Bush Orienteering Events


For your next event go to Eventor

Fixture details, travel directions, pre-entry and online event payments for most bush events are now available via Eventor


You can pre-enter some bush events via the online entry system, Eventor.  Other bush events are Enter on the Day (EOD).  The Eventor Calendar will indicate which type of entry is required.


If you are an event organiser, you need the Organiser's Toolkit


Bush orienteering events take place in forested areas, generally in central Victoria (Ballarat, Castlemaine, Bendigo) or northeast Victoria, as well as in areas within 1 hour of Melbourne to the north and west (eg Macedon).  Events take place most weekends from March to late October.

Bush orienteering involves using a map and compass to navigate to a series of checkpoints ("controls") in the forest.  Difficulty varies from Easy - where controls are located on or close to marked tracks; Moderate - where there is usually an option to use a track or take a direct cross country route; or Hard - where navigation is almost all cross country, using contours and other features to find your way.

It will generally take 1-2 hours to complete a course.   Most courses are LINE format, where you must locate all the controls on your course in a set order, in the fastest possible time.  Others are SCORE format, where you can visit controls in any order, but you must return to the finish within a certain time. Most bush events use "Sportident" electronic timing.

For Line events, you can generally choose your own start time, typically between 10am and 12 noon.  For Score events there is usually a pre-designated mass start time.  Contact the organising club for further information regarding a selected event.


LOCAL (or CLUB) events are run in Ballarat, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, and near Melbourne.  These events are ideal for newcomers.  They offer a choice of 4 or 5 courses of varying length and difficulty, and you can choose whichever course suits your ability.   You can enter these on the day.  If you live in Melbourne, check the MelBushO website for details of the next event.  If you are happy to drive a bit further, visit the Bendigo Orienteers website for info on the Bendigo Series.  For more information, go to the Clubs page and phone or email the appropriate club contact person.

STATE SERIES events are higher level, where competitors earn points towards the Orienteer of the Year awards.  Newcomers are very welcome and there are always Easy and Moderate courses available, together with equipment hire and coaching.  These events cater for everyone from the under-10s to the over-80s.  They usually require pre-entry (details are in the Eventor Calendar).


You will need:

  • a compass (these can be hired at the event)
  • comfortable sturdy shoes with good grip on the sole (eg "trail" shoes)
  • long pants and/or gaiters
  • food and water - for before and after the event.  You can also take a hydration pack to use during your course, although water is usually available
  • a "Sportident stick" for events with electronic timing.  You can hire one at the event for a small fee

The "O-Gear" shop operates at most State Series events and you can purchase orienteering clothing, shoes, gaiters, compasses and so on.

Sportident sticks can be also be purchased at most State Series or MelBushO events - click here for details:

Catering is available at most State Series events; many competitors bring their own picnic for lunch after the event.


Please park as directed, then head to Registration.   If this is your first event, tell the registration people and they will assign someone to help you choose a course and fill in the entry form.  They will also organise any instruction you may require to get you under way.  After completing Registration, you will go to the Start, and follow the Starter's instructions.  You will receive a pre-marked map and control descriptions.

After completing your course, your results will be displayed at the event, and posted on this website.  We encourage you to talk to others about what you did; orienteers are always happy to give advice and encouragement.


Check the Event information in the Eventor calendar to find the organising club.  Then click here for club contact details.  Phone or email the club contact in the week before the event and they will answer any questions you may have.