Lower Thredbo Valley Trail
Previously we’ve reported that the NSW National Parks and Wildlife service had plans to extend the Thredbo Valley Trail (TVT). Well work is now underway, with Simon French from trail building company Dirt Art flagging the route through the corridor of bushland under the watchful eyes of the NPWS.
The existing upper section of the TVT travels from Thredbo village to Lake Crackenback Resort, a distance of approximately 19km. It’s extremely popular as the green and blue (beginner and intermediate) rated trail caters for riders of all abilities — it’s even good for younger kids and families. This popularity is further bolstered by its proximity to great accommodation; the trail travels right to Lake Crackenback Resort which is a fantastic place to stay and there are a number of camping options en-route if you prefer. Of course Thredbo also has a host of options, as well as a growing number of gravity trails.
While the upper TVT never strays far from the Alpine Way (the main road to Thredbo), the lower trail will travel through some quite remote country — currently there aren’t any roads or trails in the area. As with the upper trail, it will meander alongside the Thredbo River, although the lower portion will be more of a mid-range intermediate trail rather than green and blue; a bit more for the experienced rider than beginners.
The first section is expected to be complete by Easter this year and will form a 3km out and back extension from Bullock Flat. While an out and back may seem a little unexciting, it’s one step towards fulfilling the master plan. The long term goal is to take the TVT all the way down to Lake Jindabyne. This construction will happen as funding becomes available but it’s expected to create around 18km of new trail depending on the final alignment. From that point it should link with a proposed community built trail that will lead to Curiosity Rocks at Jindabyne Dam, and then onto the existing trails at Tyrolean Village. Certainly a very exciting project and one that we’ll be following closely — watch this space!
Click this link for more information on the Lower Thredbo Valley Trail.