Many Australians associate horse riding with exploration, settlement and bush skills, and enjoy riding in natural areas. Some geographic areas will be more closely associated with the use of horses than others.
All recreational activities, including horse riding, can generate impacts on a park's environment and must therefore be managed consistent with legislation and the statutory objectives for which lands are reserved.
1–3. Can I ride a horse in a park?
- The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) allows appropriate recreational horse riding in selected parks, subject to conditions. Appropriate locations will be identified during the development of a park plan of management or statement of management intent. Where a park does not have a plan of management or statement of management intent, recreational horse riding may be permitted with the consent of NPWS or by the authority of a notice erected within a park.
- Because of the diverse range of landscapes, soils and ecological communities within the NSW park system, the appropriateness of horse riding will be assessed for each park and specific locations within a park.
- In determining whether recreational horse riding will be allowed within a park, NPWS will consider the impacts that horse riding may have on:
NPWS will also consider:
- the existing environment
- threatened species, endangered populations or endangered ecological communities
- soil erosion and weed invasion
- water quality
- areas or objects of cultural heritage significance.
- the management principles for the park
- the adopted plan of management or statement of management intent for the park
- the history of horse riding in the park
- opportunities for horse riding in the region surrounding the park
- outcomes of any research or monitoring of visitor use in the park.