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 07-Aug-21 Bendigo Bush - Lyell Forest Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 08-Aug-21 Vic MTBO Series #2 - Woowookarung Regional Park Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Sunday 08-Aug-21 Ballarat Winter Series #4 - Woowookarung Regional Park Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 14-Aug-21 Bendigo Bush - Stumpy Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Aug-21 Vic Autumn-Spring 6 - Sailors Diggings, Daylesford Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Aug-21 Interclub #8 - Waggaroos Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 21-Aug-21 Bendigo Bush - Kangaroo Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Aug-21 Vic Autumn-Spring 7 - Lauder Mine, Sandon Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 28-Aug-21 Bendigo Bush - Tarnagulla Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 29-Aug-21 Vic Autumn-Spring 8 - Enfield SF, Enfield Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 04-Sep-21 Bendigo Bush - Mt Alexander Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Sep-21 MelBushO 10 - Candlebark Park Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 11-Sep-21 Victorian Middle Championships - Little Kangaroo Crossing, El Dorado Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 12-Sep-21 Victorian Long Championships - Kangaroo Crossing, El Dorado Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 18-Sep-21 Bendigo Bush - Mt Tarrengower Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 19-Sep-21 Vic Autumn-Spring 9 - Eppalock Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 09-Oct-21 Eppalock Hagaby Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Oct-21 Victorian Club Relays Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Oct-21 Victorian Club Relays - Individual Entry Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 16-Oct-21 Bendigo Twilight - Mandurang Sheepwash Diggings Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 17-Oct-21 Interclub #6 - Waggaroos (New Date) Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 24-Oct-21 AWOC DuO Championships - Rowdy Flat Yackandandah Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Sunday 07-Nov-21 AWOC Club Championships Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Dec-21 AWOC AGM & Maprun Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Saturday 07-Aug-21 Bendigo Bush - Lyell Forest Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 08-Aug-21 Vic MTBO Series #2 - Woowookarung Regional Park Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Sunday 08-Aug-21 Ballarat Winter Series #4 - Woowookarung Regional Park Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 14-Aug-21 Bendigo Bush - Stumpy Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Aug-21 Vic Autumn-Spring 6 - Sailors Diggings, Daylesford Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Aug-21 Interclub #8 - Waggaroos Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 21-Aug-21 Bendigo Bush - Kangaroo Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Aug-21 Vic Autumn-Spring 7 - Lauder Mine, Sandon Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 28-Aug-21 Bendigo Bush - Tarnagulla Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 29-Aug-21 Vic Autumn-Spring 8 - Enfield SF, Enfield Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 04-Sep-21 Bendigo Bush - Mt Alexander Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Sep-21 MelBushO 10 - Candlebark Park Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 11-Sep-21 Victorian Middle Championships - Little Kangaroo Crossing, El Dorado Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 12-Sep-21 Victorian Long Championships - Kangaroo Crossing, El Dorado Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 18-Sep-21 Bendigo Bush - Mt Tarrengower Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 19-Sep-21 Vic Autumn-Spring 9 - Eppalock Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 09-Oct-21 Eppalock Hagaby Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Oct-21 Victorian Club Relays Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Oct-21 Victorian Club Relays - Individual Entry Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 16-Oct-21 Bendigo Twilight - Mandurang Sheepwash Diggings Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 17-Oct-21 Interclub #6 - Waggaroos (New Date) Wagga and Riverina Occasional Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 24-Oct-21 AWOC DuO Championships - Rowdy Flat Yackandandah Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Sunday 07-Nov-21 AWOC Club Championships Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Dec-21 AWOC AGM & Maprun Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering

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