• Organised Orienteering Activities have now recommenced. See upcoming programme to right.Entries for the Waite-Springfield event are now open
  • New permanenr courses are now available at Tangari (Woodcroft). Thanks to Paul Hoopmann for making the map & designing the courses. See DIY Orienteering for more information.
  • Course Planners Award will be on again from this weekend at Mack Creek. Go to Results to vote for listed events that you participate in.. Voting opens at noon and goes for two weeks
  • The June edition of the SA Orienteer is now available online Go to About Us -> SA Orienteer. Thanks to Frank Burden for putting together
  • Other available orienteering activities continue
    - for small group training - contact coaching coordinator (under Contacts)
    - DIY Permanent Courses
    - Mobile DIY MapRun courses see the Mobile DIY Orienteering page - includes new courses at Shepherds Hill
    - other activities in the article below - "Orienteering at Home"
  • The June edition of the Australian Orienteer is now available online.
  • Vale Robert John Hillyard 1945-2020

    Long standing member and past president of Tjuringa Orienteers.Co-Recipient of the John Hall Memorial Service Award for services to orienteering in South Australia in 2009. Loving husband of Jan Hillyard.Beloved Father of Karl and Tyson Hillyard.Devoted Gra to Angus, Alistair, Patrick and Mia.

    He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the wider orienteering community.He has punched his final control. ue to current restrictions a small family service will be held on Wednesday 24th June at 2:30pm.This service will be live streamed at the link given below:


    A personal message of remembrance can be made at: https://siebert.com.au/notices/robert-john-hillyard/

    In lieu of flowers, donations to Dementia Australia would be appreciated.https://inmemory.gofundraise.com.au/page/RobertJohnHillyard

    The family of Robert Hillyard wish to thank the orienteering community for their outpouring of support during this testing time.

Orienteering Events to Recommence!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Orienteering events are restarting on Sunday June 14th - I am sure everyone will be pelase to hear this.

However we have to run these events according to the current restrictions, so we are asking everyone to follow the general guidelines below, and those that are advised with the event information.

These events will follow the OSA Sport Reboot Plan and other specific Event Guidelines to enable events to be managed according to the various social disrancing and other government guidelines (Department of Health, Office of Recreation and Sport)

Events will be until advised otherwise:

  • Be pre-entry only through Eventor
  • Be pre-pay only when you enter
  • Maximum of 80 present at an event. This includes parents or others who are at the event area but not going on a course. If so you are to enter in the Non-Participant Class (unless you plan to stay away from the event area)
  • When 80 entrants are entered, entry will be closed by the organizer
  • Anyone who comes to an event and has not pre-entered cannot participate, and will have to leave
  • If we receive significant interest in event from those who enquire about the event after the 80 maximum has been reached, OSA will post PDFs of maps on Eventor after the event so you can do the event in your own time (no physical controls though). Some courses may also be added to MapRun

These processes avoid a registration process and payment at events.

And the above need to be followed otherwise OSA may not be able to hold future events.

Al those entering and attending events are

  • Read all the event information in Eventor before entering
  • Not attend an event if you have any symptoms that may be indicative of a respiratory virus such as COVID-19, or are subject to any current self-isolation requirements
  • At the event, read all event information and follow instructions in this information
  • You will be responsible for your personal belongings including car keys
  • Advise the event registration of your arrival, and also when you depart
  • Come and do your course, and then leave. If you want to socialize then get together with your friends away from the event area.

Upcoming events are listed in the Event Calendar.

Also if you cannot or do not want to attend organized events, other options to orienteer in your own time are:

Orienteering at Home

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Organized orienteering activities are now all cancelled, however some training groups have now started - for small group training - contact coaching coordinator (under Contacts)

OSA will provide some tips  here on orienteering in or from your home, as well as various activites you can do.

Scroll down to see these activities which include

  • Outdoor orienteering
    • DIY Permanent Courses
    • MapRunF - mobile courses and events
    • various maps of past courses
  • Indoor Orienteering
    • Minecraft events
    • Running Wild
    • Videos to watch to help you plan your training

At the moment the permanent or  DIY courses are available (see video 1 below also), however before undertaking any activity please ensure you are up to date on the Dept. Of Health guidelines and follow all their requirements with respect to soclal  distancing. Also please do not undertake unnecessary travel.

