Navshield 2021: Cancelled

We regret to say that with the on-going uncertainty due to the COVID-19 situation in Australia, and particularly Sydney, we have been forced to cancel Navshield 2021. We were hoping to reschedule the event in August but that is not going to be possible with the stay-at-home orders in place until 30 July (and very likely to be extended further), and restrictions on travel and events likely to occur after the stay-at-home orders end.


This is particularly disappointing after the 2020 event was also cancelled.


We thank you for your support of the Navshield. We now look forward to seeing you at Navshield 2022 – hopefully in Tarlo River National Park (subject to obtaining necessary approvals).


We will refund payments made by teams registering for the Navshield over the next week or two. This will be done automatically by us, you do not need to do anything. Note that we will be refunding the fees we charged, the credit card transaction fee and the GST on the credit card transaction fee. Our registration provider (RegisterNow) also charges a fee of approximately $1 per transaction which we are unable to refund. If you have any issues about the refunds please contact us on



Navshield 2021 – Registration has closed.

National Parks has limited this event to 500 participants so we have had to close registration early.

NavShield 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are pleased to say Navshield 2021 is on (but postponed).




Information Pack is available!

<Download here>

Teams list (as of 17 June – includes meals ordered if you want to check it): <Download here>



Every year Bush Search and Rescue NSW (BSAR) organises and runs the Australian Emergency Services Wilderness Navigation Shield or NavShield.

The 2021 event will be held 26-27 June 2021

This premier navigation event attracts entries from local, interstate and overseas organisations, including:


  • VRA, both regional and specialist squads
  • SES
  • Police including Police Rescue
  • Ambulance and Special Operations Team
  • Rural Fire Service
  • Other emergency services including rescue helicopters and medical teams
  • Armed Forces
  • Bushwalking Clubs
  • and others

Age restrictions: We can accept SES and RFS operational members of any age to be participants. All participants from other groups or services must be over 18 years of age.

Participants may be required to sign an acknowledgement of risk and risk waiver.

The event is acknowledged to be an important training event for the NSW emergency services. Entry is open to all groups that participate in search and rescue activities. Bushwalking Clubs, outdoor groups and Members of Rogaining Associations are also welcome.

Participants test their bush and compass navigation abilities in an overnight event through 100 square km of wilderness terrain a few hours drive from Sydney, Australia. The location of the event is different each year.

This year we are going to Tarlo River National Park. This is a rarely visited park which normally has no public access. It is about 20km north of Goulburn and south of Wombeyan Caves. We have arranged special access to the park for this event with NPWS and local landholders so you have a rare chance to see this hidden gem.

The base site will be on a private farm bordering Tarlo River National Park.

At the Base Site:

  • Toilets – Portable toilets are provided.
  • Water – Each team should bring their own drinking water for use at base.
  • Food – Catering is provided. See the registration page for details.
  • Accommodation – self-sufficient camping. Be prepared for winter conditions.
  • COVID – The event is running under a COVID plan, with one requirement being we must register all people arriving at the site.
  • Firewood – No collecting firewood at base or in the National Park, and no fires on the ground at base. Fires at base must be in a portable fire pit and you must bring your own wood. Chainsaws are prohibited at NavShield.
  • Children – Families with children are welcome at NavShield. However, children must remain at base during the event, and must remain under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Pets – Leave them at home, as we are going to a sensitive farming area and National Park so pets are banned from entering. If you need to bring a disability assistance animal please contact the event organisers prior to coming to NavShield.
  • Getting there – The base site borders Tarlo River National park and is a little over a 2 hour drive from Sydney. The exact location will be revealed 1 week before the event.
  • Merchandise – There will be no merchandise available this year.
  • Event Timetable:



18:00 – Team registration opens at base

22:00 – Team registration closes


06:30 – Team registration re-opens

08:40 – Final briefing for all participants

09:00 – Event commences

18:00 – One day event concludes

19:00 – Presentation of one day event awards


12:00 – Two day event concludes

13:00 – Presentation of two day event awards



Brian Stirk




Bush Search & Rescue NSW (BSAR) is a specialist unit of the NSW State Emergency Service (SES).