Getting Started

  • Events are held all over Melbourne, all year round
  • Come to as many or as few events as you wish and “pay as you go”
  • No pre-registration required
  • Run or walk, individually or in a group
  • Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome (including dogs on leads)
  • Entry fee for adults $5 per event, Juniors (under 21) $2 per event

Participants each receive a map with 20-25 pre-marked control points, and a card which is used to record the controls located. Controls are positioned on features such as light poles, fences, or trees. All participants start together, and must return to the Finish within a designated time, or after locating a designated number of controls. It’s up to you to decide which controls to go to.

Winter Series – March to October

The Saturday Series runs on most Saturday afternoons, from 2-3pm

  • Choose one of two Runners courses or a Power Walkers course
  • Arrive by 1.30pm to register and receive instructions
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and a watch
  • Hot drinks and refreshments are available after all events

Night events are held on Mondays and Wednesdays (late March-October) in the eastern suburbs, and on Tuesdays in the western suburbs (late March-June), from 7-8pm

  • Choose one of two Runners courses or a Power Walkers course
  • Arrive by 6.30pm to register and receive instructions
  • Bring a small torch or headlight, and a watch. Please wear night visible clothing

Summer Series – October to March  

Summer Series runs 4 nights a week all over Melbourne.

  • Mondays – Southern suburbs, 7-8pm
  • Tuesdays – Western suburbs, 7-8pm
  • Wednesdays – Eastern suburbs, 7-8pm
  • Thursdays – Northern suburbs, 7-8pm
  • Local series in Geelong and the Surf Coast, and Macedon Ranges
  • Choose one of four Runners courses or a Power Walkers course
  • Arrive by 6.30pm to register and receive instructions
  • Wear lightweight comfortable clothes and shoes and a watch; bring a drink

 When you arrive:  Look for ORIENTEERING parking signs, or park as directed.  Then head to the Registration table and ask for assistance.  We’ll help you choose a course, give you a preview of the map, and some instructions.  You’ll then fill in a registration card and pay your entry fee.  Just before the start, the course setter will give everyone a briefing and hand out maps.  When the “Go” signal is given, you can turn over your map and begin your course.

Courses: Participants carry a control card which they ‘punch’ at each control located. This card must be handed in at the Finish. All participants MUST report to the Finish even if they did not complete their course, for safety reasons. Courses close 75 minutes after the advertised start time.  Competitors on a Runners course may run and/or walk. However if you’re on a Power Walkers course, then you MUST walk at all times.

The two formats used are called SCATTER and SCORE.


  • Used for Summer Running courses
  • Locate a designated number of controls in any order. First to finish with the correct number of controls wins
  • Course lengths range from 2.5 kms to 10 kms
  • Choose any course you wish from the four or five options available


  • Used for Power Walking courses in Summer, and for all courses in Winter
  • Controls have values ranging from 2 to 5 points. Collect as many points as you can before a set finish time
  • Finish times vary from 40-60 minutes depending on the course selected
  • Penalty points are deducted for being late, so you need to wear a watch

RESULTS are compiled and published here, usually within 1-2 days. The winner on each course receives 100 points, second place receives 99 points, etc. Points are tallied each week to determine the overall placegetters at the end of each series.


  • Black and white, A4 size, at 1:10,000 scale
  • Similar to (but more accurate than) a Melway or Google map, and showing contours
  • Show you where you can and can’t go, along with all the necessary event information
  • Any changes to the map will be advised at the pre-event briefing

Here’s a sample map (click to enlarge): pasmap

Groups:  Park and street orienteering is a highly enjoyable group or team activity for schools, scouts, sporting teams or social clubs. We also welcome disability groups with carers. If you would like to bring a group, please contact us a week before the event so that we can ensure sufficient map numbers.

More: Park and street orienteering is run by clubs and Orienteering Victoria. Members receive a great range of financial and other benefits, as well as the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills.  Visit to find out about all aspects of orienteering in Victoria.  You can also sign up to receive our weekly O-News e-bulletin.

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