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SummerGong 2018

Wollongong Botanic Gardens

Come and explore the Wollongong Botanic Gardens for SummerGong 1










IKOs annual SummerGong Series is almost here!

This years series has been dubbed the ‘Explorer Series’ and will use a ‘treasure hunt’ question and answer format. Courses on offer are Long 6km, Medium 4km and a free Short course for kids 1-2km (under 12’s to be accompanied by an adult).


#1    Sunday 4 February, Keiraville (Botanic Gardens & Wollongong Uni) 10-11.30am

#2    Sunday 11 February, Bulli 10-11.30am

#3    Sunday 18 February, Balgownie 10-11.30am

#4    Sunday 25 February, Lake Illawarra 10-11.30am

Invite your friends, your family, and your workmates to come along and try orienteering.  Hope to see you there.

Last events of the year

Darling Point views to Double Bay

I hope everyone can join us for the last two events of the year.

This weekend (Sunday 3rd December) IKO is organising a Southern Sydney Summer Series event at Double Bay. Organiser Margaret Duguid is promising mesmerising harbour views, and interesting streets and laneways of Potts Point and Kings Cross to explore.  Sounds like a great way to spend a summer afternoon.

On Saturday 9th December it is our club christmas party !  Come along for a laid-back afternoon of orienteering around Kiama Downs, the home territory of the Jays and the Greens.  We’ll share our great scenery and coastal views, and if the weather is good there is time for a cool off at the beach or the Minnamurra River.  Margaret and Keith are kindly hosting a Christmas dinner for the club – bring along some Christmas food for the buffet.

Full details of events on Eventor.

View of Jones Beach from the start of the Christmas event

State League 10/11 and Schools Championships

Its not long to go now until our biggest event of the year which features the lovely bushland setting at Cataract Scout Camp, and what promises to be some fun and challenging sprints through the University of Wollongong campus.

Get your entries in NOW because entries for both events close on Monday 14th August.

School age children need to enter via TryBooking     Everyone else can enter via Eventor.

IKO club members are welcome to participate and are being offered free entry in return for assistance on the day.

For those coming from Sydney or other regional areas please COME and STAY !  Not at our place, sorry, but Destination Wollongong are sponsoring this event so please take the opportunity to see what Wollongong has to offer. For information see Visit Wollongong or call 1800 240 737.  Special accommodation deals for the weekend can be booked HERE.

Enjoy the weekend!

Come and explore Blackbutt Forest

Blackbutt Forest Reserve in Shellharbour is the venue for our next orienteering event on Saturday 6 May.  The reserve consists of 100 hectares of remnant coastal forest including Illawarra lowland grassy woodland and Blackbutt forest.  The forest was the traditional home of the Wodi Wodi people who lived off the many plants and animals in the forest.  Although there was a small amount of timber cutting from the forest, it was saved from widespread clearing for agriculture as it was isolated from the harbour and Shellharbour village by swampland.  The Reserve was given to the Shellharbour community by the NSW Government in 1979.

You can read more about the history and ecology of the reserve in a great little booklet by Shellharbour Council.  Go to the Parks and Reserves page and download the PDF from the right hand column.

For those coming to the event, be aware that it is also ‘Wings over the Illawarra’ at the Illawarra Regional Airport not far from the forest.  If you’d like to combine your orienteering with a visit to the air show you can find more information HERE.

Venue – Blackbutt Forest Reserve, Shellharbour – enter via Blackbutt Way.
Directions – from Shellharbour Road, turn into Woodlands Drive, then at the T intersection, turn left into Blackbutt Way and follow into reserve, up the hill to the car park.
Starts from 2-3pm.
Courses: Medium and Long line courses ($10) and a free short kids course (under 12 to be accompanied by an adult)
Runners, joggers & walkers are all welcome. Beginners are always welcome at our events, and there are always club members on hand to provide some basic coaching. You can go by yourself or as part of a group.

Get ready for SummerGong 2017

Salme Fuller punches the start control at SummerGong 1 in Stuart Park

Its almost here – that time of the year when we emerge from our post-Christmas slumber, dust off the O-gear and stretch our legs and our minds with some easy orienteering around the scenic parks and coast of Wollongong.

Now in its fourth year, SummerGong is a 4 week series of events designed to introduce the sport of orienteering to the Illawarra while providing the opportunity for some friendly competition amongst more experienced orienteers.

The series kicks off on Sunday February 5 at Lang Park Wollongong and runs over four consecutive weekends in February. Subsequent events are scheduled for Thirroul, Fairy Meadow and South Wollongong.  All events are held on Sunday morning with starts available between 10:00am and 11:30am.

See the following link for more details.   Hope to see you there!

Summergong17 Flyer