Horse Riding
in the Bathurst Region

Horse Riding in the Bathurst Region

Get out and active, exploring the Bathurst region on horseback. There are plenty of opportunities to ride for all levels of skill. Whether you are looking for a guided beginner tour, or for a new trail to explore with your own horse. There is something for everyone in the Bathurst region and surrounds.  

Independent Riding in the Bathurst Region and Surrounds

Chesleigh Homestead

Located in historic Sofala, Chesleigh Homestead offers riding activities for guests. With options for all levels of riding skill, from led pony rides for young children to experienced trail riding and week long summer and winter camp programs.

Looking for more fun animal activities?

Highland & Co

Located in the sprawling countryside of Kelso, Bathurst is the family friendly hands-on farm experience of Highland and Co. This is your chance to meet and treat the array of animals that call Highland & Co home from bunnies and chickens to highland cows and ponies.

Get out and about exploring the tracks and trails of Bathurst on your horse, here are just a few of the places you can go and ride.

Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area

1 hour from Bathurst in Neighbouring Orange. The Mount Canobolas Conservation Area is a great spot for bush walking, picnicking, bird watching and horse riding. With 2 roads and 1 management trail designated for horse riding.
Read more to find out which trails permit riding and how to access them.

Sunny Corner State Forest

Sunny Corner State Forest is the closest State Forest that is available for riding just 25 minutes from Bathurst. Horses can be ridden on the main roads and fire trails within the State Forest.

If riding in the State Forest be aware of your surroundings and obey all on site signage.

Peel Flora & Fauna Reserve

Just 15 minutes from Bathurst the Peel Flora & Fauna Reserve is a great for for bushwalking, birdwatching, cycling and Horse Riding. With a short established track accessible via the Sofala Road.

Gardens of Stone National Park

1 Hour away from Bathurst. The Gardens of Stone National Park has two 4wd trails where horse riding is also permitted. These are the Ben Bullen Trail and Crown Creek Fire Trail. Both are long and remote, you should research and plan ahead before attempting either by horse.

Kanangra-Boyd National Park

Located 1 hour south of Bathurst, in Oberon.

The Kanangra-Boyd National Park allows riding on the main roads in the park. However riding on fire trails and walking tracks is not permitted.

Turon River National Park

1 hour and 25 minutes from Bathurst the Turon river National Park allows riding on main roads and fire trails.
Be aware of your surroundings as many of these roads and trails are also used by 4wd vehicles. Access into the park is by 4wd and you may have to entre the park on horseback due to road conditions.

Useful Resources for Riders 

Code of Practice
for Horse Riding in National Parks

Prior to riding in any of the National park areas above please read the code of practice for riding in National Parks. Not all parks allow riding and some require different permissions to access.

State Forest Riding

Did you know horse riding is permitted on all main roads and fire trails within State Forests.
Read here to see all the State Forests near Bathurst and plan your next trip.