The UFOS are coming! Newcastle Orienteering Club is starting their Urban Foot Orienteering (UFO) Series on Wednesday afternoons in March and are offering a FREE mini-course for juniors aged 5 and up who are interested in giving this adventure sport a go. This is a free non-competitive course (1km) suitable for kids and first-timers.
Orienteering is a navigation-based family sport where you use a detailed map to locate control points. It’s a great way to get kids off screens and out doing something fun and active.
In the Urban series, families can navigate and explore their way around the Parklands and urban environments of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter. It’s a bit of exercise, a bit of geography and a bit of Amazing Race..and a lot of fun on your own or with a group!
Line courses are approximately 1km in length and of easy navigation. A compass is not required. This series uses electronic flags / stands and electronic punching. Basic tuition is available.
The UFO series starts in March:
- Boomerang Park, Raymond Terrace on Wednesday 3 March. This event includes a free BBQ put on by the local Rotary group as part of the UFO series launch.
- Connolly Park, Fitzroy Street, Carrington on Wednesday 10 March (new map)
- Mawson Close at Caves Beach on Wednesday 17 March (new map)
- Camp Shortland, Horseshoe Beach Road, Newcastle
on Wednesday 24 March(new map) – POSTPONED until Wednesday 31 March.
Starts are available anytime between 5pm and 6:30pm.
With the exception of the Carrington event, they do not cross any roads. Carrington crosses 2 – 3 low trafficked streets. Adult supervision is recommended. Younger children should be shadowed by parents / caregivers.
Newcomers are welcome. You do not need to be a club member to do any of the courses.
Some Newcastle schools are now offering orienteering as a sport option or as part of the after school activity program.
In late March, the Newcastle Orienteering Club heads back into their more traditional bushland orienteering events where there are many levels of navigation difficulty and distances available. There are courses to suit all levels and beginners are always welcome and assisted on the day.
The popular Mountain Bike Orienteering season is also another option for those who like the great outdoors. For more information, check out the event flyer on the Newcastle Orienteering Club website or visit the Facebook page.
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