Sunday, July 1st 2018 was the 14th running of the Sydney Metropolitan Turkey Trot, which is the premier point to point event on the Sydney orienteering calendar. There were three courses available: Short (8km), Medium (12km) and Long (20km). Each course had multiple maps.

The course standard was moderate. This standard requires basic navigation skills in map reading and route choice. Non-orienteers will hade little difficulty with this standard yet it was still challenging in terms of route choice for the experienced orienteer.

The orienteering maps have a series of checkpoints (controls). Runners decide the best route between controls. All runners carry a SportIdent (SI) electronic timing stick to record control visits and finish times. (Timing sticks are available for hire).

The 2018 Turkey Trot lead competitors along the bush tracks of Cherrybrook.

Above is an image gallery of the 2017 Long Course which had four map changes. Click on the images to see a larger version of the map.

In conjunction with the Turkey Trot, three Family Friendly Courses are available for participants to enter on the day.

Start Times

Long Course Medium Course Short Course Family Friendly Courses
9:00 am 9:15 am 9:30 am From 10:00 am

Please arrive at the start location approximately 30min prior to your start time. 


2018 Location

The assembly and finish location for 2018 is at 1st Cherrybrook Scout Group, Appletree Dr, Cherrybrook.



The Sydney Metropolitan Turkey Trot was first held in November 2005 and run from Castle Hill to Parramatta Park. Since then it has been an annual fixture on the orienteering calendar and in recent years has found a home on the first Sunday in July. Below are the combined maps of the Turkey Trot Long courses.