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Patons Hut walking track

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Patons Hut walking track.

Track grading

Grade 5

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  • Time

    2 - 3hrs

  • Quality of markings

    No directional signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    5.4km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

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    Patons Hut walking track is in the central precinct of Kosciuszko National Park. To get there, from Khancoban:

    • Drive northwest along Alpine Way for around 5.8km to the Swampy Plains Creek Road turn-off
    • Take Swampy Plains Creek Road towards Cabramurra for about 28km to Tooma Reservoir/Dam
    • The trackhead and parking will be on your right

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    Road quality

    • It's recommended that all vehicles carry snow chains from the June to October long weekends. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.


    Parking is available adjacent to the trackhead at Tooma Dam/Reservoir.


    The closest public toilets are located inside the gate, near the carpark at the Tooma Reservoir trailhead. You’ll also find a toilet at Patons Hut itself.

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    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.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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).



    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.

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