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Patons Hut walking track

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Applies from Thu 19 Sep 2019, 5.30pm. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Sep 2019, 10.07am

Closed areas: Blue Waterholes closure

Part of Kosciuszko National Park will be closed for the trapping and removal of wild horses. There will be signage in place.

Blue Waterholes trail from Cooleman Mountain campground to Blue Waterholes campground will not open at the October long weekend and will remain closed until the end of November.

This is to allow National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to manage interactions between wild horses and the public within the campgrounds by reducing the number of wild horses in the area.

Access to Magpie Flat and Blue Waterholes campgrounds will be prohibited to ensure the safety of NPWS staff, visitors and welfare of horses during control operations. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Vehicle traffic will not be permitted beyond Cooleman Mountain campground. Coolamine Homestead will still be accessible to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. 

The closed areas are:

  • Blue Waterholes campground
  • Magpie Flat campground
  • Blue Waterholes picnic area
  • Clarke Gorge walking track
  • Nichols Gorge walking track

Visitors are encouraged to use other campgrounds in the area during the closure period, including:

  • Three-Mile Dam
  • Cooinbil Hut
  • Long Plain Hut
  • Yarrangobilly Village
  • Bullocks Hill
  • Ghost Gully

For further information please contact the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Tue 21 May 2019, 12.00am to Fri 4 Oct 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Sep 2019, 9.05am

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley track closures

Thredbo Valley track is closed in the following areas:

  • Between Thredbo Resort and Thredbo Diggings campground
  • Lower Thredbo Valley track from Skitube Bridge, including all track downstream
  • Bullocks track
  • Muzzlewood track

This is because of current track conditions and required works. These areas will remain closed until track conditions allow the safe removal of hazardous trees.

The hardened surface track between Thredbo Diggings campground and Bullocks Flat remains open for cycling.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Wed 18 Sep 2019, 3.02pm to Sun 22 Mar 2020, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Wed 18 Sep 2019, 4.02pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog pest control program underway

NSW National Parks is doing a 1080 wild dog pest control program using baits and canid pest ejectors between Monday 23 September 2019 and Sunday 22 March 2020.

This program is happening in Kosciuszko National Park in the Yaouk/Adaminaby area, from Lone Pine trail to Lake Eucumbene. It is also being done in Scabby Range and Yaouk nature reserves.

There will be signs up around all the baiting areas. Pets and working dogs could be affected by 1080 poison, and must not enter the baited areas. For further information call the NPWS Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 8.00am to Fri 27 Sep 2019, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Aug 2019, 1.01pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for rabbit control program

Some areas of this park are closed from Thursday 12 September to Friday 27 September 2019. This is due to a rabbit control program involving 1080 baiting. The closed areas are:

  • Behrs Flat
  • Keebles Hut
  • Old Geehi Hut

Access to Geehi Flat campground and Geehi Hut will remain open.

This closure will remain in place unless the it is otherwise extended or removed. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Khancoban area office on 02 6076 9373.

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Applies from Tue 11 Jun 2019, 9.00am to Fri 4 Oct 2019, 2.37pm. Last reviewed: Tue 27 Aug 2019, 2.37pm

Closed areas: Geehi area trail closures for winter

Some areas in this park are closed from Tuesday 11 June to Friday 4 October 2019 due to winter weather conditions. The closed areas are:

  • Geehi Walls fire trail
  • Major Clews fire trail
  • Old Geehi Hut and campground
  • Keebles Hut and campground
  • Behrs Flat and campground

Geehi Flats campground will remain open through winter. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Khancoban office on 02 6076 9373 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 7 Aug 2019, 2.37pm to Mon 7 Oct 2019, 2.34pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 12.41pm

Safety alerts: Hazardous back country conditions

There is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range and around Mount Kosciuszko.

Steeper, treeless slopes and the tops of ridges where overhanging cornices develop carry the greatest risk.

Snow stability varies with wind, temperature and the amount and patterns of snowfall. For example, when a hard, icy layer is followed by fresh snow.

Avalanches can occur at any time through winter and can be fatal. Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.

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Applies from Wed 7 Aug 2019, 1.53pm to Thu 6 Feb 2020, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Sep 2019, 3.16pm

Other planned events: Ongoing 1080 wild dog and fox baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting ongoing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) wild dog and fox baiting programs from Wednesday 7 August 2019 to Thursday 6 February 2020. This includes the following sections of Kosciuszko National Park:

  • The Yaouk/Adaminaby area from Lone Pine trail to Lake Eucumbene
  • Denison
  • Eucumbene
  • Happy Jacks
  • Snowy Plain
  • Kalkite Mountain
  • Thredbo Valley
  • Moonbah
  • Ingebyra
  • Paupong
  • Numbla Vale
  • Corrowong

There will be signs around the baited areas to alert the public about the 1080 baiting in these locations.

These programs are part of an integrated pest animal control strategy, which also includes trapping and shooting, with the aim of minimising the impacts of these pests on neighbouring stock.

Baiting programs will be conducted in the Adaminaby/Yaouk, Snowy Plain, Thredbo/Ingebyra, Dalgety/Paupong, East Monaro/Far South Coast and Corrowong/Tombong/Merriangah wild dog plan areas.

Domestic pets are highly susceptible to 1080 poison. Dogs, cats and other pets and domestic animals are not permitted on NSW national parks, reserves and state conservation areas.

