The lovely, family story behind Primal Archery
By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 08 Aug 2022
Every couple remembers where they went on their first date.
For Luke and Cassie Thomas, it was the local Busselton archery park where Luke first taught Cassie how to shoot a bow and arrow.
“Ever tried archery?” was the simple question that started their romance.
“Growing up, I’ve always been playing with bows and shooting arrows,” Luke says.
As a child, Luke first discovered archery after finding his father’s bow in the shed.
His father would then also take him to the archery park to shoot together.
“When I asked Cassie out, I always remembered there being an archery park in the area but wasn’t sure if it had closed down… Thankfully not.” Luke recalls.
After their first date, they’d religiously visit the archery park every week and ... simply fell in love with the place.
“How cool would it be to own it someday?” they thought aloud to each other.
“I always wanted to ask the owner if he’d like to sell but felt maybe a bit rude or too shy,” recounts Luke.
By serendipity, 12 months later, there was a For Sale sign out the front of the archery park so they took it as their opportunity to finally approach the owner and make an offer.
At the time, being young and inexperienced in business, Cassie and Luke were nervous about their offer being knocked back.
However, after seeing their love and passion for the archery park, the former owner agreed to sell them the business knowing Cassie and Luke will do the place justice.
With that, Primal Archery was born and it has evolved from being the couple’s labour of love into a full family affair!
Visitors are greeted by Archer the Dog and, fun fact, Lincoln their son is nicknamed Link after the character from Legend of Zelda.
Isn’t it sweet being able to walk through and reminisce special moments from your first date?
“Unfortunately not! Over the years, it’s changed so much that you just wouldn’t recognise it from before.” laughs Cassie.
“After taking over, we made a lot of changes for Primal Archery to be more family-friendly so a lot of the old stuff either had to go or be freshened up” Luke explains.
“Nowadays, the only memories from our first date is seeing couples shooting for the first time just like we did many years ago!” says Luke.
From humble beginnings, Primal Archery now offers a 10-target archery course, as well as, a separate 5-target course to challenge long-distance sharpshooters!
To get the whole family involved... there’s Archery Tag which is like paintball and dodgeball mashed together without paint, bruises and pain!
Archery is fun and safe for children from as young as 6 years and up.
Primal Archery is open Wednesday to Monday (7 days during school holidays) and located at 11 Cookworthy Rd, Busselton which is 2.5 hours from Perth and well worth the trip!
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Start early by leaving around 8 am and you'll be back home to put the kids to bed for School the next day!
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Primal Archery | Arrive around 11am
|5-Target Course (30-mins)||Price Per Person|
|3 arrows per target, Shoot 15 times + practice||$12|
|6 Arrows per target, Shoot 30 times + practice||$20|
|10-Target Course||Price Per Person|
|3 arrows per target, Shoot 30 times + practice (60mins)||$20|
|6 Arrows per target, Shoot 30 times + practice (90 mins)||$30|
|Archery Tag||Price Per Person|
|30 mins of play (Avg. 3 games with breaks + warm-up||$15|
|60 mins of play (Avg. 6 games with breaks + warm-up||$25|
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Lunch @ Shelter Brewing Co | Arrive between 12:30pm-1pm
Find Shelter Brewing at the foot of the famous Busselton Jetty.
It offers a fantastic beer selection and share food in a spacious, family-friendly Main Hall setting.
Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and amazing views. Shelter Brewery Co has brewery tours which you book online.
Foreshore Parade, Busselton, Western Australia.
Image Credit: City of Busselton
Play @ Sea Play On The Bay Playground | After Lunch
Busselton's iconic playground located on the Busselton foreshore.
Let the kids run wild exploring a fun, ocean-themed playground that offers a life-sized clipper ship, giant squid, bird nest lookout and diving whale tail that sprays water while tipping the ship over!
Sections of this fantastic playground are suitable for all ages while others are only for older kids.
Busselton Foreshore Parade, Busselton, Western Australia.
Image Credit: Busselton Jetty website.
Experience the Jetty Train | Around 3pm
With the historical Busselton Jetty being nearly 2km long... the electric Stocker Preston Express train is the BEST way to take it all in while learning about its amazing history!
Train departs on the hour and you should arrive 15 minutes prior to departure and return jetty train trip takes about 45 minutes.
Busselton Foreshore, Busselton.
Wonnerup House | On the way back, drop in if you have time...
Built in 1859 by George Layman Jnr for his family, Wonnerup House is an interesting and picturesque National Trust of WA farm precinct, homestead, and school building.
It's open to the public to learn about those who built and lived on the farm, and also, the difficult and turbulent role it played in the region’s history.
Take a self-guided tour with entry into Wonnerup House by donation.
Located at Layman Road, Wonnerup between Tuart Forest and the Vasse Estuary wetlands.
Drive through Tuart Forest National Park...
Just 15km northwest of Busselton are the towering Tuart trees of Tuart Forest National Park. Majestic Tuart trees only grow on coastal limestone 200km either side of Perth with Tuart Forest National Park being the largest remaining pure forest of Tuart in the world.
Tuart trees reach a height of 33m with an impressive 10m girth. Walk among these beautiful trees in this unique, ecological environment.
Tuart Forest National Park - Capel, Western Australia.
Location | Where everything is...
(08) 9755 4322
11 Cookworthy Rd, Abbey WA 6280