Coomalie Cultural Centre, Tourism NT

Population 477

Batchelor was initially established as an experimental farming region to assess the economic viability of the Northern Territory. During WW II a large air-force base was set up, strategically placed to defend the northern part of Australia. After the war, Batchelor became prominent with the discovery of uranium at nearby Rum Jungle in 1949. Today the town thrives on tourism, particularly because of its proximity to Litchfield National Park.

Visitor Information

Tourism Top End, Bennett St, Darwin; 1300 138 886; or Information booth, Tarkarri Rd, Batchelor.

Nearby national parks

  • Litchfield National Park

    Litchfield National Park is a gem of a park, encompassing diverse landscapes that take in most Top End habitats. Spring-fed waterfalls flow...more

  • Mary River National Park

    Mary River National Park protects a part of the Mary River catchment that includes the river, flood plains, billabongs, paperbark forests,...more

  • Kakadu National Park

    World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is a landscape of unsurpassed beauty, with world-renowned wetlands attracting extraordinary...more

Nearby towns

  • Adelaide River

    Adelaide River is a small town located midway between Darwin and Pine Creek.  A settlement was established here as a base for...more

  • Noonamah

    Noonamah is a tiny town outside Darwin at the centre of numerous parks and reserves. It is a great base from which to experience wildlife,...more

  • Pine Creek

    The town was named Pine Creek by Overland Telegraph workers because of the prolific pine trees growing along the banks of the tiny...more

In Town

Karlstein Castle Czech immigrant Bernie Havlik worked at Rum Jungle and was a gardener there until his retirement in 1977. As a gardener he had been frustrated by a rocky outcrop that was too large to move and too difficult to keep tidy, so he decided to build over it. Havlik spent 5 years constructing a mini replica of the original Karlstein Castle that still stands in Bohemia. He added finishing touches, despite serious illness, and died just after its completion. Rum Jungle Rd.

Coomalie Cultural Centre: bush tucker garden plus display of Aboriginal works and culture; Batchelor Institute, cnr Awilla Rd and Nurudina St.


Litchfield National Park Sandstone formations and monsoon rainforest feature in this easily accessible park. There are fantastic swimming spots: plunge into the rainforest-fringed pool at Wangi Falls, swim beneath the cascading Florence Falls or relax in the waters of Buley Rockhole. Do not miss the Lost City, a series of windswept formations that eerily resemble the ruins of an ancient civilisation, and the magnetic termite mounds, so-called because they all align north–south. Access is for experienced 4WD only, but there’s always the much more civilised option of a helicopter ride from Cape Crawford. (08) 8976 0282; 20 km W.

Lake Bennett Wilderness Resort:this resort has a plethora of birdlife and native fauna that can be enjoyed in the many serene picnic areas. A range of activities are available including abseiling, swimming and barramundi fishing. Dining and accommodation are also on-site; Chinner Rd; (08) 8976 0960; 18 km NE


Batchelor Air Charter: scenic flights, parachuting and gliding; Batchelor Aerodrome; 1 km W.

Rum Jungle Lake: canoeing, kayaking, diving and swimming; 10 km W.

Fishing spots near town

Manton Dam 24 km

Queensland has received a lot of publicity about stocking lakes with barramundi, but since the mid- 1990s NT Fisheries has been doing similar work. More than 100 000 barramundi have been put into Manton Dam, a... Find out more

Daly River 86 km

The Daly River is one of the most popular barramundi fishing destinations for Darwin anglers. The river is rightly famous for its spectacular runoff fishing at the end of the Wet, but produces barramundi year round. Some... Find out more

Shady Camp 98 km

This barrage separates fresh and salt water and is a famous fishing spot. It consists of a free camping area with a reasonably clean toilet block. There is no worry about dogs and cats getting into rubbish bins: the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve 69 km

This incredible site 70 kilometres east of Darwin is believed to have the highest known biomass of predators and prey of any ecosystem on earth, and is teeming with water pythons and their primary food of choice, dusky... Find out more

Cycling around Darwin 70 km

Although the humidity might prevent you from wanting to do any exercise at all, the advantage of cycling is that you get a cool breeze as you go, and Darwin is relatively flat. Join a relaxing, guided three-hour cycle... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Batchelor Butterfly Farm and Tea House

A short walk from the centre of Batchelor, the Butterfly Farm is one of those Territory gems – a little rough at the edges but full of interest. While parents enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, the butterflies and... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Saffron 71 km

This Indian restaurant in Parap uses biodegradable plates and bowls made from sugarcane fibres, and buys nearly all ingredients locally.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Adelaide River Show Society Caravan Park 22 km

About 500 m off the Stuart Hwy and within an easy drive of Litchfield, this park is dog- and horse-friendly. It's a good stop-off on the way back from the Douglas Daly region. Note: no generators.... Find out more

Florence Falls 4WD camping area 27 km

This 4WD campsite is 1 km up the road from the area for 2WD vehicles. To reach it take the signposted turn-off, 42 km south-west of Batchelor. Note: you can swim in nearby waterways, but observe crocodile warning signs.... Find out more

Buley Rockhole camping area 27 km

Swim in the pools and cascades that tumble down the rocks. To get here, take the signposted turn-off from Litchfield Park Rd, 42 km south-west of Batchelor towards Florence Falls, and follow it for 2.5 km.... Find out more

