Posted on 25 May 2018
Yes, urban axe throwing exists, and though it sounds like a terrifying news headline, it’s actually Melbourne’s best-kept secret.
Whilst living in Canada, Stephen Thompson wandered down a dark alley and into a warehouse where he found himself watching people throw axes at giant targets. As it turns out, this was one of Canada’s major axe throwing leagues. Instantly drawn to the action, Stephen quickly became obsessed with axe throwing and was inspired to take this epic pastime back to Australia. And so Maniax was born!
Urban axe throwing is about doing something different and exciting, like darts if it were invented by Vikings! And once you hit your first bullseye, you’ll be hooked.
The guys cater to all sorts: bucks and hens parties, corporate team building – they even run a date night on the first Friday of every month for the romantics that want to summon their inner Viking to impress their date.
A two-hour session will get you one-on-one coaching from the axe throwing pros so there’s no need to worry if you’ve never thrown an axe before (which is probably most people!). Maniax also provides target practice, tonnes of games and matches in a double elimination tournament to find the axe throwing champ. All sessions are fully supervised by the pros who will be there to help you every step of the way.
The idea is to have fun, and also to leave with the same number of fingers and toes that you came in with. The guys have put the proper safety measures in place so that you don’t accidentally let a stray axe leave your boss with one arm during the team building exercise.
The venue, located in Abbotsford and has been operating for just over a year. There’s six axe throwing stations and there’s even a league set up for the competitors among us, although no experience is necessary. They welcome all comers to try it out. So, if you think you were born in the wrong century and would’ve made an excellent Viking warrior, an evening of urban axe throwing is the perfect way to find out.
To find out more head on over to the Maniax website or hit the links below to make a booking
By Andy Browne