Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail Project

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Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail - Vision to reality

The Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail project aims to provide a 60km trail network around the southern half of the lake. The trail design will target mountain bike riders, walkers and trail runners. The project will complement existing trail experiences in our region which will encourage increased visitation and provide a valuable recreation asset for our community.

The ‘round the lake trail’ vision has been explored by Council over the last 10 years. Further detailed planning has been undertaken between Jindabyne and the outer villages in more recent times. The Southern route option will provide a variety of trail experiences to a wide user group. This includes a 60km circuit from the Jindabyne town centre via water taxi along with the options for a shorter journey from either Kalkite, East Jindabyne, Tyrolean, Hatchery Bay, Thredbo Valley Picnic area and Creel Bay.

The full circumnavigation of Lake Jindabyne will require further investigation along with community and stakeholder support to be considered as part of any future projects for the Snowy Mountains.

What the Project Involves

The project will involve extending the existing trail network to Kalkite Village on the East side of the lake and the Thredbo Valley Track to both Creel and Hatchery Bay on the West. Project funding will also cover improvements to the existing trail network along with supporting infrastructures such as car parking, trails heads and visitor day-use areas.

Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail has been awarded $11.8 million funding by the Regional Growth-Environment and Tourism fund, funded through Restart NSW. The funding program provides funding for infrastructure that supports regional economic growth, creates local employment opportunities and drives growth in the visitor economy.

Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail Project Map


1. Gaden to boat ramp via Hatchery Bay

This section formalises the link between the Thredbo Valley Track and the Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail. NPWS and Council have been working together to create the interlinking trail network which creates a 50km ride between Thredbo and Jindabyne.

The Hatchery Link will also undergo trail maintenance and upgrade works.

2. Banjo to Cobbon/Dam Wall Access

Investigation of options for trail connection via foreshore and/or existing public easements between Banjo Patterson Park and Cobbon Crescent.

Existing pedestrian access across Jindabyne Dam will also be designed and upgraded for shared walker and rider.

3. Mill Creek/Tyrolean

This section will include the addition of car parking and upgrades to parts of the trail network. A concept plan for trail improvements will be prepared with community input.

4. Tyrolean to East Jindabyne

The trail corridor has been determined and planning consent is complete for stage 1. This area will also require a trailhead/car parking and a day-use area. The site location is yet to be determined.

5. East Jindabyne To Kalkite

13km shared-use trail. Proposed trail design will be easy (level green classification) MTB, walking and trail running (grade 3 Australian walking.

6. Thredbo River Picnic Area to Creel Bay

4.5km of shared-use trail to Creel Bay. NPWS is working on the extension between The Lower TVT at Gaden to The Thredbo River Picnic Area.

Timeframe for completion

The project will be delivered in stages over a four-year period with the final completion in July 2024. The first stages of construction will include the Tyrolean to East Jindabyne link. Trail re-construction stages will commence during the autumn and winter month of 2021 to avoid interruption to riders during the busy spring and summer months.

Community consultation

Council will be providing regular updates on the project via this page and project phase sub-pages. Regular consultation with our stakeholders and interested community members will be an essential part of the project. There are still areas where trail planning will need to be complete prior to construction. Council will ensure that local residents will be included and informed during this process.

Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail - Vision to reality

The Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail project aims to provide a 60km trail network around the southern half of the lake. The trail design will target mountain bike riders, walkers and trail runners. The project will complement existing trail experiences in our region which will encourage increased visitation and provide a valuable recreation asset for our community.

The ‘round the lake trail’ vision has been explored by Council over the last 10 years. Further detailed planning has been undertaken between Jindabyne and the outer villages in more recent times. The Southern route option will provide a variety of trail experiences to a wide user group. This includes a 60km circuit from the Jindabyne town centre via water taxi along with the options for a shorter journey from either Kalkite, East Jindabyne, Tyrolean, Hatchery Bay, Thredbo Valley Picnic area and Creel Bay.

The full circumnavigation of Lake Jindabyne will require further investigation along with community and stakeholder support to be considered as part of any future projects for the Snowy Mountains.

What the Project Involves

The project will involve extending the existing trail network to Kalkite Village on the East side of the lake and the Thredbo Valley Track to both Creel and Hatchery Bay on the West. Project funding will also cover improvements to the existing trail network along with supporting infrastructures such as car parking, trails heads and visitor day-use areas.

Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail has been awarded $11.8 million funding by the Regional Growth-Environment and Tourism fund, funded through Restart NSW. The funding program provides funding for infrastructure that supports regional economic growth, creates local employment opportunities and drives growth in the visitor economy.

Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail Project Map


1. Gaden to boat ramp via Hatchery Bay

This section formalises the link between the Thredbo Valley Track and the Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail. NPWS and Council have been working together to create the interlinking trail network which creates a 50km ride between Thredbo and Jindabyne.

The Hatchery Link will also undergo trail maintenance and upgrade works.

2. Banjo to Cobbon/Dam Wall Access

Investigation of options for trail connection via foreshore and/or existing public easements between Banjo Patterson Park and Cobbon Crescent.

Existing pedestrian access across Jindabyne Dam will also be designed and upgraded for shared walker and rider.

3. Mill Creek/Tyrolean

This section will include the addition of car parking and upgrades to parts of the trail network. A concept plan for trail improvements will be prepared with community input.

4. Tyrolean to East Jindabyne

The trail corridor has been determined and planning consent is complete for stage 1. This area will also require a trailhead/car parking and a day-use area. The site location is yet to be determined.

5. East Jindabyne To Kalkite

13km shared-use trail. Proposed trail design will be easy (level green classification) MTB, walking and trail running (grade 3 Australian walking.

6. Thredbo River Picnic Area to Creel Bay

4.5km of shared-use trail to Creel Bay. NPWS is working on the extension between The Lower TVT at Gaden to The Thredbo River Picnic Area.

Timeframe for completion

The project will be delivered in stages over a four-year period with the final completion in July 2024. The first stages of construction will include the Tyrolean to East Jindabyne link. Trail re-construction stages will commence during the autumn and winter month of 2021 to avoid interruption to riders during the busy spring and summer months.

Community consultation

Council will be providing regular updates on the project via this page and project phase sub-pages. Regular consultation with our stakeholders and interested community members will be an essential part of the project. There are still areas where trail planning will need to be complete prior to construction. Council will ensure that local residents will be included and informed during this process.