25-Jun-22 Bendigo Bush 9 - Pilcher's Bridge Central Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 26-Jun-22 Ballarat Winter 1 - Mt Beckworth, Clunes Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 02-Jul-22 Womens Junior Sporting Festival Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 03-Jul-22 MelBushO 5 - Yellow Gum, Plenty Gorge Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 03-Jul-22 Interclub #5 - Albury-Wodonga Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 09-Jul-22 Bendigo Bush 10 - Diamond Hill North Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Jul-22 Ballarat Winter 2 - Brown Hill, Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 16-Jul-22 Bendigo Bush 11 - Diamond Hill South Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 17-Jul-22 Ballarat Winter 3 - Woowookarung, Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 17-Jul-22 MelBushO 6 - Jells Park, Wheelers Hill Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 23-Jul-22 Bendigo Bush 12 - Lyell Forest Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 24-Jul-22 Ballarat Winter 4 - Nerrina North, Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 24-Jul-22 Interclub #6 - Waggaroos Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 30-Jul-22 Bendigo Bush 13 - Kalimna Park Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 31-Jul-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 5 - Deadman's Flat, Fryerstown Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 07-Aug-22 MelBushO 7 - Yanakie Block, Kangaroo Ground Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 14-Aug-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 6 - Kimbolton South, Eppalock Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 14-Aug-22 Interclub #7 - Albury-Wodonga Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 21-Aug-22 MelBushO 8 - Hawkestowe, South Morang Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 28-Aug-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 7 - Crocodile Res, Fryerstown Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club 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 Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 11-Sep-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 9 - Tarrengower weekend, day 2 Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 18-Sep-22 Interclub #8 - Waggaroos Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club 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
Saturday 24-Sep-22 Victorian Middle Distance Championships - Daylesford Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 25-Sep-22 Australian Middle Distance Championships - Blackwood (WRE) Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Australian Schools Long Distance Championships - Mt Alexander, Harcourt Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Goldfields 3-Day, Day 2 - Mt Alexander, Harcourt Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Australian Schools Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Chewton) - ENTRY FOR TEAM MEMBERS BY SCHOOLS TEAM MANAGERS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Australian Schools Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Chewton) - TEAM LINEUPS 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 Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Oct-22 Australian Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Campbells Creek) - Individual Entry Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Oct-22 Australian Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Campbells Creek) - TEAM LINEUPS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 09-Oct-22 Melbourne City Race Weekend 2022, Race 3 Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 16-Oct-22 Maxi 3 hour - Butterfly Gully/Emu Creek, Daylesford 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
Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Saturday 28-May-22 Victorian Middle Championships 2021 - Little Kangaroo Crossing, El Dorado Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 29-May-22 Victorian Long Championships 2022 - Kangaroo Crossing, El Dorado Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Monday 30-May-22 Victorian Schools Team Nominations 2022 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 04-Jun-22 Bendigo Bush 7 - Tappit Hen Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Jun-22 Come Try Orienteering, Daylesford Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 11-Jun-22 Bendigo - Mandurang Coolibah Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 12-Jun-22 MelBushO 4 - Wellington Chase (from Birdsland), Lysterfield Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 18-Jun-22 Bendigo Bush 8 - One Tree Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 25-Jun-22 Bendigo Bush 9 - Pilcher's Bridge Central Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 26-Jun-22 Ballarat Winter 1 - Mt Beckworth, Clunes Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 02-Jul-22 Womens Junior Sporting Festival Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 03-Jul-22 MelBushO 5 - Yellow Gum, Plenty Gorge Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 03-Jul-22 Interclub #5 - Albury-Wodonga Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 09-Jul-22 Bendigo Bush 10 - Diamond Hill North Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Jul-22 Ballarat Winter 2 - Brown Hill, Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 16-Jul-22 Bendigo Bush 11 - Diamond Hill South Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 17-Jul-22 Ballarat Winter 3 - Woowookarung, Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 17-Jul-22 MelBushO 6 - Jells Park, Wheelers Hill Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 23-Jul-22 Bendigo Bush 12 - Lyell Forest Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 24-Jul-22 Ballarat Winter 4 - Nerrina North, Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 24-Jul-22 Interclub #6 - Waggaroos Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 30-Jul-22 Bendigo Bush 13 - Kalimna Park Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 31-Jul-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 5 - Deadman's Flat, Fryerstown Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 07-Aug-22 MelBushO 7 - Yanakie Block, Kangaroo Ground Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 14-Aug-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 6 - Kimbolton South, Eppalock Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 14-Aug-22 Interclub #7 - Albury-Wodonga Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 21-Aug-22 MelBushO 8 - Hawkestowe, South Morang Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 28-Aug-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 7 - Crocodile Res, Fryerstown Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club 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 Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 11-Sep-22 Vic Autumn-Spring 9 - Tarrengower weekend, day 2 Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 18-Sep-22 Interclub #8 - Waggaroos Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club 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
Saturday 24-Sep-22 Victorian Middle Distance Championships - Daylesford Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 25-Sep-22 Australian Middle Distance Championships - Blackwood (WRE) Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Australian Schools Long Distance Championships - Mt Alexander, Harcourt Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Tuesday 27-Sep-22 Goldfields 3-Day, Day 2 - Mt Alexander, Harcourt Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Australian Schools Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Chewton) - ENTRY FOR TEAM MEMBERS BY SCHOOLS TEAM MANAGERS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Wednesday 28-Sep-22 Australian Schools Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Chewton) - TEAM LINEUPS 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 Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Oct-22 Australian Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Campbells Creek) - Individual Entry Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Oct-22 Australian Relay Championships - Wattle Gully (Campbells Creek) - TEAM LINEUPS Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 09-Oct-22 Melbourne City Race Weekend 2022, Race 3 Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 16-Oct-22 Maxi 3 hour - Butterfly Gully/Emu Creek, Daylesford 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

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