The La Trobe University Rowing Club (LURC) is one of the university’s oldest sporting clubs, having been formed in 1968. The Club now has one of the newest and most extensive range of boats of any club in Melbourne.

The club trains out of the Melbourne Rowing Club boatshed located on the Yarra River near Flinders Street station. Travel time to or from the Melbourne campus is approximately 35 to 60 minutes.

We provide opportunities for all levels of competitors from those that want to learn how to row, to people who are aiming to win State or Intervarsity championships.

Beginners, experienced rowers, and coaches are welcome. Come along and be part of a University tradition.


The club runs an extensive beginners' program in March/April. While the main competition season kicks off in November with Head of the Yarra and continues with regular regattas from December to March. The club also aims to send crews to intervarsity each year which is held during the September holidays.

Training loads

Indicative training loads during the pre-season and competition period:

  • Beginner Squads – One to two water sessions a week (no morning sessions); One land based session (any form of training).
  • Novice Squads – Two to three water sessions a week (one morning session); One to two land based session (one down at the club).
  • Senior Squads – Three to five water sessions a week (three morning sessions); Two to four land based sessions (two down at the club).
  • Elite Crews – Seven to ten water sessions a week (five morning sessions); Three to six land based sessions (three down at the club).


Melbourne Rowing Club, Boathouse Drive, Southgate.

How to join

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