Darkes Forest Riding Ranch

Family owned and operated, Darkes Forest Riding Ranch is set in native bushland just over an hour south of Sydney, and 30 minutes north of Wollongong. It's a great place to enjoy a trail ride or a lesson. Experienced ride leaders and instructors are keen to share their love of riding with people of all ages and experience levels - and safety is always the top priority.

Activities and classes are designed especially for children and lessons are available for beginners and advanced riders of all ages. Darkes Forest want to make your visit safe and fun! Helmets provided for all riders.

Enjoy the Lazy Haze Kiosk with a range of hot and cold food and specials each weekend. Purchase that special shirt, hat or other gift in the gift shop to take a bit of Darkes Forest home with you! There are barbecue, picnic facilities and ample parking.

Nearby events

  1. Blockbusters to the Beach

    Saturday 23 February 2019 , Stanwell Park

    Under the musical direction of 2017 ARIA nominee and local music teacher, Alison Garvie, the Stanwell Park Arts Theatre (SPAT) Music orchestra presents their third concert - Blockbusters to the Beach. SPAT Music welcomes musicians in the…

    23 Feb
  2. The Great Illawarra Walk

    Saturday 02 March 2019 , Stanwell Park

    A fundraising Walk that supports Chloe Saxby, a local nine year old girl who was diagnosed three years ago with an extremely rare and degenerative brain disease - Vanishing White Matter Disease - for which there is no cure or treatment…

    02 Mar
  3. Coastal Classic

    Saturday 07 September 2019 , Stanwell Park

    The Coastal Classic is a 30 kilometre trail run along one of the most stunning tracks in Australia, it has everything to offer from rocky terrain, sand running and beaches, to cliff-tops, bush land, rain forest and steep hill inclines. The…

    07 Sep