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Bush orienteering in Appin

Georges River at Appin

Our next event is approaching fast on Sunday 3 September. Yes, what every outdoor-loving Dad wants for Father’s Day this year is a trip to Appin to enjoy some scenic bushland along the Georges River.

This event is perfect for families and those looking for an easy introduction to bush orienteering. Georges River is a delight, and as this is prime koala habitat you might even spot a furry local if you are lucky.

IKO is hosting this event on behalf of Southern Highlands Orienteers as part of their annual Highland Forest Series. More information and entry here Highlands Forest Series #5 – Appin

After the event you can treat Dad to a pie from the Appin Bakery or a meal at the Appin Pub (both highly recommended).

New map debut – Shell Cove

Our next local event is on Saturday 12 August on our brand new map at Shell Cove. Come and explore the Hamptons of the Illawarra! OK, so I just made that bit up, but if you like water views and coastal real estate then this map should keep you happy.

The highly anticipated Shell Cove Marina is a brand new residential and marina development in Shellharbour. Away from the waterfront there’s lots of little pocket parks and wetlands to explore. Our starting point is a lovely playground a short walk from the marina complex.

There are 3 courses on offer – short, medium and long – and all provide a good mix of marina and parkland scenery. Our map maker has been hard at work perfecting the new map. Its quite complex and there are lots of pathways and tracks so please be gentle with us if you find something missing!

Afterwards we can retire to the Waterfront Tavern for drinks and dinner so please let me know if you’d like to join us (RSVP Dayle 0422 866 853)

Further information is available on Eventor.

Next club event on Saturday 15 July 2023

Get ready for the next club event at South Cronulla on Saturday 15 July. Enjoy the views as you run around the peninsular – if you are lucky you might even see a whale or two. The assembly area is in Gunnamatta Park, Nicholson Parade, Cronulla. Starts are from 2.00 – 3.00pm. See Eventor for details. Pre-entry via Eventor is encouraged. Newcomers are always welcome and there will be someone available to help you on your way.

Metro League #3 – Sunday 25th June

IKO are organising the next Metro League interclub event at Yerambah Lagoon, Picnic Point on Sunday morning 25th June. All members are encouraged to attend. Anyone volunteering to help out on the day will be able to enter the event and run on the day, but you need to pre-enter and let our Club Captain James Stuart know. See below. Entries close at Midnight 24th June.

IKO-SHOO Metro League teams 2017

IKO and Southern Highlands Occasional Orienteers join forces to form teams that run in 5 Divisions – 1,3,4,5 and 6. (1- 3 are hard courses, 5&6 are moderate). New members are especially welcome to come along and find out what it’s all about. If you would like to run in a team contact our Club Captain James Stuart at Otherwise turn up and compete in one of enter on the day courses that will be available. For event details and to enter go to

Gwynneville event coming up on Saturday 13 May

The next local IKO event will be on Saturday 13 May at Gwynneville in Wollongong. Starts are from 2-3pm. If you haven’t run on the Gwynneville map you will be pleasantly surprised – it is a hidden gem. Newcomers are very welcome and club members will be on hand to provide guidance. For details on the event go to .

Run down on State League # 3 event at Belanglo 29 April 2023

Despite continuous rain throughout the day 90% of competitors who had pre-entered the NSW State League #3 event turned up to run in the middle distance event in the Belanglo State Forest organised by IKO. The courses, complete with spectator control, were set by Ken Mills who also took on the task of turning on all 45 controls prior to the 12 noon start. The shorter courses were set in the native forest with its distinctive rock features, whilst the longer courses also included some legs in the pine forest. In spite of being soaked to the skin there were few complaints from the runners at the finish – apart from those of us who had difficulty locating the termite mounds which were now grey rather than their usual red-brown colour. Check out photos on our Facebook page. Results are available from With club members pitching in to pick up controls and pack up some very wet gear after the event we were soon negotiating the, by now, very slippery dirt road out to the highway and a welcome dinner at the Sutton Forest Inn. The following day  David and Vicki were kept busy drying off all the wet gear.