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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
Price Free.
Entry fees Park entry fees apply
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.

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 Power Station, 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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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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 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. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

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    • Perisher Valley office
      02 6457 4444
      Contact hours: Winter (June to October long weekends): Daily 8.30am to 4pm. Closed 12 to 1pm. Rest of year: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm. Closed 12 to 1pm weekdays, all day Saturday and Sunday.
    • 9914 Kosciuszko Road, Perisher Valley NSW 2624
    • Email:
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Island Bend campground, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer