Sydney's newest extreme sport, Throw Axe is now open in Penrith.
It costs $55 per person with a minimum of 6 people, which includes an axe-throwing lesson by an expert, followed by a couple of practice rounds, before you go against your friends in a series of competition rounds.
It's exactly what it sounds like - there's a wooden target, you have an axe, and you throw it at the target. Like a dartboard, the aim is to score the highest number of points from each round, except throwing an axe requires more skill and expertise.
Hitting a target this big, isn't as easy as it looks. Image by Jade Jackson.
Not at all. Each thrower is given expert safety advice and a one-on-one demonstration to ensure each axe thrower knows exactly what they're doing. Each pair of targets is caged off from other targets, so there is a safety barrier between groups. Each participant is also required to wear closed in shoes.
Groups are separated by wire mesh for safety. Image by Jade Jackson.
Is it fun? Absolutely. I was lucky enough to have a go as research for this article and after six attempts, I managed to score my first bullseye! It's more difficult than it looks, but then it's easy to get a feel for it. There's something primal and exciting about holding an axe and being allowed to throw it, with all your might. It's also incredibly satisfying hearing the 'thwuck', as the axe embeds itself into solid wood.
I'm sure a full session would also be great stress relief, as you unleash your inner Viking.
Become at expert at throwing axes. Image by Jade Jackson.
How does it work? Once each axe thrower has passed the safety demonstration, they get one practice round, and then the Game of Throws, begins. Each participant gets 5 throws, with players vying for the best of three rounds.
If the majority of the axe lands in the centre, you get 5 points. The blue circle is 3 points, and the outer black circle is 1 point. Anything outside of this is zero points, except for the green dots.
In the last throw, each player has the option to make a call for the green dot. If you hit it, you get 7 points, potentially winning the game. Otherwise, no matter where the axe lands, you get zero points.
Depending on the group size, (min 6, maximum 14) decides how many rounds are played with throwers playing off to reach an ultimate winner. If time permits, there may even be speed rounds or fast games played.
If there is sufficient interest, Throw Axe may even consider running axe throwing tournaments in the future.
There are snacks and non-alcoholic beverages for sale, and guests are welcome to bring their own nibbles, however, no alcohol is currently permitted for safety reasons. As it's newly opened, things may change in the future, however axe throwing offers a fun night out, without the need for alcohol.
If you're having a special occasion, get in touch with them about catering. There are multiple eateries in Penrith nearby that can cater for special events with notice. Otherwise, you could go for two hours of axe throwing, then head out for dinner afterwards.
Owner and axpert thrower, Robert. Image by Jade Jackson.
Throw Axe is at 2/10-12 Abel Street Penrith and specialises in groups including birthday parties, team building events, bucks or hens nights; or gather a group of friends and compete against each other for a Game of Throws.
Throw Axe is open from 10am to 9pm (last reservation is at 7pm) seven days a week, but you must make a booking, they are currently not open to walk-ins.
A great idea for your next party or event. Image by Jade Jackson.
If you'd like to make a reservation for your next event, head to their website, to book online. A 2-hour session costs $55 per person (minimum 6 people) with a $200 deposit. Minimum age is 16. There is free on-street parking and they accept cash or EFTPOS. All participants must wear closed in shoes.
Drinks and snacks are available to purchase. Image by Jade Jackson.
Throw Axe has taken an ancient sport, and made it accessible for anyone, in a safe and welcoming environment. Give it a try, you'll be sure to love it. Just be warned, you'll never look at an axe the same way again.
Throw Axe Penrith is now open. Image by Jade Jackson.