• Then

    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 Road existed!

  • And Now...

    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.

  • Field Archery

    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.

    Course Layout
  • Outdoor Range

    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 details.

    Club members can also use the target range at any other time, 7 days a week.

  • Indoor Range

    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 for details.

Welcome to GSA

Great Southern Archers offers many forms of archery

Field, Indoor and Target, and we welcome most bow types - Recurve (Olympic) , Compound and Longbow. 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 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month and every Wednesday at the Goolwa Sports Stadium, Glendale Grove, Goolwa starting at 9:15 AM.

Australian Archery Alliance members are welcome to participate in scheduled shoots as detailed in the calendar.

About Us

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 Strathalbyn.

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 Australia.

Latest News and Calendar

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Ross Clinton select GALLERY->2024

Wed 24 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Sat 27 - Target: Geelong, AA 40/720, WA 60/720
  Field: 24 WA Field
Sun 28 - Vera Pennington Memorial Orphans Shoot
  10:00 start

Wed 1 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Sat 4 - Target: Drake, Samford, Darwin
Sun 5 - Indoor: WA Indoor 25m, AA Indoor 25m
Wed 8 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Sat 11 - Target: Newcastle, Short Canberra, WA 50/720
Sat 11 - Field: 24 WA Field
Wed 15 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Sat 18 - Club Target Championships – Details TBA
              Committee Meeting 1230Hrs
Sun 19 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Wed 22 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Sat 25 - Target: AA 30/720, AA 50/720, WA 60/720
              Field: Hunter Round, 0915 for 0930 start
Wed 29 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m

Sat 1 - Target: 20/720, Launceston, Townsville
Sun 2 - Indoor: Indoor Team Challenge Invitational
Wed 5 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Sat 8 - Target: Newcastle, Samford, Grange
              Field: 24 WA Field
Wed 12 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Sat 15 - Target: Geelong, Holt, WA 60/900
Sun 16 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m GSA Indoor Championships - QRE
Wed 19 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Sat 22 - Field: 24 WA Field Unmarked
              Target: AA 30/720, Darwin, Short Adelaide
Wed 26 - Indoor: WA Indoor 18m, AA Indoor 18m
Sat 29 - Target: Newcastle, Melbourne, Perth

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