Your situation is not uncommon up here, we don't have many (if any) actual 1000 yard ranges in the whole country so a person has to look for safe alternate locations.
We also don't have access to the good toys and what is available is rediculously expensive, probably double what our U.S. friends have to spend.
I suggest that you try to get a partner interested since the only way to shoot long (that is an arbitrary term, but lets say past 500) is to use the shooter-spotter teamwork. Just doesn't work great by yourself and not nearly as much fun.
I would also suggest mooching or buying some large steel plates as they are the best target for long range, you can get your zeros much easier way out there.
Another suggestion, check out www.shooterready.com,
then buy the CD. It will give you info that you need as you get into wind, mirage and range estimation.
Good luck, you found a good place to get info on this sport.