Orienteering at its heart involves the recreational use and enjoyment of large areas of forest and land, on which we make our competition maps, set orienteering courses, and participate in this enjoyable outdoor activity. This recreation therefore involves and promotes a close connection to and immersion in country.
For many thousands of years before our recent presence on these lands, the traditional owners lived in these forests and called these lands home. The area from roughly Creswick northwards is Dja Dja Wurrung country of the Djarra nation, southwards from Creswick including around Ballarat city is Watha Wurrung country of the Wathaurung nation, and further east towards Melbourne is Woi Wurrung country of the Wurundjeri nation. These tribes are part of the larger Kulin nation.