The Sunshine Orienteers Club Inc. is a not for profit, orienteering club based on the Sunshine Coast.
Who are Sunshine Orienteers?
We are affiliated with Orienteering Queensland. The area we encompass includes land between Bribie Island/Caboolture up to Noosa and out to Kilcoy.
Due to the nature of the terrain on the Sunshine Coast, and our current membership dynamic, we predominately run Mountain Bike Orienteering events. However, we are increasingly offering Foot events run by club members. These include many family friendly events in located in suburban parks. Our competitive events are in places like Beerburrum or Tewantin Forest, Sunshine Coast University, or in some of the council parks around our region..
As a member of Sunshine Orienteers, you can compete in any Foot O, MTBO or other events, organised by any orienteering club.
What is Orienteering?
Orienteering is a sport, which combines outdoor adventure with map reading and navigational skills. It involves navigating though the bush, parks or streets with the aid of a specially produced map and orienteering compass, with the aim being to locate checkpoints (controls) on various natural and man-made features along the way, such as a boulder, track junction, bench seat or street lamp. Controls are generally represented by distinctive orange and white flags.
The skill in orienteering is in choosing the best route between controls, perhaps over a hill or a longer route which goes round it. It is this stimulating mental challenge as well as the physical activity that makes orienteering so popular. Each event may have a number of courses of differing lengths and levels of difficulty occurring at the same time.
There are different types of events that you can do on foot, on a bike, in a kayak or on skis.
What is Mountain Bike Orienteering
Bike Orienteering is, orienteering on a bike! It combines trail riding and navigation, using specially prepared maps, riders navigate along a network of tracks to checkpoints (controls). Each rider decides for themselves, the route they will take to visit each control in turn. The person who completes the course the quickest is the winner. You can be as competitive or as social as you like, with riders of all ages able to participate.
Orienteering is traditionally an individual sport but participation with a partner or in small groups is encouraged, particularly families. Course lengths vary from around 5 to 40km. Each event will have a number of courses, so you choose one to suit your level of ability. Terrain varies from predominantly flat pine forest to undulating natives forest.