Strategic Directions for Horse Riding in NSW National Parks

This strategy was developed as a guide to improving horse riding opportunities in our park reserve system. It was informed by the outcomes of a public consultation on the draft strategy, held in 2012, and outlines a process for providing horse riding opportunities in 8 identified priority regions of New South Wales.

1 November 2012
Office of Environment and Heritage
  • ISBN 978-1-74293-871-4
  • ID OEH20120848
  • File PDF 767KB
  • Pages 26
  • Name strategic-directions-horse-riding-nsw-national-parks-120848.pdf

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) within the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) developed this strategy to guide the provision of improved horse riding opportunities in national parks. The strategy provides a framework to improve horse riding opportunities over the short, medium and longer term.

The strategy also proposes the establishment of a pilot program to trial horse riding in 5 wilderness locations, subject to amendments to the relevant parks’ plans of management. The pilot program, set up as the Wilderness horse riding trial has progressed.

The strategy acknowledges that while there are social benefits of increasing horse riding in national parks, there are also potential environmental and social impacts. It explains ways in which OEH intends to manage risks of horse riding and minimise impacts on park values, including by ensuring horse riding opportunities are provided in appropriate locations, primarily on established management trails.