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Discussion: Suggestions for Western Australia trip

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Sep 28, 2018 12:19 AM # 
My wife Heidi and I are traveling to Perth and driving around Western Australia from Dec. 14-Jan. 11. We haven't found any rogaining or orienteering events listed for this time period (just a few trail races). Does anyone have suggestions? Maybe we missed some local event listings.

Bill Cusworth
Santa Rosa, CA USA
Sep 28, 2018 12:45 AM # 
There might be a street orienteering event or two, but it’s possible that you’ve hit the Christmas break in the calendar perfectly. I don’t think Orienteering WA have published the details for their Metro Series yet.
There won’t be any bush orienteering - too hot at that time of year.
Sep 28, 2018 12:49 AM # 
Our street series will be published on Eventor and the WA Orienteering website in the next few weeks. Permissions are still being gained although Fletch is right, there will be a break around the time you're here (you might just sneak in the Christmas novelty event (presumably) on Dec 16) and my event in Huntingdale is on Jan 12 :-(

There are no rogaines in Dec or Jan.
Sep 28, 2018 2:32 AM # 
Albany on the south coast won't have any events then either, whilst it's cooler than 400ks north in Perth it's too hot to be running through the forest, and the likelihood of stepping on a tiger snake in the bush in Albany is too high!!! But if you do come this way, get in touch and I can give you a copy of the sprint map of the town centre, the historic forts / ANZAC precinct and so forth.
Sep 28, 2018 3:14 AM # 
If you want a cruisy loop around the sights of Frenantle, there is a ‘phot-O’ permanent course.
Sep 28, 2018 3:15 AM # 
There’s also a few other permanent courses available here:
Sep 28, 2018 3:17 AM # 
If you come up to Geraldton I could set you your very own sprint course... or give you a metro score course around my local suburb, but I wouldn’t drive 400+ km just for that experience!
Sep 28, 2018 5:58 AM # 
Feel free to use < has over 300 courses available to use around Perth so you should be able to get your navigational fix if you cant find an official event.
Sep 28, 2018 6:06 AM # 
Make sure you bring a southern hemisphere GPS.
Sep 29, 2018 7:35 AM # 
Thanks for the all the suggestions! This will definitely help in the trip planning. Suburbrun looks like a very interesting concept.
Sep 29, 2018 11:21 AM # 
Thanks Bill - happy to set up a course near you if you want to try it out before you come! Only thing is number will be in KM's not Miles as haven't done that bit of work yet :)
Sep 29, 2018 12:00 PM # 
Orienteering is actually one of the few places where the metric system has infiltrated the USA. Along with bottles of soda.
Sep 30, 2018 1:27 AM # 
What is soda?
Sep 30, 2018 2:18 AM # 
Sep 30, 2018 2:39 AM # 
Calling a carbonated drink "Coke" is stupid. It's like calling a vacuum machine a Hoover.

Mind you we have several names for carbonated drinks in Aus too. I call it soft drink. The stuff that comes out of the SodaStream is referred to in our family as spicy water (thank you nieces and nephews for that innovation).
Sep 30, 2018 2:50 AM # 
Actually, in the part of the country where I grew up, it was called "tonic". But nobody says that any more. I would have said "carbonated beverages", but that might sound like it includes beer, which is sold in bottles measured in ounces. The only common metric bottles are 2-liter (and yeah, we can't even spell it right).
Sep 30, 2018 11:40 AM # 
There is a street event in Perth (Metro series) on January 5. The full program will be confirmed and put on eventor soon. As others have said unfortunately you are coming when we have a few weeks break over Christmas.
Sep 30, 2018 11:30 PM # 
And it's hot
Oct 2, 2018 5:12 AM # 
Delay your trip till Easter next year? National Carnival.
Oct 2, 2018 5:25 AM # 
We could just bring the carnival forward a few months. No big deal.
Oct 2, 2018 8:01 AM # 
Yes, it will be hot. Come in April when our national championships carnival will be on :-)
Oct 2, 2018 3:02 PM # 
Simmo, now you've got my attention :-) General locations / radii from Perth?
Don't worry - just found the details on OAWA site.
Oct 2, 2018 11:28 PM # 
Be great to have you come down for the carnival Bill
Oct 3, 2018 1:22 AM # 
Hi Bill, yes would be great to see you and bill3. Hopefully Walk is coming too, Lyn has friends in Narrogin.
Oct 3, 2018 3:00 PM # 
:-) fond memories of Dryandra!
Oct 3, 2018 11:39 PM # 
I'd love to come to the National Carnival but unfortunately, I have to take my vacation when classes are not in session (I work at a community college).
Oct 5, 2018 9:52 PM # 
We'll hope to see you at one of our street events in Dec/Jan then. There will be a novelty event on the weekend before Xmas - watch our website for details.
Oct 6, 2018 1:30 AM # 
Actually if you want to get technical it's the weekend before the weekend before Christmas.

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