Hundreds of people plot the best course during an orienteering race in Eugowra | Forbes Lawyer

Orienteers from across the state traveled to Eugowra over the weekend to compete in the NSW State Orienteering Championships.

The event, which was originally scheduled to take place last year, saw participants navigating the quarry courses at their leisure, 5km west of Eugowra on the Escort Way.

Orienteering is a sport in which you navigate a course at your leisure using a special map and compass, visiting marked checkpoints along the way.

Rod Eckels of Garingal Orienteers said he saw around 370 participants register for the two-day event from across the country, including NSW, Tasmania, Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

Mr. Eckels said he was pleased with the turnout that had been helped by orientation events in the region the previous week.

Locals were invited to join in and try out some of the shorter classes on Sunday, with around 14 people coming from Forbes and Eugowra.

Mr Eckels said local turnout was good, although Sunday morning rain may have discouraged some people from participating.

Orienteering is open to all ages, with participants aged up to 85 taking part in the weekend event.

There are regular Orienteering events hosted by Orienteering Clubs across the state throughout the year.

For more information on orienteering and where to find the nearest club, visit

Dino J. Dotson