Horseriding is a great way to enjoy the splendid natural beauty of NSW, from the Snowy Mountains to World Heritage wilderness, from the pretty countryside to gorgeous beaches. You’ll find various riding experiences, including lessons for beginners, trail rides, multiday treks and pony rides for kids.
Some riding adventures are an easy drive from Sydney. Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is Australia’s largest horseriding centre on the Central Coast, north of Sydney. There are horseriding tours in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, too. Other experiences near Sydney include:
- Otford Farm Trails, near Stanwell Park
- Kangaroo Valley Horseriding in Kangaroo Valley
- Hunter Valley Horse Riding in Rothbury
- Chapman Valley Horse Riding in the Hunter Valley
- Hunter Valley Horses in Pokolbin
You can ride horses with Sahara Trails on a sandy beach in Port Stephens, a popular destination on the North Coast for dolphin-watching cruises. About two hours’ drive north is Port Macquarie, where there are several horseriding tours. Or ride a camel on a beach with Port Macquarie Camel Safaris.
There are more horseback adventures farther north, in Coffs Harbour and Ballina. Alternatively, head for the South Coast and Valhalla Horse Riding, where you can ride on trails in enchanting bush near St Georges Basin. You might be lucky enough to spot kangaroos and wallabies on the trails.
Whether you’re an experienced rider or a beginner, you’ll find the right horseriding holiday in NSW. The Snowy Mountains is the home of the wild brumby and Australia’s highest peak. You’ll find exhilarating horseriding adventures in the legendary high country and Kosciuszko National Park.
In the extraordinarily diverse Country NSW are marvellous horseriding experiences as well. Bathurst, Dubbo, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga are just several of the lovely areas where you can relish horseriding tours. There’s also a Saddle Camp for girls in Braidwood, an hour’s drive from Canberra.
The 11 Day Leconfield Jackaroo and Jillaroo School, in Tamworth, teaches you how to be a real cowboy or cowgirl and the art of natural horsemanship, a method of training popularised by the film The Horse Whisperer. At Harlow Park in Uralla, you can stay on a farm and enjoy various trail rides.