We are new to orienteering, but it has been a sport that I have wanted to get involved in for over 20years. When I was 17 years old I did an event, and it has taken this long to to it again.
Events happen all over the region, and the volunteers are very helpful. It is another example of a sport that a family can do together, that can be challenging and competitive, but also just a lot of fun. Take it however you will. For us, it is a 2-3km walk around the bush looking for checkpoints, and helping the kids become confident reading maps. In the future we hope to be able to tackle some of the more challenging courses for ourselves.
We joined the Newcastle Orienteering Club, it makes the events a lot cheaper, and also adds a bit of incentive to get to every event (because it can be tempting to just want to sleep in on a Sunday morning).