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Patons Hut walking track is a 5.4km, grade 5 return hike, located in the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 2.5hrs to complete.
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.
About the region
Khancoban area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Khancoban area is open all year, but access along the Khancoban to Cabramurra Road is closed in winter (June to October long weekends).
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. Closed 12.30pm to 1pm. Open daily during peak summer season and school holidays.
To Dargals trail head carpark. 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-offTake Swampy Plains Creek Road towards Cabramurra for about 28km to Tooma Reservoir/Dam The trackhead and parking will be on your right Park entry points Dargals trail head carpark See on map 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 Parking is available adjacent to the trackhead at Tooma Dam/Reservoir.
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 fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB when planning your hike. Bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.