This code was prepared in collaboration with the Office of Environment and Heritage and several horse riding and conservation groups. Information in the code concerning the care and management of horses has been endorsed by the Australian Horse Alliance, the Australian Trail Horse Riders Association and the NSW Endurance Riders Association.
A small number of Hendra virus occurrences have been confirmed in northern New South Wales and Queensland. There are national parks and reserves between Sydney and Queensland that allow horse riding and may also support flying fox colonies or roost sites, either in the reserve or nearby.
Horse riders should avoid riding or camping in close proximity to flying fox colonies or roost sites. More information is available from the Department of Primary Industries.