What We Offer

Trail Riding from $70*

Enjoy the Aussie bush as you've never experienced it -- from horseback!


We have honest, reliable horses, experienced trail leaders, and beautiful bushland for you to ride through. You can choose from a half-hour, hour, or hour and a half horse ride. Or you can combine your horse ride with one of our terrific package tours -- they're great value, and lots of fun!


We also Welcome Large Groups


*30 minute Ranch Trail




Riding Lessons from $80*

Riding is more fun when you know how!


Our instructors are eager to help you and your children learn in a safe, supportive environment. We match you with a horse that's right for your skill and confidence level, and we always make safety our first priority.


Saturday and Sunday are the main lesson days, but weekday lessons are available by appointment.

Private, semi-private and group lessons can be a trail lesson or an arena lesson, or a combination. Please note that trail lessons are only available to riders age 7 and older.




*30 minute private riding lesson



Day Camps from $160

During school holidays, we offer a fun and exciting opportunity for your children. What child wouldn't love the chance to learn about, take care of, and ride a horse for a whole day?

Group and private day camps are available; both run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and include lunch, morning tea, drinks, horse hire, instruction, and a special package at the end of the day. (If you need to drop your child off earlier or pick them up later, please arrange this with us prior to the day.)

Deposit Required



Private Group Day Camps from $190

These special private group which must have 4+ students. These are great for birthdays and students that have done the group day camp many times. These camps can be booked any day of the week. 

Deposit Required



Pony Play Camps from $110

Pony Play Camps are half day camps catering for children aged 5 to 7 years. These camps start at 9am and finish at 12.00pm. Cost is $110.00 which includes horse hire, instruction, morning tea and a Certificate of Participation. Numbers are limited so as to keep the groups smaller for the littlies. Pony Play Camps are run Tuesdays & Thursdays in the School Holidays.

Deposit required

Contact us for more details.  


Birthday Parties

Pony Party


The Perfect Party for Ages 7 years & Under


  • Pat and Bruch a Pony
  • Pony Rides
  • Party Game
  • Party Host
  • Food Provided
  • 1.5-2hrs of Pony Party Fun


Trail Ride Party


The Perfect Party for Ages 7+


  • Introduction to Horsemanship
  • 1/2 or 1 hour Trail Ride
  • Party Game
  • Food Provided
  • Riding instructor/Party Host
  • 2hrs of Happy Birthday Horsey Fun

Call the Ranch for further Information

0242 943441


Disability Services

Darkes Forest Ranch is a NDIS Provider offering services to participants including pony leads, one on one lessons & guided trail rides.

(Assessment Required)



Star Club


Darkes Forest Riding School introduces *New* in 2018 a monthly riding group for people with a disability.

(Assessment required)

Sessions include; 

  • grooming
  • horsemanship
  • lead rides
  • further riding advanced tuition as required

Call the Ranch for further Information

0242 943441