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Australian Orienteering Championships

Hill End Historic Site


Do you want to learn about orienteering? Take part in this fantastic event over 2 weekends in the country around Hill End Historic Site. It's open to beginners and experienced orienteers alike.


Sunday 24 September 2017: Middle distance event. Saturday 30 September 2017: Long distance event. Sunday 1 October 2017: Relay event for experienced orienteers. Solo (non-relay) courses available for beginners who enter on the day.

All courses start any time between 9.30am to 11.30am, and finish 20 to 60 minutes later depending on course chosen.

Beginners' briefings 9.30am onwards on Sunday 24 September and Saturday 30 September 2017.

Hill End Historic Site
No disabled access
Medium. Suitable for all ages, from children under 10 to adults 90 years and over. Parental supervision required for children under 10.
Beginners briefings and very easy, easy and moderate courses: Adult $20. Child (under 14) $10. Small groups can do these courses at the cost of a single entry.
Meeting point
Sunday 24 September 2017: Post Office Flat, Clarke Street, Hill End Historic Site.

Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2017: Tambaroora, 3.5km north of Hill End Historic Site on Mudgee Road.

Bookings required. Orienteers who are club members, email Orienteering NSW. Recreational non-orienteers, contact Goldseekers Orienteering.

Orienteering is the map-and-compass sport for the whole family. Orienteers in every age class compete in the Australian Orienteering Championships in the hope of being named Australia's best orienteers. It's the largest and best quality orienteering event in Australia.

In 2017, over 2 weekends, Hill End Historic Site hosts the middle-distance and long-distance races, and orienteering relays. Here are the details:

  • There aren't any qualification races before these events, and the courses are designed for all levels of experience. So the championships are fun events for all orienteers, including absolute beginners.
  • There'll be a variety of courses to suit all ages, from around 10 to 90 years. You'll be given a map marked with a series of check points to visit. How you get from one check point to the next is your choice.
  • Courses range from 1.9km to 5km.
  • For recreational non-orienteers, there'll be beginners' briefings. You'll be directed to courses at very easy, easy and moderate levels. You can take part in the middle and long-distance courses, but not the relays.

Wear good walking shoes and long trousers. If you have a compass, bring it along. Because we use electronic timing, you'll need to hire a SPORTident card to use at each control to prove you've been there. These are available for a small fee.

The forest around Hill End is pleasant open eucalypt. You'll also come across scattered evidence of mining activity from as far back as the 1850s. There's plenty to challenge newcomers and highly experienced orienteers as well.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Golden Gully, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: Debby McGerty