Hornsby District Rifle Range
Walkers are advised that the routes of the Great North Walk, Benowie Walking Track and some long established fire trails pass through the safety zone of the Hornsby Rifle Range. Diversions have been established to ensure that walkers do not enter the Range Danger Area. Walkers are strongly advised to heed the posted safety warnings and ensure that they are aware of the potential risks.
The Hornsby Rifle Range was reserved in 1858, and was established for training in marksmanship. Prior to Federation all men were required to join the militia, as part of national military preparedness for such emergencies as the Boer War of 1890.
The rifle range is on Crown land and is operated under licence by the North Shore Regional Target Shooting Complex Management Association for use by the Department of Defence, NSW Police, various semi-government organisations, full bore and small bore rifle clubs, pistol clubs, schools and scouts.
The complex consists of three ranges, an 800M full bore rifle range, a 50M small bore rifle range and a 100M pistol range. At the end of each range there are earthen stop-butts and other measures to capture projectiles; and there are noise abatement berms on either side. Beyond the butts is a safety zone (as marked on street directories and other maps) which is surrounded by, but is not part of, the National Park.
All firing on the range is undertaken following rigid protocols and under the strictest supervision and NSW Police have no record of any firearms related injuries associated with the range since its inception in the late 19th century.
Walkers must be aware that the range is available for operation 7 days a week.
Contact Telephone Number North Shore Regional Target Shooting Complex Management Association Inc.: 0417 201 606
Please download the official Track Closure PDF here
Live Firing Times
The Hornsby Range is operational daily from 9am to 5pm, and from 6pm to 10.00 pm Monday to Friday