Events In And Around Batchelor
Join in the excitement of a traditional country race meeting.
The Adelaide River Races, set in beautiful shady grounds, feature a seven-race program, with TAB and bookie facilities on site. Bar and food facilities are available, along with children activities. There's also 'Fashion on the Field' and 2-up after the races.
A concert and dance follow the day's races, so with free camping available throw in the swag and tent to spend the evening under the stars.
Gates open at 9am on the Saturday.
Join in the thrill of a rodeo, camp draft and rural show.
The Adelaide River Show, in the Adelaide River township south of Darwin, features a rodeo, polocrosse, gymkhana and camp draft as well as competitions in arts and crafts, flora art, cookery, photography, horticulture and agriculture, and farm produce in both adult and children sections.
The camp draft consists of six head of cattle in a 'camp', in which the competitor has to cut only one animal out. The competitor must get the animal to the front of the camp. Once the competitor has the animal up front, they must block and turn the beast a few times to show the judges they have control of the animal. The rider then calls for the gates to be opened, completes a figure 8 before guiding it through the gate to finish. All this is done in less than 45 seconds.
For a change of pace head to the picturesque town of Batchelor for its annual, popular Lingalonga Festival. Relax under a shady tree and watch the world wander by, explore the markets, sit back and enjoy the entertainment or join in the fun activities throughout the day. For the kids there are clowns and waterslides, and sports. Everyone will love the live music, food stalls, buskers, art and craft workshops and a traditional weaving workshop with 'Jeannie'. The Lingalonga Festival is a not-for-profit community event that is alcohol-free. It starts early at 8am and continues until dark.
Batchelor is located 90 kilometres from Darwin and is the gateway to the waterfalls and landmarks of Litchfield National Park.
Allow 2.5 to 3 hours
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The tour is self-drive, with short walking diversions to various infrastructure and to view collected artefacts from the site. It begins at the front gate where the taxiway from Pell Airstrip was used to bring aircraft within the camp and place them along various revetments.
Situated 100km south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway, Pell Mell is well positioned for visits to Litchfield Park, Daly River, Batchelor (Rum Jungle) and Adelaide River, -well known for its World War II sites such as the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the Railway History Museum, and the newly established Batchelor Museum.
4REPAIR & SERVICE UNIT TAG-A-LONG TOUR – Morning or afternoon tours
The Adelaide River Markets are held four times a week in the "Dry Season".
The markets are in Glen Huitson Park in the heart of Adelaide River.
Sat, Sun, Mon and Wed the markets are open from 8am and close around 12 midday.
Stalls showcase local handmade craft: cards, beanies, preserves, woodwork, cakes, dolls, hand towels, second hand books and fresh seafood and lots more.
Stroll in the shade of the park and enjoy the atmosphere of this
Observe the quaint tradition of Railway Heritage Picnic Day - a day of leisure, food, and games on the Adelaide River. Originally designated a public holiday for hardworking railway workers, today Railway Heritage Picnic Day is a celebration of the heritage of the Adelaide River township south of Darwin.
Join the fun of games including tug-o-war, sack and three-legged races, or egg and spoon races.
Walk around and explore the lily-studded reservoir, or discover the historical exhibits in the Sidney Williams Exhibition Hall. Enjoy traditional railway food and drinks served in the refreshment rooms at the Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct.