Though not always known as the Australian 3-Days, the carnival began as a national Easter competition and continues by tradition on this public holiday weekend, according to a history of the event written by David Hogg, to be featured in the March issue of Australian Orienteer magazine.
The first Easter 3-Days was organised by Sydney club Kareelah Orienteers and held in the Royal National Park south of Sydney. South Australia hosted the first 3-Days outside the eastern states in 1981, at Wirrabara.
This year South Australian orienteers are looking forward to hosting and welcoming the many orienteers, their families and supporters from interstate and overseas, including former world champions to keep us on our toes.
With competitions taking place in and around the Adelaide Hills, Monarto and Murraylands region, the four-day program includes a World Ranking Sprint Prologue and four National Orienteering League races for elite classes.
Competitors aged from under-10 to 90+ will compete on a range of courses, experiencing the same maps and terrain as our national team representatives, while the Sledge ‘slowdown’ for those who prefer a more creative approach to orienteering attracts some fabulous fancy-dress outfits.
There will be a Family Teams Event on Good Friday and KID-O orienteering for children aged 0-7 will be offered throughout the carnival.
Carnival Director Jenny Casanova is pleased to offer our visitors “an exciting and enjoyable series of high-quality races with magnificent landscapes and complex terrain”.
“We are appreciative of donations that allow us to provide volunteers with t-shirts, immediately identifying them as carnival officials so that all our visitors can know who to approach for assistance. Thanks also to Orienteering Australia’s Moira Whiteside Bequest, arena services will be provided by Living It Live to enhance the competition experience in the arena and online for those following from afar.”
The Australian 3-Days Orienteering Carnival has been supported by a donation from the Government of South Australia.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: 3RD MARCH 2024
Here’s the lineup:
29th March – Heathfield High School: Elite Prologue, WRE, NOL, Public Sprints
30th March – Pymton (Rockleigh): Middle Distance, WRE, NOL Event
31st March – Ngaralta Country: Long Distance, NOL Event
1st April – Narrinyeri Hills: Relay Length, NOL Event
- All the events, camping and merchandise can be booked via Eventor through this link.
- Orders for carnival tops and merchandise close on 16 February.
- Communal camping for tents and trailers is available at Monarto Sporting Complex – limited spots so get in soon.
Be a part of our 50th anniversary celebration – don’t forget to enter!