The Orienteering Map
The orienteering map is made specifically for orienteering. It shows a lot of detail on a smaller area than most maps. The maps below illustrate how these features appear on the orienteering map. Maps are oriented with magnetic north at the top.
Photos illustrating some common map legend symbols are contained in the attached document - Map Symbol Photos.
The map legend uses standardised symbols to describe the terrain for orienteering.
LANDFORM - brown
Contours to show the shape of the land - commonly 5 m contour interval
Other earth features such as earth mounds, banks and termite mounds
WATER FEATURES - blue
- watercourses - mostly dry in Australia
- lakes and ponds
MAN MADE FEATURES - black
- tracks and paths
ROCKS AND BOULDERS - black
VEGETATION - white, yellow and green
- white is open forest, fast run
- yellow is open land such as ovals and parks, fastest running
- light green is forest with some undergrowth, slow run
- mid green is forest with more undergrowth to make running difficult
- dark green is for thickets which are very difficult to pass through