Over the last six months, TRC Tourism has been working together with the Snowy Valleys Council and local community to develop a Mountain Bike Master Plan for the Hume and Hovell Track. Recognised as a ‘Cycling Game Changer Project’ in the Snowy Valleys Destination Management Plan, the Trail will consist of both new and existing sections of the Hume and Hovell Track from Blowering Dam to Mannus Lake.
The Snowy Valley region is well situated to provide a range of mountain biking experiences easily accessible from major cities. The area features immersive natural experiences through forests, framed by the alpine landscape and offers a range of adventure activities such as hiking, horse riding, fishing and water sports. The heritage towns and villages in the region are also well known for their local food, wine and breweries which packaged together with mountain biking will offer an ideal adventure escape.
The Vision for the Master Plan is to not only promote the natural environment, but to provide a range of riding experiences. The Trail will consist of varying sections, levels and durations; include on Trail visitor infrastructure such as campgrounds, lookouts and signage; link to the local towns and villages and package complementary activities such as accommodation, food and wine, retail and tour product so that the Hume and Hovell Trail becomes a complete experience.
Through economic modelling, TRC has shown a multitude of benefits that the proposed Mountain Bike Trail will create including visitor growth, economic benefits for local businesses and community, as well as becoming a resource supporting social and health and wellbeing benefits for the local Snowy Valleys community.
The Plan is currently available for public comment and shows proposed Trails, suggested itineraries and a proposed implementation schedule from 2018-2020.