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Check out the 2023 Event Calendar or Upcoming Events (scroll down the right hand column).

To do orienteering in your own time - choose a  DIY Permanent Course or download the MapRun App for Android and iOs.  

Ask us about Day & Evening Training Sessions - After-School Orienteering - Kid-O for the under-8s
 Latest News
  • The Snap Sprint Series is back for February 2023! Entries are now open in Eventor for the first race in the series at Botanic Park on Friday February 3rdShort and long urban sprint style courses are on offer at all races in the series, as well as an easy course, and this year we have added a Super-Veteran age class.Snap Printing Hilton is kindly subsidising map printing again, also the Southern Arrows have obtained sponsorship prizes from Wildfire Sports and the Duke of Brunswick Hotel!

  • The first issue of SA Orienteer for 2023 is now available. Download here or go to About Us => SA Orienteer to view all issues.

  • Club Membership is now open for 2023.  For more information go to About Orienteering => Join Now

About Orienteering

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What is Orienteering -  an adventure based sport for all

Orienteering is a sport where competitors visit a number of points marked on the ground, controls, in the shortest possible time aided by a map and compass. A small portion of a map is illustrated below. Full size maps can be seen on another page.  Orienteering has several formats, in South Australia most events are done on foot.  Mountain bike orienteering events are also held - see the Mountain Bike Orienteering page.

At your first event, you could do an orienteering course as a pleasant stroll along tracks through the bush if th event is in the forest. Or have a pleasant walk around a suburban park at an urban part-street event.

As your navigation and fitness improves, you can start doing harder and longer courses. At most orienteering events, there is a wide range of courses to choose from, ranging from easy and short, to hard and long. The time it takes to complete a course varies, it may take as little as twenty minutes, but up to two hours for a longer course. Orienteering can be enjoyed by both young and old, either as a recreational activity or a competitive sport. 

Why Orienteer?

Competition - Fitness - Recreation - Lifestyle - Social

Orienteering : 

  • a family sport  - groups, pairs, individual
  • a sport for life  - 8 – 80 years, age grouping
  • a thought sport  - combines running with map reading skills
  • a natural challenge  - satisfaction of completing a course, exploring the bush, builds self confidence
  • an elite sport  - international, national, state
  • cunning running  - problem solving, route choice decisions
  • an adventure sport - in multi discipline adventure sport


  • run the country -  takes you to all parts of  the country
  • can compete worldwide - 5-Day in Sweden 10000+ competitors

Orienteering: Who Participates

Participants at any event include both club members and non-members.  There are benefits in joining one of the five Adelaide-based and four country clubs.  Although you do not have to be a member of a Club to participate in Orienteering events (other than S.A. and Australian Championships), some benefits of joining a Club are:

• significantly reduced fees at events;
• you receive the SA Orienteer  and Australian Orienteer containing details of coming events, results and articles of interest on orienteering;
• Club newsletters and social activities, and opportunities to meet and know more people.

For more information about clubs, go to the Club menu at the left.

Orienteering: When and Where

March – October 

  • Main season of Cross Country orienteering  Events are held on Sunday morinings in bushland areas in the Adelaide Hills and other parts of country South Australia 
  • Street and Park orienteering - Events held Saturday afternoons and some Sundays

November – February

  • Twilight Summer Series followed by Sprint Series, Friday evenings Street and Park orienteering

For more details of all events refer to the Events page.

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