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Published February 8th 2018
Airborne archery (by Archery Attack)
As the 2018 Commonwealth Games approach, Australia's best archers will be reliving the glory from replays of their bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.
While they won't be competing in this year's Games, you can pick up a bow and arrow to hit your own bullseye in the sport of archery, at indoor, outdoor and game-based ranges throughout the Brisbane.
To get started, you'll need a bow, arrows and ideally, an arm guard covering your inner forearm and a finger guard to protect against bruises from the bow string. Each centre has loan equipment for left and right handed archers and instructors to guide you with technique and safety tips.
At every club, safety is the top priority.
Shoot your first arrow at one of these top 7 archery ranges in Brisbane.
Centenary Archers - 427 Wacol Station Rd, Sumner
Visitors from age 8 can join the 'come and try' sessions on Saturday morning for $50, including bow and safety gear. Once you've learnt the safety tips and the basics of shooting with the right-sized bow, continue onto the 2-day beginner's course for $100 to hone your technique and keep score (it's easier when you shoot bullseyes).
Keep practising during the regular sessions on Saturday from 1pm to progress through the classifications, ranging from white, black and gold, to the master, grand master and elite status. These classifications are recognised Australia-wide.
Grange Bowmen - 534 Albany Creek Rd, Bridgeman Downs
Get started on the beginner's range at Grange, spanning distances up to 30 yards (27m). Once you're 'range cleared' you can explore the bushland, aiming at targets placed in various distances and angles.
Samford Valley Target Archers - 2204 Mount Samson Rd, Samford Valley
Queensland's oldest and largest club features an expansive outdoor range and comfortable indoor facilities. Come 'n Try sessions on Saturday morning lead into a $100 beginners course, ideal for ticking a bucket list item.
The club also caters for professionals, with international competitors, including archers with a disability, regularly practising on the ranges.
Mt Petrie offers the best range of archery forms in Brisbane, beginning with the conventional indoor and outdoor activities but advancing to field (targets on a course in natural terrain), and clout, with archers channelling the skills of medieval bowmen, aiming high target flags placed far in the distance.
A special treat is the traditional event, as archers dress in medieval costume to shoot old-fashioned bows, with bonus points for reciting Shakespeare.
There are 'come & try' and beginner sessions on weekends, with Wednesday sessions for children during school holidays. The Bowmen is open Saturdays 9.30am - 5pm. Visit Mt Petrie Bowmen for details.
North Albert Field Archers - 64 Sandy Creek Rd, Yatala
Archers are welcome at Yatala 7 days a week, with 20 hay-bale targets and 10 3D targets, resembling an archer's prey in the wild.
The outdoor ranges test archers with targets up to 20 metres away, and the onsite camping facilities can make the range an ideal holiday spot. If storms hit, retreat to the indoor range to continue practising.
Player vs Player archery at with Archery Attack can host up to 40 players. Based on LARP (Live Action Role Playing), gamers can re-enact medieval battles and paintball without the bruises, using sponge-tipped arrows and face masks.
An hour battle costs $40/player, with the battlefield setup on an outdoor field near you with inflatable obstacles and targets. Sessions are supervised, equipment is supplied and an instruction briefing is given before the battle.