Florence Falls 2WD camping area 27 km

Florence Falls is accessible down 160 steps or along Shady Creek Walk, about 1 km. At the bottom of the gorge there is a magnificent plunge pool and waterfall. Camping for 2WD vehicles is 4.5 km off Litchfield Park Rd,... Find out more

Walker Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 36 km

Suitable only for tents, this walk-in camping area has just 6 sites along Walker Creek. Stroll along the creek to reach a quiet swimming hole. Bring drinking water. It’s just off Litchfield Park Rd, 82 km west of... Find out more

Tjaynera (Sandy Creek) Falls camping area 38 km

A 3.4 km return walk takes you from here through cycads to a large plunge pool. This site off the Reynolds River 4WD track is 9 km south of Litchfield Park Rd.... Find out more

Wangi Falls camping area 40 km

At Wangi Falls multiple waterfalls cascade down the escarpment. There is a beautiful swimming hole, boardwalk lookouts and a ridgetop walk. Swimming is only possible during the Dry (observe crocodile warnings) but... Find out more

Surprise Creek Falls camping area 47 km

Walk through the bush to a beautiful waterhole with plunge pools hidden in the rocks. This is the most remote campsite in the park, is without drinking water and is located off the Reynolds River 4WD track, about 16 km... Find out more

Howard Springs Holiday Park 61 km

With Howard Springs National Park just up the road and extensive facilities on site, this 6 ha Big4 caravan park is ideal for a relaxing stay in Darwin. It has 3 saltwater pools, 3 spas, squash courts, a TV room, games... Find out more

Hidden Valley Tourist Park 69 km

Only 10 km south of Darwin and off the Stuart Hwy, this quiet park has powered sites – ensuite bathrooms available – as well as unpowered sites. The park has a cafe, swimming pool, BBQs and... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big 4 Batchelor Holiday Park 1 km

The park is 500 metres from the Batchelor town centre and a good base from which to explore nearby Litchfield National Park. The park has good facilities including a hotel and fuel station, and a minigolf course.... Find out more

Litchfield Tourist Park 9 km

Located west of Batchelor on the road to Litchfield National Park, this is a very convenient park for those exploring the area. The park has a restaurant and good facilities.... Find out more

Mount Bundy Station 22 km

This is a unique riverfront farmstay camping area, 3 km from Adelaide River, with basic but good amenities. This is a working station. The camping area is grassy and well shaded.... Find out more

Coolalinga Caravan Park 58 km

On the outskirts of Darwin, this is a very convenient park, especially if you are travelling with your dog. Hidden from view behind a service station, it adjoins a shopping precinct and is within easy walking distance of... Find out more

Big4 Howard Springs Holiday Park 61 km

The popular park is 23 km from central Darwin, in a quiet position off the main highway. It is close to Palmerston shopping centre and is an easy drive into Darwin. The park is a popular tourist destination and a good... Find out more

Darwin FreeSpirit Resort 66 km

Located on the Stuart Highway 19 km from Darwin, this is a large park with good facilities and a quality licensed restaurant. We find it a good base for exploring Darwin and the surrounding areas. We also had less... Find out more

Hidden Valley Tourist Park 69 km

Easily accessible from the Stuart Highway, this is a good quality park about 7 km from Darwin. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

The Bark Hut Inn 72 km

This popular, convenient tourist complex is roughly midway between Jabiru and Darwin’s suburbs. Pets may be allowed on application.... Find out more

Koa and Malak Caravan Parks 73 km

This is located about 12 km from central Darwin, 5 km from Darwin’s largest shopping plaza, Casuarina Square, and adjacent to Darwin Golf Course. It is a huge park with 327 ensuite sites (no tent sites). On... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Historic Retreat

In the centre of Batchelor, one hour south of Darwin, this retreat is an architectural gem. Occupied by the manager of the Rum Jungle uranium mine in the 1950s, the heritage-listed house has been restored to its former... Find out more

Lake Bennett Wilderness Resort

This resort is a great place to stay with a family. There is a choice of accommodation styles, ranging from rooms to cabins, plus there’s a restaurant and bar on-site. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and... Find out more

Rum Jungle Bungalows

A short walk from the township of Batchelor, and an ideal place from which to explore Litchfield National Park, these tranquil bungalows are set in lush tropical gardens and bordered by bushland. The six separate cabins... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Darwin Central 68 km

One of the first things you may notice about Darwin Central in comparison to other nearby hotels is its surprisingly small windows – part of its energy-efficient design. It was recently declared one of... Find out more

Feathers Sanctuary 75 km

The owners of this quiet B&B, 10 minutes drive from the centre of town, are wildlife carers and often have injured birds such as jabirus on site. Their dug-out lagoon is also home to a wide range of birds, including... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Coomalie Creek park area 11 km

25km N of Adelaide River (R) or 88km S of Darwin (L)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Manton River rest area 26 km

47km N of Adelaide River (L) or 66km S of Darwin (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few shady trees.

Bridge Creek rest area 47 km

23km N of Hayes Creek (L) or 34km S of Adelaide River (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Wetlands rest area 54 km

191km W of Jabiru (L) or 24km E of Stuart Hwy (R)

Just off the highway overlooking the wetlands.

Mary River park area 68 km

141km W of Jabiru (L) or 74km E of Stuart Hwy (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees. On the west side of the river.

Douglas Hot Springs camping area 91 km

T/O 6km N of Hayes Creek (L) or 51km S of Adelaide River (R)

On the banks of a creek that is fed by the hot springs. Located 39km south-west of the highway.

What's on around town

Lingalonga Festival: cultural festival; Aug/Sept.

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