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Do It Yourself Orienteering

Updated 29th Sept 2020

When using this and other permanent courses remember that large groups (1-2 is good) are not recommended and that current social distancing rules must be applied.

General Information:

Several permanent orienteering courses, suitable  for schools, families ,pairs and individuals, have been set up at:

Control site with marker

  • Belair National Park Start at Adventure Playground
  • Belair National Park. Start at Gums Oval
  • Blue Gum Park/ Kurangga
  • Hawthorndene Reserve 
  • Hazelwood Park Burnside
  • Fox Creek: Thomas Hill.closed at present due to Cudlee Creek fires
  • Kuitpo Forest: Christmas Hill 
  • Kuitpo Forest: The Eucalypts 
  • Kuitpo Forest: Kuitpo Headquarters 25th Sept 2020 map updated showing bee hives location.
  • Kuitpo Forest: Woodcutters Cottage (restricted to groups who have booked Woodcutter's Cottage, Tinjella Hut or Jack's Paddock)  
  • Melrose. Start at Showgrounds
  • Melrose. Start at Notice Board on Main Street opposite Over the Edge Bike Shop
  • Mt Crawford Forest: Chalks 
  • North Adelaide 
  • Oaklands Wetland uodated
  • Para Wirra Recreation Park. Start at Helipad
  • Paringa Paddocks Renmark 
  • Port Lincoln: Brinkworth Reserve
  • Rawnsley Park Station New location 29th Sept 2020 Restricted to people staying at Rawnsley Park Station.
  • Shepherds Hill Recreation Park
  • St Peter's River Park on the Torrens Linear Park 
  • Tangari New location Woodcroft 27th June 2020
  • Thorndon Park map updated Aug 2020

No experience is necessary.

A colour map with an orienteering course and the course's control descriptions are provided on an A4 page. Instructions are downloadable as well as extra information for schools & group leaders.

The permanent course consists of a number of permanently placed control markers. At each control point is a small orange and white marker. On the marker are a number code and a letter code.  The number code is checked off against the control description printed on the orienteering map. The course controls should be visited in the correct order. With the scatter or score they can be visited in any order.

These courses introduce map reading skills, and in particular the features of an orienteering map.  A compass is not necessary but may be useful.

Choose from 1 - 5 km courses along tracks & paths (easy navigation) or challenge yourself by trying the moderate or harder courses.  Courses will take about 40 - 80 minutes to complete.

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