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Event information: Newcastle Orienteers Hunter Valley Championships

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Map:: Partly a new area -"Wallaroo - Waterholes" 1:10 000 (Part of Wallaroo S.F.)

From Newcastle/Sydney: Take the A1 Pacific Highway north from Hexham, proceeding straight ahead at the large roundabout at Heatherbrae. Approx. 15.6 km from this roundabout, turn left into Nine Mile Creek Road. (This turn is immediately before the large, overhead messaging sign.) Turn immediately LEFT, then drive a further 650 m, marvelling at what used to be the Pacific Highway, before watching for parking. (See map.)
From the west, via Seaham: Use either Seaham Road or Clarence Town Road to get to Seaham. From Seaham, take East Seaham Road over the river, proceed 3.1 km and turn right into Italia Road. Travel to the end and turn left onto the A1 Pacific Highway. Approx. 1.8 km from this intersection, turn left into Nine Mile Creek Road. (This turn is immediately before the large, overhead messaging sign.) Turn immediately LEFT, then drive a further 650 m, marvelling at what used to be the Pacific Highway, before watching for parking. (See map.)
From the north: The turnoff (right) into Nine Mile Creek Road is 500 m after the Medowie Road – Williamtown intersection. Turn immediately LEFT, then drive a further 650 m, marvelling at what used to be the Pacific Highway, before watching for parking. (See map.)
See map below. Early helpers and officials may find space on the northern side of Nine Mile Rd. Turn at the first track junction and come back to park on the left. (As far off as possible)
Some cars may be able to use an open area at the end of the sealed road. A grassy section under the power line may be suitable for 4WD types. This area "b" can be very badly affected by wet weather.
Park where there is room, and where it is safe beside the sealed road.

COORDINATES: -32.675184, 151.823753
The area to be used includes the western section of the previous "Hamburger Trail" map, with an extension to the north where Nine Mile Creek will form the boundary. The new area is basically flat, but contains small and large waterholes formed by prior alignments or overflows of the creek. These features are interspersed among large areas of slow run tea-tree and burnt woody vegetation which has not yet fully fallen to the ground.
Planner: Denis Lyons
Vetter: David Kitchener
Being the Hunter Valley Championships, INDIVIDUALS may compete in age classes.
(a) look for your age class, and enter the course for that class, or
(b) select a class for which you are eligible on the course you wish to complete.
You do not have to be part of the championship class competition. Just enter your normal course.



Very easy



Follows tracks.



Controls not far from tracks. BUT, you need to know where you are along the track, before turning off. You need to be able to recognise and follow a watercourse.
Moderate short



Moderate cross-country navigation.
Moderate long



Moderate cross-country navigation.
Hard short


M(50-59)AS, M60A,

Difficult navigation.
Harm medium



Difficult navigation.
Hard long


OpenA, M40+A

Difficult navigation.
START is 190 m from registration. Follow streamers 50 m to east, then 140 m north along a track.
Entry Fees
Safety bearing is SE to Nine Mile Creek Road/Pacific Highway.
Trail bikes and 4WD vehicles are active in the area. Listen for their approach KEEP OUT OF THEIR WAY by moving off tracks. It is safest to assume that they have not seen you.
Be aware of the presence of leaning or damaged trees, resulting from past storms and bushfire.

Although dry conditions are expected to continue, be aware that the Nine Mile Creek is at risk of flash flooding in the event of heavy rain. Never enter flooded creeks.

Drivers please exercise care at the Nine Mile Creek Road – Pacific Highway intersection when leaving. Remember it’s a dual carriageway!
Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm. Please ensure you start your course with enough time to complete it prior to course closure
There are many coloured streamers (usually attached by a Peg) in the bush marking trails for the "dog trials" club. Ignore them.
Tree-root mounds should be accurate in the new area (north-eastern side of Nine Mile Road). HOWEVER, there may still be others that have not been found in field checks for this event.

There are currently some signs advising of "RESTRICTED AREA, KEEP OUT, VIDEO SURVEILLANCE" associated with coal seam gas drilling. This work has now moved out of the area, so IGNORE the signs.

This information is correct at the time of publication. However, we do not have a guarantee that the drilling rig will not recommence operations prior to this event. This may result in some modifications to the structure and length of the two longest courses. Please check the information board at the event for final details.

General information
Name Newcastle Orienteers Hunter Valley Championships
Organiser Newcastle Orienteering Club
State Orienteering NSW
Status completed
Date Sunday 9 September 2018 at 9:00 - 11:30 EST
Event form individual
Event classification Local event
Race distance middle
Time of event day
Discipline FootO
Punching system manual punching
Class information
Open A Hard Long, Hard Medium, Hard Short, Moderate Long, Moderate Short, Easy, Very Easy, MOpenA, M40A, M19-49AS, M50A, M18A, M50-59AS, M60A, M14A, M12A, WOpenA, W40A, W18A, W19-49AS, W14A, W12A, W50-59AS, W50A, W60A, W70A, M70A, M19-49AX
Open B MOpenB, M18B, WOpenB, W18B
Contact details and main officials
Website http://www.newcastleorienteering.asn.au/
Contact person Andrew Power
Contact phone number 0400 301 579
Course planner Denis Lyons
Event controller David Kitchener

Start times


Entry is closed.

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Location of the event

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