Victoria’s diverse range of national and state parks offer many opportunities for exploration and adventure on horseback. The steady hoof beat of a sure footed horse and the solitude and peace and quiet of the natural environment can transport you in place and in time.
Horse riding allows you to really appreciate the passing countryside. As you amble slowly along a trail, there’s time to be more attentive to the environment and to soak in the scenery. From your high vantage point you’ll be better placed to catch a glimpse of wildlife and listen more closely to native birds.
Victoria’s parks offer many opportunities for riders. Explore the mountains and valleys of the Alps or canter through the Bogong High Plains in summer. Or enjoy the heathlands and tall timbers of the Great Otway National Park, the beaches of the Mornington Peninsula or the woodlands of Macedon Regional Park.
Where can I go horse riding?
Where can I camp with my horse?
Permits and tours
You may need a permit to ride in these parks. For ride suggestions or details of Licensed Tour Operators that operate in the parks contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.
Riding Safe and Protecting Our Parks
- To prevent soil erosion, weeds and other problems, it is important you stay on the trails, heed signposts and avoid short cuts.
- Before setting off, make sure you contact the local park office where you intend to ride. Parks Victoria staff will inform you of any permits required and can help you plan your routes and campsites if required.
- Wear a helmet at all times. For long rides remember to pack spare ropes, horse shoes and shoeing gear and first aid supplies.
For further information and to ensure safe riding with minimal environmental impact, view The Department of Environment and Primary Industries horse riding code.