Talbingo mountain bike trail plan unveiled

A draft masterplan for a network of mountain bike trails around Talbingo and Yarrangobilly has been released by Snowy Valleys Council, which is encouraging the community to provide feedback. 

The plan includes trail network maps, an economic and financial assessment, the proposed trail design and an environmental review.

Under the proposal, about 50km of trails would be built around Talbingo, taking in Talbingo Mountain, and another 30km around Yarrangobilly.

According to the draft masterplan, the development of the Talbingo and Yarrangobilly MTB Trail Network will cost about $8.4 million to deliver with the council hoping to secure government grants to cover that cost.

The masterplan predicted the construction of the trail network would support about 21 full-time jobs, while the ongoing operation of the facility would support a further 55 jobs.

Identified as a bushfire recovery project, Snowy Valleys Council received funding from the NSW Government to develop a masterplan for the project. 

“Post bushfires, our tourism and small business recovery subcommittee identified Talbingo as an area of great potential,” said Kristin Twomey, Acting Director of Community and Corporate. 


“The Snowy Valleys is continuing to establish itself as a cycling destination and Council believes this project has the potential to increase day visitation and short stay holidays to Talbingo and surrounds,” Ms Twomey said. 

The council engaged Natural Trails to develop the masterplan which includes a Business Case, Review of Environmental Factors and draft trail designs. 

As well as providing online space for feedback, the council will also host two community drop-in sessions where people can review and discuss the draft masterplan in person with Council’s Place Activation team and a representative from Natural Trails who will also be available to answer questions.

Talbingo Mountain Bike Club recently officially opened for business, with their skills park and foreshore trail already having attracted riders over the Christmas break.

Club president Stuart Guy is impressed with the masterplan and the progress being made for mountain biking in the area.

“Everything is going really well,” he said.

A draft masterplan for a network of mountain bike trails around Talbingo and Yarrangobilly has been released by Snowy Valleys Council, which is encouraging the community to provide feedback. 


The plan includes trail network maps, an economic and financial assessment, the proposed trail design and an environmental review.

Under the proposal, about 50km of trails would be built around Talbingo, taking in Talbingo Mountain, and another 30km around Yarrangobilly.

According to the draft masterplan, the development of the Talbingo and Yarrangobilly MTB Trail Network will cost about $8.4 million to deliver with the council hoping to secure government grants to cover that cost.

The masterplan predicted the construction of the trail network would support about 21 full-time jobs, while the ongoing operation of the facility would support a further 55 jobs.

Identified as a bushfire recovery project, Snowy Valleys Council received funding from the NSW Government to develop a masterplan for the project. 

“Post bushfires, our tourism and small business recovery subcommittee identified Talbingo as an area of great potential,” said Kristin Twomey, Acting Director of Community and Corporate. 

“The Snowy Valleys is continuing to establish itself as a cycling destination and Council believes this project has the potential to increase day visitation and short stay holidays to Talbingo and surrounds,” Ms Twomey said. 


The council engaged Natural Trails to develop the masterplan which includes a Business Case, Review of Environmental Factors and draft trail designs. 

As well as providing online space for feedback, the council will also host two community drop-in sessions where people can review and discuss the draft masterplan in person with Council’s Place Activation team and a representative from Natural Trails who will also be available to answer questions.

Talbingo Mountain Bike Club recently officially opened for business, with their skills park and foreshore trail already having attracted riders over the Christmas break.

Club president Stuart Guy is impressed with the masterplan and the progress being made for mountain biking in the area.

“Everything is going really well,” he said.