Saddle up for horseriding adventures in beautiful Sydney and surrounds. With well-trained horses and ponies for kids, learn how to ride a horse in the heart of the city in the lovely Centennial Parklands or at horseriding centres in the historic hinterland. There are great bush trail rides, too.
Children who love horses will be delighted with the various experiences. For the under-fives, guided pony rides are available at most horseriding schools. Older kids, whether beginners or more experienced, will relish lessons or trail rides through parklands or in bushland around Sydney.
Enjoy a guided trail ride at the Sydney Trail Riding 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 Sydney Trail Riding Centre is in Richmond, which is only 10 minutes’ drive from Windsor.
In the historic Macarthur region is the Sugarloaf Horse Centre, on the charming Sugarloaf Mountain Farm in Campbelltown, an hour’s drive southwest from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The centre offers escorted trail riding on a vast property as well as lessons in riding, dressage and equestrian.
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. Golden Ridge is in Dural, which is about 30 minutes’ drive northwest of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, one of Australia’s largest horseriding centres with more than 200 horses, is about an hour’s drive north of the harbour bridge. A short drive south of Sydney is the Otford Farm Trails near Stanwell Park, which borders the southern end of the Royal National Park.