Batlow is a delightful rural escape in the Tumut region of the NSW Snowy Mountains. Known for growing apples, the small town hosts a number of festivals each year to celebrate its delicious produce, which includes cherries, pears and berries and cider.
Batlow apples and cider
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 about 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 Mouat's Farm shop you can buy apples and cherries in season as well as free range eggs, homemade jams and local honey.
Getting there and where to stay
Batlow is a 4hr 30min drive from Sydney and 2hr 30min from Canberra. It's also part of the scenic Snowy Valleys Way touring route that begins in Gundagai and winds south through breathtaking landscapes, charming towns and fascinating heritage. Places to stay include campgrounds, cabins and farmstays.