If you did not get to a Twilight Series or Sprint Series events - some course maps as PDFs can found on this page.

You can also try a "DIY" course on your phone - for this you need to install the MapRunF app on your phone and then follow these instructions.

As for the DIY courses this is an individual and not a group activity and as for the DIY courses please follow current Dept. Of Health guidelines. 

MapRunF Events and Courses

1. Belair NP - 2 courses one in the park and one on the golf course, see Eventor calendar - event has a nominal date of May 22nd - but courses can be done anytime
2. South Parklands - 2 courses, see the Eventor calendar for details - event has a nominal event date of May 29th but can be done anytime

For all mobile courses that are easily accessed with MapRunF app, and have PDFS available for download  - go to the page on Mobile DIY Orienteering.

To access these courses, open MapRunF

  • Choose select event
  • Scroll though the list to South Australia and then choose either of the sub-folders listed and choose your course

MInecraft Orienteering - organised by SpurPosting

Did you enter the last virtual Minecraft event at Adelaide University? Well done to Angus Haines and his team who are organising this series. There were over 80 entries from all over the world . Best placed Australian was Jack Marshall who came 3rd The next one will be at 11am (UTC) on 23rd May. We when we will be travelling to Venice, Italy to compete among the islands and canals of the beautiful city. .  To enter or find out more click here.

Southern Arrows in Sweden

Brett Wiehart has startred a new Facebook site - setting some orienteering challenges for us.

Orienteering Coaching Videos

Video 1 by Bridget Uppill (from our Facebook site)

Video 2 - Training Plan - see link below

Video 3 - Interval Training - various

Video 4- Activities you can do at home - see documents below

Video 5 - Using Running Wild - link to Running Wild

See the "Stay at Home 3 Days" Running Wild Events


Day 1 - Middle

Day 2 Long
Elite (requires at least 3 hot cross buns)
Master (coffee recommended)
Junior (best done with chocolate before and after)

Day 3

Documents from video 4:






Activities from other Associations and Orienteering Sites

Puzzles from Scottish Orienteering - keep checking for updates

World of Orienteering - http://news.worldofo.com/ - follow their "Route to O Season" maps – including Day 9 which was a leg from the M20 course at JWOC 2007 – see Simon Uppill’s route

Training plans:

Click here Training_plans_to_keep_fit_and_active.pdf for link to training plans



Snap "Sprint' Series 2020

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The Snap Sprint Series starts on Friday 31 Jan at Flinders University, with events on the following 3 Friday evenings.  The last Friday event on 21 Feb is on a new map at Stirling. All events are listed in the event calendar.

On the weekend of 21 – 23 Feb, additional sprint opportunities are offered. These are a Saturday evening race at Semaphore Park, and with a “Knockout” Sprint at Trinity College on the Sunday morning.  . Plus some morning training activities on the Friday and Saturday.

So what is “Sprint” orienteering – it is a shorter form of orienteering with traditional line courses, generally held on small urban map areas such as campuses and parks, and with a lot of detail. A smll snippet from Adelaide University si shown below.


For the serious orienteer, sprint orienteering is about thinking and racing hard simultaneously, focusing on quick decision making.  The courses are fairly simple to navigate at a walk or a slow jog for the less serious orienteer, but the task is more demanding at higher speed, especially when faced with constant changes of direction and route choice. If you run fast then make sure it’s in the right direction!

Courses are line format, where you must find all the controls in a set order, in the fastest possible time. Course lengths vary from 2 km to 3.5 km, if you choose the best route!  These events use the Sportident electronic timing system which enables you to compare the time it took to get to each control with others on your course.

Entry is by three age groups, and you can choose the short or long course for all age groups.

  • Junior – 16 and under
  • Open – 17 - 44
  • Veteran – 45 and over

However for the less serious you can enter either course, plus a shorter easier course.

To help you get started – here is a full legend for sprint orienteering maps. An small example is hown below. In sprint orienteering some features are forbiddent o be crossed to make the event fairier - these inlcude high fences and walls, and areas that may be temporarily out of bounds due to construction work.  See the legend for all the forbidden symbols.

A new symbol to show two level situations where you can run underneath or on top is shown below.  As well as the traditional canopy/pass through symbol where you run under the "canopy" but not on the top of it.

Sprint Symbols Two Level

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