Substantial apple growing and timber town.
Located 443km south west of Sydney and 725m above
sea level, Batlow is set in the beautiful low-lying
mountains of the New South Wales south-west slopes.
The town is surrounded by orchards and in recent
years it has become famous as one of Australia's
premier producers of apples, pears, cherries,
numerous varieties of berries and stone fruits.
Prior to European settlement the Wiradjuri
Aborigines lived in the area. The first Europeans to
pass through the district were Hamilton Hume and
William Hovell in 1824 on their journey to Port
Phillip Bay. A few years later, in the early 1830s,
Thomas Boyd settled at Windowie, a property north of
The discovery of gold in the early 1850s at
Adelong and in the Batlow Valley led to the
establishment of a small settlement at Reedy Creek
in 1854. The town was named after a Mr. Batlow, the
surveyor who laid out the town's street plan. The
primary function of the settlement was to service
the surrounding gold mining area. Out of this
settlement grew the town of Batlow.
The gold mining era was short lived and by 1855
the first orchards had been planted. The town became
a service centre with fruit trees being planted on
the surrounding hills and in the surrounding
valleys. By 1880 a timber mill had opened and by
1900 more than 5 000 trees both for orchards and for
timber milling had been planted in the district.
This process of expansion continued until 1915. The
town was officially proclaimed in 1910.
Major growth occurred in the town in 1923 with
the arrival of the railway (a branch line from Tumut)
and the establishment of the state's first cool
stores. Four years later, in 1927, the town's
co-operative packing sheds and cool stores were
opened. It was known as the Batlow Packing House and
Cool Stores Co-operative. This organisation was
formed by district growers and can be seen as the
beginning of a process which continues today in the
Batlow Fruit Co-op.
The area continued to prosper through the 1930s
with the introduction of cider manufacturing. After
the outbreak of World War II the Batlow Packing
Company provided both U.S. and Australian forces
with dehydrated fruit and vegetable. By the 1950s
the town had become a major centre for both the soft
wood plantations and the orchards and some farmers
were experimenting with asparagus and sweet corn.
Today Batlow is at the centre of the most important
apple growing area in New South Wales. It is
surrounded by more than 350 000 apple trees and it's
packing and processing plants are the town's main
Things to see:
|A bowl of fruit
carved out of a tree stump in Batlow
Springfield Orchard and Tourist Information
Tourist Information can be had from the Springfield
Orchard which is located on the Tumut Road about 1km
out of Batlow. Springfield Orchard also has picnic
and barbecue facilities and sells most of the fruits
available in the area. It is open seven days a week.
For more details contact (02) 6949 1021.
Batlow Fruit Co-operative Limited
Located on Forest Road south of the town centre. The
Batlow Fruit Co-operative Limited is the largest
computer controlled fruit grading, packing and
storage complex in Australia. Visitors are welcome
and fruit is available for sale. Tours can be
arranged. For more details contact (02) 6949 1021.
Fruit Picking Seasons
During the year there are times when fruit is
readily available from orchards and roadside stalls
throughout the Batlow area. Cherries are picked in
November - December; berries from December to April;
peaches in January and February; pears between
February and March and apples from March to May.
Weemala Lookout and Flora and Fauna Reserve
Take the road out of Batlow towards Tumbarumba and
turn west into Cherry Lane to reach Weemala Lookout.
This lookout offers outstanding views over the
township. It is also is an excellent vantage point
for a panoramic view across the northern end of the
Cascade Fuchsia Nursery
Located at the end of Fosters Road to the east of
the town centre the Cascade Fuchsia Nursery is open
between October and April. It has a country garden
atmosphere and morning and afternoon teas are
served. For more details contact (02) 6949 1268.
Bago State Forest
To the south east of Batlow lies the Bago State
Forest, a 43 000 hectare of soft and hard wood with
stands of alpine ash and radiata pine. There are a
number of pleasant walks and drives through this
state forest including the Hume and Hovell Lookout
(follow the signs from Yellowing access road) which
has views over the Blowering Valley and Blowering
Dam. Buddong Falls which is 25 km from Batlow on a
marked road has a lookout at the top with pleasant
views of the falls and good picnic and barbecue
Oregon Forest Walk
Access is via a car park located off Central Logging
Road. This walk takes in a fine stand of Douglas fir
trees. Various softwoods are nameplated.
Pilot Hill Forest Park and Arboretum
A pleasant locale, it features over forty different
species of hardwood and conifers from around the
world, which were planted in the early 1920s.
Nameplates indicate both the common and botanical
names. There are picnic, barbecue and toilet
facilities. Access is via the unsealed Bago Forest
Sugar Pine Walk
Sugar pines are one of the largest and most valuable
timber trees of North America. An excellent stand of
them can be seen along this short walk which lies
about 300 metres up Kopsens Road, at Laurel Hill
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