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.

Batlow Countryside - Kosciuszko National Park

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.

Sugar Pine Walk, Laurel Hill

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.

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  1. Tumut Rodeo

    Saturday 21 April 2018 , Tumut

    Bucking bulls and award-winning saddle broncs with be on show as well as tagged bareback broncs and barrel racing and a whole lot more. All the action will be replayed on the big screen. Gates open at 8am with the action starting at 2pm …

    21 Apr
  2. Festival of the Falling Leaf

    Sunday 29 April 2018 , Tumut

    Autumn in Tumut offers one of the most spectacular display of seasonal colours to be found anywhere in New South Wales. In 1954 the local headmaster, Alf Wood, introduced the idea of a festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn and the f…

    29 Apr
  3. Batlow CiderFest

    Saturday 19 May 2018 , Batlow

    Batlow CiderFest is a full-on communal street party celebrating the end of the apple harvest and the best boutique ciders grown and brewed locally. Growers, producers, locals and their visitors enjoy some hard-earned down time after the lo…

    19 May
  4. Tumut Valley Fly-In

    Saturday 25 August 2018 to Sunday 26 August 2018 , Tumut

    Tumut Aero Club will be hosting the annual Tumut Valley fly in. A weekend of activities on and off the airfield, allowing visitors to experience the scenic Tumut area from both the skies above and on the ground. Look at the planes and tal…

    25 Aug - 26 Aug
  5. Lanterns on the Lagoon

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2018 , Tumut

    Lanterns on the Lagoon and Sculptures in the Park is a Spring Festival celebrating community, environment and culture. Lanterns on the Lagoon features a sculpture competition, the sculptures being created from recycled and natural mate…

    23 Sep
  6. Batlow Apple Blossom Festival

    Saturday 20 October 2018 , Batlow

    Celebrate the arrival of spring in Australia's most renowned apple growing region at the Batlow Apple Blossom Festival. Food, market stalls, live music, and family fun combine to bring the apple town of Batlow to life during the festival …

    20 Oct