Workshop: Learn Map Reading and Navigation

A fun workshop at the Neighbourhood Centre

Learn the basics of map reading, orienteering and navigation - perfect for beginners and adventure seekers

Do you love the outdoors and want to learn how to navigate an area without the use of a smart phone? The Local Learning Network invites you to join us for two Saturday afternoons in October to learn the basics of map reading, orienteering and navigation.  Learn how to read a map, use a compass and navigate your terrain while meeting new people and having fun.

During the two workshops you will learn:

  • The basics of navigation and map reading
  •  How to get yourself out of an emergency situation without phone coverage
  •  How to plan your next bush walking, camping or adventure
  •  How to read a compass 

Where: Location, Hervey Bay Community Centre, 22 Charles Street, Pialba

When:  Saturdays 15 and 22 October 2022 (This is a two week course)

Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm 

Cost: $10 per person (includes 2-hour instruction over two weeks, and tea and coffee)

Bring: BYO compass exactly like the one below - a physical plastic compass with a rotating dial on top - a compass app on a smartphone is not appropriate for this workshop. Or you can purchase one when you book a ticket for $15. 

Bookings: Please book as soon as possible as numbers are limited. 

This event is part of the HBNC’s Local Learning Network, a series of courses and workshops aimed at introducing Fraser Coast residents to new ideas, skills and friends.

About your volunteer instructor:

Hervey Bay resident James Turner is an experienced camper and trekker. In the early 1980's, James completed the Australian Outward Bound School's 26-Day (Pack & Paddle) Standard Course from the headwaters of the Snowy River at Charlotte's Pass close to Mt Kosciuszko, to the mouth of the Snowy River at Marlo, on Victoria's 90-Mile Beach near Orbost; a distance of 300 kilometres travelled both on foot and by canoe. At about this time, James also obtained his Unrestricted Private Pilot Licence which included the compulsory subjects of Aviation Navigation and Meteorology. After a long hiatus until job retirement, and then aged in his early-50's, James completed two treks through high mountains; in the Himalayas from Nepal's Lukla Airport to the monastery town of Tengboche, a return distance of about 50 kms, and in the Andes along Peru's 42-kilometre Inca Trail into Machu Picchu. Based on his experiences, James has written two series of four young adult outdoor adventure fiction novels entitled Dangerous Days and Blades.


Q – Is this event Covid Safe?

A - Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre adheres to strict COVID safe practices. We ask that all attendees practice social distancing. Please sign into the Neighbourhood Centre reception in Charles Street before attending this event. Numbers will be capped for this event in line with COVID policies.

Q - What do I need to bring/wear?

A – Please wear closed in footwear and comfortable clothing and a hat and sunscreen as some of the instruction may be outside. If you have your own compass please bring that otherwise one can be purchased at the time of booking. 

Q – What if I can’t attend or need to cancel?

A – If you cannot attend please contact the Learning Hub on 4194 3000 or email [email protected]


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1 Ticket

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Small Plastic Compass

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