Horseriding

Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Saddle up for some of Queensland’s most beautiful journeys by horseback and enjoy true peace and tranquillity.

Horseriding can be enjoyed across hundreds of kilometres of trails in Queensland’s parks and forests, ranging from gentle, well-graded trails to rough and challenging terrain.

Where you can ride

Horses are not permitted in all of Queensland's parks, but across the state you'll find many opportunities to saddle up and enjoy the serenity of nature on horseback.

The South East Queensland Horseriding Trail Network provides a range of outstanding horseriding opportunities on 547km of trails that pass through 22 Queensland parks and forests in the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions.

One of the state’s most iconic horseriding experiences is the Bicentennial National Trail running from Cooktown south to South East Queensland before connecting with New South Wales and on into Victoria. Divided into route sections, many of which cross Queensland’s parks and forests, this trail offers great experiences for riders of all ages and abilities.

Find parks and forests with horseriding permitted. Giddyup!

Permits and fees

Where horseriding is allowed, you will not generally require a special permit, except for commercial activities and organised group rides and competitive events.

Written authorisation is required for the Bump Track in the Mowbray National Park section of the Bicentennial National Trail. Horseriders intending to access the Bump Track where it traverses Mowbray National Park, need to obtain a letter of authorisation from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Regional Manager, valid for a 12 month period.

Ride with care

Ensure you horseride with care in our parks to stay safe and leave no trace of your visit.