When are Events Held?
Orienteering events are held regularly in and around both Hobart and Launceston as well as on the NW Coast. The main season for orienteering lasts from March to October. During this period there is usually an event most Sunday mornings somewhere in Tasmania. Mid week orienteering events consists of navigating around urban streets or in local area parkland in the evening. These events are usually held every Wednesday evening during November and December and again in February and March. Over summer a number of low key events are run.
The latest event calendar is available HERE
What Happens at Events?
A key feature of orienteering is that you should find your way around your course without help from other orienteers, unless you are with your mate or family. Competitors on the same course therefore have different start times, mostly at 2 minute intervals. You may choose your own start time on the day, within the time specified by the organising club. This is usually between 10 am and 12.00 noon for Sunday events or in the late afternoon in midweek events.
At an event, information boards will describe the courses which are available and any other information which you need to know. However, if you need help, ask at the registration desk. Most events have a person rostered to assist new orienteers. These people will help you decide which course to do and tell you what to do next. You should choose the course which suits your experience; one of the easier courses if you are new to the sport. You can always tackle a harder course later.
Start times for each event are listed in the event program. You can arrive and start at any time between the designated times. Although the more serious competitors generally complete courses individually, courses can also be done in groups or as a family. Just let the people at registration know if several people are going together.
If you do not complete all of the course which you have chosen, always report to the finish so the organisers know that there are no competitors still out on a course at the conclusion of the event. There will be a course closure time for each event, normally 90 minutes after the latest start time, and you must return to the finish by that time to enable the organisers to ensure you are safe.
For more information about any event, remember to check out the event calendar and get out there. Many people discover orienteering is an enjoyable sport for a lifetime. Participants can range in age from 8 years to 80 years!
Cancellation of Events
Bad weather rarely causes cancellation of an orienteering event. Severe weather and total fire bans may cause a cancellation. In such a situation, advice will be conveyed via either the E Bulletin or the website. If you are not dressed appropriately for the weather conditions and/or do not have relevant experience to go out on a hard course the event organiser may, in their discretion, refuse your entry.
Orienteering Tasmania has a policy of no dogs at orienteering events, even though they may be held in public places where dogs are permitted. Many events are held on private land or in special use reserves. Dogs may disrupt wildlife and stock, which may jeopardise future access to areas.
Possession of an orienteering map of a particular area does not permit access to private land at times other than the staging of an event. Orienteering relies on the good will of landowners and government land management agencies for the sport to operate.
Orienteering Tasmania periodically reviews and sets entry fees for sanctioned events. Any person who goes on a course is required to pay the appropriate entry fee and will receive a map of that course with two exceptions as noted below.
The event fees from January 2020 onwards are:
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Tasmania (OST) Relays
- Adult is 21 years and over at 31 December next
Youth is under 21 years at 31 December next
Concession is Commonwealth Card Holders (pension or health care card)
Family is any number of adult or junior members who are part of a family
- Children 10 years and under completing a course as a member of a group in the company of adults or older children, participate free of charge.
- A child completing a course as an individual with a parent shadowing (following) them only pays the relevant child entry fee. That is, the parent shadowing does so free of any charge.
Types Of Events
Northern Region Events
Twilight Series (Weekday): Discover the parks and reserves of Launceston’s suburbs. This series specifically encourages participation by school students, their teachers and parents as well as the wider community.
Saturday Series: Venture a bit further away from Launceston and discover some wonderful new places. A limited range of courses is on offer to have a fun & adventurous day out.
North West Region Events
Sunday Series: Discover the parks and reserves of the NW Coast and explore places you might not have known about and certainly not in such detail.
Southern Region Events
Twilight Series (Weekday): This series is ideal for those new to orienteering, with courses for the more experienced orienteer as well. It also incorporates a schools competition for all grades. Parents and teachers welcome too! All events are in Hobart parks and streets – discover somewhere new! Courses for primary students are guaranteed to have no road crossings.
Saturday Series: Another great way to get out and about in the parks and reserves of Hobart’s suburbs or venture just a bit further away and discover some of the wonderful environments surrounding the city. A wide range of courses are on offer to have a fun and adventurous day out for all the family.
Sunday Events: Head out a bit further away from the Hobart city area and discover some wonderful new places. These events are ideal for those wanting to learn bush navigation.
Orienteering Series Tasmania (OST):
- A state-wide series of about 12 to 13 events normally held on a Sunday throughout the year and in areas that provide a more interesting navigational challenge.
- Events in the latter part of the year include the Northern and Southern Regional Championships and each of the Tasmanian Long, Middle Distance and Sprint Championships.
- Usually at least four of these events are designated as Badge Events.
- Newcomers and occasional orienteers welcome at all events.
- 9 courses are offered; 6 with hard navigation, 1 with moderate navigation, 2 with easy navigation.
- Generally start times are between 10.00 am and 12.00 midday.
- Pre-entry is often required and pre-printed maps are always used.T
- To accumulate points towards Individual Excellence, competitors must enter their age-appropriate course or a more challenging course. Age classes by course can be viewed HERE
The pinnacle of competition for the orienteering enthusiast, offering the trickiest navigation. You can enter to win but most take part for the personal challenge and certainly, you need not be ‘good’ or an athlete to enter. There is a Tasmanian Championship for each of the three internationally recognised formats (long, middle and sprint). There is also Regional & State Schools Championships, a club relay championship and Regional Championships.