The Thredbo Valley Track caters to both beginner and intermediate riders
A shared use trail for walkers and mountain bikers. It features a good mix of terrain and is suitable for MTB beginners and families with older children. Starts from Friday Flat in Thredbo and meanders all the way through to the Bullocks Hut at the Ski Tube Bridge near Lake Crackenback. There are options to do as much or as little of the track as you want with three destinations: Rangers Station, Thredbo Diggings or Lake Crackenback Resort.
Thredbo Valley Track - What You Need to Know
|Distance||12 km return Rangers Station Loop / 14.5 km Thredbo Diggings /
19 km Lake Crackenback Resort
|Starting Point||Friday Flat Loop|
|Map||Mountain Biking Trail Map|
Thredbo Valley Track Highlights
The Thredbo Valley Track (TVT) is a shared use path for both mountain bike riders and walkers. The beauty of this versatile track is that it is designed so you can access it from five trailheads along the route. You can commence the trail from Thredbo or the Ski Tube/Lake Crackenback end or you can join the track at the Thredbo Diggings Campground, the Ngarigo Campground or the Thredbo Ranger Station. Here are some of the best highlights this popular MTB track has to offer:
1. Take a Break and Admire Scenic River Views
The first part of this trail takes riders down the picturesque Thredbo Valley across three photogenic suspension bridges to the old Rangers Station. Pause here and admire the views of the Thredbo River, then continue on as the trail meanders through open grasslands and traverses thick alpine forest. This section of the trail between the Rangers Station and Ngarigo campground is perfect for the beginners with gentle undulations and some excellent viewpoints looking down on the cascading Thredbo River.
2. Plenty of Picturesque Scenery
The trail passes through a variety of landscapes including lush snow gum woodland, tranquil grassy meadows, and alongside fast flowing streams surrounded by 400 year-old mountain plum pines. In spring the hovea (or Purple pea) is a picture with its purple ‘heart’ flowers. On the section of trail from Ngarigo to Thredbo Diggings there are lots of rest spots to soak up the picturesque views of Ramshead Range and Chimneys Range. The trail descends quickly on this section making for some exhilarating, but technically easy, downhill riding. This section is better for stronger bike riders particularly if you are heading back up stream.
3. Easy Going Riding With Options For Further Challenges
The section of the trail from Thredbo Diggings to Bullocks Hut and Lake Crackenback offers a variety of routes suited to both strong riders and first timers. There are three distinct routes:
A. The Riverside Track for stronger riders and walkers wanting riverside scenery.
B. The Thredbo Valley Trail for first time and intermediate riders with views of the Ramshead Range and Chimneys Range.
C. The Muzzlewood track for stronger riders with some fun single track sections and spectacular views of the Ramsheads.
From Bullocks Hut you can also ride another 8km downstream on a riverside loop or head into Lake Crackenback and follow the resort loop trails.
4. Stay Safe, Be Prepared
To get the most out of your ride make sure you’re prepared with the right gear for the conditions. The weather in this area can be changeable. Most of the track is gravel path so an all mountain bike is the best machine for the job. Be courteous and give way to walkers along this track. We have included an essential items checklist below which we recommend reading before heading out on this track.
Check out the official Thredbo MTB video of the track:
Essential MTB Items Checklist
- bike – your own or rented from Thredbo
- hydration pack/backpack + water bottle
- first aid kit
- multi-tool/spare inner tube/CO2 inflator
- shoes for biking
- padded shorts
- wicking t.shirt
- long-sleeved thermal top
- rain jacket
- lip balm
Use our local knowledge to help you plan an unforgettable Thredbo experience. Ian is an avid mountain biker and is happy to give you MTB tips and advice.
Ian and Jill Foster came to Thredbo in 1989 to begin working as property managers for the Lantern Apartments complex. Having spent the previous 10 years working and playing in ski resorts around the world, they decided on Thredbo because they believed that Australia offers the best lifestyle and Thredbo is the best ski resort in Australia.
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