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Gungarlin River campground

Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Visitor Info

All the practical information you need to know about Gungarlin River campground.

Getting there and parking

Gungarlin River campground is in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there:

From Jindabyne:

  • Head north on Kosciuszko Road towards Berridale for 13.5km
  • Turn left on Eucumbene Road and follow for 20km
  • Turn left onto Nimmo Road and follow for 10km to Nimmo Hill
  • Turn left at Nimmo Hill and follow the power line along Island Bend fire trail (4WD only)
  • Follow the fire trail 7.5km to the Gungarlin River, then follow the signs to the campground.

From Cooma:

  • Head south towards Jindabyne around 24km
  • Turn right onto Rocky Plain Road and follow for 25.5km
  • Turn right onto Eucumbene Road
  • After 3.5km turn left onto Nimmo Road and follow for 10km to Nimmo Hill
  • Turn left at Nimmo Hill and follow the power line along Island Bend fire trail (4WD only)
  • Follow the fire trail 7.5km to the Gungarlin River, then follow the signs to the campground.

Road access and conditions

  • Access to this campground is by 4WD vehicle only. Island Bend fire trail is not recommended for 2WD or low clearance vehicles.
  • Snow chains are recommended for all vehicles driving in the park, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Gungarlin River campground may be closed during extreme weather periods.

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • Most roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Snow chains required after snow


Parking is available at Gungarlin River campground.


  • Water is available from Gungarlin River but should be treated before drinking.
  • There are no rubbish bins at the campground, so you’ll need to take all rubbish with you when you leave.


  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Alpine safety

Alpine areas present special safety issues. Conditions can be extreme and may change rapidly, particularly in winter. It’s important to be prepared and find out how to stay safe in alpine areas.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

River and lake safety

Water levels in Snowy Mountains rivers and dams can rise suddenly due to water releases from reservoirs, and after heavy rainfall. Please take note of our river and lake safety tips.


Disability access level - no wheelchair access


Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camp fires are permitted in designated fire rings at the campground. BYO firewood. Gas and fuel stoves are recommended in summer during fire season. Wood barbecues are not permitted on days of total fire ban.


Permitted on management trails in the campground area that are outside the protected Jagungal Wilderness.


You can fish in rivers and streams between the October and June long weekends. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required to fish in all waters. Fishing in dams and lakes is permitted year-round, but some waterways may close temporarily or have restrictions. Refer to the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide for information.



Horse riding is permitted on management trails in this area that are outside the protected Jagungal Wilderness. Camping with horses is not permitted at this campground.



Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. Drones may affect public enjoyment, safety and privacy, interfere with park operations, or pose a threat to wildlife. See the Drones in Parks policy.

This area may be a declared Drone Exclusion Zone, or may be subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules for flying near airports, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites. See CASA's Drone Flyer Rules.

Commercial filming and photography

Commercial filming or photography is prohibited without prior consent. You must apply for permission and contact the local office.

Gathering firewood


Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas. The alpine resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Charlotte Pass, Selwyn, Ski Rider and Kosciuszko Tourist Park are exempt, though some commercial and outdoor places within these resorts may have no smoking areas.

Gungarlin River campground

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 from purchase); 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 NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Single and Multi-Day passes are also available via the Park'nPay app. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter).

    Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information.

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