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Thredbo Valley track easy rides

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

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.

Where
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
5-12km return
Time suggested
30min - 4hrs
Grade
Easy
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 track conditions, park alerts 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

Thredbo Diggings to Bullocks Flat: 5.2km return

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

Grade: Green - Easy

Distance: 5.2km return

Time: 0.5-2hrs

Season: Year-round

This 2.6km compacted gravel section of Thredbo Valley track is great for beginners and time-starved travellers keen to explore the great outdoors by pedal-power. It’s also the only section generally open year-round for bike riders.

Whether you start from Thredbo Diggings campground or Bullocks Flat carpark D, the first half of the ride is a gentle but steady climb, meaning the second half is downhill. Pass through black sallee woodland with views of the Muzzlewood Wetland and Ramshead Range. You can exit or turn around at either end.

Bullocks Hut is well worth the extra 200m from Bullocks Flat. This picturesque spot, at the junction of Thredbo River and Little Thredbo River, is great for a picnic, rest stop or fishing. From here, a well-maintained trail heads around 1km to Lake Crackenback Resort.

If you’re feeling confident and want to step it up a notch, connect with the narrower dirt track along 2.9km Muzzlewood track to loop back to your start point.

Thredbo 3 bridges ride: 5.2km return

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

Grade: Green - Easy

Distance: 5.2km return

Time: 0.5-2hrs

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

This section of Thredbo Valley track starts from Friday Drive, in Thredbo village, and includes 3 photogenic suspension bridges crossing the Thredbo River.

While the first half of the ride is mostly downhill to Bridge 3, there's a steady uphill gradient on the return trip.

You can park opposite the track head on Friday Drive, in Thredbo. The single file track heads 1.4km east along the hillside, travelling through snow gum woodland then turning downhill to reach Bridge 1. Cross the impressive bridge, which looks like a mini Golden Gate Bridge.

The track continues alongside the Thredbo River another 1.2km to Bridge 2 and Bridge 3, which are only a few metres apart. Each photogenic bridge offers lovely views over the crystal-clear river, and occasional glimpses of the Ramshead Range.

Stop to catch your breath and take in the views before turning around. There are a couple of short, steep climbs from Bridge 1 back up to Thredbo, and you’ll need to keep your eyes out for rocks and roots at times.

Thredbo to Old Ranger Station: 11.8km return

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

Grade: Green - Easy

Distance: 11.8km return

Time: 1.5 – 4hrs

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

This extension to the 3 Bridges ride adds an extra 3.3km downstream and gives you a crack at some fun zig-zag turns on the way to Bridge 4. 

After the mostly downhill ride from Thredbo to Bridge 3, the track becomes more undulating. There are several short climbs and descents, and some tight turns that offer plenty of fun for the whole family.

The track here passes by pockets of slow-growing mountain plum pine - a favourite of the endangered mountain pygmy possum. Some pines may be over 400 years-old. In spring, keep an eye out for flowering hovea with its purple ‘hearts’.

Follow the track down to the junction at Bridge 4, where you can stop for a rest before heading back up to Thredbo. At the junction you can continue straight for around 500m for an emergency exit out to the Old Ranger Station, on Alpine Way. 

Thredbo to Ngarigo: 9.3km one way

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

Grade: Green - Easy

Distance: 9.3km one-way

Time: 1-4hrs

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

This one-way ride is a great option if you want a taste of the Thredbo Valley track’s scenery without the uphill return climb. It boasts 5 scenic bridges and some introductory tight turns to test your balance and bike handling skills on.

From Thredbo village it’s mostly downhill to the first 3 suspension bridges that cross the Thredbo River. There are several rolling hills and zig-zag bends as you meander further downstream. 

Cross Bridge 4 to continue the 3.4km to Ngarigo campground. Enjoy the relatively flat section along the river before the track narrows and picks up more curves. There are some tight corners, so please slow down and watch for oncoming traffic.

Finish up at Ngarigo campground, where you can cool your feet off in the Thredbo River and refuel with a picnic. There are toilets at the far end of the campground. You’ll need to organise a car shuffle or pickup if you’re riding one-way.

Ngarigo to Old Ranger Station: 6.8km return

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

Grade: Green - Easy

Distance: 6.8km return

Time: 1-2.5hrs

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

This kid-friendly ride follows one of the flattest sections of Thredbo Valley track. There’s some very gentle climbs and exhilarating narrow bends, but you’re rewarded with a short and easy return ride.

Heading up the valley from Ngarigo campground you'll cross Bridge 5 after around 600m. Entering a narrower section of the Thredbo Valley, the track snakes its way beside the Thredbo River for 2.8km to Bridge 4. 

Breathe in the fresh air and listen to the cascading water as you cycle. Several hair-pin corners will add excitement to the ride. Remember to slow down to avoid accidents and watch for riders in the other direction.

Cross Bridge 4 then turn left and cycle an extra 500m if you want to look at the Old Ranger Station, before heading back to Ngarigo campground.

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.

Thredbo Valley track is one of the most popular, and easiest, adventures on two wheels in Kosciuszko National Park.

Whether you’re new to mountain biking, looking for a family ride with the kids, or simply want to explore the superb alpine scenery by pedal power, you’re spoiled for choice.

From 1 hour to 1 day, Thredbo Valley track has ride options for everyone, easily accessed from Thredbo village, Ngarigo campground, Thredbo Diggings campground, or Bullocks Flat, along Alpine Way.

Experienced riders who’d prefer more of a challenge can tackle the Thredbo Valley track adventure ride options.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Things to do:

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.

Mountain bike riders tackle a descent through forest on Thredbo Valley track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Boen Ferguson/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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Aerial view of 2 mountain bikers crossing a bridge on Thredbo Valley track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Boen Ferguson/OEH