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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

Found 394 Trails
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Tom Roberts Horse Trail

Horse Riding  |  Walking  |  Cycling
107.86km

The City of Onkaparinga has a series of online maps and information available by clicking here. This natural terrain multi-use trail network broadly spans from Cherry Gardens in the north, to Kangarilla in the south and Woodcroft in the west. Established through on-road linkages, road verges and unmade road reserves this trail is designed for horse riding and can […]

Horse Riding 3.09 Days
Walking 3.09 Days
Cycling 1.98 Days

Kersbrook Horse Trail

Horse Riding  |  Cycling  |  Walking
29.89km

The Kersbrook Horse Trail is a shared use trail in and around the town of Kersbrook and nearby Forestry SA land. Download map brochure here: Kersbrook Horse PDF The Kersbrook Horse Trail is South Australia’s only continuously looped, officially mapped horse trail. NOTES:  There is one section of the trail that is of higher risk […]

Horse Riding 6.85 Hours
Cycling 4.38 Hours
Walking 6.85 Hours Intermediate

Honeyeater Link Trail – Sandy Creek Conservation Park

Walking
0.72km

Sandy Creek Conservation Park is surrounded by farmland, vineyards and deep sand mining pits. Established on gently undulating sand dunes with occasional creeks, the park conserves some of the last remaining vegetation of the sandy soil lowlands of the Barossa Valley. Spring is the best time to view the wildflowers. The park lies on the […]

Walking 10 Minutes Easy

Wallowa Hike – Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park

Walking
4.7km

Nestled amongst the Barossa Ranges, Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park is perfect for bushwalkers, rewarding you with panoramic views, fascinating rock formations and a range of native plants and animals. There are two walking trails within this park which pass through a variety of landscapes including creeks, rocky outcrops, areas of low forest, scrub and open grassland. […]

Walking 2 Hours Intermediate

Deep View Lookout Hike – Morialta Conservation Park

Walking
2.38km

Cross the creek and follow the Morialta Falls Plateau Hike to climb out of the valley floor. Once out of the valley you will have great views back to Adelaide city and out to the northern suburbs. In winter walkers will be rewarded with a stunning array of orchids flowering on the side of the […]

Walking 42 Minutes Intermediate
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