An aerial photo of the area that later became
the grounds for the Great Southern Archers Club.
The photo was taken around 1947 - before Forrest
The Google Maps excerpt shows the grounds of Great Southern Archers now. While there has been some natural regrowth many of the trees and shrubs have been planted by or with the assistance of the Club.
Great Southern Archers' Field Course is one of the
largest in South Australia with 36 targets spread over
20 acres covering ranges from 10 to 60 meters. The
variety of terrain and targetting challenges make this a
course not to be missed. Field shoots are generally held
twice a month and start early. Please see the calendar
for exact timings.
Great Southern Archer's target range is loacted on our
outdoor field at 85 Forrest Road Strathalbyn
approximately a 50 minute drive south east of Adelaide.
The range boasts 12 firing lanes so there is no waiting.
Ranges from 10 mto 70m are offered on all lanes and 5 of
these can fire out to 90m subject to special
arrangement. Target shoots are held on every Saturday
setting up from 10am for shooting at 1030. If you want
to hire any Club equipment (bows, etc) then you need to
book on the shoot calendar. Please see our calendar for
Club members can also use the target range at any other
time, 7 days a week.
Great Southern Archers' indoor range is loacted at the
Goolwa Goolwa Sports Stadium, Glendale Grove, Goolwa.
Shoots are generally held the 3rd Monday evening of each
month starting at 7:15 PM. Please see our club calendar
Welcome to GSA
Great Southern Archers offers many
forms of archery
Field, Indoor and Target, and we welcome all types of
bows - Recurve (Olympic) , Compound, Longbow and Crossbow.
Our members cover all age groups - juniors, men, women,
masters and veterans. The outdoor range is located at 85
Forrest Road Strathalbyn, approximately 50 minutes drive
south east from Adelaide, South Australia. The range is
available to members 7 days a week. The main shooting day
is Saturday with setup from 9:30 AM and shooting at 10.00
for target and field.
Indoor archery is held on the 3rd Monday of the month
with setup from 7 PM for a 7.15 PM start at the Goolwa
Sports Stadium, Glendale Grove, Goolwa - about 85 km south
Australian Archery Alliance members are welcome to
participate in scheduled shoots as detailed in the
The club dates from about the early
1980s and has operated out of various locations.
The founding members were Graeme & Lorraine McVitty,
David Percy and in particular, our Life Members Rob and
Helen Fairweather. These pioneers started and ran an
archery club through some pretty tough times and strong
opposition to the idea of having an archery club in
The club has had several names over the years including
the Strathalbyn District Archers and was originally
affiliated with the Australian Bowhunters Association.
Today we are officially Strathalbyn Target Archers
Incorporated trading as Great Southern Archers, and are
affiliated with Archery South Australia and Archery