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Bathurst Orienteering

Coming up on this Friday 20th Oct at 6pm is the third
 of four Park 'O' events at TAFE off Panorama Ave.

The forecast is excellent, perfect for a run/walk with a bit of a challenge to start off your weekend.

It's for newcomers to orienteering so it won't be hard, and it's only for an hour.  Come with family or a friend and have some fun. Who knows where it might lead!

This page has been created specifically to encourage interest in forming an orienteering club in Bathurst.

Goldseekers Orienteering Club in Orange is very keen to help set up a 'sister' club in Bathurst which will encourage
more people to enjoy the sport of Orienteering in the wonderful Central West area.

You can download a flyer with events in the Orange/Bathurst area for 2017/18 here.


The following short program of events on four Friday evenings in October will be run by Goldseekers.  We hope many locals from Bathurst will come along to learn something about orienteering and enjoy the fun and challenges it has to offer.

These events are called 'Park Orienteering' because they are set in safe areas around town and the courses are not too hard.  Ideal for beginners.

There will be experienced orienteers on hand to help get you started and answer your questions.  Wear something comfortable for a walk or jog, you may need a hat and sunscreen if it's hot.  You will be finished in under an hour so come along and try it out.

When you see an orienteering map for the first time they can look a bit funny, but they are very logical and give you lots of information, in fact incredible detail, when you learn how to read them.  One thing you won't see is street names, area names, park names, creek names - can't make it too easy!  The skill of orienteering is to keep track of where you are by relating what you see around you to the map in your hand.

A course is a series of control points which you must find in sequence - 1, 2, 3, etc. until you finish the course.  A control point is either a metal post in the ground with an orange and white flag on it, or a metal plate in orange and white chained to a fence or light post. Your don't need a compass to deal with an easy course, that comes later.

Gradually you become more skilled in map reading and navigation and move to more difficult courses where you need a compass to navigate through the forests.  Now it's getting more interesting and a real challenge to set good times for your run.

Just by way of comparison, here's a pic of a young lad running in a serious Bush course at Tuesday's Schools Champs at Rosenberg State Forest. He's fast, he is flying!  He is working hard to save seconds.  This is the sport of orienteering!