Welcome to Orienteering in South Australia

 Orienteering in South Australian is managed by Orienteering SA and is a sport in which participants navigate to complete a course using a map & compass. Newcomers click here.Click here to read or subscribe to ENEWS  Click here to use our Mobile/Tablet Version

Mid-week evening training now focuses on fitness - see the calendar on the coaching and training page

Introduction to Orienteering (Easy & Very Easy Courses) at Wadmore Park on Wed 19th July. Registration by dusk on 16th July essential. Event cancelled due to insufficient nominations. A similar opportunity will be available at the Training Day at Kuitpo Forest on Sun 10th Sept.

Entries open on Eventor for a weekend treat of orienteering in the Burra Area. Sat 22nd July at Worlds End North and  long OY#6 & SST event at Worlds End South on Sun 23rd July. Only limited enter on the day courses available. Details re how to get there and camping now available. PRE ENTRY CLOSES ON TUESDAY 18TH JULY. Course lengths for day 2 are now finalised.

Entries now open on Eventor (preferred)  for the street/park event at North Adelaide on Sun 30th July and close on Wed 26th July.  Full electronic timing. Enter on the day also available. Please note change to start area.

Entries now open for the Long OY#7 event in Mt Crawford Forest (Wirra Wirra) on Sun 6th Aug and closes on Wed 2nd Aug.





World Championships in Estonia

Monday, 17 July 2017

The WOC were held in the Tartu area of south-eastern Estonia about 2 hours drive from the capital Tallin.  The SA Schools Team coaches, Bridget Anderson and Simon Uppill, represented Australia with Bridget running the Middle Distance (Bridget was also a keen supporter of other team members as they competed) , and Simon the Sprint, Sprint Relay, Middle Distance and Forest Relay.

Robin and Adrian Uppill also attended as spectators, running in some of the public races, and Adrian also attended meetings of the IOF Mapping Commission.

The events were very well organised, with a spectator control on all courses, although for the Long Distance this was towards the end of the race.  Estonia towns have Song Centres which are outdoor stages and arenas, one of these was the start and run through for the Sprint Relay.  Relays are often the most exciting races, and this was no exception as the 3rd leg runners from Switzerland and Great Britain, and who were leading at the time, made major errors in the tricky forest area in the latter part of the course, allowing Sweden and Denmark to take the 1st and 2nd places.

Women line up in the Song Centre for the Sprint Relay

The Baltic countries are known for stork nests, with the large nests commonly atop various poles.  The assembly area for the Long Distance at Rouge featured a giant stork nest sculpture.  The long distance event covered gently undulating but marshy terrain with many major and minor tracks. Although not a detailed technical map, making the best choice of the long legs and having the strength in the terrain was the key to doing well. 

The public event covered a similar area. On the W65A course, 6 of 9 controls were on marshes, and these were generally more long ponds with a lot of water and surrounding mud.

W60 course in Estonia O Week event

The Middle Distance and Relay events used the same assembly area and spectator run through.  Many runners found the areas challenging including Bridget and Belinda Lawford, the second runner for Australia in the women’s race.  Simon had a relatively clean run, with a few minor hesitations, finishing 34th of the 82 runners.

Bridget in The Middle Distance 


Simon's route for the first part of the Middle Distance, using control 4 as a route to control 2


Again the forest relay proved to be an exciting race, as several of the fancied men’s teams made major mistakes in the tricky first 2 controls of the first leg.  Simon ran the first leg, coming through in 14th place, overall the team finished 18th.

Simon leads Estonia and France at the spectator control, men's relay.

For an analysis of how each race was run, see the World of O article here.


All GPS routes can be found in the list at this site.


Recent News
World Championships in Estonia Monday, 17 July 2017 The world orienteering championships were held in Estonia from 30th June to 7th July in Estonia.
KUITPO WEEKEND Saturday, 1 July 2017 Come join Tjuringa for a Camp on Saturday and the OY event on Sunday.
Perfect weather for OY event at Para Wirra Tuesday, 20 June 2017
World Orienteering Day at Thorndon Park Friday, 26 May 2017
New Permanent Courses at Hawthorndene Reserve Monday, 15 May 2017
World Masters Games - New Zealand Sunday, 23 April 2017 South Australian orienteers are this week competing in the orienteering competition as part of the World Masters Games being held near Auckland
Oceania Championships - New Zealand Friday, 14 April 2017 A number of South Australians are competed at the Oceania Championships around Auckland over Easter
Kuitpo Photos Tuesday, 11 April 2017 131 photos on Facebook!
SA Orienteers to represent Australia in New Zealand Thursday, 6 April 2017 Some SA orienteers are travelling to New Zealand to compete in the Oceania Championships over Easter followed by the World Masters Games
Forest Orienteering Begins at Belair NP Monday, 27 March 2017 Local orienteers competed in an event on Sunday 26th in Belair NP whilst some of our elite Southern Arrows were in Canberra for a round of NOL events
Great start to MTBO Season Monday, 27 March 2017
SA Sprint Champs in ideal weather Monday, 6 March 2017
Snap Sprint Series No 4 - Karinya - Blackwood High School Wednesday, 1 March 2017 GPS analysis of the long course by Stefano Raus
Snap Sprint Series - Semaphore Park Saturday, 11 February 2017 Some GPS analysis of some routes