What is Orienteering

Orienteering is an adventure sport in which participants navigate using a map and compass to find their way between control points of various natural and man-made features marked on a specially drawn map.

If you like excitement, fresh air and adventure – orienteering is the sport for you. And it won’t cost you a fortune!

Why Orienteering

  • It’s an adventure sport and people love adventure
  • Fitness – It is an enjoyable way to get fit and stay fit
  • Challenging – It is mentally challenging as well as physically challenging.
  • A sport for all ages – Your age does not matter as courses cater for all ages and all levels of fitness
  • It’s a sport to meet people and make new friends
  • It’s a sport for the whole family

It doesn’t matter how young or old or how fit you are, orienteering caters for all ages with a range of courses to cater for recreational walkers to elite athletes. You can go on your own or with friends and family, and you go at your own pace.

Orienteering offers people the chance to learn how to navigate confidently – whether it is through local streets and parks of cities or out in the state forests.

Course lengths vary from about 1km for beginners and children to over 10km for experienced adult orienteers.

Orienteering takes place in a variety of outdoor places, from town and city parks to forests and bush land. Each event may have a number of courses of different lengths and levels of difficulty occurring at the same time.

The skills required for orienteering is in choosing the best route between control points. Beginner’s course may not offer a choice, but as you progress you will learn to decide between options. Over a hill maybe shorter in distance but take longer than going the longer distance around the hill.

The metal challenge as well as the physical activity makes orienteering a popular sport.

Orienteer with your friends and family and share your experiences afterwards. Many events are within a few miles of your front door!

The best way of getting started is simply to contact a club or go along to an event. There will be lots of experienced orienteers to help and advise you. There will be courses for everyone and it won’t cost a lot. The entry fee may vary. You don’t even need a compass or any special kit to try the sport.

Follow the website’s links to your local club for details of their fixtures.

A free Getting Started Brochure from Orienteering Victoria covers most facets of one’s first event; why not take a printed copy of this to your first event as a checklist. A copy of this information is available free if you would like to read it now.