Nature conservation

Protected areas

Supporting horse riding opportunities

Strategic directions for horse riding in NSW national parks

Horse riding is a healthy recreational activity which can raise awareness, appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural values of national parks. The National Parks and Wildlife Service aims to provide a range of appropriate opportunities for horse riding.

Strategic directions for horse riding in NSW national parks is guiding the provision of improved horse riding opportunities in the reserve system over the coming years. The development of the strategy was informed by over 200 public submissions on the draft strategy.

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Wilderness horse riding trial

In recognition of the history of horse riding in a number of areas prior to their declaration as wilderness, the NSW Government has committed to trialling horse riding in five wilderness locations through two year wilderness pilots.

As part of the monitoring program, people using the tracks and trails in the wilderness areas are invited to complete the following short survey.

Recreational horse riding policy

The recreational horse riding policy sets the framework for providing and managing horse riding opportunities in parks. It is complemented by the horse riding policy directive.

Horse riding policy directive

The horse riding policy directive provides policy support for the key initiatives outlined in Strategic directions for horse riding in NSW national parks and supplements the recreational horse riding policy. The policy and policy directive should be read together as NPWS policy on horse riding in parks.

Code of practice for horse riding in parks

The Code of practice for horse riding in parks was developed by NPWS in consultation with horse riders. It provides practical guidance to minimise the impacts of horse riding on the natural and cultural values of parks.

Regional work plans

Regional horse riding work plans have been developed for priority regions of NSW, in consultation with local horse riders. The work plans outline the actions the National Parks and Wildlife Service will take to improve horse riding opportunities over a three year period.


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Page last updated: 09 April 2014