Return to Orienteering

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

MelBushO plans to return on Sunday July 19 at Police Paddocks, followed by Banksia Park on Sunday July 26.  List of MelBushO events with revised dates and locations

  • Several sessions, each limited to the permitted number of adults – times to be confirmed
  • A separate junior session with no limit on numbers
  • Pre-entry required; no entries or payments at the events. Enter on Eventor – entries will open one week prior and close when all sessions fill
  • Choice of 5 courses

Other Bush Events  Provisional OV Bush Calendar for July-December

The OV Bush Calendar has been redrafted, and dates have been adjusted as needed.  All dates and locations are subject to government health directives and landowner permissions.

Brimbank Park Training, Sunday July 12 – POSTPONED.  A new date will be announced for later in the year.


Winter Restart,  from July 4 at Chirnside Park

Normal winter series competition resumes on Monday nights, Wednesday nights, and Saturday afternoons  Find out more

    • 20 participants per session, 3 sessions per map. Online signup required – no entry at the events
    • Three Score courses – Run 45, Run 60, or PW 65
    • New courses, printed maps provided at the start, and virtual or touch-free controls
    • MapRun available at night events, or BYO pen and use a control card
    • New Season Passes available; pay by debit or credit card for 1 or 3 months
    • Series results, Millennium Club and MEFTY points resume
    • Maps added to Maplink library for DIY, after the sessions

The first Winter Restart event will be on Saturday July 4 at Chirnside Park – not Coburg Lake as originally fixtured. The event on Saturday July 18 has been relocated from Brunswick to BULLEEN. Both these events will have Maprun available; other Saturday events will not provide Maprun.

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When and Where

From Saturday July 4, events will be as per the previously published Winter Fixture


Saturday July 4 – relocated to Rochelle Court, Chirnside Park

Saturday July 18 – relocated to Sheahans Road Reserve, Bulleen

Park Street FAQs

When will Winter Series competition start up again?

All three Winter series – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday – will restart from Sat July 4!  Events will operate under DHHS directives in place from June 22, which allow competitive non-contact sport to resume for groups of no more than 20 adults, and no limits on under-19s.

How do I enter an event?

Until further notice, all participants will need to continue to sign up online for the sessions of their choice.  We will continue to offer three sessions per event (60 spots).

What happens if I want to change session times, or can’t come to a session I signed up for?

If you need to change your time or remove your entry, send an email with your request to [email protected] We’ll confirm the change and adjust the signup sheet.

What happens when a session fills?

The filled cells for each session are protected, to prevent accidental removal of an entry or other data.

What happens if I can’t come to any of these session? Is Maplink still available?

Maplink will remain available for as long as needed.  Each Pre-Season map will be added to the Maplink Library, the day after the sessions. You’ll be able to print and use them for individual or group training at any time, arranged informally, as you do now. There is no cut-off date to complete a course.

Where do I find the sample maps and instructions?

They’ll be published approx. 3 hours before each event, at the same link as the signup sheet

Please make sure you read through and follow the participant instructions, which will remind you what to do when you arrive, start and finish.

Can I use Maprun?

Monday and Wednesday night events will be available in Maprun, for those who want to use it. If you prefer to go phone-free, simply take a blank control card and bring a pen to tick the boxes.

Most Saturday afternoon events will not use Maprun.  Instead, you’ll look for a regular control plate, and record the letter code on the plate, on your control card.

How do I record my time and points?

Once competition starts, results will be calculated and published as usual, for each of the three series.

How do I pay?

From July 4, you’ll be able to use your credit or debit card to purchase a Season Pass, either on a monthly basis, or by series. These will be valid for the remainder of Winter series (end of September). If you don’t have a Season Pass, you will need to bring the correct amount of cash, as no change will be given.

What about The Millennium Club and MEFTY?

You’ll resume earning TMC and MEFTY points when competition resumes on July 4.

What’s happening with other series?

The Tuesday Western series was due to conclude on June 2 – all the maps are in MapLink and Maprun, thanks to Edward Bucknall who has done a fantastic job keeping these coming through each week.

The Geelong Winter series will offer maps for the events fixtured from June 10, on an Anytime basis, using Maprun.  Alan Cooke will be contacting Geelong series participants with instructions and links to the maps.

Park Street Winter Series Restart

Winter Restart from July 4

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ENTRY CONDITIONS – you must NOT attend any orienteering event or organised activity:

  • If you are unwell with a cough, fever or other respiratory symptoms.
  • If you have been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, until you have completed the prescribed quarantine period, even if you are symptom free or tested negative.
  • If you have returned from any overseas country, until you have completed the quarantine period, even if you are symptom free or tested negative.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19, until you have received negative results and are symptom free.
  • If you live in a suburb under Stay Home restrictions, or have been advised to stay at home by a health professional.

Orienteering Victoria recommends downloading and registering the Australian Government CovidSafe smartphone app; the more people that register, the faster we can return to orienteering. 

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