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Horse riding in the Limestone Coast

ForestrySA facilitates public access to local plantations under lease arrangement and also manages more than 12,500ha of Native Forest for conservation in the Limestone Coast. The vast local commercial forest estate provides plenty of opportunity for horse riding in a relaxed natural environment.

Walking, horse riding, bike riding, cave diving and Ghost Mushroom hunting are popular activities in the Limestone Forest plantation areas.

The network of existing fire break trails within pine plantation areas are available for horse riding. The plantation lease area is run as a commercial forest and members of the public are asked to avoid all operational activity and abide by signage and access restrictions.

Horse riders are reminded to keep to established tracks when driving and horse riding and respect the forest environment, including flora, fauna and forest facilities.

Horse riding is not permitted in Native Forest Reserves.

Please avoid picnic areas and consider other forest users during your ride and be sure to remove all manure and feed before departing the forest. The use of clean feed will further limit the chance of weeds spreading.

A commercial user agreement may be required for some users (ie. professional racing, harness racing and trail riding).

Permit fees

All permits must be purchased before riding.

Annual permit
$71.50 per adult
$40.75 per child
*Valid for 12 months from date of purchase

Daily permit
$7.15 per adult
$4.10 per child

*An event application must be submitted for large horse riding events.

For more information regarding forest tracks within plantation lease areas view our forest maps, send us an email or contact ForestrySA’s Mount Gambier office during business hours 08 8724 2888.

The forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days. To report a fire, call 000.

Fire is prohibited on ForestrySA land and Forest Reserves between November 1 and April 30 in any year. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).


Buy a horse riding permit

All horse riders must purchase a permit before riding in a ForestrySA-managed forest reserve.

Annual and daily permits are available.