Welcome to Orienteering in South Australia

 Orienteering in South Australian is managed by Orienteering SA and is a sport in which participants navigate to complete a course using a map & compass. Newcomers click here.


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Entries now open for upcoming bush events

  • Cantara in the Coorong National Park. Sat 30th to Sun 31st July. A DIY and training weekend.Shared effort to plan the courses and put out controls. Camping permits need to be obtained. See article below in news list below.
  • Eyre Peninsula Interclub Orienteering Event & OY at Mattum Creek on Sun 7th Aug. Entries via entry form close on Friday 29th July. Catering provided.
  • Mt Crawford Forest - Sun August 14th.  Entries close Wed 10th Aug
SA Schools Team Fundraising Film Evening on Wed 24th Aug. Please support our team and enjoy a first class movie "Run Free"

Entries now open for the SA Schools' Orienteering Championships to be held at Woodhouse Activity Centre on Mon 15th August. Primary and secondary students are eligible to enter, through their schools. Entries close on Mon 1st Aug. Note that a signed waiver must be submitted as per request from WAC. Start lists and final event information will be emailed to schools and available from this website in the week beginning Aug 7th. 





SI Kit for in schools events and coaching activities

Friday, 15 July 2016

The Sporting Schools program has been the catalyst for Orienteering South Australia to buy a SI Schools set, with a grant from the Australian Sports Commission (though Orienteering Australia).   This provides 40 SI Sticks and 15 units with a simplified printer that makes for ease of use.  No computer is needed as splits and overall results are printed directly from the printer.

SI Kit printer, units and SI cards

This was successfully trialed with 2 classes at Lobethal Lutheran Primary School last week by Adrian Uppill and Kay Haarsma.  The students had already completed 2 sessions of Orienteering over the previous 2 weeks using the punch and control card system. They had seen a YouTube video of electronic punching so knew what to expect.  Two longish courses had been designed and this gave 4 courses (and 4 students starting at once) by reversing them too.   Students rotated back through the start area to pick up their second course with no rest in between.

The SI units had a small orienteering flag attached to them and both were chained to objects for security.  However in future it is planned to have the unit holders permanently attached to a small flat plate control which will make for ease of use.  In school yards the visibility of flags isn’t really necessary as students need to be challenged to navigate to the right feature rather to see the control from a long way away. The security of the SI stick is best met by having the student’s names written down next to the SI number when being distributed and a wrist loop added to the stick too.

All in all this trial worked out well giving the students the “electronic experience” and streamlining the procedures needed too.   In their 4th lesson they are getting a bush experience at nearby St John Bushland Park – more fun times! 


SI Unit attached to mini flag and tree with chain.





Recent News
SI Kit for in schools events and coaching activities Friday, 15 July 2016
Cantara Training & Camping Weekend Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Burra Orienteering Weekend Monday, 13 June 2016 A preliminary report on the weekend of 3 orienteering events
MTBO Series starts in Blackwood Belair Area Wednesday, 18 May 2016
NOL and SA Championships in the Flinders Ranges Tuesday, 26 April 2016 The SA Middle Distance and SA Long Championships, and a middle distance event were held in the Flinders Ranges over the Anzac long weekend
South Australian Orienteers at the Australian Three Days Wednesday, 30 March 2016 The Australian Three Days were held in the ACT over Easter
Orienteering SA AGM at Shepherds Hill Sunday, 20 March 2016
SA Sprint Championships Sunday, 6 March 2016 Challenging courses were set by Steve Cooper at this event
Shift to Shorter Format Courses Presents Challenges at Adelaide Uni Monday, 8 February 2016 Friday night orienteering continues through February with the more detailed urbane maps being used, with SPORTIdent electronic timing
Orienteering in SA in 2016 Wednesday, 6 January 2016