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NSW's Thredbo Valley Mountain Biking Track Has Just Opened an 18.4-Kilometre Extension

The full course now spans more than 35 kilometres from Thredbo Alpine Village to Gaden Trout Hatchery.
By Sarah Ward
December 13, 2019
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NSW's Thredbo Valley Mountain Biking Track Has Just Opened an 18.4-Kilometre Extension

The full course now spans more than 35 kilometres from Thredbo Alpine Village to Gaden Trout Hatchery.
By Sarah Ward
December 13, 2019
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Whether you're a skier, snowboarder or hiker, New South Wales' Snowy Mountains are an adventure-lover's playground. But if you're fond of traversing the rocky region on two pedal-powered wheels, the Thredbo Valley Track has just upped the ante. While the beautiful mountain biking trail has long been one of the area's most scenic features, the Kosciuszko National Park spot is now more than twice as long thanks to a new extension.

Increasing in length by 18.4 kilometres — to 35.1 kilometres in total — the lower Thredbo Valley Track extension winds from Bullocks Flat to Gaden Trout Hatchery. Mountain bike enthusiasts can now ride through mountain gum forests, pass by woodlands filled with snow gums, and cycle along open grasslands. In the process, you'll cross six bridges, enjoying alpine views and soaking in the splendour of this gorgeous patch of the country.

Now open and welcoming mountain bikers from November to May each year, the extension connects to the existing 16.7-kilometre track at Bullocks Flat, with the original leg starting at Thredbo Alpine Village. Traversing tight bends, climbs and descents, the new section is particularly suited to experienced riders. In total, the whole thing should take around eight hours to complete one-way.

Robert Mulally, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Folks eager to take it easier will find milder sections of the total trail around the two tracks' midpoint at Bullocks Flat. And, whether you're up for the more manageable parts or the entire thing, guided tours are also available.

Prefer rambling through the region on your own two feet? Come 2022, the Snowy Mountains will also be home to the Snowies Iconic Walk, 44-kilometre multi-day trail spanning from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback.

The Thredbo Valley Track is open from November to May yearly. For further information, visit the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

Images: Robert Mulally, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Published on December 13, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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