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

International Mountain Biking Association green - easy cycling grade icon. Artwork: DPIEInternational Mountain Biking Association blue - intermediate cycling grade icon. Artwork: DPIE

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.

A man and woman bike ride along Thredbo Valley track beside the Thredbo River, in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Boen Ferguson/DPIE

Ngarigo to Thredbo Diggings: 4.8km one-way

International Mountain Biking Association blue - intermediate cycling grade icon. Artwork: DPIE

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.

Two mountain bike riders cycle along a winding dirt section of the lower Thredbo Valley track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Robert Mulally/DPIE

Bullocks Flat to Gaden Trout Hatchery: 18.4km one way

International Mountain Biking Association blue - intermediate cycling grade icon. Artwork: DPIE

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.

A mountain bike rider jumps over a track feature along a technical section of the lower Thredbo Valley track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Robert Mulally/DPIE

Thredbo to Bullocks Flat: 16.7km one way

International Mountain Biking Association green - easy cycling grade icon. Artwork: DPIEInternational Mountain Biking Association blue - intermediate cycling grade icon. Artwork: DPIE

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.

Two mountain bike riders cycle past a sign at the junction of Muzzlewood and Thredbo Valley tracks, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Robert Mulally/DPIE

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.

Two mountain bike riders with bikes take a chairlift to the top of Thredbo Mountain Bike Park, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Thredbo Resort

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.

Check out guided bike tour options. Families and first-time riders may prefer our Thredbo Valley track easy ride options.

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/cycling-trails/thredbo-valley-track-adventure-rides/local-alerts

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).

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Thredbo Valley track adventure rides.

Getting there and parking

The full Thredbo Valley track runs from Thredbo village, via Bullocks Flat, to Gaden Trout Hatchery, outside Kosciuszko National Park.

To get there from Jindabyne:

  • Leave Jindabyne on Kosciuszko Road
  • After 3km, turn left onto Alpine Way and continue 31km
  • Then turn right onto Friday Drive to enter Thredbo village
  • Thredbo Valley track starts from Friday Drive, on your right, before the round-a-bout.
  • To reach Gaden Trout Hatchery, follow Kosciuszko Road around 7km then turn left onto Gaden Road and follow 2.5km to the designated carpark and picnic area.

To get there from Khancoban:

  • Head south on Alpine Way and follow for 74km
  • You can turn left onto Banjo Drive to reach Thredbo, or continue 1.5km along Alpine Way and turn left onto Friday Drive.

You can also access Thredbo Valley track from Thredbo Diggings campground, Ngarigo campground, or at Bullocks Flat Skitube carpark ‘D’, off Alpine Way.

Road conditions

Roads can close in extreme weather, so it’s a good idea to check alpine weather and road conditions before setting out.

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Snow chains required after snow

Parking

  • Parking is available at either end of this track, on Friday Drive in Thredbo and at Gaden Trout Hatchery, outside the national park.
  • No parking or entry to private property. Please park in designated areas only.
  • You can also park at access points at Thredbo Diggings campground, Ngarigo campground, and Bullocks Flat Skitube carpark D.

Facilities

Thredbo Alpine Village offers a range of facilities including public toilets, picnic tables, supermarket, hire gear, drinking water, shops, cafes and restaurants, ATM, public phone, and fuel.

Non-flush toilets, picnic tables and fire-rings are located along Thredbo Valley track at Ngarigo campground and Thredbo Diggings campground. There’s also a non-flush toilet at Bullocks Hut.

There are public toilets and limited parking at Gaden Trout Hatchery. Please do not enter or park in private property.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Alpine safety

Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Cycling

November to May: You can cycle the full Thredbo Valley track in summer. Section may close due to poor weather or track conditions.

June to October: All bikes, including fat bikes, only permitted on gravel section between Thredbo Diggings campground and Bullocks Flat. Some sections may open if conditions allow.

Fishing

You can fish in rivers and streams between the October and June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish in all waters. Fishing in dams and lakes is permitted year-round, but some waterways may close temporarily or have restrictions. Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for information.

Prohibited

Horses

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.

If you're transiting through a national park or reserve on a public road, pets must remain within the vehicle.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas. The alpine resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass, Selwyn, Ski Rider and Kosciuszko Tourist Park are exempt, though some commercial and outdoor places within these resorts may have no smoking areas.

Visitor centre

Learn more

Thredbo Valley track adventure rides is in Thredbo-Perisher area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Explore the rooftop of Australia

Snowy Region Visitor in Jindabyne, gateway to Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/OEH

Skiers and snowboarders will be familiar with the fabulous snow sport facilities at Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass, but there are endless activities year-round. This area is a mecca for walkers and riders. Take in the spectacular 3600 views from Snow Gums boardwalk or Dead Horse Gap walk. A hike to Mount Kosciuszko is a must, while the awe-inspiring Main Range loop explores glacial lakes and the dramatic Western Fall. Take to 2 wheels on Thredbo Valley track, or get an adrenaline charge on the famous Cannonball Run. If you need some inspiration, stop by the Snowy Region Visitor Centre for tips on top experiences, guided tours, and where to stay. Kids can also learn more on a school excursion to the Kosciuszko Education Centre.

  • Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko This iconic day walk from Thredbo will have you conquering the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in a couple of hours. You'll quite literally be on a high as you soak in the epic views from Australia's highest point.
  • Perisher Visitor Office Perisher Visitor Office, in the heart of Perisher Valley, is a handy last-minute stop for advice, maps, hiking essentials and important information before your alpine adventures in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Schlink Hut walking track Schlink Hut walking track is a high alpine hiking or mountain biking adventure near Perisher, visiting 3 historic huts in Kosciuszko National Park. Winter access is by snowshoe or cross-country skiing only.
  • Snowy Region Visitor Centre Snowy Region Visitor Centre, in Jindabyne, is a great place for visitors to get information, brochures, maps and park entry passes before heading into Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Thredbo Valley track adventure rides 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.
  • 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.
  • Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) geography students. Learn about the management of water quality at a ski resort and the importance of protected catchments in this area.
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World-class wilderness

Blue Lake, on Main Range walk in Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH

In recognition of Kosciuszko's unique value as a conservation area, it's been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. More than half of the area of the park, over 350,000ha, has been declared wilderness, including the rugged Western Fall wilderness of the Main Range. It also contains Blue Lake, a rare cirque lake formed by the head of a glacier. Blue Lake is a listed  Ramsar site, recognised for the role it plays in preserving rare and threatened species. The Australian Alps received National Heritage recognition in 2008, and were named one of Australia's National Landscapes.

  • Schlink Hut walking track Schlink Hut walking track is a high alpine hiking or mountain biking adventure near Perisher, visiting 3 historic huts in Kosciuszko National Park. Winter access is by snowshoe or cross-country skiing only.

Alpine plants and animals

Corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

The park has over 200 species of alpine flowering plants and provides important habitat to nationally endangered species, such as southern corroboree frogs and broad-toothed rats. Ancient snow gums, twisted and stunted from the blasting effects of wind, snow and ice, mix with alpine ash and fragrant alpine mint bush. Above the treeline only heath, snow grass and the hardiest plants face the cold. Slow-growing mountain plum pine, some over 500 years-old, cling to boulders for warmth, providing shelter and food for threatened mountain pygmy-possums. Bogs of spongy sphagnum moss soak up the snow melt, to be released into alpine streams. From late spring to early summer, the heath is dotted with patches of wildflowers like alpine sunrays and snow daisies, yellow billy buttons, and the anemone buttercup, found only in Kosciuszko National Park.

  • Biodiversity survey The biodiversity survey school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) students focuses on science. Investigate what 'biodiversity' means and use field equipment to assess the biodiversity of sample quadrats along a transect in the montane forest.
  • Biodiversity survey The biodiversity survey school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 5 (Years 9-10) students focuses on science. Investigate what 'biodiversity' means and use field equipment to assess the biodiversity of sample quadrats along a transect in the montane forest.
  • Going up the mountain Going up the mountain is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 6 (Years 11-12) students focusing on Geography. Students will use field work to record and compare the geology, weather, native plants, animals, human use and sustainability of the montane, sub-alpine and alpine ecosystems.
  • Kosciuszko - a special place Kosciuszko a special place is a presentation for stage 6 (year 11-12) students focusing on Geography. This excursion highlights the unique natural and cultural features of Kosciuszko National Park, interaction of the four spheres, human impacts, sustainability and park management. Students have the opportunity to have their questions answered by an NPWS education officer.
  • Main Range walk Intrepid hikers can tackle the challenging Main Range walk, which takes in glacial lakes, historic huts, and the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, across alpine high country in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Muzzlewood track Muzzlewood track is a summer mountain bike trail between Thredbo Diggings campground and Bullocks Flat, in Kosciuszko National Park. It’s popular with experienced riders, and is easily combined with Thredbo Valley track.
  • Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) geography students. Learn about the management of water quality at a ski resort and the importance of protected catchments in this area.
  • WilderQuest WildThings Come on a WilderQuest WildThings excursion to explore the forest and alpine grasslands. Designed for Stage 1 students and focusing on science and technology, investigate the living world in this part of Kosciuszko National Park, home to amazing plants and animals.
  • WilderQuest WildTracker Come on a WilderQuest WildTracker excursion designed for Stage 2 students focusing on science and technology. Carry out investigations to explore the living world in Kosciuszko National Park.
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Unique landscapes

Snowy River crossing at Charlotte Pass on Main Range walk, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Elinor Sheargold/DPIE

Kosciuszko National Park is a huge park containing Australia's only true alpine environment, the highest part of the Great Dividing Range, and all of NSW's ski resorts. Above the treeline of snow gums - the only trees to grow at this altitude - is a unique landscape of alpine herb fields, feldmark, bogs and tarns. A walk to the highest peak in mainland Australia, Mount Kosciuszko, is the perfect way to see this landscape. Walk from Thredbo or Charlotte Pass, and marvel at the huge granite tors and lakes carved out during Australia's last Ice Age, between 35,000 and 10,000 years ago.

