Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th October, 2022

Albany's ADHOC is organising a weekend of south coast orienteering for the middle of October.

South East of The Lakes Roadhouse

A fine spring morning greeted 90 orienteers at Mt Billy last Sunday. Wildflowers were abundant with cowslip orchids being a feature and a profusion of Isopogons showing off their pink mop heads.

Near Sawyers Valley

Over 100 competitors made it out to the WA Long Distance Championships at Malmalling East. Apart from those misled by signs that were turned around by ‘pranksters’ on motor bikes, most competitors reached the start on time. The terrain was less rough and rocky than experienced in recent events and winning times indicated that the courses were age appropriate, although the range of times suggested that they still provided quite a few people with challenges.

The University of Western Australia

Changes to terrain at universities seem to be unpredictable but fortunately the music event in the pre-start area was over by noon, and the temporary fencing surrounding a control on course 1 was dismantled enough in time to allow access and exit along mapped routes. We had been warned about a wedding which may be why car parking was less easy than expected.

Sunday 5th - Monday 6th June

Dale, near Beverley

On the Sunday and Monday of the June Long Weekend, head to the fast and runnable area of Hill Park Dale (near Beverley) for the WA Classic two-day bush event! This is the only event on the OWA calendar this year where your performance over two days counts for the overall result. Awards are made for first male and first female on each course, based on cumulative time over the two days.

The WA Classic is a great opportunity to get out of the city


Near Sawyers Valley

The Long Distance Championships are one of our major events for the year. Pre-entry is required for championship courses, with entry closing at midnight on Sunday 11th September. A limited number of Enter on the Day courses will be available. While the map was first produced many years ago, the area used for these championships has not been used in over a decade. Participants whose primary interest is not competing are likely to find beautiful wildflowers to distract them.

Swan Valley

No jumbucks were spotted, but we did see kangaroos, emus, echidnas, goats and trail runners. Those orienteers carefully guiding their feet over the rocky ground may have spotted some blue leschenaultias and fringed lilies. The ridge also provided expansive views up the lower Avon Valley
and across the coastal plain and encroaching suburbia.

The University of Western Australia, Crawley

After two years, the WA Sprint Champs is returning to UWA and there will be plenty of variety for all! The routes weave through scenic gardens and complex buildings utilising a large portion of the Campus. Running will be fast, Route Choices tricky and Navigation Critical! Come enjoy the challenge and see if you can claim the title of being WA’s FASTEST Orienteer!

Murdoch University, South St, Murdoch

In spite of the University authorities’ stringent requirements and exclusion of a large part of the previous map, suitable terrain remained for adequate courses, set by Ken Brownlie under assiduous control by Anthea Feaver.

Nearly 125 people took part including 16 who ran more than one course; a couple of enthusiastic youngsters, and elders, doing all four.

Whiteman Park, Whiteman

Sunday March 27th was a busy day for orienteering at Whiteman Park. A Beginner's Course was held in conjuction with the 3rd NavDash event of the year, and the OWA AGM was held after the NavDash event. 

Read all about these three events here:
Beginner's Course
NavDash 3
OWA AGM 2022

off Westdale Road, near Beverley

After a very cold and foggy start the day turned out to be perfect for orienteering. Sixty three orienteers enjoyed the courses set over a mix of open farmland and bush, flat rock surfaces and complex granite. Times on most courses were fast.

Whiteman Park

It was a dark and stormy night before the Primary School Championships on 17 August 2022. On the morning of the event, two schools decided not to attend because of the predicted severe weather. The event Organisers had an early morning consultation with BOM Perth and decided to continue with the event. Thankfully, apart from one deluge of rain during setup the rain held off until after the end of the event. Eighty-five students from 10 schools participated. Thirty-one volunteers


South East of The Lakes Roadhouse

Hone your navigation skills amongst the complex rock detail, open forest, thick vegetation, and some steep hillsides.

Swan Valley

Jumbuck Ridge is a great area close to Perth with beautiful views over the city and the Swan Valley. The streams are flowing and the bush is very pleasant at this time of year. The hard and moderate courses are mostly downhill as the start is 75 m higher than the finish, while the E and VE course remain at lower altitude. Enjoy a picnic after the event near the roaring rapids.

Minim Cove, Mosman Park

The 2022 Relay Championships featured sunshine, sprint style courses designed by Noel Schoknecht to give route choice options, and easy to find control features within the river parklands of Mosman Park. The event was well attended and participants perched on the grassed arena overlooking the terrain enjoyed the sometimes anxious wait for teammates.

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Acknowledgement of country

Noongar country logo 2023 150pxNgalak kaaditj nidja Noongar Boodjar. Koora-Yeyi-Kalyakool.

Orienteering WA acknowledges the Noongar people, the Traditional and continuing Custodians of the land on which we gather to enjoy our sport, and pay our respects to Elders past and present.