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 this provisional calendar for July-December 2020 are to be confirmed. Orienteering events will only resume in accordance with Victorian government easing of 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 about OV’s plans to restart orienteering activity, read our Return to Sport plan.

Latest Bush Orienteering Events

Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Saturday 26-Sep-20 Bendigo Shorts 1 - Myers Creek, ENTRIES CLOSED Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 26-Sep-20 Bendigo Shorts 1 - Myers Creek, 1-2pm 30 entries ONLY Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Tuesday 29-Sep-20 Australian Schools Orienteering Challenge - Day 2 CANCELLED Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Wednesday 30-Sep-20 Australian Schools Orienteering Challenge - Day 3 CANCELLED Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Saturday 03-Oct-20 Bendigo Shorts 2 - Ironstone Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 10-Oct-20 Bendigo Twilight - Marong Forests Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 11-Oct-20 AWOC CATI - Score Event - Nail Can Hill (tbc) Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 17-Oct-20 Club End of Year Break - Golden Square Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Oct-20 Grand Final Eve Scatter O Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Friday 30-Oct-20 2020 Cobaw Primary Schools Orienteering Championship CANCELLED Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 01-Nov-20 AWOC Club Championships - Barambogie Ranges Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 01-Nov-20 Muckleford 6 Hour (Team) Postponed to 2021, date tba Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 01-Nov-20 Muckleford Maxi (Individual) Postponed to 2021, date tba Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 01-Nov-20 Muckleford Maxi (Team) Postponed to 2021, date tba Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 08-Nov-20 Melbourne Step 3 Shakedown Training Session 1 (no charge) Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 08-Nov-20 Sunday Maprun GPSO - Wodonga, Willow Park Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Friday 13-Nov-20 2020 Eastern Metro Primary Schools Orienteering Championship - CANCELLED Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Nov-20 Melbourne Step 3 Shakedown Training Session 2 (no charge) Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Nov-20 Sunday Maprun GPSO - Lincoln Causeway, Gateway Island Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 22-Nov-20 Melbourne Step 3 Shakedown Training Session 3 (no charge) Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Nov-20 Sunday Maprun GPSO - Thurgoona, Ernest Grant Park Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering
Friday 27-Nov-20 2020 Western Metro Primary Schools Orienteering Championship - CANCELLED Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 29-Nov-20 Sunday Maprun GPSO - Wodonga, Birallee Park, off Silva Drive Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Saturday 05-Dec-20 aMAZEing Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering
Sunday 06-Dec-20 AWOC AGM & Christmas O - MMCC Rooms Noreuil Park Albury Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Friday 01-Jan-21 junk Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 20-Mar-21 Melbourne City Race Park Prologue Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 21-Mar-21 Melbourne City Race Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Saturday 26-Sep-20 Bendigo Shorts 1 - Myers Creek, ENTRIES CLOSED Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 26-Sep-20 Bendigo Shorts 1 - Myers Creek, 1-2pm 30 entries ONLY Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Tuesday 29-Sep-20 Australian Schools Orienteering Challenge - Day 2 CANCELLED Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Wednesday 30-Sep-20 Australian Schools Orienteering Challenge - Day 3 CANCELLED Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Saturday 03-Oct-20 Bendigo Shorts 2 - Ironstone Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 10-Oct-20 Bendigo Twilight - Marong Forests Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 11-Oct-20 AWOC CATI - Score Event - Nail Can Hill (tbc) Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 17-Oct-20 Club End of Year Break - Golden Square Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Friday 23-Oct-20 Grand Final Eve Scatter O Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Friday 30-Oct-20 2020 Cobaw Primary Schools Orienteering Championship CANCELLED Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 01-Nov-20 AWOC Club Championships - Barambogie Ranges Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 01-Nov-20 Muckleford 6 Hour (Team) Postponed to 2021, date tba Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 01-Nov-20 Muckleford Maxi (Individual) Postponed to 2021, date tba Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 01-Nov-20 Muckleford Maxi (Team) Postponed to 2021, date tba Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 08-Nov-20 Melbourne Step 3 Shakedown Training Session 1 (no charge) Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 08-Nov-20 Sunday Maprun GPSO - Wodonga, Willow Park Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
Friday 13-Nov-20 2020 Eastern Metro Primary Schools Orienteering Championship - CANCELLED Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Nov-20 Melbourne Step 3 Shakedown Training Session 2 (no charge) Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Nov-20 Sunday Maprun GPSO - Lincoln Causeway, Gateway Island Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 22-Nov-20 Melbourne Step 3 Shakedown Training Session 3 (no charge) Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Nov-20 Sunday Maprun GPSO - Thurgoona, Ernest Grant Park Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering
Friday 27-Nov-20 2020 Western Metro Primary Schools Orienteering Championship - CANCELLED Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 29-Nov-20 Sunday Maprun GPSO - Wodonga, Birallee Park, off Silva Drive Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Saturday 05-Dec-20 aMAZEing Ballarat Eureka Orienteers Park and street orienteering,
Foot orienteering
Sunday 06-Dec-20 AWOC AGM & Christmas O - MMCC Rooms Noreuil Park Albury Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Friday 01-Jan-21 junk Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 20-Mar-21 Melbourne City Race Park Prologue Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 21-Mar-21 Melbourne City Race Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering

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