Activities around the Snowy Mountains
Mountain Bike Riding
The region's world class mountain bike and shared trails are a must with hundreds of kilometres of mapped trails ready to discover. Try the famous Thredbo Valley Track that winds from Thredbo Village down to Gaden Trout Hatchery to meet up with the Jindabyne Community trails.
If you are a road cycling enthusiast our roads are raved about by all who visit. Our region is proudly hosting L’Etape for the 3rd consecutive year. Our Ecocrackenback chalets located along the Alpine Way would be an ideal location for your accommodation.
Thredbo Valley Trail (TVT)
This impressive shared use trail takes riders down the picturesque Thredbo Valley and includes some amazing suspension bridges. Meandering along the banks of the famous Thredbo River, riders can maintain flow undulating through open grasslands and thick eucalyptus forests. The section to the third bridge (5km return) or Rangers Station (12km return) is perfect for the beginners with some climbing involved on the return trip. Continuing downriver there are forests and open woodlands with smooth descents and short uphill bursts with rollers to keep the flow going. Riders can continue on to Thredbo Diggings (14.5km one way) or head onto to Lake Crackenback Resort (20km one way). New for summer 2018/19 the lower Thredbo Valley Track extension for the more experienced rider. Click here for map
Jindabyne Community Trails
Hatchery Bay Trail - A great trail for all skill levels, winding it's way around the lake to Hatchery Bay. Passes through cattle grazing paddocks, so keep an eye out for the odd cow, and make sure you close the gates
Intermediate and advanced riders should look for the more technical a-lines that branch off from the main trail. Click here for map
Tyrolean & Mill Creek Trail - The mountain bike trails that form the Tyrolean and Mill Creek trail network are a combination of older, hand cut and cleared trail and machine made, shared pathways with raised metal sections over rocky areas. The Mill Creek trail is the newest trail in this section and is part of the planned Lake Jindabyne Community Trail, that links each community around the lake together. This trail is connected to the Copper Tom sections across Jindabyne Dam wall and is accessible from Town. These are both shared trails and offer the easiest riding and access to the area. The offer flowing corners, limited climbing or descending and fantastic views. The many other trails in this network are more challenging and offer technical and rocky climbs and descents, through mixed terrain. Click here for map
Thredbo Tracks & Trails
Thredbo Mountain Bike Park is the home of epic alpine riding. There’s chairlift accessed gravity trails, skills parks, a linked network of cross-country trails, a fast-flowing pump track and a team of qualified guides to take your riding to the next level. There’s lots to love about biking in Thredbo.
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Australia’s legendary high country on a horse riding adventure. Home of the wild brumby and immortalised in Banjo Paterson’s 1890 poem The Man from Snowy River, the magnificent NSW Snowy Mountains is part of our regions folk-lore and a "must do" when visiting. A number of horse trekking and guided tours are available for all ages and experience levels, from easy going trail rides to wilderness treks in the far-reaches of Kosciuszko National Park.
Thredbo Valley Horse Riding are second to none when it comes to horse riding in the Snowy Mountains. Located just around the corner from Ecocrackenback along the Alpine Way, Nev and his team have a range of horses available for all levels and also have some ponies for the kids to have a go too.
Snowy Wilderness is a true Australian outback adventure. Bordering the Kosciuszko National Park and Snowy River, Snowy Wilderness is a sanctuary for Australia's wild brumby and offers 7,500 spectacular acres bursting with experiences for you to discover. Run free with the brumbies, ride horseback through the rugged mountain terrain and explore the wilderness.
