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The Canberra Cockatoos represent the ACT in the National Orienteering League. Pictured above are members of the 2016 Senior and Junior Men's and Women's Teams, after the Australian Championships in Stanthorpe Queensland.

National Orienteering League

The National Orienteering League is Australia's premier orienteering competition. The League is primarily a teams’ competition: each State fields teams of at least three men and three women in a number of stages (a total of 14-18 per season). In addition, there is a points competition, the National Series, for individual glory.

The competitions are similar to the Tour de France in that the teams’ competition is based on the placings of team members in stages. However, rather than all the stages being conducted consecutively, the stages are spread throughout the year in rounds of events (4 to 5 rounds per year).

Competition Format

There are four divisions of the National League and of the National Orienteering Series:

  • Senior Men
  • Senior Women
  • Junior Men
  • Junior Women

Except for Relays, National League points are awarded on the basis of the fastest times for the first three competitors  from each team in each division of each stage of the National Series. Relay points are awarded on the basis of first team to finish for each State team.

The seven teams in the competition are: Canberra Cockatoos, NSW Stingers, Queensland Cyclones, Southern Arrows, Tassie Foresters, Victorian Nuggets and the Western Nomads.

Orienteering Resumes and Cockatoos win

Thursday, 6 October 2016

After a break during which many members traveled to Queensland for the national orienteering carnival, orienteering in the ACT resumes. All are welcome – just turn up, no need to book ahead.

Monday 10 October: Street Orienteering at Weston–Holder from 6pm

Wednesday 12 October: Runners Shop Summer Twilight orienteering at The Pinnacle, Weetangera from 5pm. Also includes Map Mates welcome.

Season Passes for the Wednesday Twilight series can be purchased at Eventor or at the event on Wednesday. You must be a member. 2017 memberships are now available.

Thursday 13th October : Registrations close for SC-ORE. This Thursday morning before school mini comp starts Oct 20th .  See SC-ORE logo on the left of this webpage.  

Registrations for the OACT Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships on weekend of 22-23 October are now open at Eventor.


Australian Championships Carnival in Queensland – Outstanding performance by Canberra Cockatoos

Congratulations to the 95-plus OACT members who took part in the carnival.

At the carnival, the Canberra Cockatoos competed in the final round of the National Orienteering League team for 2016 and they did well.

The Cockatoos Men’s Team came first on the NOL competition – just ahead of Victoria’s Nuggets.

The Cockatoos Women’s Team came second, moving up from 5th place before the carnival.


Also as previously noted, the OACT Schools Team came FIRST in their competition.


Congratulations and Good Work to all!!

Cockatoos News
Orienteering Resumes and Cockatoos win Thursday, 6 October 2016 Orienteering Resumes and Cockatoos win
Canberra Cockatoos Enjoy Success At Season’s End Sunday, 4 October 2015 Canberra Cockatoos wrapped up their 2015 National League season with successes in both the Senior Men’s team and individual competitions
Senior Men Canberra Cockatoos Best Results in AUS 3-Days Prologue Friday, 3 April 2015 The Canberra Cockatoos senior men’s team filled three of the top five placings in the 2015 AUS 3-Days Prologue
Canberra Cockatoos Among Finalists for ACT SportStar Awards Monday, 20 October 2014 The Canberra Cockatoos team and coach Grant McDonald are among those named as finalists for the 2014 The Tradies ACT SportStar of the Year Annual awards
Canberra Cockatoos Win Men’s National League on Mixed Day for ACT Orienteers Monday, 6 October 2014 The Canberra Cockatoos men’s team clinched the 2014 National League competition