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.
The natural beauty of the region invites outdoor adventure. Southeast of the town is Bago State Forest, where you can find great walking trails and lookouts. The Sugar Pine Walk is an easy trail through enormous sugar pines which were planted in 1928, the largest and tallest of all known pines.
Getting to Batlow
Batlow is on the scenic Snowy Valleys Way touring route that begins in Gundagai and winds south through breathtaking landscapes, charming towns and fascinating heritage. The town is only 30 minutes’ drive from Tumut and Tumbarumba.