  • 7-day Snowy Mountains and Mount Kosciuszko walk Cross Kosciuszko National Park on a 7-day, self-guided walk with Auswalk. Absorb the sights of the Snowy Mountains, including Thredbo Valley, Charlotte Pass and the summit of Mount Kosciuszko.
  • Cross-country mountain bike tours Challenge yourself on the brilliant trails of Kosciuszko National Park with K7 Adventures. From beginner to advanced level, there's a mountain bike experience waiting for you in the Snowy Mountains.
  • E-bike tour: Lake Crackenback to Hatchery Bay Take off on a guided e-bike tour from Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa along lower Thredbo Valley track in Koscuiszko National Park. This 1-day, 28km wilderness adventure is great for intermediate riders.
  • Fly fishing tuition and guided tours Explore the peaceful beauty of Thredbo River on a fly fishing guided tour in Kosciuszko National Park. Learn new skills or practise old ones with the help of The Fly Program. All equipment provided.
  • Going up the mountain Going up the mountain is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 6 (Years 11-12) students focusing on Geography. Students will use field work to record and compare the geology, weather, native plants, animals, human use and sustainability of the montane, sub-alpine and alpine ecosystems.
  • Kosciuszko - a special place Kosciuszko a special place is a presentation for stage 6 (year 11-12) students focusing on Geography. This excursion highlights the unique natural and cultural features of Kosciuszko National Park, interaction of the four spheres, human impacts, sustainability and park management. Students have the opportunity to have their questions answered by an NPWS education officer.
  • Kosciuszko walk - Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko This iconic day walk from Thredbo will have you conquering the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in a couple of hours. You'll quite literally be on a high as you soak in the epic views from Australia's highest point.
  • Mountain bike adventures for schools Mountain biking on Thredbo Valley track in Kosciuszko National Park is a fantastic experience for students. Let Action Learning Initiatives design the perfect program for your school group.
  • Snowy Mountains 5-day walking tour Escape to the Snowy Mountains and explore Kosciuszko National Park with Park Trek. This 5-day guided walking holiday visits highlights like Blue Lake, Thredbo Valley and Mount Kosciuszko.
  • Thredbo Valley trail guided mountain bike ride Enjoy a guided mountain bike tour along Thredbo Valley trail with Bike and Fitness. Their professional mountain bike coaches will lead you on a fun ride along one of Australia’s most scenic trails.
  • Women's mountain bike retreats Enjoy a weekend away with a women's mountain bike retreat at Lake Crackenback. With Dirt Skills and Frills, you'll take on Thredbo Valley track but also get to relax with a massage or yoga.
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Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Common wombat. Photo: Ingo Oeland

    Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

    A large, squat marsupial, the Australian common wombat is a burrowing mammal found in coastal forests and mountain ranges across NSW and Victoria. The only other remaining species of wombat in NSW, the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat, was considered extinct until relatively recently.

  • Emu, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

    The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.

  • Platypus climbing on to a submerged tree branch. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/OEH

    Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

    One of the most fascinating and unusual Australian animals, the duck-billed platypus, along with the echidna, are the only known monotremes, or egg-laying mammals, in existence. The platypus is generally found in permanent river systems and lakes in southern and eastern NSW and east and west of the Great Dividing Range.

  • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

    One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

  • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

    Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

  • Short-beaked echidna in Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: Sharon Wormleaton/OEH

    Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

    One of only 2 egg-laying mammals in the world, the short-beaked echidna is one of the most widespread of Australian native animals. Covered in spines, or quills, they’re equipped with a keen sense of smell and a tube-like snout which they use to break apart termite mounds in search of ants.

  • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

    Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

    With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

Plants

  • Billy Button flowers at Peery Lake picnic area. Photo: Dinitee Haskard OEH

    Billy buttons (Craspedia spp. )

    Billy buttons are attractive Australian native plants that are widespread throughout eastern NSW in dry forest, grassland and alpine regions such as Kosciuszko National Park. The golden-yellow globe-shaped flowers are also known as woollyheads. Related to the daisy, billy buttons are an erect herb growing to a height of 50cm.

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School excursions (28)

Two bike riders read signage on Thredbo Valley track at Thredbo Diggings campground, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Robert Mulally/DPIE