The Snowy Mountains has quickly become a haven for mountain bike riders of all ability levels seeking thrills and adventures of the two-wheeled variety. Keep reading to find out more about the best mountain bike riding experiences the Snowy Mountains has to offer, including the trails at Thredbo, Jindabyne, Cooma, and beyond…
Thredbo: Thrills for all Riders
The iconic Thredbo Mountain Bike Park is home to Australia’s only lift-accessed mountain bike trails. The resort throws its doors open in the warmer months, welcoming riders of all levels with its extensive network of trails, offering an exhilarating experience against the backdrop of Australia’s majestic High Country. Whether you’re a seasoned rider craving challenging descents or a beginner seeking gentle slopes and flowing tracks, Thredbo has it all. From the gravity-defying Cannonball Downhill to the more mellow green runs accessible via Cruiser Chairlift, each trail promises a unique and unforgettable ride. Find out more about summer at Thredbo by checking out our guide!
Thredbo Valley Track: A Scenic Adventure
Helpful Hint: Check out the status of the Thredbo Valley Track before you ride! Bring plenty of water and snacks to enjoy along the way.
Begin your mountain biking escapade in the Snowy Mountains with the iconic Thredbo Valley Track. Stretching over 35 kilometres, this trail winds through stunning alpine landscapes, never too far from the Thredbo River. Suitable for riders of all levels, the first sections of the Thredbo Valley Track provide a mix of easy to moderate ascents and descents, ensuring an unforgettable experience for both beginners and seasoned riders alike. As the track continues beyond Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa, it does become more challenging, so ensure you’re ready to step it up a notch. Read our ultimate guide to the Thredbo Valley Track for more information!
Mount Kosciuszko Summit Ride: Conquer the Highest Peak
Helpful Hint: Pack for all weather conditions! Make sure you stay hydrated and bring along a picnic lunch.
For those who want to knock something off the bucket list, the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Trail is a must-do. Mountain bikes are only permitted between Charlotte Pass Snow Resort and Rawson Pass so keep in mind you will need to walk the last section to the summit. This trail offers glorious views of Australia’s highest mountains, historic huts, weathered snow gums, and rock formations. Make sure you check the trail status before you start!
Mount Gladstone Mountain Bike Park, Cooma
Helpful Hint: Mount Gladstone is shuttle-friendly! Grab a few mates to share the driving or find out more about shuttles here.
Easily accessible from the Snowy Mountains Highway and tucked away from some of the more crowded trails, this network caters to riders of varying skill levels. With a mix of flowing singletracks and technical descents, the Mount Gladstone trails are either a perfect destination, or an excellent place to stop as you explore different riding spots around the region. Check out a great review of the trails here.
Bungarra Alpine Centre: A Mountain Biker’s Playground in Jindabyne
Helpful Hint: Purchase a day pass or season pass here!
Bungarra’s purpose-built mountain bike park offers a range of trails, jumps, and features designed to challenge riders of all abilities. From flowy descents to technical rock gardens, Bungarra Alpine Centre is a great spot to take the kids or get your heart rate up with a few cross-country loops. Take advantage of the skills park to hone your technique before hitting the more advanced trails.
Tyrolean Village Trails: Challenge Yourself Two Minutes from Jindabyne Town Centre!
Helpful Hint: From fun and flowy to rough and technical, Tyrolean has it all.
Any day of the week, this is where you’ll find most of the Snowy Mountains’ local riders! Maintained by the very active Jindabyne Trail Stewardship, this network is home to the fast and flowy Pink Trail, the more technical (but super fun) Three Lions Trail, plus the Mill Creek Track, which is ideal for newbie riders and families. Those who want to send it can seek out some of the more intense rock drops and jump lines!
Lake Jindabyne Foreshore Trails: Copper Tom and The Hatchery Trail
Helpful Hint: Stop for a coffee or a bite to eat at Jindabyne Town Centre or Nuggets Crossing as you ride!
Discover the beauty of Lake Jindabyne by riding these scenic green trails, both of which travel along the shores of the pristine lake, providing riders with a mix of lakeside views and alpine scenery. Suitable for riders of all levels, the Lake Jindabyne Foreshore Trails combine the fun of mountain biking with the serenity of being by the water.
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa: Trails for All Levels
Helpful hint: Make sure you stop at the Alpine Larder to fuel yourself before you go, or to celebrate a fantastic ride in the Snowy Mountains!
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is home to a custom-built network of trails that are open to the public. There’s also a skills park and pump track, so the entire family can hone their skills. It’s also the perfect spot to stop or start your adventure on the Thredbo Valley Track!
The Snowy Mountains in New South Wales offer an unparalleled mountain biking experience, with trails that wind through alpine landscapes, challenge your skills, and provide stunning views at every turn. So, take your riding to the next level, and enjoy an adventure at high altitude! Make sure you click here to find out more about where to stay and what to do when booking your next adventure.