Orienteering and rogaining are competitive sports that involve navigating from point to point. Participants may move through parks, off established routes, for defined periods (up to 48 hours). For this reason, these activities must be managed to minimise their potential impacts on park values and to ensure the safety of participants and other park visitors.
All sporting events in national parks require consent under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2019 (NPW Regulation) and must be consistent with the park’s plan of management.
- Orienteering and rogaining events will be considered favourably as an appropriate use of selected parts of most national parks, regional parks and state conservation areas.
- To hold an orienteering or rogaining event in a park, you need written consent from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
- An orienteering and rogaining event must have:
- an identifiable, accountable and appropriately insured organiser (whether an individual, group or association)
- an identified route or area of operation
- a defined timeframe (for instance, a half-day, a day or a weekend).
- Orienteering and rogaining events are not permitted in wilderness areas, nature reserves, Aboriginal areas and historic sites, because of the specific management principles and conservation requirements of these reserves.