Orienteering Queensland (OQ) is the state body responsible for the organisation and promotion of orienteering throughout Queensland. It is a sport of cross country navigation and it takes place in the bush as well as urban settings such as parks, university campuses and other open spaces, using specialised orienteering maps. Mountain bike orienteering makes use of forests with extensive track networks with introductory events taking place in more urban settings.

This website is designed to provide information for members and visitors about orienteering in Queensland.

There are also a number of youtube videos that will provide beginners with useful information.

Orienteering Australia put together a collection of instructional video's a few years back that are worth having a look at.Click here.

Also check out the following British Guide for Newcomers.

Also,this Orienteering for Beginners is good for kids to watch. Some of the terminology is differentt , but the principles are the same.

History of Orienteering

Orienteering originated in Scandinavia, as a military exercise in the 19th Century. The competitive sport began in Sweden in 1919. It gained popularity with the development of more reliable compasses in the 1930s, and became an international phenomenon in the 1960s with its theme of an open-air competition and environmental awareness.

Today, more than 63 difference national orienteering federations are registered with the International Orienteering Federation (IOF), from every habitable continent. World championships are held annually (bi-annually before 2002), and orienteering is a sport in the World Games. The sport is dominated by the Nordic nations and Switzerland.

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