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, instead the aim is to visit 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 predominantly held in Autumn through to Spring. Events are held throughout the region, with the main series 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 series have courses for all and events across the region, and provide the opportunity to experience the excitement of navigating some of Victoria’s best forests.
  • Two Victorian Championship events are held each year, currently with one after the autumn series and one after the spring series. These are open to all, providing the opportunity either test yourself against your piers or to simply giving another excuse to get out in the bush.

There are also standalone events held throughout the year, each with a unique format, such as the Maxi 3 hour, the Bush Night Champs and Bendigo ToDay.

Want to know more: check out New to Bush Orienteering plus the series that interests you.

Want to view the Orienteering Victoria Bush Calendar
(Current version 2018 Bush Calendar V9 Draft only)

 

Latest Bush Orienteering Events

Day Date Event Organiser Activity
Thursday 22-Feb-18 BUNS '18 - Vic Park / Pony Club Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Friday 23-Feb-18 Bendigo Bush Techniques Coaching Camp with Peter and Will Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 25-Feb-18 PAS #5 Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Thursday 01-Mar-18 FedUni BUNS Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 04-Mar-18 Heathcote Hagaby Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Thursday 08-Mar-18 BUNS '18 - Nerrina Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 18-Mar-18 Come and Try Orienteering - Magenta Mine Chiltern Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Thursday 22-Mar-18 BUNS '18 - Lake Gardens Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
Sunday 25-Mar-18 Victorian Autumn Series 1 - Eureka Challenge Eureka Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 07-Apr-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 1 - Wildflower Drive Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 08-Apr-18 MelBushO 1 - Cardinia Reservoir Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 14-Apr-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 2 - Kangaroo Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Apr-18 Victorian Autumn Series 2 - Mt Lofty, Redesdale Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Apr-18 Come and Try Orienteering - 9 Mile Hill Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 21-Apr-18 Womens Coaching Weekend Day 1 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 21-Apr-18 Bendigo Rocks 1 - Korong Spur Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Apr-18 Womens Coaching Weekend Day 2 Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 28-Apr-18 Bendigo Night Champs 2018 - Dead Bullock Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 29-Apr-18 MelBushO 2 - Hawkestowe, Plenty Gorge Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 29-Apr-18 AWOC-Waggaroos Interclub No.2 Honeyeater Picnic Area - Chiltern Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 05-May-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 3 - Diamond Hill South Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 06-May-18 Victorian Autumn Series 3 - Kimbolton, Lake Eppalock Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 12-May-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 4 - Diamond Hill North Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 19-May-18 NOL 9 & Vic Middle Champs - Yorkshire Hill, Bendigo Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Sunday 20-May-18 NOL 10 & Victorian Autumn Series 4 - Blowhole, Hepburn Springs Orienteering Victoria Foot orienteering
Saturday 26-May-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 5 - Mandurang-Sheepwash Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 27-May-18 MelBushO 3 - Balt Camp, Bullengarook Central Highlands Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 02-Jun-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 6 - Smiths Reef Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 09-Jun-18 Victorian Autumn Series 5 - Kookaburra Rises, Malmsbury Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 10-Jun-18 Victorian Club Relays - Kookaburra Rises, Malmsbury Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Saturday 16-Jun-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 7 - Mosquito Creek Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 17-Jun-18 MelBushO 4 - Emerald Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 17-Jun-18 AWOC-Waggaroos Interclub No.4 Walbundrie Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 23-Jun-18 Bendigo Rocks 2 - Kooyoora North Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 30-Jun-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 8 - Lyell Forest Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 01-Jul-18 MelBushO 5 - Westerfolds-Candlebark Park, Templestowe Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 07-Jul-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 9 - Upper Crusoe Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 14-Jul-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 10 - Sedgwick North Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 15-Jul-18 MelBushO 6 - Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 21-Jul-18 Birds Reef Hageby Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Jul-18 AWOC-Waggaroos Interclub No.6 Table Top Albury-Wodonga Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Sunday 22-Jul-18 Progressive Feast of Urban Mining Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 28-Jul-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 11 - One Tree Hill Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 29-Jul-18 MelBushO 7 - Yanakie Block, Kangaroo Ground Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Foot orienteering
Saturday 04-Aug-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 12 - Pilchers Bridge Nth Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 05-Aug-18 Victorian Spring Series 1 - Wattle Gully, Chewton Melbourne Forest Racers Foot orienteering
Saturday 11-Aug-18 Ian Johnson's 90th Birthday Micr-O on BlackJack Gully Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Saturday 18-Aug-18 Bendigo Bush Classic 13 - Pilchers Bridge Central Bendigo Orienteers Foot orienteering
Sunday 19-Aug-18 Victorian Spring Series 2 - venue tbc VIC Victoria Foot orienteering
Date Event Activity Results Splits TBT
07-Dec-17 Catch the Santa Christmas Score Race, Eltham Lower Park & Candlebark Park, 6.30pm Foot orienteering
30-Nov-17 Midweek Training with Peter and Will, Royal Park, 7.00pm Foot orienteering
25-Nov-17 Presentations and AGM Foot orienteering
23-Nov-17 BUNS '17 - Eureka/MADE Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
21-Nov-17 Midweek Sprint Training with Peter and Will, University of Melbourne, 6.30pm Foot orienteering
17-Nov-17 Eastern Zone PS Champs Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
09-Nov-17 BUNS '17 - Ballarat North Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
05-Nov-17 AWOC Bush O Championships - Beechworth Gorge Foot orienteering
03-Nov-17 Western Zone PS Champs Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
28-Oct-17 Bendigo Evening 1 Hr Score - Rocky Rises Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
26-Oct-17 BUNS '17 - Mt Helen Federation Uni Campus Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
