Settlers Common, Armadale
Armadale Homestead is a bushland area in the north-west corner of Armadale Settlers Common. The Common lies on the western edge of the Darling Range less than 2 km east of the Armadale City Centre.
Parking for those wishing to use the orienteering courses is available at Lions Park on Carradine Rd., just off Albany Highway, where there are toilets.
The area is relatively small, but hilly. The map scale is 1:4000 with 5m contour interval. Some constructed paths have “Path Closed” signs because the paths are not maintained and are rough in places. These paths are still mapped and can be used as ‘handrails’ even if you choose not to walk along them.
There are 4 standard line courses available:
Starter: A very short introductory course with little climb (0.5km, 25m climb)
Easy: Basic navigation, with easiest route choices being along ‘handrails’ (track or fence) (1.2km, 65m climb)
Medium: Some legs require basic cross-country navigation (1.9km, 125m climb)
Long: Some harder cross-country legs and more route choices (2.5km, 140m climb)
There is also a scatter course with all 20 controls.
The start and finish for all these courses is at the shelter just off Carradine Rd and north of Armadale Primary School. Other starts could be used by anyone prepared to design their own course using the existing control sites shown on the ‘all controls’ scatter course map.
The safety bearing on all courses is west to Carradine Rd. or Albany Highway.
Information on the types of Control Markers and the Control Letter Codes, to check whether the course was completed correctly, are contained in the Anytime Orienteering Armadale Homestead Guide (PDF).
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