The NSW Government is committed to providing opportunities for horse riding in New South Wales national parks. The wilderness horse riding trial was recommended in the Strategic Directions for Horse Riding in NSW National Parks to assess whether horse riding in wilderness could occur without causing irreversible damage to park values.
The trial involved a comprehensive monitoring program to assess the appropriateness of horse riding in wilderness areas, with detailed fact sheets providing information about the trail riding opportunities. National parks identified for the trial include:
- Kosciuszko National Park – fact sheet (PDF 1KB)
- Mummel Gulf National Park – fact sheet (PDF 750KB)
- Deua National Park – fact sheet (PDF 700KB)
- Monga National Park – fact sheet (PDF 700KB)
- Curracabundi National Park.
Trial results for Kosciuszko, Mummel Gulf, Deua and Monga National Parks areas have been assessed and the amendments to plans of management to allow horse riding in certain areas of these 4 parks have been finalised.
More information on the amendments and plans of management is available: Horse riding in wilderness amendments to plans of management for Far South Coast Escarpment Parks, Kosciuszko National Park and Mummel Gulf National Park and State Conservation Area.
The plan of management for Curracabundi Parks has been finalised and is available at Curracabundi Parks Plan of Management. It provides for the commencement of a two-year horse riding trial within the Curracabundi Wilderness in conjunction with a monitoring framework, and will only be accessible to riders using the Bicentennial National Trail or staying at Karamea Homestead.
Results of the trial
The horse riding trial was subject to a comprehensive monitoring program. Now the trial is over, we have evaluated the outcomes of the program. The trial indicated very low usage by horse riders and wilderness values were protected.
The Horse Riding in Wilderness Trial Monitoring Report documents the findings of the trial in detail.
Based on outcomes of the wilderness horse riding trial, amendments to the relevant plans of management enable horse riding on trails that were part of the trial to continue.