With the event centre in Hobart you can orienteer in the morning and explore in the afternoon – or simply relax and enjoy the view.
The Prologue and the Australian 3 Days together make the nation’s premier multi-day orienteering carnival offering four events over four days.
Traditionally held over Easter the carnival rotates between the states. Orienteering Tasmania is the proud host in 2018. It provides us with an opportunity to showcase our state and to give Tasmanians a chance to experience the atmosphere of a national carnival.
Held on Good Friday the Prologue is a fast and furious Sprint Event with winners taking from 12 minutes including finding up to 30 controls.
Making quick decisions, running fast and avoiding mistakes are crucial in a race where places are determined by seconds.
For the elites the Prologue is actually the first of four days of intense racing with the Prologue and the Australian 3 Days forming one competition. Places are determined by overall cumulative times.
However, for the public, the Prologue is a separate event from the Australian 3 Days. It’s an opportunity to warm up for the next three days or a chance to have a taste of a national carnival if you have other plans for the rest of Easter.
Sprint Events are held in urban environments. For ET2018 the Prologue will be held at the University of Tasmania – Sandy Bay Campus.
Days One, Two & Three
On Easter Saturday the Australian 3 Days goes bush. Participants will orienteer over longer distances cross country with winners taking just under an hour each day.
On Days One and Two the venue is in the midlands, just past Melton Mowbray. Participants will start out in deceptively simple farming land. But soon they will find themselves navigating through impressive sandstone features in steep gullies – perfect hideouts for bushrangers in days gone by.
On Day Three the venue is east of Hobart, near Nugent. Participants will start from Tassie’s home of mud running Redbanks. This property provides the perfect European style assembly arena for an exciting day of orienteering with final places up for grabs.
Who will be Participating
Australia’s elite orienteers and the best of our juniors and masters age group competitors – as well as many more people taking part as a personal challenge.
Entry is open to all despite being a major national championship. There are classes for everyone, determined by gender, age, course length and level of difficulty. It’s an adventure sport for the whole family.
The old map of Sandstone Valleys (snapshot below) being used for Days 1 and 2 will be extended to create two new maps, Lovelybanks East and Lovelybanks West. Plus, for Day 3, whilst the start and finish arena is on the old Redbanks map, most of the area extends into new territory.
We have a team of talented course setters including David Marshall. David received world wide acclaim for his role in the 2015 IOF Long Distance World Cup Event in Tasmania.