April 27th & 28th saw two West Australians travel to Victoria for a weekend of Mountain Bike Orienteering. The Victorian Sprint, Middle and Long MTBO Distance championships were all held on the weekend as part of the Mountain Bike National Orienteering league and doubled as the national selection races for the Australian MTBO team for the 2013 MTBO World Championships.

Previous Australian team member Ricky Thackay did his selection ambitions no harm, finishing 3rd in the Sprint and 2nd place


NavDash 2013 logoSaturday 27th April
The NavDash Sprint Orienteering event, on a new map at Churchlands, is the first State Orienteering League (SOL) race for 2013.

Registration will be open from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, with start times from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.

There will be a briefing for beginners at approximately 1.30pm. More information for beginners is available at the NavDash page. There will be three line orienteering courses of between 1.8kms and 3.5 kms.  All are suitable for beginners. SOL competitors should


Saturday 20 April: Evedon Ridge Foot O | Results |
Sunday 21 April: Bussell Brook MTBO | Results |

Two great events in the beautiful south west.
After a foot Orienteering event on Saturday afternoon Sunday’s first MTBO event of the year saw a small number of hardy souls brave the occasional showers and seemingly endless hills of the Bussell Brook map.

The courses, set by first time MTBO setter and SWOT Convenor Peter O’Loughlin, were a bit longer than the recommendation, which saw slightly


Guildford Grammar School Saturday 13th July

The next Orienteering event is a NavDash at Guildford Grammar School on Saturday, 13th July. The event will be held within the grounds of Guildford Grammar in a small, compact  area with complex features, such as the buildings and passages, with plenty of playing fields and is also very suitable for beginners.

Courses: Short and Long (2 to 3.5km's)
Setter: Ricky Thackray
The event is suitable for, and open to, both beginners and experienced


The final sprint event for the this year is the WA Sprint Championships on August 10 and entries close for this event on Monday 5 August 2013. To be part of the Championship competition you'll need to pre-enter so come along and enjoy.

2013 WA Sprint Orienteering Championship Saturday 10 August 2013  at John XXIII College

Christmas Tree Creek, Jane Brook, Saturday  27th July 2013

A different type of venue for NavDash this week – complex rocks instead of complex buildings! The venue is a former paddock on the western edge of John Forrest National Park, very open with patches of regrowth forest, and lots of rocks of various sizes and formations. As the name suggests, Christmas Tree Creek runs through the area; this is a tributary of Jane Brook and although not deep, is up to 3 metres wide in places. A week before


Date: Saturday 3rd August 2013

Calling all women orienteers! Feeling like there is room to impove your orienteering? Why not come to the Women's Training Day to enjoy some training, tips and coaching advice in the supportive company of your fellow women orienteers. 

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The Be Active Metro Series is held in and around metropolitan parks and reserves throughout the suburbs of Perth. Events are held most Saturday evenings between November and February, when it is too hot for running in the bush by day. Various courses are available, ranging from 3-8 km in length.

9th Nov 13 - Meller Park, Bibra Lake
16th Nov 13 - Oberthur Primary School, Bull Creek
23rd Nov 13 - Ferndale Park Reserve, Ferndale
30th Nov 13 - Midland Sports Complex, Middle Swan

7th Dec 13 -

Evedon Ridge Saturday 20th April 2013

Setter:  Don Mason
Organiser: SWOT

Courses: Expert 3, Expert4, Active, E, VE (1.5 -5 kms)

Registration: 12:30 – 2:00pm
Start times: From 1:00 – 14:30am
Courses close: 4:00pm
Map: Evedon Ridge 1:10 000, 5m contours (A4, all courses)
Facilities: Hire toilet
Bring: Water, map bag, compass (limited hire compasses available).

Course notes:
The bush is open and fast running, good views of the surrounding farming areas and Bunbury on a good day.



MTBO: Bussell Brook West Sunday 21st April 2013

Setter: Peter O’Loughlin | Controller: Jill Elderfield | Organiser: SWOT

Courses: (approx): Long (30km) | Medium (20km) | Short (10km)

Registration: 9:00 – 11:00am
Start times: from 9:30 – 11:30am
Courses close: 1:30pm (please be back by this time)

Map: Bussell Brook 1:20 000, 5m contours (A4, all courses)
Facilities: Hire toilet

Bring: Bike, helmet, water, map board (limited hire boards available), compass, cord for attaching SI tag to bike,


Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 2013

The WA Classic is the ONLY time this year for your chance to run a 2 day event where both days count. This annual 2 day event, for which awards are made for first male and first female on each course, is decided on cumulative time over the two-day results.

Day 1: Saturday 2st June 2013 | Pre Frazzle
On the 1:5,000 Pre-Frazzle Map first used for the Easter Prologue events in 2011.  With fast open rock strewn farm land the area is ideal for middle distance


The next Orienteering event is a NavDash at the Wildflower Tavern, John Forrest NP on Saturday, 13th April.  This event will suit both sprint and bush orienteering aficionados alike, and is also very suitable for beginners.

There will be two courses of approximately 2kms and 3 kms.  Those who like more distance are welcome to do both courses!

No previous orienteering experience is necessary, and members of the public are welcome at this event.  There will be a briefing for beginners at


West Australians did well at the annual Australian 3 Days Orienteering Championships around Bendigo, Victoria, with Oliver Martin winning the Men 14A class, and Natasha Sparg 1st in Women Open B at her first national orienteering carnival.  In the very competitive elite classes, Kellie Whitfield finished a very creditable 13th overall in Women 21E, including top 10 placings in two of the four races over the Easter Weekend.  WA's best M21E was Craig Dufty in 23rd place.

The Easter events were the


There will be a break from Orienteering in Western Australia over Easter, while the annual Australian 3 Days Orienteering Championships take place in Bendigo, Victoria, with a large contingent from WA participating. 

The Championships are the Australian team selection trials for the Junior World Orienteering Championships, to be held in the Czech Republic in late June, and we wish brothers Oscar and Henry McNulty from West Leederville every success.

Orienteering will resume in WA on Sunday 7th


Avon Valley National Park, Sunday 24th March

The next Orienteering event is Sunday 24th March at Avon Valley National Park, with early registration and start times. Registration will be open from 8.00am to 9.30am, with the start times from 8.15am to 10.00am; make sure you arrive before 9.30am in time to register. 

For the Expert and Active courses there is a 600m walk along a gravel road to the Start. There will be an easy Starter course of 2.1km for beginners, and two Expert courses of 5.8km and


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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.