Welcome to Orienteering in South Australia

Orienteering: An Adventure Based Navigation Sport

 Orienteering in South Australian is managed by Orienteering SA. Orienteering is a sport in which participants navigate to complete a course using a map & compass.   READ or  SUBSCRIBE to ENEWS.

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Entries now open on Eventor or next OY Bush event at Mt Crawford Forest (Tower Hill) on Sun 31st May. Entries close on Tues 26th May. Full catering (BBQ Soup & Cool Drinks)by Junior Arrows..please support.

Entries are now closed for the SA Long Championships Carnival near Port Lincoln 7-8th June.  Sun:SA Long Champs at Mt Dutton.

Mon: Middle Distance OY Event incorporating the Eyre Peninsula Champsionhips at The Sandmine. Enter on the day courses will be available on both days. Full catering.

Click Here for SA Champs Carnival Final Bulletin.pdf

Click here for Start Times for SA Championships

Orienteering Training Course - 4 sessions over 4 weeks from June 11th - details here.  For beginners and anyone wanted to improve their skills.




New Permanent Courses Open in Melrose

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Melrose permanent courses at Melrose, funded by Tintookies Orienteering Club, are now ready to go after much fieldwork & course planning by Kay Haarsma and hours of cartography by Ken Thompson. Thanks also to Queensland orienteers, Rose and Andrew Campbell who assisted in putting out the controls. Thanks also to the District Council of Mt Remarkable and the Over the Edge Bike Shop for their support.

Andrew & Rose Campbell who helped to put controls in place

Maps for this and other permanent courses are available online BY GOING TO DIY ORIENTEERING OR CLICKING ON THIS LINK  or if you are passing through Melrose ask the bike shop or showgrounds caretaker for one.

"Melrose Showgrounds" is a large area on a slight slope, situated 2 kms north of the town centre. It is mapped at 1:5,000, with 18 control points and 4 set courses varying between 1.3 - 1.7kms in length. Some interesting checkpoints, one on a "hilton" tree;  another on a tree full of shoes; and even one in a shearing shed.
The "Melrose Ups & Downs" map starts in the main street and takes in most of the farmland west of town on which are the famed and specifically built Melrose mountain bike tracks.   At 1: 7,500 and with 10 metre contours this area with test out your legs and your navigation.  There are 6 courses and 20 controls here, allowing for school groups to disperse classes in different directions.  The easy course is only 1.2 kms long but the 4 moderate and short hard courses are all in the 2.6-3.0km range.
The long hard is 4.9km in length and will give you great views.   Features on this map include Wilbur's memorial; a concrete pipe through which riders go over and through; and several deep mineshafts. 
These maps are largely designed as mtbo maps but courses are equally suitable for riders or those on foot. First users of the courses were a group of enthusiastic Walford students who even did one of the courses as a night course. 

  Walford Outdoor Education students were first to use the courses

Melrose is a lovely town to visit.  It has 2 pubs and a variety of accommodation options from motel units in a back street, farm stays, caravan park with cabins and a backpacker place that can be booked for groups.   The "Over the Edge" bike shop is very upmarket with high end bikes for hire, much clothing and the best coffee and hot chocolate in town.   "The Vault" next door also offers coffee and food, as does the general store and petrol station.  For those into mountain biking there are also other trails just 5 kms south of town at Bartagunyah; the famous fat tyre festival is held there on the June long weekend and they run a 6 / 18 hr event in early September.
Kay Haarsma Tintookies Orienteers

Recent News
New Permanent Courses Open in Melrose Thursday, 21 May 2015
Permanent Orienteering Courses Monday, 11 May 2015
Australian Three Days Coordinator report Thursday, 23 April 2015
Australian Three Days Concludes Monday, 6 April 2015 The final day was held at Mulga Valley today
Australian Three Days - Day 2 - Tundarri Sunday, 5 April 2015 The racing continued today on the Tundarri - Bri-Glen maps.
Australian Three Days - Day 1 Saturday, 4 April 2015 All age classes competed today on cross country courses at Wonna Creek.
Australian Three Days - Prologue Day Friday, 3 April 2015 The Australian Three Days started in Jamestown SA today
Sprint Events Feb - March Sunday, 1 March 2015 Today saw the completion of a series of 5 sprint format events
Australian Three Days Update - Easter 2015 Tuesday, 3 February 2015 Have you entered for the premier orienteering event in South Australia this year?
World Cup and Oceania Championships Wrap Up Wednesday, 21 January 2015