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Melbourne is getting its first axe-throwing centre

Axe embedded in a target
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Just when you thought our fair city had it all, a new, shiny activity comes along that you never knew you were missing out on. 

Melbourne, welcome to the world of axe-throwing. After winning hearts in Sydney, Maniax is about to open in Abbotsford, to the delight of all those who want to have fun or blow off some steam, Viking-style. 

People throwing axes at Maniax

The concept is pretty simple. Pick up an axe, aim carefully, and lob it at a target. Maniax recommend that you book in groups for a two-hour session, where you'll receive one-on-one coaching session then taken through a series of tournaments to find out who is deadliest with a raw steel axe.

At this stage, Maniax are hoping to open their Melbourne branch – which will be located in a warehouse in Abbotsford – in late October or early November (there have been some VCAT issues securing their venue).

Up in Sydney, Maniax attracts everyone from hens and bucks parties to office outings. "Everyone's got a different style," Maniax co-owner Adam Schilling told Time Out Sydney"Some people are lobbers, some throw it hard, some soft... but everyone puts their own spin on it."

A woman throwing an axe with both hands

The concept supposedly started when Schilling and his business partner Steve Thomas – both working airline pilots – set up a backyard version of the sport after Steve had encountered axe-throwing in Canada. As you can imagine, there is a strict non-tolerance policy for alcohol and open-toed shows. 

Stay tuned for more info on Maniax Melbourne. If this one is anything like Sydney, then you can expect regular league nights and competitions. But save the axe-throwing for your first session: this isn't an activity to practice at home.

Read more about Maniax.

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