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 8 of the series will begin on Thursday February 8th and will continue every fortnight for 4 evening events.  Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time to register.

Following discussion among members at the Eureka AGM in February 2018, our usual Thursday events in Daylight Savings months are going to transition to run on Tuesdays instead, and will run at a later time of 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start, to allow more members to attend. This may start from the Thursday 22 Feb 2018 event, which will move to Tuesday 20 Feb 2018. Keep an eye on this page for confirmation. Summer events are run in the early evening, register at 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start.  Events in the winter months will be run on Saturdays. Winter events are late morning, register at 11am for an 11.15am start.

OK! Where do we find BUNS?


Thursday 8 Feb 5.30pm (definitely at this time) – View Point, Lake Wendouree. Picnic Shelter Opposite Lake View Hotel. (Ian)

Thursday 22 Feb 6pm (note later time) – Victoria Park/Pony Club. Southern End of Cedar Drive. (Jenny)

Thursday 8 Mar 5.30pm – Nerrina. Shelter at North End of Ainley Street. (Possibly Tuesday 6 Mar 6pm or 6.30pm TBC – Rod)

Thursday 22 Mar 5.30pm – Lake Gardens. Park at Eastern End of Ayrvale Avenue. (Possibly Tuesday 20 Mar 6pm or 6.30pm TBC – Jenny)


More information? To enquire about BUNS, or to request a subscription to our BUNS news mailing list, please send an email to buns@eurekaorienteers.asn.au 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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