From mountain biking to road cycling, discover the NSW Snowy Mountains on two wheels in warmer months. The scenery is splendid, with Australia’s highest peaks, alpine lakes and forests, and giant boulders on the rolling Monaro Plains. You’ll be thrilled with the Thredbo Downhill Bike Run, too.
After the snow melts, a network is revealed of dirt tracks and sealed roads ideal for mountain biking. You can even take your mountain bike on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift, from November to May for the famous downhill bike track in Thredbo – qualified instruction and coaching is provided.
The quiet roads in the high country are great for cycling. The Khancoban to Kiandra Drive weaves through Kosciuszko National Park and over huge dam walls in the Snowy Mountains Scheme, which generates renewable hydro-electricity. You’ll find more lovely routes connecting charming towns.
Bike hire is available in several towns, including Cooma, Jindabyne and Thredbo. You can also hire bikes at the Lake Crackenback Resort, which offers a day pass to access its 25km of mountain bike tracks and a pump and flow track designed by mountain bike world champion Caroline Buchanan.
There are many more trails in national parks and the Tumut and Bago State forests, near Tumut and Tumbarumba. The Thredbo Valley shared-use track is perfect for beginners, meandering along the Thredbo River. Bullocks Walking Track is another delightful multi-purpose track on easy terrain.
Cascade Hut Trail winds through wildflowers and snowgum forest. In the southeast is Bombala, the heart of platypus country and a popular destination for mountain biking and road cycling. Explore trails in Bondi State Forest and Southeast Forests National Park, which borders the far South Coast.