Horse riding

Clarence has an impressive network of trails suitable for horseriding. The network is known as the Tangara Trail. It is managed by Tangara Horeseriding Trail Inc. with support from Council. It utilises road reserves, rights of way, council reserves and private property where public access has been negotiated.

The State Equestrian Centre (previously known as the Tangara Equestrian Park) is situated off Acton Road and is a 300-acre facility adjoining the Tangara Trail at Lauderdale. The Centre provides an excellent base for equestrian sports in Tasmania and is currently being developed by the Equestrian Federation of Tasmania, Hobart and Districts Pony Club and other clubs covering show jumping, dressage and eventing.

It is also possible to ride horses on most beaches in Clarence unless it is prohibited.

Horse unloading areas are available at Five Mile Beach and at Day Use Areas 2 and 4 at Seven Mile Beach.

Horseriding is prohibited on:

  • Seven Mile Beach east of the boat ramp to Day Use Area 1
  • Five Mile Beach between low water mark and 50 metres inland from high water mark at all times between 1 September and 28 February (protected rare shore bird nesting habitat)
  • Roches Beach
  • Lauderdale foreshore
  • Saltmarsh areas in the vicinity of East Marsh Lagoon/Race Course Flats
  • The southern end of Gorringes Beach, Mortimer Bay

Restrictions apply on some beaches during summer and/or the bird nesting season. Check local signs or call the Parks & Wildlife Service for details. Avoid riding above the high-tide mark on all beaches as nesting birds may be affected. For information on riding restrictions in the Seven Mile Beach Protected Area, contact Parks and Wildlife Service on 6214 8100

Safety on horeseriding trails

  • Check all tack for wear before riding out
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return
  • Ride defensively - anticipate sights and sounds that may startle or frighten your horse
  • Look ahead for snakes in the warmer months
  • All riders must wear a helmet that meets the Australian Safety Standard
  • Commonsense is a must for safe horseriding.


  • Exercise extreme caution - dismount if necessary
  • Ride on the left, except where trails or wide verges are provided on the right
  • Wave your arm downwards to indicate "slow down" to drivers approaching too fast