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 5 of the series will begin on Thursday March 23rd and will continue approximately every second week for 8 events.  Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time to register.  Thursday events are in the early evening, register at 5pm for a 5.15pm start.  Saturday events are late morning, register at 11am for an 11.15am start.

OK! Where do we find BUNS? The coming event locations are…

Thursday, March 23rd – Lake Wendouree

Meeting at the pergola on the North side of the Botanical Gardens.
Register at 5pm for a 5.15pm start.

Thursday, March 30th – Black Hill

Meeting place is the Black Hill Swimming Pool, Chisholm Street.
Register at 5pm for a 5.15pm start.

Saturday, April 22nd – at Lake Esmond

Meeting point is at the BBQs near the Lake.
Register at 11am to start 11:15am sharp.

Saturday, April 29th – at White Flat

Meeting point is Pearces Park, corner of Gregory and Barkly Streets, Golden Point. Best parking in Laurie Street. Meet at Rotunda.
Register at 11am to start 11:15am sharp.

Saturday, May 13th – at Yuille Homestead

Meeting point is the car park at the end of Vickers Street.
Register at 11am to start 11:15am sharp.

Wednesday, May 24th – at Victoria Park (World Orienteering Day)

Meeting point is the Picnic Area at the Northern edge of the park, access from the Sturt Street layover.
Register from 4.15pm for a 4.30pm to 5.00pm start. Note that it will be dark by 5.40pm.

Saturday, May 27th – at Delacombe

Meeting point is Lumen Christie Primary School.
Register at 11am to start 11:15am sharp.

Saturday, June 3rd – at Canadian

Meeting point is TBA.
Register at 11am to start 11:15am sharp.

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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