NSW Government funding of $27 million is set to make the Snowy region an all-year-round tourism destination.

Support from the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund will be used to develop walking and mountain biking trails in Kosciuszko National Park.

A new Kosciuszko Snowies Iconic Walk will link up with other walking tracks to create a 44-kilometre multi-day walk. Along the way, visitors will be able to stay in luxury resorts or camping facilities.

For the first time, Kosciuszko will be able to host long-distance mountain biking tournaments, when a 21-kilometre extension of the popular Thredbo Valley Track is constructed to international Mountain Bike Association guidelines.

As well as bringing in visitors throughout the summer months, the project will create 139 full-time jobs in the region over the construction period. The upgraded national park is also expected to create an additional 190 full-time positions.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said the development of the hiking and biking trails will ensure the region is vibrant and busy all year-round.

“It means people won’t just have jobs three months of winter, they’ll have work for 12 months of the year, thanks to a steady stream of visitors, mountain bikers and walkers,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The economic benefits, let alone the social, environmental and health benefits of a project like this, can’t be overstated.”