Dthinna Dthinnawan horse riding trails

Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park

Overview

The horse riding trails in Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park offer short and long rides for endurance riders, casual riders and trail riding clubs alike.

Where
Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park
Distance
70km of trails
Time suggested
2 days
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, suitable clothing, snacks
Please note
  • Horse riders are required to book accommodation at Inverary Homestead, which accommodates 12 guests.
  • Contact Tenterfield Office for horse riding maps
  • A GPS will be handy in this remote area
  • Please read our code of practice for horse riding in parks before you set out on your adventure.
  • Please consider minimising the impact of introduced weeds and plants on Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park by feeding horses a weed-free diet for 2 to 4 days prior to any extended trip to reduce the risk of seeds being spread through manure.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park.

Horse riders can enjoy over 70km of long distance endurance trails and short loops through the national park’s gently undulating wilderness. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to experience a rare sense of remoteness and solitude here.

Starting from Inverary Homestead, the trails are most popular in autumn and winter. In summer you’ll relish the rich orange–coloured trunks of the smooth–barked apple trees shedding their bark. Work up a canter through the magnificent forests of ironbark and cypress pine – there’s bound to be log or two to jump along the way.

There are plenty of scenic spots to enjoy a leisurely picnic while you rest your horses. Or you can ride into nearby Yetman for a pub lunch and a drink at the Codfish Hotel. Along the way, keep an eye out for kangaroos, wallabies, woodland birds and mobs of emus running across the plains.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/horse-riding-trails/dthinna-dthinnawan-horse-riding-trails/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Dthinna Dthinnawan horse riding trails.

Getting there and parking

Dthinna Dthinnawan horse riding trails are in Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park. Inverary Homestead is in the park’s central precinct. The homestead is approximately 12km east of Yetman and 5km north of Bruxner Highway.

To get there from Tenterfield:

  • Drive along Bruxner Highway heading west for 110km, to the town of Bonshaw, and continue a further 50km.
  • Turn right at the Inverary Homestead mailbox (if you see a private property sign 'Trigamon North', you’re approximately 200m past the turnoff).
  • Once you reach the locked gate at the park entrance, it’s approximately 4km to Inverary Homestead.

To get there from Yetman:

  • Drive along Bruxner Highway heading east for 12km
  • Turn left at the Inverary Homestead mailbox (200m past the private property sign for 'Trigamon North')
  • Once you reach the locked gate at the park entrance, it’s approximately 4km to Inverary Homestead.

Road quality

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • Most roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Inverary Homestead.

Facilities

Toilets

Picnic tables

  • Picnic and barbecue facilities are located at Inverary Homestead

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

  • This area is often dry with low rainfall. Water for horses in creeks and dams during the ride could be limited. Water is available at Inverary Homestead.

Horse riding safety

Before you hop on your horse, learn how to keep you and your riding group safe.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Permitted

Horses

  • Horse riding is permitted on all roads and fire trails in Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park, unless otherwise sign posted.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Dthinna Dthinnawan horse riding trails is in Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal cultural heritage

Inverary Homestead, Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

Dthinna Dthinnawan (pronounced Dinna Dinna-wah) means ‘place for emu footprint.’ The park contains a wide range of Aboriginal sites that provide evidence of traditional early Aboriginal culture and use. The area had abundant food and materials and provided year-round resources for the Gamilroi people.

Encounter endangered animals

Inverary Homestead, Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

A number of threatened species have been sighted here, including the black-striped wallaby, zig-zag velvet gecko, squatter pigeon and delicate mouse. Not to mention, koalas, squirrel gliders and glossy black cockatoos. The park is one of the best areas for long-term conservation of a number of threatened bat species that make their home there. These include the eastern free-tail bat, little pied bat, greater long-eared bat, yellow-bellied sheathtail-bat, and the hairy-nosed mormopterus.

Wild and varied native plant life

Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park. Photo: OEH

Eleven vegetation communities have been identified here, two of which are endangered – the carabeen and grassy white box woodlands. Much of the reserve is dominated by towering black cypress, white cypress, smoothed barked apple and dirty gum trees. In addition to these, the Yelarbon Spinifex community here has been recommended for listing as an endangered community. 

Education resources (1)

Horse riding trails, Dthinna Dthinnawan National Park. Photo: Michael Lieberman