Return to Orienteering


Participants in events under Step 3 in Regional Victoria must read the Participant Guidelines for Orienteering Events in Regional Victoria Step 3

October 18 – Further Move Towards Step 3 in Melbourne

From Monday October 19, you can exercise within 25 km of home or work, and there is no time limit for leaving home to exercise. You can meet in a group of up to 10 people from no more than 2 households, outdoors in a public place. Maintain 1.5m physical distance between group members, and stay at least 100m away from other groups. Click here to read the new restrictions for Melbourne

There are no changes to the rules for sport in regional Victoria.  Park Street events in Geelong will resume from October 23. More information

From Monday November 2, organised sport can resume in metropolitan Melbourne, under Step 3.  The Melbourne Park Street Summer Series will start the week beginning November 2.  More information

September 27 – Move to Step 2 in Melbourne

Metro Roadmap Second Step:  From Monday September 28, you can exercise within 5 km of your home OR workplace.  The curfew has been lifted so you can now exercise at any time, for up to 2 hours per day, in a single session or split into two sessions. Up to five people from no more than two households can exercise together, as long as no-one in the group travels further than 5 km to do so.

The earliest date for the Third Step in metro Melbourne, under which organised orienteering events can resume, has been brought forward to October 19.  Click here to read the draft Guidelines for participants, course setters and organisers.

Please note the new rules for fitted face coverings – you may no longer use a face shield, bandanna or scarf. Your face covering must be fitted, and cover your nose and mouth. It must be worn at all times in public, except during exercise when puffing or out of breath. It must be carried while exercising if not being worn. You must put on a face covering immediately after exercising.

September 15 – Easing of Restrictions in Melbourne and Regional Victoria

Metro Roadmap First Step:  In metro Melbourne you can now exercise for up to 2 hours per day, in a single session or split into two sessions.  You must exercise within 5 km of where you live, and between the hours of 5am and 9pm.  You can exercise with your household, or with one other person, as long as both of you are within your 5 km radius.  For outdoor exercise, the other person does not need to be the same person each time.  No organised orienteering events or activities can take place during the First or Second Steps.

Regional Roadmap Second and Third Steps: from September  14-16, in regional Victoria, you can exercise outdoors with up to 5 people from a maximum of 2 households.  All five people must live in regional Victoria. There are no limits on the amount of time, or the distance that can be travelled within regional Victoria, for exercise.  No organised orienteering events or activities can take place during the First or Second Steps.

From September 17, organised orienteering activities and events can take place in regional Victoria, with restrictions on group size and other limits. The Return to Sport Plan will be updated to reflect these restrictions, and all events and activities must operate accordingly. Details as they apply to orienteering will be provided here when available.

September 6 – Return to Orienteering under Step 3 of Victoria’s Road Map

The Victorian Government has released its Road Map to Covid Normal, outlining a series of steps to reach this point.  At Step 3, community sport can resume, with group size limited to 10, and other restrictions. At Step 4, group size will lift to 50.  For metropolitan Melbourne, Step 3 is earmarked for October 26, and Step 4 for November 23.  For regional Victoria, there is currently no date for Step 3.  Case thresholds must be met for each Step.  Find out more about the Road Map.

Accordingly, orienteering events in Melbourne and regional Victoria remain postponed until Step 3 commences.  There will be an appropriate Return to Sport Plan in place for each of the steps in the road map.  Park Street Summer Series is aiming to restart from October 26.  Find out more about the restart of Summer Series.

August 2 – Return to Orienteering suspended for all of Victoria

Stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne, and Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria, mean than all orienteering events and activities within Victoria are postponed or cancelled until at least September 13.  Please follow Victorian Government directives for exercise under these restrictions. In Melbourne, this means:

  • Exercise within 5 kms of where you live
  • Exercise for no more than 1 hour per day
  • Exercise with no more than 1 other person, regardless of whether they live with you or not
  • Do not exercise between 8pm and 5am (curfew)
  • Please continue to use Maplink and DIY to find maps close to home. Need help finding maps? Contact [email protected]

Stage 3 restrictions – sport and recreation (regional Victoria)

Stage 4 restrictions – sport and recreation (metropolitan Melbourne)

Park Street Summer Series – our summer program is due to commence at the start of October.  Due to the uncertainty, the fixture has been prepared and made available online, for downloading and printing.  It will not be printed in bulk until we are confident that the majority of events will go ahead as planned.  We will hold as many events as conditions allow, and we’ll start as soon as we have the go-ahead to get underway.

We’ll need to be flexible and adaptable with dates, locations, and operating conditions;  we’ve set up a dedicated Summer Series page to make announcements and provide updates, as well as link to entry instructions and guidelines for participants.

Other events – most events planned for 2020 have been postponed or cancelled; some local club events may go ahead later in the year.  Look out for announcements via this website, Eventor, and the weekly O-News bulletin.

JULY 7 – Return to Orienteering on hold for metropolitan Melbourne

With a return to Stay Home (Stage 3) restrictions, all orienteering events and activities are suspended in metropolitan Melbourne until further notice.  Events in regional Victoria will continue, under the current Return to Sport plan and DHHS Directives.

  • Maplink and DIY remain available for Melbourne based orienteers to use for exercise in their local area. Please use common sense and consideration, and do not spend unreasonable time travelling to, or undertaking, daily exercise.  There are hundreds of maps available all over Melbourne – use the ones near you.
  • MelBushO will not take place in 2020, but our program will be held over until 2021.
  • Brimbank Park Training, Sunday July 12 – POSTPONED.  A new date will be announced for later in the year.
  • Bendigo and other regional events can go ahead, but you cannot attend if you reside in metropolitan Melbourne.


There will be no formal Winter series in 2020.  We are aiming for a Summer Series restart at the beginning of October.  If organised sport is allowed to resume before then, we’ll hold informal “preseason” events, as we did during June.

If you purchased a Season Pass, we’ll roll it over and credit you for Summer Series.


Great news –  orienteering is on the way back!  All Orienteering activity will be held in accordance with our RETURN TO SPORT PLAN

This plan has been prepared in accordance with the current Victorian Government easing of restrictions for sport and exercise, announced from June 22, and VicSport guidelines for community sport and recreation. The plan has been approved by Sport and Recreation Victoria, and applies from June 22 until further notice.  This plan will be updated in accordance with the next easing of restrictions.

Competition can resume for non contact sports, for groups of no more than 20 adult participants, plus organisers.  There is no limit on numbers for juniors aged 18 and under.

Important – the change to restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings announced on Saturday June 20 DO NOT AFFECT ORGANISED SPORT.  Orienteering events will continue as planned, with training activities and competitions from June 22 onwards.  Groups participating in sporting activity and competition remain capped at 20 adults and no limits on under-19s. Spectators must adhere to the new 10 person limit for public gatherings. No events will be held in or immediately adjacent to restricted postcodes, and no-one living in a restricted postcode should attend an orienteering event.

What’s starting when?


The Bendigo Saturday Series resumes on June 27 at Smiths Reef.  List of events

  • Three sessions, each limited to 20 adults – 12-1pm; 1-2pm; 2-3pm
  • A separate junior session with no limit on numbers
  • Pre-entry required; no entries or payments at the events. Enter on Eventor – entries open until sessions fill.
  • Choice of 5 courses


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