For more information please contact the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Fri 22 Sep 2017, 4.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 2.59pm

Other planned events: Increased traffic in northern Kosciuszko National Park

There will be a gradual increase in truck movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway and Link Road over the coming months due to works associated with the Snowy 2.0 project. 

Your destination is still accessible and to assist in planning your journey safely and to avoid stress, please allow extra time in you travel plans.

For more information please call the NPWS Tumut office on 02 6947 7000.

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Applies from Fri 7 Jun 2019, 11.33am to Fri 4 Oct 2019, 11.25am. Last reviewed: Fri 7 Jun 2019, 11.41am

Closed areas: Yellow Bog fire trail closed

Yellow Bog fire trail is closed to vehicles until Friday 4 October 2019 due to trail damage. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Khancoban office on 02 6076 9373.

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Applies from Mon 6 May 2019, 1.44pm to Fri 4 Oct 2019, 1.36pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Jun 2019, 11.35am

Closed areas: Greg Greg trail closed

Greg Greg trail is closed due to track maintenance. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Khancoban office on 02 6076 9373 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 28 May 2019, 1.02pm to Mon 7 Oct 2019, 12.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 3.29pm

Closed areas: Winter Road closures

KNP5 (Cabramurra to Khancoban Road), Kings Cross Road, Geehi Dam Road and Olsens Road are closed due to weather conditions. Therefore, the following areas are also closed:

  • Clover Flat camground
  • Ogilvie's Rest Area
  • Round Mountain trail head
  • Bradleys and O'Briens Hut
  • Patons Hut
  • Dry Dam
  • Tumut Ponds
  • Tooma Dam
  • Geehi Dam
  • Olsens lookout
  • Jagungal

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call Khancoban Visitor Centre on 02 6076 9373 or Tumut Visitor Centre on 02 6947 7025. You can also visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sun 12 May 2019, 11.34am to Tue 12 Nov 2019, 11.34am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 May 2019, 12.07pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog control aerial and ground baiting program

A 1080 ground and aerial baiting program (baits/candid pest ejectors) for wild dogs will be undertaken from Sunday 12 May 2019 and will continue for the next 6 months. A reminder that 1080 is harmful to domestic pets. Dog owners should not allow their dogs to wander in these areas because your dog could be poisoned.

For further information, please call NPWS Khancoban area office on 02 6076 9373.

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Applies from Wed 7 Feb 2018, 10.06am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 May 2019, 2.27pm

Safety alerts: Hannels Spur track - difficult to follow

Hannels Spur track is difficult to follow and only suitable for highly experienced walkers. The track has recently been cleared but marking has not been completed. Maintenance work is ongoing.

For more information, call Jindabyne Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Mon 25 Feb 2019, 9.07am. Last reviewed: Thu 21 Mar 2019, 9.28am

Closed areas: Lobs Hole Ravine Road - closed until further notice

Some areas of this park are closed due to Snowy 2.0 Exploratory Works from Monday 25 February 2019, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. The closed areas are:

  • Lobs Hole Ravine Road 4wd trail
  • Wallace Creek lookout
  • Lobs Hole Ravine campground

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call Tumut area office on 02 6947 7000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Wed 2 Jan 2019, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Mar 2019, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Disappointment Spur trail closed due to bridge removal

Disappointment Spur trail is closed from the southern end, near Guthega power station, because the bridge has been removed. Therefore:

  • There is no access to Disappointment Spur trail from Guthega power station.
  • You can only access the Jagungal wilderness area and Whites River corridor from the southern end via Schlink Pass (Geehi) Road.

For more information, please call the Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Wed 19 Jun 2019, 1.59pm to Thu 31 Oct 2019, 3.22pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2019, 3.47pm

Closed areas: Rawson Pass and Charlotte Pass toilets closed

Rawson Pass and Charlotte Pass toilets are now closed for winter and will reopen when conditions allow in spring. For more information, call the NPWS Jindabyne area office on 02 6450 5621.

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Applies from Tue 1 Aug 2017, 8.27am. Last reviewed: Fri 15 Feb 2019, 2.40pm

Other planned events: 1080 Baiting Programs

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) conducts ongoing and seasonal 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baiting programs in areas of Kosciuszko National Park. These programs are part of an integrated pest management strategy aimed at controlling wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits. All baiting locations are identifiable to the public through signage erected around the baited area.

Domestic pets are highly susceptible to 1080 poison. Park visitors are reminded that dogs, cats and other pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted in Kosciuszko National Park.

For more information please contact the relevant NPWS office:

  • Tumut, call (02) 6947 7000
  • Jindabyne, call (02) 6450 5555
  • Khancoban, call (02) 6076 9373.

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Applies from Wed 19 Jun 2019, 2.35pm to Thu 31 Oct 2019, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2019, 4.02pm

Closed areas: High altitude walking tracks closed for winter

Some walking tracks in this park are closed to walkers because they are covered in snow. There are no markers to follow on these tracks, except for Summit trail. The closed tracks include:

  • Summit trail/walk. Marker poles exist for much of the first 7.5km, though some may be buried. The last approx. 2km has no markers
  • Main Range walk
  • Stilwell walk
  • Snow Gums boardwalk
  • Porcupine walk
  • Illawong walk
  • Dead Horse Gap track
  • Kosciuszko walk

Don't attempt to walk on these tracks.

These tracks remain accessible to people with snow shoes or cross country skis. Remember to bring a map, compass and mid-winter equipment.

These tracks will likely remain closed to walkers until conditions change in spring. For more information, please call the Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/patons-hut-walking-track/local-alerts

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Patons Hut walk track, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer