MapLink – Anytime Orienteering

Welcome to MapLink – Orienteering Victoria’s digital map library; the perfect way to exercise outdoors with a map near you, any time you like, to stay physically and mentally fit and healthy while other options are unavailable.

You’ll find links to over 1000 maps of all types. Maps may be downloaded for printing, for use within current health restrictions, at any time of your choosing. There are no physical controls in place, and no maps of closed locations or private property where landowner permission has not been obtained. Many courses are also set up in MapRun. If exercising on your own, always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

Share your comments, routes, selfies etc on our MapLink Facebook page

MapLink was nominated for a 2020 VicSport Award!

WHAT SORT OF MAP ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

The MapLink Library has three sections:

  • Park Street maps from March 2020 onwards, for use with MapRun6 – click here
  • Anytime Park MapRun courses – line courses on colour maps in Melbourne parks – click here
  • Selection of bush, sprint, mountain bike, and older park street maps from 2007-2019 – click here

HOW TO USE MAPLINK

Choose a map from the MapLink library.  There is no set time or day to complete MapLink courses, and they don’t expire.

  • Download and print a map, and decide on a course; there are usually several options ranging in length and difficulty
  • Head to the start location any time
  • Complete the course
  • Record your time and distance, via MapRun6, or other GPS device

MapLink - Park Street Maps 2020 onwards

This Library contains almost every Park Street map since March 2020, all available in MapRun6.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS

You can check the Master Map to see where they are located, and read the guidelines for using them with MapRun6.

Maps from the current 2021-22 Melbourne, Geelong and Mornington Peninsula Summer Series will be added after each event.  Anyone is welcome to use these maps for training any time, but a Summer Series result will only be recorded for participants who attend an organised event.

Anytime Park MapRun Courses

This Library contains a set of colour maps of the parks listed below.  For each park there is a choice of two Hard and an Easy line course.  Scanning the QR code on the map, and opening the link with MapRun6, will open the app and select the correct map.  When ready, stand near the Start, and press Go To Start. MapRun will begin recording your route and time, and will display your result after you finish.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS

Venues are:

  • Brimbank Park
  • Cardinia Reservoir
  • Darebin Parklands
  • Jells Park
  • Nortons Park
  • Police Paddocks
  • Royal Park
  • Ruffey Lake Park
  • Westerfolds Park
  • Woodlands Historic Park

Bush, Sprint, Mountain Bike and Older Park Street Maps

This Library contains a selection of bush, sprint, mountain bike, and older Park Street maps (2007-2019).  These are NOT available in MapRun6, but are ideal for training on your preferred terrain. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS

Links to club and other map archives

DROC Map Archive

Some of these maps are very old! They were correct at the time, but may not be an accurate representation now – use at own risk!

This archive has at least one copy of almost all DROC maps, with a focus on eastern, outer eastern and south eastern suburbs, as far out as Lilydale to the east, and Cranbourne to the southeast.

There are no associated MapRun events set up for these maps.

Bayside Kangaroos MapRun Library (Western and Surf Coast Series) – you can use the MapRun app to track your route and record your time.

StreetO Maps

Enjoy some nostalgia! here’s a huge library of maps and courses going all the way back to 1995!

Ballarat MapRun Library

Bendigo Park Street MapRun Challenge maps

Central Highlands MapRun Library

MapLink and MapRun6

MAPRUN6 AND MAPLINK

Most recent Park Street maps are available in MapRun6.  Refer to the GUIDE TO USING MAPLINK AND MAPRUN6, in the MapLink Library.

Before you start

  • Charge your phone. You will get poor GPS accuracy when your phone tries to conserve a dwindling battery.
  • Download MapRun6 app from the App Store (iPhone) or PlayStore (Android)
  • Register an account.  Please use your real name, and ensure that surname and first name are entered correctly, as these will appear in results
  • Accept the prompts for notifications and location when they pop up.
  • All details are only used for event administration. The email address will only be used for essential communications.

Head to your selected start location with your printed map

Open the App and:

  • click EVENTS NEAR ME (it may take a minute or two to turn on your GPS and get a fix)
  • select your course out of the available MapRun events. Note some locations have several different MapRun events set up; check carefully that the one you select matches the map you printed.
  • press GOTO START, and move to the centre of the Start Triangle.  Your phone will beep, and record that S1 has been punched. Competition timing has started, and the map will be visible on your phone.
  • Your phone will record the controls that you visit with an audible beep, without any further action.
  • At the Finish, make sure that F1 has been punched.  Competition timing will stop.

Results

  • If you have internet connectivity the results will automatically upload to the MapRun server.  If the phone is still asking you to upload Results, check your connection to the internet (Data Allowance), and upload results when you have internet connectivity.
  • You can then view all scores and/or My Results (tracking, splits, rate, distance, etc.)
  • MapRun results can also be found at maprunners.weebly.com/results

MapRun QuickStart is an easy way to create your own personal MapRun course.  Simply print a map, and replicate the course within the App (follow instructions at the link)

PERMANENT COURSES

Victorian clubs have made their permanent course maps available as a service to OV members.  Unlike other maps in this library, these maps have physical markers (wooden posts) in place.

Please complete the request form below to order a digital (pdf) permanent course map for printing.  For non members, you can order printed permanent course maps, or use MapRun.  Find out more here

Please send me a Permanent Course Map

This is a service for current Orienteering Victoria members ONLY. You will be given access to a Dropbox folder containing permanent course maps for Brimbank Park, Cardinia Reservoir Park, Darebin Parklands, Westerfolds Park, and You Yangs Regional Park.

    Only current members of Victorian orienteering clubs can use this form to request free access to permanent course maps. Please select your club.

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