Northern Tablelands Orienteering Club

Armidale NSW Australia

XMAS 5-Days

27 - 31 December 2010

News update

Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback on the conduct of this event. We hope you enjoyed the varied terrain offered over the five days.



Final Points Score



Special notes for Day 1

    The legend for Day 1 is not on the map but can be viewed and printed here.

    Some of the IOF control descriptions used on Day 1 may be less familiar or are given special interpretation as shown at right.

Enter on the day courses

    Courses: Blue, Green, Orange, Red 5

    Fees per day - Senior: $12 - Junior: $8 - Family maximum: $32

    Enter at registration - but be early to ensure you there will be a map available

Other information

Previously used map editions


Event organiser Dick Ogilvie

Enquiries to Eric Baker phone 02 6771 1070 (AH)

Entries to Ron Pallas

Web site/camping Mauricer Anker phone 02 6772 9604

Classes and course lengths

Unlike major state and national events there are no age qualifications for any of the courses, so you are welcome to enter whatever course you like (but you should enter the same grade of course each day).

A competitor's best four results will be tallied on a point score basis to determine the overall placings.

The table shows the suggested course for each of the standard age classes.

CourseApprox length
days 2-5
ClassesAge Guide
Red 17.0 kmMen A M21 
Red 26.0 kmMen BWomen AM18,35W21
Red 35.0 kmMen CWomen BM16,45W18,35
Red 44.0 kmMen DWomen CM55W16,45
Red 53.0 kmMen EWomen DM65+W55+
Orange3-3.5 kmMen FWomen E  
Green2-2.5 kmMen GWomen F  
Blue2 kmM/W Novice  

Event summary

Day 1 - Sprint event

Location University of New England, Armidale

Planner Felix Burkhard Controller Maurice Anker

Map UNE (Scale 1:5000, 4 m contours)

Time from 4:30

This is an interesting campus with complex buildings, sporting fields, parkland and some areas of bush. Starts will be in the afternoon to give you time to travel to Armidale.


Day 2 - Granite

Location Banalasta, halfway between Tamworth and Armidale

Planner Eric Andrews Controller Liz Bourne

Map Banalasta (Scale 1:10000, 5m contours)

Time from 8:30 am

The property covers a mixture of semi-open paddocks with isolated granite boulders to areas of eucalypt forest with complex granite features.

Day 3 Spur/gully

Location Hillgrove, approx 45 km east of Armidale

Planner Jenny Hawkins Controller Bob Hawkins

Map Sawmill Creek (Scale 1:10000, 5m contours)

Time from 8:00 am

Open eucalypt forest in spur/gully terrain. An area newly remapped by Terry Cooke and previously only used for club events.

Day 4 - Granite

Location Yarrowick, approx 35 km west of Armidale

Planner Eric Andrews Controller Liz Bourne

Map Mount Brown (new map, Scale 1:10000, 5m contours)

Time from 8:00 am

This is a new granite area of semi-open grazing land and eucalypt forest currently being mapped by Eric Andrews. It contains some massive boulder complexes, sheets of bare rock and semi-open areas with more discreet boulders, all in some very pleasant, runnable open forest on the slopes and in more open areas on the flatter country. A navigator's delight!

Mt Brown sneak preview

Day 5 - Spur/gully, some granite

Location Dumaresq Dam, approx 10 km northwest of Armidale

Planner Alec Watt Controller Eric Baker

Map Dumaresq Dam (Scale 1:10000, 5m contours)

Time from 7:30 am

An open to semi open area of grazing land and forest with some scattered areas of granite.



Armidale Showgrounds

Camping will be available at the Armidale Showgrounds for

    Powered site - $16.50 per night

    Unpowered site/car - $11.00 per night

Bookings may be made by email to Maurice Anker or by post to

The Treasurer
Northern Tablelands Orienteering Club
19 Bishop Crescent
Armidale NSW 2350

Payment methods

  • cheque payble to Northern Tablelands Orienteering Club posted to the above address
  • direct deposit to BSB 062 501, A/c 0090 4947
  • cash or cheque at registration during the event

A receipt will be issued which should be displayed prominently on your vehicle or tent.

Pembroke Caravan Park

The Pembroke Caravan Park has cabins and a good range of recreational facilities.

Other accommodation

For other accommodation in and around Armidale see

Things to do

  • Art galleries
  • Cool climate wineries
  • Spectacular waterfalls

... and lots more

Myrtle rust prevention

There is currently some concern about the spread of myrtle rust, a South American fungal disease that affects members of the myrtaceae family and which has recently been detected in parts of the Central Coast. We are currently seeking advice on what preventative measures might need to be taken for orienteering events, but in the meantime everyone should read this item by Matt Springall (Acting Ranger, Lane Cove National Park) in the OANSW newsletter.

You may have heard over the last few months of an outbreak of Myrtle Rust on the Central Coast. While containment in the nurseries had been largely successful, in recent weeks the situation has significantly worsened with its detection in bushland across 30 000ha of the Central Coast. Spread of this disease can be carried from one bushland reserve to another on clothing following contact with infected foliage. Myrtle Rust is a South American rust fungus which is previously unknown in this country and has the potential to devastate our over 5000 species of plants in the Myrtaceae family. This includes Eucalypts, Angophoras, Tea Trees, Bottlebrush, Paperbarks and Lilypilly amongst some of our most iconic, valuable and well loved bushland plants. The current situation for the control program for this disease is that we need all the help we can get from those who live in and around, work in or enjoy our bushland.

To help us please:

  • make yourself familiar with what this rust looks like and contact the Exotic Plant Pest hotline number 1800 084 881 to report it immediately if found anywhere, whether it be a backyard, nursery or in bushland.
  • Prevent the spread of the rust by taking precautions listed in the attached flyer, Preventing the Spread of Myrtle Rust in bushland. This is most important if you are visiting multiple sites, and especially if you visit any bushland on the Central Coast. Please make it a habit to wash all your clothing, including hats and gloves, after visiting any bushland before going to another site. Pay attention to tools, boots and tool pouches using a 70% solution of methylated spirits. Of course for many of you that just work a single site there is little risk, and at this point in time it has not been found in bushland in Northern Sydney, but then the spread of this disease has been by people in the time between infection and detection.
  • If you wish to go one step further we need people to actually report an absence of rust across out bushland areas, by looking for it, and if not finding it then reporting that on the attached survey sheet. That way we know which areas people have been looking for it and which areas need to be checked.

For more information there are two web sites you should be aware of lots of information and plenty to download:

For regular weekly updates I would strongly suggest subscribing to the Myrtle Rust Campaign mailing list and hitting the "Subscribe" button.

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