Batlow is the ‘apple capitol’ of NSW and is on the Snowy Mountains Highway as the traveler heads east to Tumbarumba. Batlow is a small town that has the majority of essential services, but clearly has suffered economically in recent times. That said the traveler will warm to the visit.

Batlow is well known for its apples. About 50 growers in the district supply 1.6 million cases of apples, or 10% of the Australian apple crop, to the Australian market.  The town's main landmark, the 'Big Apple', stands testament to the orchards which have been vital to the town's economy for over 120 years.

When gold was discovered in the area in 1854, a small settlement called Reedy Creek was established as a supply point and service centre for the mining area, and a Mr Batlow surveyed a townsite nearby. The gold deposits were quickly exhausted, but farmers found the area better suited to a variety of crops, so the mining supply point was moved and the current township established around 1855. Reedy Flat Post Office opened on 1 August 1873 and was renamed Batlow in 1889. Fruit trees and timber quickly became the main sources of income for the town, and in 1910 the townsite was gazetted.

The Batlow War Memorial is located down Memorial Drive at the Memorial Gardens.

The Batlow Museum is located in a converted church.

The Batlow Hotel has high profile on entry to the town.

The Anglican and Catholic Churches continue to practice in the town. The Presby and Meth no longer function as intended.

Batlow is a nice spot and if a coffee or refreshment is in order be sure to have that rest.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course