21-Oct-17 Bendigo Bush Short 4, Hagaby - New Saint Mungo Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
14-Oct-17 Bendigo Bush Short 3 - Ironstone Hill Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
12-Oct-17 BUNS '17 - Victoria Park Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
07-Oct-17 Mahers Barr Cup - Birds Reef Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
30-Sep-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 20 - Kangaroo Gully East Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
23-Sep-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 19 - Longlea Forest Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
17-Sep-17 2017 Vic Championships (long) - Creswick Diggings Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
16-Sep-17 2017 Vic Championships (middle) - Petticoat Gully, Creswick Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
10-Sep-17 2017 MelBushO 7 Banksia Park, Bulleen Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
10-Sep-17 AWOC DuO Championships - venue to be confirmed Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering
09-Sep-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 18 - Kangaroo Gully West Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
03-Sep-17 2017 Vic State Series 7 (long) - Daylesford Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
02-Sep-17 Bendigo Rocks 3 - Mt Tarrengower Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
27-Aug-17 Adventure Series #1 - Maxi 3 Hour, Kimbolton, Lake Eppalock Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
26-Aug-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 17 - CANCELLED Foot orienteering
20-Aug-17 2017 MelBushO 6 Woodlands, Greenvale Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
19-Aug-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 16 - Kimbolton North Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
12-Aug-17 Ian's 89th Birthday - Black Jack Gully Foot orienteering
06-Aug-17 2017 Vic State Series 6 (long) - Lockwood Ranges, Lockwood Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
06-Aug-17 AWOC Waggaroos Interclub No.7 Mt Terrible Foot orienteering
05-Aug-17 Bendigo Night Champs - Brown Reef Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
30-Jul-17 2017 VicBush 3 You Yangs (MelBushO series) Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
29-Jul-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 15 - Fiddlers Green Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
23-Jul-17 2017 MelBushO 5 Plenty Gorge South Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
22-Jul-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 14 - Dead Bullock Gully Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
14-Jul-17 VIC Development Training Camp for Juniors Foot orienteering
09-Jul-17 2017 Vic State Series 5 (middle) - Chewton Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
08-Jul-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 12 - One Tree Hill Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
02-Jul-17 2017 MelBushO 4 Brimbank Park, Keilor Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
01-Jul-17 Bendigo Rocks 2 - Mt Korong Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
25-Jun-17 2017 Vic State Series 4 (long) - Spring Gully, Fryerstown Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
25-Jun-17 AWOC Waggaroos Interclub No.5 Table Top Foot orienteering
24-Jun-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 11 - Bullock Track Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
18-Jun-17 2017 MelBushO 3 Eltham Lower Park Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
18-Jun-17 Wheel cactus eradication - Mt Kooyoora Foot orienteering
17-Jun-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 10 - Sedgwick Sth Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
10-Jun-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 9 - Pilchers Bridge Nth Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
04-Jun-17 2017 Vic State Series 3 (middle) - Deadman's Flat, Fryerstown Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
03-Jun-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 8 - Smiths Reef Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
27-May-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 7 - Wildflower Drive Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
26-May-17 Orienteering Victoria Annual General Meeting Foot orienteering,
Mountain bike orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
20-May-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 6 - Upper Crusoe Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
19-May-17 2017 VSSOC - Plenty Gorge West Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
16-May-17 Castlemaine Schools session 3 Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
16-May-17 Castlemaine Schools session 2 Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
16-May-17 Castlemaine Schools session 1 Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
13-May-17 AWOC Waggaroos Interclub No.3 Walbundrie Foot orienteering
13-May-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 5 - One Tree Hill Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
07-May-17 2017 MelBushO 2 Yellow Gum Park, Plenty Gorge Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
06-May-17 Bendigo Rocks 1 - Mt Kooyoora Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
05-May-17 Girton Aherne - Koolamurt Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
04-May-17 Girton Millward - Koolamurt Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
03-May-17 Girton Riley/Jones - Koolamurt Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
03-May-17 Girton Jenkins - Koolamurt Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
01-May-17 Girton Frew - Koolamurt Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
30-Apr-17 AWOC Training Day - Chiltern Foot orienteering
29-Apr-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 4 - Mandurang-Coolibah Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
22-Apr-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 3 - Mosquito Creek Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
15-Apr-17 CANCELLED - Golden Sandshoe Foot orienteering
09-Apr-17 2017 VicBushO 2 Macedon (MelBushO series) Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
08-Apr-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 2 - Royal George Company Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
02-Apr-17 State Series 1 (middle) - Little Forest, Ballan Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
01-Apr-17 City of Maribyrnong Get Active Expo Foot orienteering,
Park and street orienteering
01-Apr-17 Bendigo Bush Classic 1 - Diamond Hill Sth Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
26-Mar-17 2017 MelBushO 1 Wellington Chase Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
25-Mar-17 Bendigo Bush Short 2 - Myers Creek Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
12-Mar-17 2017 VicBushO 1 Ballarat (MelBushO series) Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
12-Mar-17 AWOC Waggaroos Interclub No.1 9 Mile Hill Foot orienteering
11-Mar-17 Bendigo Training 2 - Specimen Hill Foot orienteering
05-Mar-17 2017 Vic Relays - Darebin Parklands Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
01-Mar-17 Twilight O Willow Park Foot orienteering
25-Feb-17 Bendigo Twilight 3hr - Sedgwick Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT
05-Feb-17 Fowl & Fizz - Early morning score event and AGM Foot orienteering Results Splits TBT

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