Ballarat Urban Navigation Series (BUNS)

What is BUNS? A series of navigational events held in the streets and parks of Ballarat, encouraging people to visit some of the less common and little known areas of town.  Participants will be given a map with up to 20 designated locations marked and the challenge is to find as many of these as possible in 45 minutes. Each location has a value of 10 points, and the idea is to score as many points as possible. To ensure that you get back to the start/finish on time, a penalty of 5 points per minute will be deducted if you are late returning. No need to pre-register, just turn up on the day. Tip: Make sure you bring a watch, or use the stopwatch feature on your mobile phone, to keep track of the time.

How much does it cost? Cost per entry (individual or group) – $5

Why is it fun? You will exercise your body, and also your brain, as it will be up to you to decide the order you visit the locations and your route between them. As these events are in the suburbs of Ballarat, the navigation is no harder than reading a street map. But choosing the best and fastest route may be tricky! Challenge yourself either as a group, a pair or individually on Saturday mornings. You can walk, run, bring the dog, push the pram – go at your own pace. Set a target – and see if you can improve over the series.

When is it happening? Round 7 of the series will begin on Thursday October 12th and will continue every fortnight for 5 Thursday events.  Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time to register.  Thursday events are in the early evening, register at 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start.  Saturday events are late morning, register at 11am for an 11.15am start.

OK! Where do we find BUNS?


Thursday 12 Oct 5.30pm – Victoria Park (Organiser: Angela) – meet at corner of Adair and Winter Streets Redan.

Thursday 26 Oct 5.30pm – Fed Uni Mount Helen (Organiser: Bun) – meet on University Drive between Tech Park/IBM and the Uni Residential area.

Thursday 9 Nov 5.30pm – Ballarat North (Organisers: Rod & James) – meet on Simpson Street, between Walker and Landsborough Streets

Thursday 23 Nov 5.30pm – Eureka (Organiser: Ian) – meet at the MADE carpark off Eureka/Rodier Streets

Thursday 7 Dec 5.30pm (2017 WRAP-UP – BUNS BBQ/Picnic) – Lake Wendouree West – meet at the Rotunda/BBQ Area just South of Pipers by the Lake (Organiser: Jenny)

More information? To enquire about BUNS, or to request a subscription to our BUNS news mailing list, please send an email to [email protected] or complete the form below and we will get in touch.

If any schools, sports or community groups are interested in a customised BUNS experience, or a more formal orienteering activity, for team-building, teaching, fun, physical training and/or exercise, please get in touch with us at the BUNS email address provided.

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