Not under australian rules 15.4. Length of courses will be given as following the shortest sensible route choice from the start via the controls to the finish following permissible tracks/roads or open areas mapped as item 401 'Open Land'.
Riding off the track or trail (except across open areas mapped as item 401 ‘Open Land’) is disallowed. Any variation to this, as agreed with the event controller, must
be specifically advised by the event organiser. Planners should design courses so as to minimise any benefit gained from infringement of this rule. The penalty for
breaking this rule is disqualification from the event.