Melbourne is 5.25 hours away and Sydney 4.75 hours.
Our nearest major towns are Wagga (1.5 hours), Canberra (2.5 hours) and Albury (2 hours).
It is also half-way between the two major towns of Tumut and Tumbarumba in the Snowy Valleys Council.
Turn off the Hume Freeway at Gundagai to travel via either Gocup or Brungle to Tumut, or continue past Gundagai for 5 kms and turn off at Tumblong and travel via Adelong. In Tumblong visit the Tumblong Tavern for an example of a small regional pub of another era.
Batlow is set geographically in the middle of the Snowy Valleys Council and on the edge of the Riverina plains. Travelling in a circle around the Council area, to Batlow’s south lies Tumbarumba, home of cool country wines, and the second largest town.
From Tumbarumba further south via the Elliot Way and along the western edge of the Kosciuszko National Park, is Khancoban and Cabramurra which is the highest town in Australia at 1,480 metres.
Travel from either hamlet down the Snowy Mountains Highway to Talbingo. Sitting on the edge of Lake Blowering this is ‘new’ Talbingo, the original town being flooded in 1968 to make way for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. Talbingo Station was the home of Australian author Miles Franklin for many years and relatives still farm in the area.
For more adventurous travellers, visitors can get to Talbingo by crossing the Snowy Mountain range from Tumbarumba, travelling through natural bushland and state forests. Although it is a good weather drive the cross country route offers scenic delights such as Paddy’s River Dam and Buddong Falls, and a large section of the acclaimed Hume and Hovell Walking Track.
From Talbingo, Tumut is only 30 minutes north along the Snowy Mountains Highway, and the largest town and commercial centre of the Council area. Renowned for trout fishing it is another place in the district worth visiting in autumn for the beauty and richness of its colours.
Besides rural diversity, the area offers a myriad of sporting and cultural activities for visitors. Bushwalking, trail and endurance riding on horseback, bicycle and motorbike, caving, fishing and water sports, and, of course, snow sports in winter are all easily accessible.
Culturally there are a number of excellent historical museums including the award winning Pioneer Women’s Hut, home of the National Quilt Museum at Glenroy, near Tumbarumba. The heritage Montreal Community Theatre in Tumut and Nest Cafe Cinema and Books in Tumbarumba are both well worth visiting.
Of the many cosy cafes and hearty country eateries stop in Batlow at Coffee and more for a Germanic touch with your meal. Wineries in Tumbarumba, a niche brewery in Tumut, and Batlow ciders and boutique farm products are also part of the package in this rich and fertile part of the country.
High Country Home is a retail space for our local area makers & artists and is supported as a community space within the historic Batlow Bush Nurses Cottage. You’ll find cozy & contemporary hand knits alongside hand stitched cowhide purses and bags. We also have a local, natural range of skin products, award winning jams and a variety of art for sale.