Overland Australia – Kosciusko Summit & MTB Thredbo is a recap of our mountain biking the summer ski slopes of Thredbo and a day hike to the summit of the highest mountain in Australia. I provide details that include maps, costs, logistical requirements and facts as well as links to additional details, photos and video. This is a self-guided adventure on a shoestring. Follow the links to dig deeper into the adventure.
Thredbo is an alpine village and ski resort in the Snowy Mountains of southeastern Australia. During the summer months the slopes are converted into mountain bike trails and the the Kosciuszko Express chairlift is modified to carry bicycles. The mountain hosts a number of downhill trails of different difficulty and with some interesting jumps and bumps. At the bottom you have all the luxuries of a sleepy ski village and best of all, a lift to take you back up the mountain. The village main ski shop coverts to mountain biking equipment sales, rentals, repairs and expertise in the summer months. So bring your own bike or rent one.
This is a side adventure while from my “How to Overland Australia Sydney to Perth trip. The prior segment is how to Overland Australia Sydney to Cape York.” These posts also contain the interactive Google maps.
Download MTB-Trail-Map-Thredbo here.
For more information about Thredbo visit the website https://www.thredbo.com.au/
Kosciusko Summit Hike
There are also a number of walks to the summit of Mount Kosciusko in the area. The easiest is from the top of the chairlift (although a walking path under the lift is also an option). We took this option (and walked rather than took the lift).
Thredbo to Mount Kosciusko Walk
Distance: 13 km (return)
Time: 4-5 hours (depending on stops)
The Alternate Walks to the Summit
Mount Kosciusko Summit Walk
Distance: 18.5 km (return)
Time: 6-7 hours (depending on stops)
Main Range Kosciusko Walking Track
Distance: 22 km (circuit)
Time: 8-10 hours (depending on stops)
We stayed at the YHA hostel in the heart of the ski village. It was modern, had a fully stocked kitchen, comfortable and large common area and nice double rooms with shared bath. This is not a party hostel. This is a chilled out spot to enjoy the views, surf the internet and relax before and after hitting the slopes.
Overland Australia Other Adventures posts:
This the a side adventure while on my “How to Overland Australia Sydney to Perth trip.
The other segment is How to Overland Australia Sydney to Cape York trip”
4×4 Fraser Island Queensland
Hiking Around Moreton Island Queensland
Noosa Everglades Canoe Trip Queensland
4×4 Cape York Ride Queensland
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