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Island Bend campground

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park


Pitch your tent or pull up your camper at secluded Island Bend campground, near Perisher. It’s a great base for some of the best walks, biking, fishing and kayaking in Kosciuszko National Park.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 30
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets
Please note
  • Island Bend campground is open all year, but you can expect low temperatures and snow fall in winter.
  • The Christmas and New Year period can get very busy at this campground.
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable. Please be well prepared for your visit, especially in winter.
  • 4WD required to access lower camp in extreme wet weather.
Price Free.
Entry fees Park entry fees apply

This quiet campground offers plenty of space for families and solo travellers. Set up camp down by the Snowy River or opt for a flat site up the hill, where there was once a major community involved in the mighty Snowy Mountain Hydro scheme construction.

Bring your canoe or lilo and spend a relaxing afternoon paddling the clear waters of the Snowy River. Throw a fishing line in, or give your legs a workout on alpine mountain bike trails.

From the campground you can explore the nearby attractions of Perisher Valley. Charlotte Pass is 30 mins up the road if you’re keen to tackle the Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk. Just up Guthega Road you’ll find the impressive Guthega Dam, gateway to the historic huts along the Whites River corridor. Or lace up for back country hiking or skiing opportunities in the Jagungal wilderness. 

After a day packed with alpine adventures, retreat to the calm of Island Bend campground. Cool off in the river and refuel with a BBQ or fresh-caught fish, as the local roos, red-necked wallabies and wombats look on curiously.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Iconic species - Southern corroboree frog conservation program

An iconic endangered species, the southern corroboree frog, found only in Kosciuszko National Park, faces the grave threat of extinction. Saving Our Species aims to prevent this from happening by battling chytrid fungus, protecting frog habitat from pests, and fostering a captive breeding program. 

Southern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree), Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Park info

  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out  more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from local visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information on upgrades. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Pensioners are exempt from park entry fees. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Snowy Region Visitor Centre - Jindabyne
      (02) 6450 5600
      Contact hours: 8.30am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • 49 Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne NSW 2627
    • Email:
      Fax: (02) 6456 1249
    • Perisher Office
      (02) 6457 4444
      Contact hours: Winter: 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Summer: 8am-12pm and 1-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    • NPWS Building, 9914 Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley NSW 2624
    • Email:
See more visitor info
Island Bend campground, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer