What is the Covid Canter?
It is a series of 4 events around the Hobart area. Participants are required to respect the current restrictions on social distancing and travel. You use the courses by yourself or in small groups, in your own time, over a period of 4 weeks until the 14th June. You may wish to record your times on this spreadsheet upon completion.
For each event you can choose to run one or more of 3 courses – Long, Medium and Short. The control locations are marked by tapes, which you should pass by within a metre or two without touching. Some of the courses are quite difficult, so if you are a beginner you may wish to try one of our permanent courses first.
The Gordon's Hill Reserve is located in the suburbs of Montagu and Rose Bay on Hobart's Eastern Shore a short drive from the city centre. The map includes the grounds of the Rose Bay High School as well as a steepish but attractive forested hill. There are great views from the top to Hobart city and Mount Wellington (kunanyi).
The courses start and finish at the permanent course sign on the fence next to the lower car park outside Rose Bay High School. Apart from a few controls in the bush in front of the school all control sites are on the hill and do not cross school grounds. This course uses the permanent course markers attached to rocks, fences, tree stumps, etc used by school groups.
Situated in the middle of Hobart and within walking distance of the CBD, the Domain is a 4 km x 3 km expanse of largely undisturbed parkland, so undisturbed that it contains many native plant species which are rare elsewhere. It is alive with birdlife, particularly parrots, yet has many excellent orienteering features such as overgrown pits and quarries, rockfaces, ruined buildings, shallow gullies and tricky route choices around sports grounds and areas of suburban housing.
These courses start in the carpark between the cricket pitch (soccer grounds in winter) and water tanks (NW side of the road) just below the crossroads on the Domain. These courses are tricky with lots of taped controls so will challenge even those familiar with the Domain.
Situated just south of Sandford, the narrow reserve backs the beach. There is some intricate navigation through coastal scrub and dunes, with many route choices available. Access is by Rifle Range Road.
The courses start and finish at the carpark at the southern end of Gorringes Beach. From Rifle Range Road turn into Gellibrand Drive and drive a further 3.2 km.
Peter Murrell Reserve
Located near Kingston, the reserve conserves a range of forest, buttongrass and heathland communities. These support a high diversity of plant species, including an impressive 37 orchid species - five of which are endemic to Tasmania. A network of sandy trails make for interesting route choice decisions. Note that some tracks are fairly indistinct. All control sites are marked with pink tape. Some tapes have needed to be replaced since they have already disappeared. Please send a text to 0417319784 if you find a tape missing. Do not enter out-of-bounds areas marked with red hatching.
Start is at the eastern end of Lady Penrhyn Drive, Blackmans Bay with parking on the side of the road.
How to Obtain the Courses
The course files are free to download after completing the following short survey. Upon completing the survey you will be emailed a download link and be subscribed to Orienteering Tasmania's weekly newsletter. The newsletter contains useful information about orienteering generally and upcoming events. If you wish to unsubscribe from the newsletter there is an Unsubscribe link available.