With crisp apples and delicious festivals, Batlow is a delightful rural escape in the Tumut region of the NSW Snowy Mountains. Orchards grow all kinds of scrumptious apples, cherries and other fruit. The small town is a lovely base too for visiting the snowfields in the skiing and snowboarding season.
One of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ - the Big Apple - is in Batlow. At the Batlow Historical Society Museum discover stories of pioneers and learn of visionary orchardist Herbert Velvin Smith, who made Batlow famous for apples with his cold-storage development and co-operative fruit marketing.
With apples comes cider and Batlow makes tasty apple cider. Join in the fun at the annual Batlow CiderFest, a community street party in May with market stalls, boutique ciders, gourmet food, live music and more. The annual Batlow Apple Blossom Festival in October is a great family day out, too.
You can pick your own apples and other fresh produce at farm gates. Wilgro Orchards features a roadside stall selling apples and cherries during the picking season. At the shop you can buy apples and cherries in season as well as free range eggs, homemade jams and local honey.
For lovers of juicy beef, Gilmore Braes Heritage Beef offers a tour of its Scottish Highland cattle farm. Meet the Beef tours are held on the first Sunday of the month and includes a three-course lunch - bookings are essential. On the informative tour you’ll meet Mr Darcey, a Scottish Highland bull.
The natural beauty of the region invites outdoor adventure. Enjoy exhilarating bushwalking trails and mountain biking in Kosciuszko National Park, home to the marvellous Yarrangobilly Caves south of Talbingo. Horseriding and fishing are popular ways to experience the spectacular high country.
You’ll find several accommodation options in Batlow, which is on the scenic Snowy Valleys Way touring route that begins in Gundagai and winds south through breathtaking landscapes, charming towns and fascinating heritage. Batlow is only 30 minutes’ drive from Tumut and Tumbarumba.