Thredbo Valley Track Extension

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 provides world-class mountain biking experiences in Kosciuszko National Park. The extension of the popular Thredbo Valley Track has created 37 kilometres of mountain biking trails that are drawing enthusiasts from afar and quickly establishing the region as a summer adventure hub.

The Thredbo Valley Track offers a fantastic range of options for first-time mountain bikers and family-friendly rides. For those after more of a challenge, the 18-kilometre section between Bullocks Flat and Gaden offers a cross-country style track with some fast-flowing and technical sections to test more experienced riders.

What the project involves

The project includes the construction of 3 new sections of track to extend and complement the existing Thredbo Valley Track.

  • Bullocks Flat to Gaden Trout Hatchery: A new 18.4-kilometre section of track following the Thredbo River downstream from Bullocks Flat to Gaden Trout Hatchery, finishing with a new bridge spanning across the Thredbo River. This was completed and opened in November 2019.
  • Bundilla Accessible Track: A short 1.1 kilometre (return) grade 1 walking track providing access for everyone to the Thredbo River and the Bullocks Hut historical precinct. The precinct contains an accessible toilet, and accessible parking is available at the start of the walk (Skitube Carpark D). This was completed and opened in February 2021.
  • Gaden Trout Hatchery to Thredbo River Picnic Area: The final 1.5-kilometre section of track continues along the lower section of the Thredbo River and finishes with a 300-metre elevated platform that descends into the upgraded Thredbo River Picnic Area. This is due to open by the end of 2022.

The project also included improvement works to increase the sustainability, safety and durability of the Thredbo Valley Track, as well as new elevated platforms, signage and upgrades to the track heads at Friday Flat, Bullocks Flat, Gaden and the Thredbo River Picnic Area.

This $9.8 million project is funded through Restart NSW's Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.

The new Thredbo Valley Track extension from Gaden Trout Hatchery to the Thredbo River Picnic Area is due for completion by the end of 2022.

The NSW Government is delivering its largest investment in national parks history with more than $450 million for over 200 visitor infrastructure projects across the State.

It builds on the $17.9 billion and 74,000 jobs national parks already contribute annually to the State's economy and is supporting NSW communities to recover in the wake of droughts, bushfires, floods, and the pandemic.

The Thredbo Valley Track Extension taps into the growing mountain bike tourism market. It 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 provide a critical link to the Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail Project to be completed by Snowy Monaro Regional Council, enabling users to cycle from the top of Thredbo resort, down the Thredbo Valley, and around the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne.

The project will develop new visitor experiences and grow demand for products and services, bringing broader economic and social benefits to the Snowy Mountains region.

The original proposal included the extension of the Thredbo Valley Track from Thredbo up to Dead Horse Gap (Upper TVT). The detailed site investigations revealed that the proposed track was not feasible due to environmental and geological constraints. Planning for the track was also unable to locate a suitable route for a family-friendly 'Green' track due to the steep terrain.

The Upper TVT was replaced with the 1.5-kilometre extension of the track from Gaden Trout Hatchery through to the Thredbo River Picnic Area.

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 conduct independent environmental assessments to ensure the construction, along with public visitation and enjoyment, is compatible with the protection of conservation values.

The project has included detailed assessments 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 ensure the project meets environmental, cultural and economic aspirations throughout the construction and operational phases.

The Thredbo Valley Track descends into the Thredbo Valley and weaves through some remote untouched sections of the national park. The track alignment has been carefully assessed and selected to ensure the least impact to the environment whilst providing the greatest visitor experiences and expansive views of the Thredbo River. The track respects the park's natural and cultural values and the area's remote alpine settings.

The community and relevant stakeholders have been engaged with throughout the project, and the consultation has been critical to the success of this project.

Updates: November 2019

Thredbo Valley Track extension officially opened.

  • 17 Nov 2019
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