Horse Riding in Sydney
From the leafy trails of Centennial Parklands to riding trails in the historic hinterland, Sydney has plenty of equine experiences for you to enjoy. Explore beautiful countryside on horseback, take riding lessons or perfect your show jumping skills at riding schools and clubs across the city. Well-trained horses provide adventures suitable for all ages and levels, from children's pony rides to challenging trails. Non-riders can even get in on the action and watch a match at the prestigious Sydney Polo Club.
Enjoy a guided trail ride at the Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Centre in the Hawkesbury, less than an hour by car from the city centre and home to historic towns such as Richmond and neighbouring Windsor. The centre regularly works with film and TV productions, so you can even ride the horses that featured in the movie The Great Gatsby, a large portion of which was filmed in Sydney and NSW.
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, one of Australia’s largest horse riding centres with more than 200 horses, is about an hour’s drive north of the the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Nearby you’ll also find Hidden Valley, a 320-acre farm with show jumping arena and accommodation.
Pony camps are available during school holidays, or enjoy a family day out at the delightful Golden Ridge Animal Farm, where kids can have a pony ride, feed lambs and goats, and even milk a cow. In Belrose in the Northern Beaches, head to Palomino Riding School for lessons and trail rides for all levels.
Sydney’s Centennial Parklands is home to an Equestrian Centre accommodating almost 200 horses, three arenas, a lunge yard and a number of riding clubs and schools. It’s one of the few parks in the world to offer inner-city horse riding. Join the riding club at Eastside Riding Academy, improve your dressage technique at Papillon Riding Stables or ride the 3.8km riding trail with Centennial Stables.
Sydney South & West
A short drive south of Sydney is Otford Farm near Stanwell Park, which borders the southern end of the Royal National Park. Set on over 300 acres of rainforest with plenty of rivers, creeks and trails to explore. A short drive away, Darkes Forest offers trail rides, day camps, and lessons for people with disabilities. In Denham Court, near Campbelltown, you’ll find the scenic Sydney Horse Riding Centre, set on a sprawling 360 hectare farm offering a truly unique riding experience.