The Club started in 1953, formed by members of Adelaide Archery Club. The first location was in a quarry behind the former Colebrook Home on Shepherds Hill Road, Eden Hills.
In the late 1950s, the Club moved to the Tourist Bureau Reserve, known locally as "Dingley Dell" (now the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park) and was positioned near where the Marion Riding Club exists today.
In 1962, Eden moved to its present location. The first Club building was erected in 1964 and comprised a secondhand, prefabricated (and small) dwelling purchased from the SA Housing Trust, for 400 pounds ($800).
That building served the Club well, until the current brick building was commenced in 1986. The old building was dismantled and relocated to Polish Hill (near Clare) and it continues to serve as a very fine dormitory building!
In 2017 we added the verandah deck to meet the increase in the Club's membership.
New pedestrian bridges were installed in 2018 and 2019 to facilitate safer creek crossings and provide a longer-term legacy.
In 2019, we finally said "farewell" to the last of the Stramit target butts, with all butts now comprising high density foam, which are most effective and significantly kinder to arrows. They also facilitate the easy withdrawal of arrows.
Our Club is located less than 10 km south of the Adelaide CBD, in the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges. We lease approximately 4 hectares of the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park from the DEW (Department of Environment & Water).
Enter off Ayliffes Road, St Marys, via the gate (Gate 1, Grid Ref: 791 230) from the public car park.
The gate is usually locked - it is a requirement of the National Parks that we keep it closed. On shooting days, from about an hour prior to published shooting times, there will be members arriving during these times who can unlock the gate for visitors.
Follow Viaduct Track for about 750 metres to our Clubrooms and car park. If you are driving, please respect walkers and cyclists. The speed limit within the Park is 25 kmh, at all times.
If the forecast temperature for Adelaide is 36oC or higher, official shooting (on Saturdays) will not commence before 2.30 pm.
If the Fire Danger Rating is forecast as Extreme or Catastrophic, the Club is closed. All National Parks (including Shepherds Hill) are automatically closed wihen the Fire Danger Rating is Catastrophic.
If the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park is closed because of a Total Fire Ban, any programmed event for that day will be postponed or abandoned.
On days of extreme fire danger issued by the CFS, DEW may also close certain national parks or reserves in the interest of public safety. Parks and reserves may also be closed because of a bushfire, a prescribed burn or other fire management works (such as slashing).
To see whether the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park Park is closed, its pays to CHECK HERE first, to avoid disappointment.
The Shepherds Hill Recreation Park is entirely within the MOUNT LOFTY RANGES FIRE BAN DISTRICT.
Coaching courses are conducted on a regular basis, each course being (generally) three consecutive Saturday mornings, commencing 8.45 am. All courses are conducted by coaches accredited with Archery Australia, and are designed to provide the participants with a basic knowledge of archery, including safety requirements. The variety of equipment is explained and, as appropriate, demonstrated. The cost of the coaching course includes all equipment hire and insurance coverage. Equipment is available for hire once the course has been completed.
Beginners Coaching Course Fee:
To apply, download the application form (coming soon)
(Please ignore the next section: "Committee" - it is incorrect and can't be changed. Instead, refer to the bottom of the page.)
Any person satisfactorily completing a recognised coaching course (at EDEN or another Club), is eligible to become a member. Anyone from 10 to 80+ years can enjoy archery, although we do expect younger members are supervised. Archery is a sport in which all the members of the family can participate together.
Joining Fee and Membership fees include affiliation to Archery Australia, ARCHERY SA.
Download the Membership Application HERE. (coming soon) (Members - to RENEW, you need to do the same.)
A one-off Joining Fee applies.
Single: $100 Family (capped): $180
(Post coaching; if joining the Club within the temporary membership period (up to 9 weeks after your beginners' course ended), the Joining Fee is discounted to: Single: $60 Family (capped): $100)
|1 Adult, 1 Minor: $480||2 Adults, 1 Minor: $656|
|2 Adults: $560||2 Adult, 2 Minors: $752|
|1 Adult, 2 Minors: $616||(Other combinations possible)|
(All membership fees include affiliation with ARCHERY SA and Archery Australia)
A gate key fee of $15 applies.
* Fees effective 1 July, 2019 (and subject to change)
Club Equipment hire
$10 per day
Shooting Visitor fee
$10 (member of an affiliated Club or approved Temporary Member)
Do you have a child who is of Primary School age? Are you aware of the State Government's School Sports Voucher Scheme? You can save up to $100 off your child's Club membership fee each year. Download the form HERE. (This is the form for use in 2020.) Email the completed form to the Club and we'll do the rest!
2020 Club Shooting Programme (coming soon)
Email messages can be sent to the Secretary, via firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to The Secretary, PO Box 54, Melrose Park, SA 5039
|Assistant Coach||Natt Boylan|
|Vice-Field Captain||Tom Kowalski|
|Assistant Recorder||Colin Wake-Dyster|
|Publicity Officer||Bruce Lang|