Kids Fun

Darkes Forest Riding Ranch Darkes Forest

Where is it at?

View on Google Maps

Darkes Forest Riding Ranch
448 Darkes Forest Road
Darkes Forest
NSW
2508
Tel: 02 4294 3441

Directions

The family-owned and operated ranch is set in native bushland just an hour and 10 minutes south of Sydney, and 30 minutes north of Wollongong. You can find them at 448 Darkes Forest Road off the Princes Hwy in Darkes Forest.

Where are we going today?

Whether you're an expert or have never sat on a horse before, the lovely staff at Darkes Forest Riding Ranch will make sure you have a great time!

The ride leaders at the ranch are very experienced, and just love horses and riding so all kids will be in safe hands!

Kids can take a lesson to either gain the skills and confidence as they start out, or enjoy some trail rides if they are a bit more stable on the horse.

They are keen to share their absolute love of riding to anyone, of any age, but they do have classes and activities designed especially for children. These are age-appropriate and they understand that kids of the same age brackets will have different experiences and rates of learning, so they really take care in making sure every child is looked after. 

The lessons that they have for adults are perfect for beginners and advanced riders too, so you can join and learn alongside each other!

If kids really take to the horse and want to make it a regular thing, they have Pony Club which is held about once a month.  Each month they have a different event, such as dressage instruction, dress up days and hacking days, so there will be always something new to learn!

If horses make you a bit nervous, they understand. The have made sure all of their horses are calm, reliable, and great around kids. The experienced trail riders will be right there with you, mile upon mile of stunning bushland that you can ride through. Perhaps you will be lucky and spot some local wildlife!

The rides can be 30 minutes to 2 hours, or you can combine with one of their package tours, so great value all around! 

Email attraction

How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $40.
  • ChildrenUnder 7 pony rides from $20. Fun rides from $40. Lessons from $43.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Varies on lessons and tours

7 days a week, all year round except Christmas and New Years Day

Any Top Tips?

During school holidays, they offer fun and exciting day camps for the younger kids. They can really learn about what it's like to take care of a horse, and enjoy a day of riding. The groups are small so all experience levels are really looked after. .

Can I get one of those?

They also sell horses too, if you're interested in buying one - why not!? .

What people are saying?

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    I took my kids for 30' pony riding. The price was 30$ for 30', but when we arrived I was told it is plus 5 $ for each guide who leads the pony.
    Given we were on a big ranch I found it quite disappointing that the ponies were led in a small circle for 15 min plus 3 min for each way to get to the circle and back.
    The kids who where in charge were around 12 years old (give or take) and not really familiar with a proper clientele service.
    Compared with other horse riding farms this experience was quite disappointing.

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    We have been to Darkes Forest Riding Ranch twice now and both times were excellent. Everyone at the Riding Ranch is very friendly, welcoming and only to happy to help. My first visit was with my sister and my two nieces - my two nieces had never been riding before and they love it! :) The staff ( Amelia and Amelia ) - were so good at helping them with the basics to get started. The second time I was by myself and once again had a wonderful time with Sarah who also give me a few riding tips :) I would recommend this Riding Ranch - it's a great day...Read More

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Great, I will definitely be going back.

  • by

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

Submit a review

by Jennifer Arber

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

We have been to Darkes Forest Riding Ranch twice now and both times were excellent. Everyone at the Riding Ranch is very friendly, welcoming and only to happy to help. My first visit was with my sister and my two nieces - my two nieces had never been riding before and they love it! :) The staff ( Amelia and Amelia ) - were so good at helping them with the basics to get started. The second time I was by myself and once again had a wonderful time with Sarah who also give me a few riding tips :) I would recommend this Riding Ranch - it's a great day out.

The Weather

Friday

Conditions: Thunderstorm
Temp: 83° F / 28° C
Humidity: 85 %
Wind: NW - 16 MPH

Saturday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 70° F / 21° C
Humidity: 57 %
Wind: SSE - 17 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 75° F / 24° C
Humidity: 61 %
Wind: E - 16 MPH

Not found what you're looking for?

  • Illawarra Golf Complex

    This outdoor Putt Putt course incorporates friendly characters and simple hazards, including water features with little bridges. Driving range and professional lessons also offered.

  • Dawn Fraser Baths

    Enjoy water fun in the historic baths dating back from the 1880s, with a beach during low tide and tidal salt water. Great water fun in Sydney!

  • Cockatoo Island Challenge Trails

    The adventure begins in just getting to this heritage listed island, then kids can try and conquer clue style challenges along the trails!

  • Sydney Observatory

    Explore the stars in this popular observatory, with 3D space theatre productions, planetarium dome shows, and exhibits on meteorology, astronomy and timekeeping!

  • Tobruk Sheep Station

    Period buildings and traditional presentations set the tone for an entertaining and authentic rural outback experience with demonstrations, daily programming and entertainment!