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The Lilydale Rifle Club was founded in 1887 and has been shooting at the Upper Yarra Rifle Range since 1969.


The Club Has disbanded and reformed 3 times, the latest being in 1953 after the second world war.
We used to shoot at the old Henley Range in Lilydale at the bottom of Victoria Rd.
When this range was closed we moved to the Upper Yarra Rifle Range in Wesburn and have been there ever since.

We are an active and energetic Full-bore Rifle Club,

based at the Upper Yarra Rifle Range, Wesburn, Victoria, Australia.

Members shoot each Saturday afternoon starting at 12:30 pm, shooting distances from 300 to 700 yards in .308 and .223 calibres.
 Our members range in age from teenagers to experienced shooters in their 80's.



Here is the big picture…


Firstly, hunting rifles are not suitable for target shooting.
They get hot too quickly and do not hold a group at the longer ranges…
We can potentially help you sight them in, but that is it.

If you just want to shoot hunting rifles, I suggest you go to Little River.


Secondly, we are not in any way associated with the SSAA.  It is irrelevant.


So what do we do…


Our Club shoots a regular programme of target shooting competition for weekly and annual trophies over
distances from 300, 500, 600 and 700 yards using target rifles, shooting from the prone position.
Bone fide visitors are welcome to Club Saturday shoots, have a look at what we do and talk about the sport, rifles and such things.

You would not be shooting on the first visit.


We use dedicated, Heavy Barrel, Single Shot Target Rifles, mostly in .308 and .223 calibres with aperture sights or telescopic sights.

A suitable Target Rifle will cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on class and equipment level.

A typical second hand rifle with some life left in the barrel would be around $1,800 - $2,000,
usually with a good selection of the gear required.

Most barrels last around 4,000 rounds and a regular shooter would fire 1,000 to 1,200 shots a year.

The Club has rifles and ammunition for use by visitors and new members and provides tuition. 

You would be expected to purchase your own rifle in 3 to 6 months.

Shooting usually commences around 12:30 PM.


The range licensing conditions do not permit unsupervised use of the range at other times.


There is no cost to use club rifles, but there is an ammunition cost of $30 for 20 rounds when a Member purchases by the box.


If you reload, this can reduce the cost, albeit you need to purchase around $1,000 of reloading gear to reload.

You do not need to reload in the short term, However accuracy can be improved by reloading.


Annual Club subscription for a first year member are in the range $200 to $300 depending on the class of membership taken out.

Range Fee is $10 per week when you shoot.  As a Member you are expected to shoot at least 5 times a year.


You are welcome to come and have a chat.


It is best to touch base before you come to the range,
 given a number of the Lilydale Members are active in State Competitions
and may not be at the range on a given Saturday.


You need to arrive before 12:30 PM so you can enter the range safely,
given we close the entry point to shoot the longer distances and you would then need to walk in
around the side of the range through the paddock to get to the firing point.


Please bring ear protection if you have it.




Prospective New Members

Prospective New Members or people that are just interested in what we do,
are always welcome to visit the Range of a Saturday afternoon and check it out!
We would be happy to talk with you about the sport and the types of rifles and configurations you can use.

Are you interested in Target Shooting as a Sport?


The Club is always happy to welcome New Members that want to shoot regularly on a Saturday afternoon!


Want to try Target Shooting?

The first step would be to visit the range and find out what we do.

You will NOT get a shoot on the first day.


There is a map to the range on the web site. The Upper Yarra Range is just out of Wesburn NOT Lilydale!


The Lilydale Club Members will actively support potential New Members.  We are not interested in you coming out for a social day.

We would recommend you get there before 12:30PM at the latest so you can come in to the range we are shooting on the day safely.


We would also recommend you make contact a day or 2 before you come, to ensure we will be there on that day. 

There are a number of competition coming up and we could be away. 

Please "Contact Us"

Once you are at the range we can discuss what is involved, the rifles and ammunition we use, costs and timing for shooting

If time and conditions allow, we might even be able to offer you a go with a rifle. 

If not, we will schedule a time with you to come back for a go.

(Cost would be for ammo only at $25 for a standard 12 shot detail)


Sighting Hunting Rifles

Due to the continued vandalism and damage being done at the Rifle Range

Sighting days are now suspended indefinately.





The Upper Yarra Rifle Range is Licensed for use by the Victorian Police under section 179 of the Firearms Act 1996
Current Permit 118B-2001, dated 16th April 2010.

Please be advised that no shooting is allowed on the range unless authorised and controlled by the Rifle Club.

When shooting is under way, Flags must be displayed and a Qualified Range Officer in attendance.
Shooting without these is a chargeable offence and is actively monitored by the Victorian Police.


Range Approval Certificate