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.

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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.

Latest Bush Orienteering Events

Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Wednesday 07-Dec-22 Central Highlands Summer Twilight Series - #4 WOODEND Campaspe Park Central Highlands Orienteering Club Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering
Sunday 11-Dec-22 Albury-Wodonga Park & Street - Willow Park MapRun Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Wednesday 14-Dec-22 Central Highlands Summer Twilight Series - #5 KYNETON Community Gardens Central Highlands Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Saturday 31-Dec-22 Test relay Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Feb-23 Peter Creely memorial Fowl & Fizz (plus AGM) Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 19-Mar-23 Maxi (Individual) - Mt Franklin Gorge Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 19-Mar-23 Maxi (Team) - Mt Franklin Gorge Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Apr-23 Victorian Relays- Woowookarung, Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Wednesday 07-Dec-22 Central Highlands Summer Twilight Series - #4 WOODEND Campaspe Park Central Highlands Orienteering Club Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering
Sunday 11-Dec-22 Albury-Wodonga Park & Street - Willow Park MapRun Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Wednesday 14-Dec-22 Central Highlands Summer Twilight Series - #5 KYNETON Community Gardens Central Highlands Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Saturday 31-Dec-22 Test relay Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Feb-23 Peter Creely memorial Fowl & Fizz (plus AGM) Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 19-Mar-23 Maxi (Individual) - Mt Franklin Gorge Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 19-Mar-23 Maxi (Team) - Mt Franklin Gorge Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 02-Apr-23 Victorian Relays- Woowookarung, Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering

From parks and streets to bush and forest - there is an adventure for you.

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