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
Sunday 31-Oct-21 Ballarat Winter Series 4 Woowookarung - POSTPONED UNTIL 17 July 2022 Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 31-Oct-21 Vic MTBO Series #2 - Woowookarung RP - MOVED to 17 July 2022 Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Sunday 31-Oct-21 Ballarat Winter Series #4 - Woowookarung Regional Park -MOVED to 17 July 2022 Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 07-Nov-21 AWOC Club Championships - Mt Terrible Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 07-Nov-21 Nortons Park Training Session Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 21-Nov-21 Koomba Kaos Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Dec-21 AWOC AGM & Maprun Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 23-Jan-22 High O: traditional long - Dinner Plain Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Monday 24-Jan-22 High O: pairs relay - Dinner Plain Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 20-Mar-22 Vic Autumn 1 - Lauder Mine, Sandon SF, Newstead Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 03-Apr-22 MelBushO 1 - Candlebark Park (from Westerfolds), Lwr Templestowe Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Apr-22 Vic Autumn 2 - Enfield SF Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 24-Apr-22 MelBushO 2 - Tikalara Park, Templestowe Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Sunday 31-Oct-21 Ballarat Winter Series 4 Woowookarung - POSTPONED UNTIL 17 July 2022 Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 31-Oct-21 Vic MTBO Series #2 - Woowookarung RP - MOVED to 17 July 2022 Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Sunday 31-Oct-21 Ballarat Winter Series #4 - Woowookarung Regional Park -MOVED to 17 July 2022 Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 07-Nov-21 AWOC Club Championships - Mt Terrible Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 07-Nov-21 Nortons Park Training Session Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 21-Nov-21 Koomba Kaos Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Dec-21 AWOC AGM & Maprun Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 23-Jan-22 High O: traditional long - Dinner Plain Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Monday 24-Jan-22 High O: pairs relay - Dinner Plain Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 20-Mar-22 Vic Autumn 1 - Lauder Mine, Sandon SF, Newstead Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 03-Apr-22 MelBushO 1 - Candlebark Park (from Westerfolds), Lwr Templestowe Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Apr-22 Vic Autumn 2 - Enfield SF Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 24-Apr-22 MelBushO 2 - Tikalara Park, Templestowe Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering

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