Strategic directions for horse riding in NSW national parks
Strategic directions for horse riding in NSW national parks will guide 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)
Piloting horse riding in wilderness
In recognition of the history of horse riding in a number of wilderness 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. The wilderness pilots will enable the NPWS to determine whether horse riding in wilderness can occur without causing irreversible damage to park values. The scope and background to the pilots is outlined in Strategic directions for horse riding in NSW national parks. The pilots will commence in the first half of 2014, and will be publicly announced.
Evaluation of the pilots will involve ongoing monitoring of environmental factors such as track condition, as well as feedback from park visitors who are using the tracks involved in the pilots. The tracks and trails involved are:
- Kosciuszko National Park (Nine Mile Trail & Ingeegoodbee Trail)
- Deua National Park (George’s Pack Track & WD Tarlington Track)
- Monga National Park (Shoebridge Trail)
- Mummel Gulf National Park (Dick’s Hut Fire Trail & River Road Trail)
- Curracabundi National Park (Fire trail linked to Mernot Route)
People using these tracks and trails 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.
- 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 the Strategic directions for horse riding in NSW national parks. It 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 undertake to improve horse riding opportunities over the next three years.
Page last updated: 13 February 2014