The Thredbo Valley Track (TVT) is a 35km trail that takes riders on an exhilarating riverside journey as it winds its way through the scenic Thredbo Valley, beneath a canopy of alpine gums. And the best part? This adventure is mostly downhill.
If you feel like giving it a go, here are a few hints and tips that will make your experience on the Thredbo Valley Track even better than you expected…
Plan Your Thredbo Valley Track Adventure
The Thredbo Valley Track starts at Thredbo (near Friday Flat) and finishes at the Gaden Trout Hatchery, however it’s possible to split your adventure into shorter sections as there are plenty of turn-around or pick-up points along the way. These include The Ranger Station (12km return), Thredbo Diggings (14.5km return) or Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa (20km one way). If you really feel like testing yourself, you can extend your ride from the Gaden Trout Hatchery by joining the Hatchery Bay Trail, which will take you all the way to Jindabyne. What an epic adventure!
Mountain Bike Riders of All Abilities Can Give it a Go
All riders will find something to love about the Thredbo Valley Track! Beginners will enjoy the flowy, gradually undulating first section of the trail from Thredbo to the Ranger Station. From here, things get more challenging (but only slightly!) thanks to some steeper downhill sections and short, uphill bursts. Depending on your level of fitness, you may start to feel a burn when you get to Thredbo Diggings, however it’s definitely worth pushing through and making it all the way to the 20km mark at Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa. Intermediate to advanced riders will get a rush out of the next section, which stretches from Crackenback Resort to the Gaden Trout Hatchery. This is where things gets more challenging as riders take on some tight switchbacks, rock gardens and steeper climbs.
Stop for a Picnic or Have Lunch at Alpine Larder
No matter how far you’re riding, bringing your own water and a snack or two is an absolute must. When it comes to lunch, however, the choice is yours. There are some idyllic spots to stop including Ngarigo Campground or Thredbo Diggings, which both have picnic tables, barbecue facilities and toilets. If you want to travel light and sample something more gourmet then pull into Alpine Larder at Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa. Here you can enjoy wood-fired pizzas, tasty burgers, hearty soups and possibly a cheeky beer or glass of wine.
What Else Should You Bring Along for the Ride?
It is important to remember that the Thredbo Valley Track is remote at times and not always easily accessible from the road. So, besides water and snacks, it’s a good idea to bring an extra layer of clothing and / or a waterproof jacket in case the weather changes. You should also pack a basic tool kit, including everything you need to change a tire, along with a first aid kit. Then all you need is some sunscreen and you’re ready to enjoy the ride!
How to Access the Thredbo Valley Track
Experiencing the Thredbo Valley Track is easy. Parking is available near the start of the trail at Friday Flat. Shuttle services are also available to pick you up from your designated finish point. Or you can catch a shuttle to Thredbo and ride back to wherever you’ve left your vehicle! Shuttle bookings are available via Snowlink Shuttles, Snowy Mountains Shuttles and Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa.
Check the Thredbo Valley Track Opening Times and Conditions Before You Go
Generally, the track is open year-round, however parts may be closed at certain times due to snow, weather or trail maintenance. Make sure you check the trail status before you go. Regular, updated reports about the TVT are also aired during the warmer months on the local radio station, SnowFM 97.7.
Enjoy the Scenery and Count the Bridges as You Ride
This iconic track was purpose built in 2015 and then extended to the Gaden Trout Hatchery in 2019. It is renowned for being flowy and fun while also giving riders the chance to enjoy a unique experience in nature. So, even though you’ll enjoy speeding through the wilderness, it’s important to stop at times and take in what’s around you. A great place to do this is on one of the five suspension bridges which span the Thredbo River. This way you’ll get a birds-eye-view of the Valley, while also giving yourself a well-earned breather.