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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 397 Trails
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Little Para River Trail – City of Salisbury

Walking  |  Cycling
16.5km

The Little Para Trail is the most significant trail in the City of Salisbury which allows riders to follow a predominantly flat 10km trail (apart from a short on road detour at Porter st) from Carisbrooke Park (next to Main North Rd) to Port Wakefield Rd. There is also an opportunity to follow the trail […]

Walking 1 Day Easy
Cycling 4 Hours Easy

Willichum Lookout Hike – Canunda National Park

Walking
0.42km

Willichum Lookout Walk offers splendid panoramic views of the bay, the park and rocky cliffs from a viewing platform. Discover a spectacular coastline of cliffs and long stretches of surf beaches in Canunda National Park. Featuring a diversity of coastal habitats, Canunda offers great opportunities to enjoy bushwalking, observe local birdlife, surf the waves or […]

Walking 6 Minutes Intermediate

Seaview Hike – Canunda National Park

Walking
3.41km

The Seaview Walk features spectacular rock formations, sandy beaches, seabirds and a myriad of plants, while offering stunning scenic views of the coastal environment. The blue-green coastal daisy bush may be found along the walk and is usually smelled before it is seen as the leaves have a pleasant aroma. Evidence of wombat and echidna […]

Walking 51 Minutes Intermediate

Coola Outstation Historical Hike – Canunda National Park

Walking
6.92km

The Coola Outstation Historical Walk is located 20km south west of Millicent. The walk features the Coola Lookout which offers a fantastic view of the lake, dunes and farmland surrounds. Across the boardwalk is an area of dryland tea-tree known as the ‘singing forest’ with picnic facilities available. Examples of early farm machinery may be […]

Walking 1.73 Hours Intermediate

Cape Buffon Walk – Canunda National Park

Walking
2.47km

The Cape Buffon Walk highlights how the forces of wind and waves have shaped the limestone cliffs, sea stacks, reef platforms and vegetation along the coast. A variety of plants can be found along the trail. Discover a spectacular coastline of cliffs and long stretches of surf beaches in Canunda National Park. Featuring a diversity […]

Walking 34 Minutes Easy
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