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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
Kosciuszko National Park spoils you with snow sports, walks and mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains. Go camping, explore caves, climb Australia's highest mountain, or stay in heritage accommodation. There are 7 areas in this park:
1. Thredbo-Perisher area is your gateway to Mount Kosciuszko. Find NSW's favourite ski resorts, top alpine hikes, mountain bike trails, and endless adventures in the Snowy Mountains.
2. The Lower Snowy River area embraces the wild south of Kosciuszko National Park. Camp by the Snowy River and explore the scenic trails on a walk, bike or horse ride.
3. Khancoban area is the western gateway to Kosciuszko National Park. Discover Geehi and Tom Groggin's camp spots, fishing, and riding. Marvel at the Western Fall views or explore huts and hikes in the Jagungal Wilderness.
4. The Selwyn area is your perfect base to explore the walks, rides, and top fishing spots of central Kosciuszko National Park. Selwyn Snow Resort and historic Kiandra are closed due to severe fire damage.
5. The Yarrangobilly area is a highlight of northern Kosciuszko National Park. Explore jaw-dropping caves on a guided tour and swim in the thermal pool. Stay at historic Caves House and enjoy the walks and wildlife.
6. The Tumut area is your launch pad into northern Kosciuszko National Park. Discover water sports and wildlife at Blowering Reservoir. Camp and explore hidden walks and waterfalls in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.
7. The High Plains area spoils you with summer walks, horse rides and bike trails to mountain huts, caves, and gorges. Camp, stay in Currango's heritage cottages, and discover Kosciuszko's wild north-east corner.
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.