Bush Walking & Hiking
A great way to experience the spectacular scenery of the NSW Snowy Mountains is on foot. You can even walk in the warmer months to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak. You’ll find many more wonderful walking tracks, from heritage and waterfall trails to challenging trails in Kosciuszko National Park and surrounds. Click here for bushwalking walking map or click here for hiking map
There are many places to explore on foot around the Snowy Mountains. Charlotte's Pass is the gateway to superb summer back-country walks. Taking you to the top of Australia's Highest point, Mt Kosciuszko, and Blue Lake which is the largest of the 5 Glacial Lakes that run along the Snowy Mountains Range. Thredbo also have a great range of walking tracks one of which can also take you to Australia's highest peak. All of the mountain bike tracks around the area are also great for walking. Come and see all of the great Flora & Fauna that the Snowy Mountains have to offer.
Fishing in the pristine waters of the spectacular NSW Snowy Mountains is an unforgettable experience. With Australia’s highest peaks creating a beautiful backdrop, the lakes, rivers and water catchments are great fishing spots for recreational anglers. The Snowy Mountains and Monaro offer visitors some of the best fly fishing available in Australia. Many scenic and diverse rivers and high-country lakes are found throughout the region. These fabulous waters include renowned Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne, as well as many smaller impoundments and private still waters. The Snowy Mountains are famous for its amazing lakes and rivers, full of Brown, Brook and Rainbow Trout along with some Atlantic Salmon. The iconic rivers flow with life, and the tranquil waters of Lakes Eucumbene, Jindabyne, Talbingo, Tantangara, Tumut and the pondages of Khancoban are all great spots to wet a line. Along with catching some great fish to cook up while staying in the Snowy Mountains on your holiday, your breath will be taken away by the glorious scenery that is the envy of others around the world.
For more information on when and where are the best places to 'land a big one' contact any one of the local tackle shops or local fishing tours to answer any questions that you may have.
When travelling by car or motorcycle, the Snowy Mountains Drive is a great touring route to explore the region in all its glory. This is a drive like no other: the country’s highest mountains; some of the most diverse flora and fauna; towns bursting with historic and cultural stories and it’s the home of some of Australia’s most famous icons.
The ‘Snowies’ is well served by a network of sealed roads boasting spectacular scenery. Ensure you drive the loop of Bredbo, Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne, Thredbo, Khancoban, Tumbarumba, Batlow, Tumut and Adaminaby. From each town, you can visit attractions and settlements nearby and learn the history by being surrounded by it. The Snowy Mountains Drive can be accessed from Canberra in the north, Bega on the coast and Albury to the west.
For fans of motorcycling, a visit in November is a must. It’s when the hills come alive with the thrum of motorcycles as 2,000 tourers descend on Jindabyne for the annual Snowy Ride charity fundraiser.
Lake Crackenback resort offer Eco friendly Segway tours. The Segway Eco Tour will take you through some amazing Snowy Mountains scenery. The machines have zero emissions and are quiet so they will not interrupt the local wildlife, while on your tour. The tours last for 1 hour, and for the kids that are a little to small they also offer a ride for 10 minutes with the assistance of a parent.
Thredbo Leisure Centre & Golf Course
The Thredbo Leisure Centre is home to a 50m indoor heated swimming pool, a wading pool with waterslide, two full-sized basketball courts, squash courts, fully equipped gym, a traverse climbing wall, fitness classes and a physiotherapist. For kids and the young at heart there is "Mission Inflatable" the blow up, on water obstacle course that will challenge you and keep the fun and good times rolling during the school holidays.
There is also 700m of luge style track the bobsled twists and turns its way down the mountain whilst you control the speed with a brake on your cart. It’s great fun for all the family. To ride the bobsled on your own you must be 9 years of age or older and over 130cms tall. For the kids under 9 you double up with a responsible adult.
Thredbo also has a nine hole, AGU rated course that is bordered by the Thredbo river and has unique and challenging features such as the snake pit and Wally Wombat's House. Winding along the Thredbo River and around the base of mountain this course is a pleasure to play. It is dotted with wildflowers, lined with eucalyptus and it has a little bit of everything providing even seasoned golfers with unique challenges.
Each stop throughout the course offers a different spectacular view of Thredbo Valley and its surrounding Alpine peaks.