What Happens at Events?

****For the moment, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all our events are online entry. For all the details about how to enter online, click on any event name and follow the links. ****

To enter, just turn up. You will be welcomed. Orienteering is a sport for life, so there are people of all ages and with different levels of fitness who participate. 

At events, information boards describe the available courses and any other information which you need to know. There are always courses for beginners. And you can tackle a harder course afterwards if there is time.

It's also a good idea to ask for advice at the registration desk. We will help you decide which course to do and guide you through the entry process (entry fees are cash only! See below).

A key feature of orienteering is that everyone starts at different times, usually at 2 minute intervals. This is because orienteering is about navigating without help from other people, unless of course you are with your friends or family, then you can start with them and chat with them as you go.

There is always a start time "window". For Sunday events this is usually between 10am and 12.00 noon, but always check the Event Calendar for the latest details for every event. When you enter, you can choose your own start time, within the window.

But you must ALWAYS abandon your course and report back in to the finish by the advertised course closure time on the day. This means if you want to do a harder course, it is best to start closer to 10am.

Timing devices

All Tasmanian Orienteering Clubs use the SportIdent (SI) electronic timing system so an SI-stick or a P-card timing device is required at all events.

P-cards are flat plastic cards that you carry on a lanyard. They only hold 20 controls, so are not suitable for longer events. Great for beginners. You can buy these on Eventor when entering events, or at an event. Cost price is $20, but we often have specials.

SI-sticks are carried strapped to your finger. They have a quicker response time and hold more controls than P cards. If you are planning on going orienteering regularly you'll definitely want one of these. The SI-9  holds 50 controls, the SI-10 holds 128 controls and has a faster response time. The SI AC is used for touchless punching, aka SI Air. In Tassie, we usually only use SI Air for Sprint events, but if you plan to go to a national carnival get one of these. SI-sticks cost from $60 and can be purchased from aussieogear


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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 an emailed newsletter 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.

Private Land

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.

Event Fees

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:

Event FeesAdultAdultYouth or ConcessionYouth or ConcessionFamilyFamily
Casual MemberClub MemberCasual MemberClub MemberCasual MemberClub Member
  Local Events$12$8$6$4$30$20


  1. Adult is 21 years and over at 31 December of the current year
    Youth is under 21 years at 31 December of the current year
    Concession is holder of a Pensioner Concession card or Adult full-time student
    Family is 2 adults and any number of junior members who are part of a family
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Refund policy for withdrawals: 100% refund for COVID-related absence; 100% refund if you withdraw before entry closing date (email the event organiser and the OT treasurer); 75% refund any other reason (email the OT treasurer within 24 hrs of the start of the event)
  5. A 'Local' event is any event that is not a statewide OST or Championship event e.g. Twilight, Local, Saturday Series, Summer Series

Types Of Events

 This document describes the different types of orienteering events held in Tasmania.