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Welcome to the Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Website

Yarra Val­ley Ori­en­teer­ing Club is a Mel­bourne club of Ori­en­teer­ing Vic­to­ria based in the north-east of Mel­bourne.

  • Our main inter­est is bush ori­en­teer­ing, both foot and moun­tain bike, and also street orienteering
  • We offer coach­ing for begin­ners to bush ori­en­teer­ing — Con­tact us
  • Would you like to join the club? — How to join

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Sprint-O: Ruffey Lake Park

SprintYarra Valley is organising Race 2 of the “Sprint Into Spring” series for 2014, to be held on Saturday October 25th.  It will be on a new, detailed map of Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster with start times between 2pm and ...

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Victorian Championships at Kooyoora

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Peter Lada

Kooyoora State Park near Inglewood was the site for the 1985 World Orienteering Championships and it is always a challenge, no matter how many times you run (or walk) there.  On August 30-31, the Victorian Championships for Middle ...

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Plenty Gorge, Yarrambat – 24 August

Conditions were ideal for YVOC's last MelBush-O event for 2014 held in the northern part of Plenty Gorge Park, on a new map.  It was cool but not wet, so the crossing points on Plenty River were generally easily navigated, although the rapids were still challenging for some people.  Course-setter Tim Wardrop set interesting ...

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Pound Bend, Warrandyte – July 13th

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Pound Bend - finish control

Over 150 people came to Yarra Valley's MelBush-O event at Pound Bend in Warrandyte on Sunday July 13th.   This was the first time orienteering had been held at Pound Bend, and its proximity to Melbourne brought a ...

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Spring Gully state series event, 29 June

Yarra Valley organised Dingo farm Finish State Series event 8 at Spring Gully (south of Chewton) using part of the Wattle Gully map, which was first used for the World Championships relay event in 1985.  It is still a tricky area, with lots of remnant gold-mining terrain, spurs and ...

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Alex Tarr is 2014 Club Champion

Despite the Melbourne weather, the YV championship was run in fine weather at Irishtown, just south of Castlemaine on Sunday May 4th, as part of the State Series foot orienteering event. As in past years, a ‘reverse handicap’ factor was allocated to each age class, comparing the winning kilometre rate of that class with ...

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MelBush-O events 2014

Ted van G in action

Ted van Geldermalsen in action

The first event of the MelBush-O series was held at Woodlands Park near Melbourne Airport on 27 April.  The longest course (7.2km) was won by Yarra Valley's Ted van Geldermalsen who had just returned ...

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Club members go to Mudgee, NSW for Easter competition

27 club members took part in the Easter competition in magnificent terrain near Mudgee.  This year, Alex Tarr could compete in M70 because he did not make the map.  He showed his orienteering skills by winning the class by the huge margin of 7 minutes.  Tim Dent came second.  Other champion club members were ...

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2014 YVOC Club Championship

This year’s YVOC Club Cham­pion will be decided at the Bay­side O Club’s “Irish­town” state series event on Sun­day May 4th.  As always, it is a hand­i­cap for­mat based on gen­der and age class, so any­one who has a good run on the day will be in with a chance. Event details and directions:  http://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/1339

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Successful event at Eldorado

Yarra Valley organised the second day in a weekend of high class orienteering in north-east Victoria in March.  Two club members Russell Bulman and Ted van Geldermalsen set challenging courses in the rocks of Kangaroo Crossing.

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