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Patons Hut walking track

Kosciuszko National Park

Overview

Patons Hut walking track offers scenic alpine views, plus bird watching and fishing at Tooma Dam, in the central wilderness of Kosciuszko National Park, near Khancoban.

Where
Kosciuszko National Park
Distance
5.4km return
Time suggested
2 - 3hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
Opening times

The section of road between Khancoban and Cabramurra, including access to Patons Hut walking track, is closed between the June and October long weekends, due to snow and ice.

What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • It's a good idea to check out the Think Before You Trek website when planning your hike, and bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

Best walked in the warmer months, Patons Hut walking track gives you an opportunity to see the historic side of Kosciuszko National Park.

Bushwalking this well-defined track, you can gaze at an impressive colour palette created by tall mountain gums and eucalypt forest looming overhead, as well as pretty frost hollows. A spring visit is perfect for stunning glimpses of blooming shrubs and wildflowers such as buttercups and waxy bluebells. It’s remarkable to see how well the area has regenerated after bushfires in 2003.

Quiet hikers might manage to spot some of the park’s native wildlife, including eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and lizards. You may even see a wombat if you’re there at dawn or dusk.

It should take about an hour to reach Patons Hut. First built in 1934, and rebuilt after bushfire, it remains an excellent example of an iron grazier’s hut. Pause a while to experience the Snowy Mountains region’s cultural heritage. You might even savour a picnic lunch or go fishing in Tooma Dam before returning the way you came. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, continue via Dargals trail to Toolong Plain and Jagungal Wilderness Area.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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

Park info

  • in Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • Kosciuszko National Park is open all year round but at times some roads and trails close due to weather conditions or other park management issues, for details click on the alerts button or contact one of the park's visitor centres.

  • Park entry fees:

    Winter (Alpine Way, Kosciuszko Rd and Link Road) From start of June long weekend to end of October long weekend: $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day(24hrs). Find out more about the Winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of the year (Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road only) $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day (24hrs).

    Yarrangobilly Caves (year-round): $4 per vehicle per day, unless park entry has been paid.

    Passes: Day passes (based on daily entry fees above), 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 five-days park entry at price of four days (not valid winter). Pensioners are exempt from park entry fees. Download the exemption form.

    Buy an annual pass.
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    • Khancoban
      (02) 6076 9373
      (02) 6076 9382
      Contact hours: 9am-4pm (closed 12.30pm-1pm) Monday to Friday. Open daily during peak summer season and school holidays.
    • Scammell Street, Khancoban NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6076 9567
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    • Yarrangobilly Caves
      (02) 6454 9597
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • Snowy Mountains Highway, Yarrangobilly Caves
    • Fax: (02) 6454 9598
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    • 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
    • Email: perisher@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Patons Hut walk track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer