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Thredbo Valley track adventure rides

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Experienced mountain bike riders can get their thrills on Thredbo Valley track in Kosciuszko National Park. From the world-class 35km ride, to short technical sections, try these adventure options.

Where
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
5 - 35km one-way
Time suggested
1 - 8hrs
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times
  • November to May: Open for cycling when the track is dry.
  • June to October: All bikes, including fat bikes, only permitted on the gravel track section between Bullocks Flat and Thredbo Diggings campground.
  • Check conditions and closures before you set out.
What to
bring
Drinking water, snacks, suitable clothing, helmet, bike repair kit, first aid kit, hat, sunscreen, mobile phone, personal locator beacon

Thredbo to Gaden Trout Hatchery: 35km one way

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Grade: Green - Easy to Blue - Intermediate

Distance: 35.1km one way

Time: 3-8hrs

Season: November to May. Closed to bikes in winter.

Intrepid mountain bike riders can now tackle the extended 35.1km Thredbo Valley track ride from Thredbo to Gaden Trout Hatchery.

Cruise, climb and downhill through the ever-changing Snowy Mountains scenery on one of Australia’s best mountain bike day rides.

Setting off from Thredbo’s Friday Drive, the easy flow single track follows the pretty Thredbo River valley. Enjoy smooth, mostly downhill riding to the first 3 suspension bridges crossing the river, before hitting some rolling contours and tight corners en route to Ngarigo campground.

With the legs warmed up, the pitch kicks up and the track throws in technical treats including climbs, descents, berms, gnarls and switchbacks, as you head to Thredbo Diggings.

Catch your breath back in the green zone on the compacted gravel section to Bullocks Flat through black sallee woodland. For a more demanding option without clocking up extra kms, take Muzzlewood track between Thredbo Diggings and Bullocks Flat.

Bullocks Hut is a top spot to rest and regroup before tackling the final 18.4km lower Thredbo Valley track stretch to Gaden Trout Hatchery. Recommended for physically fit, self-sufficient and experienced riders only, this long, challenging section is packed with technical features as it follows the river downstream through remote sub-alpine landscapes.

There are no exit points or facilities until you reach the trout hatchery, off Kosciuszko Road. It’s best to organise a car shuffle or pickup.

Ngarigo to Thredbo Diggings: 4.8km one-way

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Grade: Blue - Intermediate

Distance: 4.8km one-way, 9.6km return

Time: 0.75-2hrs

Season: November to May. Closed to bikes in winter.

This ride is a blast if you’re short on time or want a taster of Thredbo Valley track’s more technical single track.

There are some short steep climbs in both directions, including 1 just out of Ngarigo, giving you excellent mid-slope flowing track, with rolling contours, fun berms and switchbacks. Cover the breaks so you don’t overcook the corners, keep an eye out for slower riders and traffic coming the other way.

A couple of long, elevated platforms offer great views of the Thredbo River. Keep an eye out for the ‘secret’ rest stop above the track, just after the second platform out of Ngarigo.

If you’re thirsty for more, add on a 5.5km loop from Thredbo Diggings to Bullocks Flat combining the intermediate Muzzlewood track.

Bullocks Flat to Gaden Trout Hatchery: 18.4km one way

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Grade: Blue - Intermediate

Distance: 18.4km one way

Time: 1.5-4hrs

Season: November to May. Closed to bikes in winter.

This lower Thredbo Valley track extension is a thrilling new option for adventure riders keen to test their legs on a more challenging, and remote section of the iconic track.

Starting from the northern side of the Skitube bridge at Bullocks Flat, the first 3km is an easy to moderate ride before the track gets more technical and the landscape more remote. If you’re struggling it’s recommended you turn back, as there are no exit points until Gaden Trout Hatchery, located off Kosciuszko Road.

Best cycled west to east, this purpose-built lower section of Thredbo Valley track is packed with challenges including tight switchbacks, high berms, rocky surfaces, and steep gradients. Boulder lookout, around 10.4km from Bullocks Flat, is a scenic rest stop along the way.

Opened in 2019, it's a rewarding ride on its own for physically fit, experienced and well-equipped riders. For a longer adventure, it’s easily combined with other sections of Thredbo Valley track.

Thredbo to Bullocks Flat: 16.7km one way

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Grade: Green - Easy to Blue - Intermediate

Distance: 16.7km one way

Time: 1.5-4hrs

Season: November to May. Closed to bikes in winter.

The original Thredbo Valley track packs in flowy single track, climbs, and technical trail features to make a physically challenging ride, with plenty of cruisey neutral sections.

Starting from Friday Drive in Thredbo village, the track meanders along the pretty Thredbo River valley, crossing 5 suspension bridges on the way to Ngarigo campground. Breathe in the mountain air as you ride by the rushing river, through tall mountain gum forest, snow gum woodland, and open grasslands.

There are a few short climbs and switchbacks to get you primed for the more gnarly technical obstacles you’ll attack between Ngarigo and Thredbo Diggings.

Keep spinning along the easy last leg from Thredbo Diggings to Bullocks Flat, or take Muzzlewood track, which needs a bit more skill to navigate.

Convenient riverside rest stops, plus toilet facilities, are available at Ngarigo campground, Thredbo Diggings campground, and Bullocks Hut. They’re also handy pick-up points if you run out of gas, or the weather turns.

At Bullocks Flat, you can cruise around 1km to Lake Crackenback Resort where you and your bike can be collected. Fees apply. Book well in advance.

Thredbo Mountain Bike Park

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Grade: Green - Easy, Blue - Intermediate, Black - Advanced

Distance: 25km of trails

Season: Mid November to end April

Thredbo Mountain Bike Park, run by Thredbo Resort, is home to 25km of epic alpine riding for adventure riders.

There’s chairlift-accessed gravity trails, skills parks, a linked network of cross country trails, and a fun flowing pump track, all easily combined with Thredbo Valley track.

Warm up on the rollers, smooth berms and steady gradient of Kosciuszko Flow trail. Head up to 1930m for unrivalled views down the valley before the adrenaline rush of the All-Mountain trails. Or, take it easy on one of the village loops.

Thredbo’s favourite vertical run for advanced riders, the Cannonball Downhill, is packed with drops, jumps, wall-rides and other features. Full-face helmet compulsory.

Bike rental, clinics and programs are all available in Thredbo village to take your mountain bike skills to the next level. Visit the Thredbo resort website for more information.

Please note

  • Arrange a car shuffle or pickup if cycling one way.
  • Local shuttle services operate between Thredbo village and Lake Crackenback Resort in summer. Fees apply. Book well in advance. Ask our friendly staff at Snowy Region Visitor Centre for more details.
  • Please give way to walkers along this track, and be considerate of beginner and slower riders, including children.
  • Check conditions and closures before you set out.

Kosciuszko National Park is a mountain bike rider’s paradise, and the iconic Thredbo Valley track is one Australia’s best day rides.

Take to 2 wheels on an epic day in the saddle on the extended 35km ride, from Thredbo to Gaden Trout Hatchery, only 9km from Jindabyne. Tackle the remote lower Thredbo Valley track for a challenging and uninterrupted 18.4km ride between Bullocks Flat and the hatchery. Or, test your skills on a shorter technical ride like Ngarigo to Thredbo Diggings.

Families and first-time riders may prefer our Thredbo Valley track easy ride options.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Things to do:

Thredbo Valley track easy rides

If you're looking for an easy mountain bike ride in the Snowy Mountains, try these family-friendly sections of the famous Thredbo Valley track, between Thredbo village and historic Bullocks Hut.

Two mountain bike riders pass a sign on Thredbo Valley track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Boen Ferguson/DPIE

 

Think Before You TREK

Are you planning a bushwalk, going somewhere remote or where the weather is extreme? Stay safe by planning your trip for all conditions and telling someone about it.

Bushwalkers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: Daniel Tran/DPIE

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Park info

  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

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Two mountain bikers ride beside the Thredbo River on Thredbo Valley track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Boen Ferguson/OEH