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Do It Yourself Orienteering

Updated  17th July 2019

General Information:

Several permanent orienteering courses, suitable  for school groups, families and individuals, have been set up at:

Control site with marker

  • Belair National Park Start at Adventure Playground
  • Belair National Park. Start at Gums Oval
  • Blue Gum Park/ Kurangga new courses opened 13th July 2019
  • Hawthorndene Reserve map updated 5th July 2019
  • Hazelwood Park Burnside
  • Fox Creek: Thomas Hill.
  • Kuitpo Forest: Christmas Hill updated Jan 2018
  • Kuitpo Forest: The Eucalypts
  • Kuitpo Forest: Kuitpo Headquarters 
  • Kuitpo Forest: Woodcutters (restricted to groups who have booked Woodcutter's Cottage, Tinjella Hut or Jack's Paddock)  updated Jan 2018
  • Melrose. Start at Showgrounds
  • Melrose. Start at Notice Board on Main Street opposite Over the Edge Bike Shop
  • Mt Crawford Forest: Chalks
  • North Adelaide updated 30th March 2018
  • Oaklands Wetland uodated 13th July 2019.
  • Para Wirra Recreation Park. Start at Helipad new courses May 2018
  • Port Lincoln: Brinkworth Reserve
  • St Peter's River Park on the Torrens Linear Park updated 17th July 2019
  • Thorndon Park updated 3rd July 2019

No experience is necessary.

A colour map with an orienteering course and the course's control descriptions are provided on an A4 page. Instructions are downloadable as well as extra information for schools & group leaders.

The permanent course consists of a number of permanently placed control markers. At each control point is a small orange and white marker. On the marker are a number code and a letter code.  The number code is checked off against the control description printed on the orienteering map. The course controls should be visited in the correct order. With the scatter or score they can be visited in any order.

These courses introduce map reading skills, and in particular the features of an orienteering map.  A compass is not necessary but may be useful.

Choose from 1 - 5 km courses along tracks & paths (easy navigation) or challenge yourself by trying the moderate or harder courses.  Courses will take about 40 - 80 minutes to complete.

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