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Darkes Forest Riding Ranch

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published September 12th 2013
Trail Blaze Darkes Forest and Surrounding Areas
Established in 1971, and family owned and run 41 years, Darkes Forest is a beautiful establishment, that truly cares for its horses.

courtesy of Darkes Forest Horse Riding Ranch

The have experienced leaders and instructors that are keen to pass on their passion to anyone interested. Activities and lessons are available, designed especially for children. Beginner to Advance Riders of all ages are also eligible for lessons if required. Helmets are provided for all riders and is compulsory.

Horse heading in - courtesy of Darkes Forest Horse Riding Ranch

What a beautiful setting, adjistment paddocks, arenas for jumping and dressage work, lots of open space, bring a picnic have a BBQ, or visit the kiosk and gift shop. Open everyday except Christmas and New Years. Plenty of on ground parking available

Lazy Haze Kiosk - courtesy of Darkes Forest Horse Riding Ranch

Experience the thrill on beautiful Trail Rides with experienced leaders through the bush. Large groups of 10 or more may be eligible for a discount. Reliable horses, chose from a half hour, hour or hour and a half horse ride. Packages are also available upon request. They will tailor make your horse riding experience.
If you are lucky you may see kookaburras, wallabys and plenty of other wildlife, it is bushland so snakes are sometimes seen.

Enjoy the Australian bush from horse back, a superb experience and wonderful setting so close to Sydney only 30 minutes from Sydney and Wollongong.

Trail Blazing - courtesy of Darkes Forest Horse Riding Ranch

Darkes Forest Instructors are eager to assist you and your children in learning a safe and supportive manner. They match you with a horse that is right for your level. Safety is their number one priority. Weekends are mainly their most popular times for lessons and weekday lessons are also available upon request. Private, semi private and group lessons can be a trail or arena lesson or both. Due to safety reasons trail lessons are only available to over 7 years old.

courtesy of Darkes Forest Horse Riding Ranch

Prices vary depending on what ride or package you take prices vary so please refer Darkes Forest Website for more details

Darkes Forest offer varied activities to suit every age.Ride a Chuck Wagon, relive the era of yesterday booking required and run weekends only.

The staff are wonderfully friendly, and their horses have character indeed.

Darkes Forest also have adjistment paddocks. On a personal note, I think Darkes Forest love for these horses are second to none. Friends of mine have been coming here for years and happily adjusted their own horses at Darkes Forest.

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Why? Horse Riding
When: Everyday except Christmas Day and New Years Day
Phone: Julie Reed 02 4294 3441
Where: Darkes Forest Horse Riding Ranch
Cost: $20 upwards depending on Horse Trail Ride
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