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2013 News

Allambie Deja Vu

Sunday, 23 June 2013 - Allambie Heights - Orienteers competing in The Great Nosh a few weekends ago would have remembered the huge downpour in the middle of the race as the race approached the track near Wakehurst Parkway at Allambie Heights.  A similar scene greeted orienteers turning up for the fourth round of the MetrOleague held on Sunday.  This time, however, the deluge occurred just before start time as around 150 orienteers descended on the start location.  Organisers Bennelong Northside must have wondered what they had done to bring on 2 very wet days for the 2 major regional events.  However, the rain stopped, the sky cleared (well it brightened up) and the race started.  Each competitor started at one minute intervals and headed off down the althetics track, past the school and into the bush ...Garingal fielded 9 teams and had 4 wins. The bakery at Allambie did a handsome trade in pies at the conclusion of the event.  Full results and splits are now available.


Winter Has Arrived

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 - Southern Highlands - the long weekend saw the annual QB3 orienteering event which this year was held in the Southern Highlands.  It was 3 days of classy orienteering, starting with a sprint at Chevalier College in Bowral followed by the long and middle distance events in the Belanglo State Forest. 

Around 50 Garingal members attended the event which entertained around 270 orienteers from across NSW and ACT.  There was, of course, the traditional meal at the Sutton Forest Hotel on Saturday evening and great company at the hut in the forest (grounds are pictured left). Whilst the focus was on running and completing the courses as quickly as possible, there were some interesting fauna observations with kangaroos, a koala and even one emu spotted in the forest.  Check out the full results.


Metro Match Race

Sunday, 26 May 2013 - Cattai - the 2013 metrOleague competition is now in full swing with the latest round being held last weekend at Cattai National Park near Windsor.  It was Garingal v. Garingal with 8 of our teams matching up against each other on the day.  This, of course, meant Garingal was the winner (and other placegetter) in these divisions with the Monitors, Frill Necks and Legless taking out the honours.  Well, it turned out not to be that simple, because in Division 3 the Molochs and the Skinks had a very close race and tied the scores to share the spoils! 


Gladesville - Sunday June 30th

Give Orienteering a GO with Garingal at Gladesville.

On Sunday morning, 30th June.  Garingal Orienteers are putting on an event for anyone wanting to try orienteering.

Our "Bedlam Bay" orienteering map of the foreshore around the historic Gladesville Hospital located by the Parramatta River has a mix of street and bushland navigation, featuring riverside tracks and paths, some small sandy beaches, complex old buildings, and plenty more.

 gladesville map

Unlike the Sydney Summer Series with its 30 control, score course format, the courses offered at our CATI are traditional format - you must visit the control locations in numerical order - so, first go to #1, then to #2, and so on.  Your 'result' will be simply how long it took you to go around the course. 

There are four courses to choose - a 'Very Easy' short course set with young children in mind, an 'Easy' course, a 'Short Moderate' course, up to the 'Long Moderate' for the fittest and most experienced orienteers to tackle.  Pick any one (or do more if you have the stamina!)

Take the kids, push a stroller, team up with a buddy, or simply go around just by yourself.

Starts are any time between 9.30am and 11.30am.  You must be back by 1 pm as that's when we pack up and go home.


Meet us in Banjo Paterson Park, at the riverside end of Punt Road, Gladesville.  There are toilets and taps in the reserve (pictured), an ideal spot for a post-course picnic..

Entry Fees (per course) are ONSW members $10 adults, $7 juniors, sub-juniors $5.  Non-members $13 adult, $10 juniors; sub-juniors $8.

SportIdent (SI) is being used to record progress around the course, with SI stick hire being $4 per course.

And if you need to ask any questions when you're there, simply find any Garingal member who's wearing an orange hi-viz “ASK ME" vest   .

For any further information about this event, please contact the organiser, Kevin Roberts on 0429-565-524 or drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

>For a .pdf of this page with the event info., click here.

And then after this event, you can think about doing your income tax return! Cry 

Sun Rise Over Baal Bone

Sunday 19 May 2013 - Cullen Bullen - Garingal hosted State League 5 in spectacular fashion last weekend.  The event was held on the "Baal Bone Junction" map at Cullen Bullen near Lithgow.  The assembly area was in a newly accessed part of the map on an open paddock nestled at the foot of a mesa with magnificent views back towards Wollemi National Park.  Organiser, Jim Forbes, had worked a treat with the assembly area and course setter Graeme Dawson and controller Ron Junghans took full advantage of the new location with memorable courses. 


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