Ever wanted to take your bike riding to the next level? The Thredbo Valley Track (TVT), in Kosciuszko National Park, is the perfect intro into the thrill of mountain biking. Novice or advanced, it’s just about unmatched when it comes to mountain biking fun through some of Australia’s highest terrain.

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We all know the Snowies have a rep for snow sports, but amongst those in the know it’s always been a hotspot for mountain bike riding; especially in November when its time to dust off the bike, grab your crew and hit the tracks for first laps of the season.

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Got a mountain bike? Perfect. If not, bike, gear and helmet hire is available from Thredbo ResortLake Crackenback Resort is another option to get you geared up, and you’ll find places in Jindabyne like Sacred ride and Gravity Jindabyne that rent gear too.

To find the bike trail, head to Thredbo village, five hours drive from Sydney or 30 minutes from Jindabyne. The Thredbo Valley track starts from Friday Drive, in Thredbo, on your right, before the roundabout.

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The trail weaves 16.7km downhill towards the historic Bullocks Hut (exit Bullocks Flat Skitube Terminal) between huge granite boulders and towering old gums. Starting at the top, you’ll spend most of the three hour ride curving down the sides of the valley. The trail is shared, so expect to pass the occasional trout-carrying fisherman, enthusiastic hiker or riders coming the other way. Riding the hard-packed rocky path will test your thighs and backside (saddle soreness is real), but the gravel offers a great surface to test your mad skills, and custom-built suspension bridges will take you over the river running below you. The odd steep uphill and switchback will keep advanced riders happy.

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How you tackle the trail is completely up to you and your crew. Just remember it’s a shared use track so take care. Keen and fit? There’s always the option to take the 33.4km round trip. If the round trip is too daunting there’s also a shuttle bus, that takes you (and your bike) up the mountain to Thredbo to the start of the track. Confident riders can tackle it solo or even better in a group. Otherwise, a guided tour is a great way to get to grips with your technique and keep your grip with the path!

Pro tip: You can also start the trail from Bullocks Flat Skitube Terminal and ride up towards Thredbo. Be warned – we recommend beginners start from Thredbo for a reason. The trail is way more of an uphill battle this way through.

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Fancy yourself a speed junkie? The gravity inspired  Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival is an annual festival, catering for amateurs, rising stars and World Champions of all ages. Not only 5 days of gravity fuelled mountain biking but a chance to take home a share of cash and prizes. 

Actual competing not your thing, but eager for intrepid thrills? The newly extended Thredbo Valley track downstream from Bullocks Flat was made for you. The additional 17km lower Thredbo Valley track stretch to Gaden Trout Hatchery is a challenging section, packed with technical parts (incl. tight switchbacks, high berms, rocky surfaces, and steep parts) as it follows the river down through remote sub-alpine landscapes. Yewww!

Recommended only for physically fit, experienced and well-equipped riders. This extension is remote, there are no exit points or facilities until you reach the trout hatchery, off Kosciuszko Road.

The Thredbo Valley Track offers offers options for riders of all levels, to start your journey from zero to hero.

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