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.
Strategic directions for horse riding in NSW national parks (120848HRStrat.pdf, 755KB)
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 committed to trialling horse riding in five wilderness locations through two-year wilderness pilots. The first four trials finished in April 2016. It is proposed to allow horse riding to continue in these same locations until 31 December 2017 while the outcomes of the trials are reviewed and a broader policy framework is developed.
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.
- Recreational horse riding policy (060447rechrpol.pdf, 68KB)
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.
- Horse riding policy directive (120906HRPolDir.pdf, 101KB)
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.
Page last updated: 16 September 2016