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Horse Riding

South Australia has a number of trails ideal for horse riding and some of the best can be found in our State Forests. At Kuitpo Forest, 45-minutes drive south of Adelaide near the town of Meadows, there are several multi-use loop trails, each 20-kilometres long. To the North, Mount Crawford Forest, one hour’s drive from Adelaide in the northern Adelaide Hills, also has some good horse trails, including three, 20-kilometre multi-use loop trails. Forests are also located in Second Valley, Bundaleer and the South East of South Australia, near Mount Gambier.

Parks close to Adelaide which permit you to ride your horse include Belair National Park, Shepherds Hill National Park, Sturt Gorge National Park and Para Wirra Conservation Park.

South Australia’s long distance multi-use trail which permits horse riding is The Kidman Trail, which traverses country from Willunga to Kapunda via the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley.

For riders without their own horses, there are commercial providers who provide trail riding services

Safety tips

  • Only competent riders and well-trained horses should use the trails
  • Riders should keep their horses under control at all times
  • Observe signage, including for temporary trail closures
  • Check if permits are required, or for any known trail closures prior to riding
  • Share the trail, taking care when other users are present
  • Remain on the trail at all times, particularly in areas with valuable native vegetation.
  • Keep trail heads & float parking areas tidy.
  • Bring your own water for horses.

Familiarise yourself with

Adventure Activity Standards (Horse Riding)

SafeWork Australia Guide to managing risks when new or inexperienced people interact with horses

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The Barossa Trail

Walking  |  Cycling
40km

Gawler to Tanunda (27km) This fully sealed trail runs from the corner of Railway Tce and Ann Milroy Lane, just east of Gawler, through to the arch at the entrance to Tanunda. For the most part it’s a dedicated shared use trail (pedestrians and cyclists), with some short linking sections on minor roads (Cockatoo Lane, […]

Walking 1 Day Easy
Cycling 4 Hours Easy

Chowilla – Slaney Creek

Canoeing
14km return

Slaney Creek is in the Chowilla anabranch system running between River Murray and Chowilla Creek. There are at least 3 major snags that must be negotiated in Slaney Creek. One day round trip of approx 14 kms. 1. Commence at the Customs House boatramp and paddle downstream to the junction with Slaney Creek (approx 1.5 […]

Canoeing 6 Hours Easy

Chowilla – Salt Creek Murray Loop

Canoeing
45km return

This loop trail in the anabranch creek system you are paddling against the flow most of the distance (approx. 21 kms). When you reach the Murray River you will paddle downstream. On this trail you cover the upper third of the anabranch creek system and entering into NSW. 1. Start at Boarder Cliffs Customs House […]

Canoeing 4 Days Easy

Chowilla – Salt Creek 3 day Loop

Canoeing
62km return

1. Start at Border Cliffs boat ramp (Lat: 33974532 S, Long: 140.958220 E) 2. Paddle upstream to portage point at 399 River miles portage into Hypurna Creek (approx. 75 m) and then paddle down to the junction with Salt Creek. Passing the “Chute” on the LH side approx. total distance = 2.2 kms + 75m […]

Canoeing 4 Days Easy

Chowilla – Salt and Hypurna Creek Loop

Canoeing
33.5km return

1. Start at Boarder Cliffs Customs House boat-ramp (Lat: 33974532 S, Long: 140.958220 E). 2. Paddle downstream to the “Shute” (approx. 150m) a fast-flowing, narrow creek (leaving the main river on the RH side) joining Murray River and Hyperna Creek. (If the “Shute” is considered hazardous for the skills of the group the alternative is […]

Canoeing 3 Days Easy
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