Thredbo Valley Track Extension

Building a world-class mountain biking experience.

Mountain bikers at the end of a footbridge on the Thredbo Valley Track, Kosciuszko National Park.The Thredbo Valley Track Extension Project will deliver world class mountain biking experiences in Kosciuszko National Park.

By extending both ends of the popular Thredbo Valley Track the project will create 60km of mountain bike trails that will help establish the region as a summer adventure hub.

What the project involves

The project involves construction of new sections of track at both ends of the existing Thredbo Valley Track.

Dead Horse Gap to Thredbo Village (Upper TVT): A 4km section will be added to the start of the track south-west of Thredbo village, expected to open in 2020.

Bullocks Hut to Gaden Trout Hatchery (Lower TVT): A new 17km section of track following the Thredbo River downstream from Bullocks Hut to Gaden, across the Thredbo River and joining existing off-park trails, expected to open in 2019. An option to continue downstream along the Thredbo River, within Kosciuszko National Park, to the Thredbo Picnic Area on the Kosciuszko Road is also being investigated.

The track extension has been awarded $9.8 million funding by the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund program, funded through Restart NSW, that provides funding for infrastructure that supports regional economic growth, creates local employment opportunities, and drives growth in the visitor economy.

Work on the two new sections of track will require NPWS to close parts of the existing Thredbo Valley Track during the summer construction season. NPWS will ensure that some sections of track remain open.

You’ll find details of the latest track closures at National Parks: Kosciuszko National Park local alerts

Works planned for July 2018 - June 2019 include:

  • Construction of the Lower TVT including a bridge across the Thredbo River to Gaden Hatchery
  • Upgrading the path from Skitube carpark to Bullocks Hut for low mobility access, cycling and other events
  • Upgrading sections of track to make it less prone to closure in wet weather
  • Construction of additional elevated platforms
  • Scoping of a potential carpark near Dead Horse Gap
  • Scoping the final route for the Upper Thredbo Valley Track

Works planned for July 2019 - June 2020 include construction of the Upper Thredbo Valley Track and the carpark at Dead Horse Gap.

The Thredbo Valley Track Extension Project aims to create jobs and deliver regional economic growth in the summer season, while encouraging people to love and protect their national parks.

This project taps into the growing mountain bike tourism market and will drive summer season visitation to the region by offering a unique backcountry riding and fishing experience along the wildly beautiful Thredbo River.

The track extension will eventually link to additional tracks to be completed by Snowy Monaro Regional Council through to Jindabyne and Thredbo, enabling users to cycle from the top of Thredbo resort or Dead Horse Gap, down the Thredbo Valley, along the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne, through the township and onwards to Mill Creek and Tyrolean Village to connect with council-managed bike circuits at East Jindabyne.

The project will link visitors to resorts and other tourism operators in the area, bringing broader economic and social benefits for the Snowy Mountains region.

Our national parks are managed to protect their unique values and provide for sustainable visitor use and enjoyment. This includes providing visitor experiences and, where appropriate, new visitor facilities including tracks and trails.

We are conducting independent environmental assessments to examine the significance of any likely environmental impacts of the proposal and consider measures required to mitigate any impacts to the environment. This highlights the need to ensure public visitation and enjoyment is compatible with the protection of conservation values.

The proposed project will undergo further detailed design and assessment to ensure compliance with the park’s plan of management and conservation management plans. Stringent environmental, cultural heritage and cost-benefit assessments, involving our staff, key stakeholders and other experts, will ensure the project meets environmental, cultural and economic aspirations.

The extension to the Thredbo Valley Track will realise the final stage of this impressive mountain biking trail in Kosciuszko National Park and will enable a linked track from the resorts to the tourism hub of Jindabyne. The track extension will respect the park’s natural and cultural values and the area’s remote alpine settings.

Effective community and stakeholder engagement is critical to the success of this project. NPWS will engage with stakeholders and interested community members in a meaningful and timely way. Those interested in the project are invited to register their interest and receive regular updates on the project.

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