We've missed you...

We're back - with Covid-Safe Alternatives

Thanks to the many folks that have been in touch to see what's happening with our Suburban Adventure Racing Series. We were unable to provide a series before Christmas as it would certainly have violated Government Regulations. Even now, it's still unwise to bring large numbers of people together and to run the social activities (such as the very popular sausage sizzle). on to see what's proposed for this year and some other alternatives for outdoor navigation activities.

2021 Suburban Adventure Racing

There will be a series of events for the remainder of this season - and most likely through Autumn as well. These events will generally be "self-service" and will run as follows:

  • Each Sunday evening, we will publish a PDF version of a map with courses to suit all levels of fitness and navigation skills. The courses provided will be a mix of score, line and scatter events.
  • You print one or more the map(s) - on A4 paper.
  • At the same time, we'll publish the courses available on the MapRun Website - MapRun is a smartphone application that tracks you as you move around a course. The scores and track recordings provided by MapRun are very impressive (see the isogaine site for details).
  • Officially, the course will stay open for one week - you (or your mob/pack/patrol/troop or family) can take part on the day/night that suits you best. We'll publish a report and official scores on the following Sunday evening. Unofficially, the courses will stay open until we choose to close them - so they can be used by individuals and Scout Groups that want to use them.
  • There will be practice maps/courses that you can use - to check that your MapRun App is working correctly and you know how to use it.
Sadly, we are unable to provide the coaching that was a feature of previous years. Instead, we will provide leaders/parents with a series of pages that explain the key skills for each age group - and games/activities that can be used to learn and practise these skills. These are under construction at the moment.

Victorians have performed amazingly over the last 10-11 months and for this, we are all grateful. With luck and a well managed vaccination program, we hope to return to more normal service in time for our next season.
Practise Courses - Available Now!

During lockdown, we joined and extended many of our maps; as a result, we can now offer longer courses for those wanting more than a one hour walk/run.  We called these isoGaines.

Each isogaine provides an A3 map and 80-90 controls. While it might take around 50 km to do all controls, you don't have to do this much. 
  • Walkers/runners - get a maximum of 6 hours
  • Bike riders - get 5 hours (many riders will easily do 50 km in this time)
The isogaines and supporting material can be found at This site tells you about MapRun, the type of maps that we use and the courses available.

To get a copy of the map, download the PDF onto a USB stick and take it to Officeworks. They will print it on A3 heavier paper (say 200-220 gsm) for less than $2. Where else can you get 5-6 hours of entertainment for less than $2?
Our Event Fixture - Feb/March 2021
Proposed Location Suburb
3-Feb Blacks Walk Blackburn
10-Feb Wattle Park Box Hill South
17-Feb Mahoneys Reserve Forest Hill
24-Feb Westerfolds Park Templestowe
3-Mar Jells Park Glen Waverley
10-Mar Somers Reserve Heatherdale
17-Mar Ferndale Park Glen Iris
24-Mar Ruffey Lake Doncaster
31-Mar Napier Reserve Glen Waverley

Other Navigational Activities

For those that need more than one navigation/running fix per week,
we offer the following suggestions. 


CBD Gaine

The CBD-Gaine (the best event of the year according to many) is scheduled for the end of February. This 4 hour event starts near the city and takes you to a series of interesting/historical locations in and around the CBD.

Entries will open soon - get in quick - numbers will be limited this year.

Watch the CBD-Gaine Home Page for more details


Virtual Rogaine - Dandenong Ranges

A permanent rogaine course that uses the map from the Dandenongs Rogaine. Ideal as a weekend activity, this challenging rogaine provides a great navigational planning exercise followed by a challenging physical activity. This event has the added advantage that you can compare your performance to the results achieved by others.

See the VRA's Virtual Rogaine Page for more information


Street Orienteering

Orienteering Victoria provide a series of one hour walks/runs right through the daylight saving period. Currently, there are events held from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Mondays (Southern suburbs), Tuesday (Western Suburbs), Wednesday (Eastern Suburbs) and Thursday (Northern Suburbs).

For more information see StreetO Central or the OV Park and Street Page.


Scout Leaders

We provide a series of events and activities that allows you to train youth members at all levels in the skills appropriate for their age-group. As time progresses, we hope to build a website that provides a comprehensive series of navigational training exercises for young children....such as:

Spatial awareness games and activities for Joeys
Map reading and simple treasure hunts for Cubs 
Navigational/fitness exercises for Scouts/Venturers

There is a possibility that we could run 1-2 training days for Leaders/Parents - to review training methods and show them how to use MapRun. If interested, please get in touch and we'll see what's possible.
Your feedback on our site/activities is much appreciated. If you can send a few pictures, a few lines about your participation and/or suggested additions/improvements, we would be very grateful.

We need your help

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think might be interested in this activity.

Our series continues - right through to the end of daylight saving; it provides a great way to enjoy Melbourne's parks and gardens - whether you walk, run, push a pram or walk the dog.

Check out our Coming Events Page to see if there's an event near you.

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