Batchelor is best known as the gateway to magnificent Litchfield National Park. Situated 98 kilometres south of Darwin, just off the Stuart Highway (Explorer's Way) and with a population of 358, Batchelor is an excellent base from which to explore Litchfield. Tourism became Batchelor's key industry when Litchfield was declared a national park in 1986.
The modern town is also home to a unique TAFE catering specifically to Aboriginal students. While in Batchelor, drop into the Coomalie Cultural Centre and peruse its presentation of indigenous arts and crafts from the Top End and Central Australia. The Batchelor Butterfly and Bird Farm is also well worth a visit. As well as showcasing a unique range of butterflies and birds in pleasant waterfall garden, the farm offers budget accommodation and has a licensed restaurant on site. Accommodation is also available at the Batchelor Caravillage and Banyan Caravan Park.
The town was named after the South Australian Labour politician Egerton Lee Batchelor (1865-1911) who became Minister for the Northern Territory in 1911. Batchelor grew slowly, with brief spurts of mining activity until World War II when it was turned into an Allied air force.
In the 1950s a prospector named Jack White discovered uranium deposits at nearby Rum Jungle. Legend has it that Rum Jungle earned its name after a rather raucous incident in 1871. A bullock-wagon load of rum became bogged near jungle in the East Finniss River prompting the fearless bullockies to settle in for one of the most notorious binges in Northern Territory history.
Temperatures for Batchelor
Batchelor has hot summer temperatures. The summer high temperature for Batchelor is approximately 34 °c. The summer low temperature is approximately 24 °c.
Batchelor has warm winter temperatures. The winter high temperature for Batchelor is approximately 33 °c. The winter low temperature is approximately 16 °c.
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Destinations within Middle
|Other Middle Destinations|
|Katherine||King Ash Bay||Larrimah|
|Mataranka||Newcastle Waters||Renner Springs|
|Tennant Creek||Three Ways||Timber Creek|
|Victoria River||Wycliffe Well|