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Published December 4th 2021
Accurate archery (by Canberra Archery Club)
If you're keen to try the medieval art of archery, Canberra has some strong, COVID-safe outdoor options. While target shooting with pistols and rifles is limited by cost and strict regulation, archery is a safe alternative for ages 9 and up, with adult supervision for archers under 15.
To hit the bullseye, you'll need a bow and arrows. But to avoid bruising, strap on an arm guard to cover your inner forearm, and a finger guard for a buffer against the bowstring. Beginners can start with loan equipment, designed for left or right-handed archers.
Before signing up for our Olympic team, try the beginner sessions or chat with an official or coach for the receive the basics on archery technique and safety.
Most clubs offer casual session pricing or annual membership for unlimited enjoyment.
At every club, safety is the top priority.
Become an archer at:
Canberra Archery Club - Lyneham
Approaching its 50th year, the CAC is an outdoor range for recurve, compound, and traditional archers.
Get started each Sunday at the 90-minute Come and Try sessions. All equipment is provided and qualified coaches can guide your aim to safely hit the target. Beginners aged 7 can register for only $30.
Membership allows for 24x7 access to the club facilities (access details are provided upon signup). You'll automatically become a member of Archery ACT and Archery Australia, the governing bodies for the sport, qualifying you for entry to territory and national competitions.
CAC also hosts regular weekly and monthly shoots and tournaments.
In southern Canberra, the arrows fly during the regular tournament events and beginner days on indoor and outdoor ranges.
The Come 'n Try 90-minute Sunday morning session is hosted every Sunday during the school year (February - early December).
The variety of ranges ensures an enjoyable challenge for archers of all skill levels.
Warm-up at the main range, hitting targets from 5 up to 90 metres.
The field ranges are set along the Molonglo River, with targets set throughout a trail in the surrounding bushland. Birds, kangaroos, and wombats are your spectators as you aim for targets set amongst the trees, gullies, and hilltops.
For the traditionalists, bring your medieval costume and longbow for clout archery. You'll aim high to hit targets at 180m.
Enjoy the theatre of Bhutan on the two dedicated Bhutanese ranges. Bhutan's national sport is celebrated with singing, dancing, and feasting.
Just south of Tharwa, Capital Field is a top choice for adventurous archers. Instead of the conventional range with rows of targets at set distances, archers walk through two courses set in Canberra's bushland, hitting 3D rubber animal targets.
The course is open on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month with morning and afternoon 20-target rounds. Equipment is available for come-and-try visitors, or bring your own vertical bow (traditional longbow, to recurve and modern compound). Please leave crossbows at home.
To practise archery in this unique setting, you'll need to join the Australian Bowhunters Association. Benefits include insurance while at the club, opportunities to join official competitions, and a pathway to master the sport with the bowhunter proficiency course.
For all the details, visit the Capital Field Archers website. The club is at Sunshine Road, Tharwa.
From the heart of Canberra, head south, turning left from Nass Road onto Sunshine Road. The entrance gate to CFA is on the left, approx. 2.5km from the turn.
Weston Valley Archery Club
Weston Valley Archery, only a 10-minute drive from the heart of Canberra, is a fun place to be an archer. The club hosts night-time Halloween events and fruit is occasionally used for target practice.
The course is open for indoor, outdoor, and long-distance clout shooting.
Unlike William Tell, learn the basics in a safe, friendly environment. Come and Try sessions start at 9am on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month. The $20 hour sessions include group tuition and all equipment. When you hit the bullseye, chat with the coach to help select the right bow to buy.