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Horse Riding
0428 943 441

0409 943 441

02 4294 3453

448 Darkes Forest Road,
Darkes Forest, NSW 2508

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Family owned and operated

Darkes Forest Riding Ranch and Boarding stables 30 min South of Sydney, 30 min north of Wollongong was established in 1971. 

For over 40 years our family owned and operated horse riding ranch, set in native bushland is a great place to enjoy a horse ride or a horse riding lesson. 

We have experienced ride leaders and instructors that are keen to share their love of horses with people of all ages and experience levels. 

There are activities and classes designed especially for children.  We also offer lessons for beginners and advanced riders of all ages. We cater for both horse ride and pony ride birthday parties.

We have a kiosk on site, so stay for lunch or have a coffee and read the paper.

We’re open 7days a week, all year round [except Christmas Day] Come and ride with us today.

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We want to make your visit with us fun!

We offer the following facilities:

  • Barbecue and picnic facilities
  • A gift shop -- purchase that special shirt, hat or other gift to take a bit of Darkes Forest home with you!
  • Ample parking
  • Helmets provided for all riders
  • Agistment facilities
  • Enclosed footwear required on property at all times



Returning to the Ranch






Darkes Forest Ranch is committed to ensuring the Health &. Safety of our people and our horses. Fully Vaxed (subject to Government Advice) will be required for the Riding School Return to business.




Individual Bookings to commence Monday 11th October

* For the double vaccinated only until December 1st (or for children under 16 in attendance with fully vaccinated adults)

  • Please understand we will be understaffed until our team are fully vaccinated
  • Our school horses need to brought back into work slowly
  • Bookings will be limited until the above are addressed

We do have a waitlist including prepaid credits & regular sessions, please be patient in obtaining bookings.



Thanks to wonderful friends the 54 school horses have been kept fed and healthy while in lockdown through the generous support provided via

Upon Return to Trading rest assured;

·        Increased frequency of cleaning touch points throughout the venue, including pens, tables, horse tack, point of sale, door handles and other areas;
·        Hand sanitiser stations have been set up at reception and eating area, and additional stations will be added throughout the Ranch as required;
·        Stronger cleaning protocols and workplace hygiene procedures have been implemented;
·        No employees will be allowed at work showing flu-like symptoms.

How can you assist?

  • It is a condition of entry that you Check In with Service NSW App
  • Please follow your own local area guidelines regarding leave orders
    ·        We ask that all visitors evaluate their own health prior to visiting the Ranch. If you feel unwell or show any flu-like symptoms, please stay at home;
    ·        Please remain at home if you have been in contact with any person who has been diagnosed with, or shown symptoms of, COVID-19.

    We encourage all visitors and guests whilst attending the Ranch, to follow the below guidelines to maintain safe hygiene practices;

    ·        Regularly and thoroughly wash and clean your hands for 20 seconds, and utilise the hand sanitiser stations throughout the property;
    ·        Maintain a distance of 1.5m from other guests where possible;
    ·        Avoid physical contact when greeting others;