Batchelor - NT

  Population - Town

Position

DEG: -13.05046 131.03072
DMS: 13º 03' 1.66" S 131º 01' 50.58" E
UTM: 52 L 8556403mN 720211mE
Altitude: 115.76m

Description

Place Type

Population - Population - Town

Location

68.93kms South of Darwin - Driving 97.0 km (1 hour 13 mins)

Address & Contact

6 Awilla Rd
Batchelor NT 0845
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A

Information

Batchelor is a well-maintained town, about 100 km south of Darwin. It is the entry point for visitors to the stunning Litchfield National Park. A sealed road provides access to the town which has a small shopping/services centre and accommodation.
Named after the politician E.L. Batchelor, the town remained a quiet backwater until World War II. The township was then used as an important Allied airforce base and the population increased rapidly. The aerodrome can still be seen today.
Later, in 1949, uranium was discovered in the nearby area of Rum Jungle, 11 km north of Batchelor. Again, the town's population swelled, until the mine was closed in 1963.
Rum Jungle has a rich history, typically associated with Australian mining camps and towns. In his famous novel Capricornia, Xavier Herbert wrote about Rum Jungle under the fictitious name of Black Adder Creek. Although the mine is no longer open for inspection, many places around the town still keep the Rum Jungle name alive.
Today, Batchelor thrives on tourism to Litchfield National Park and also has exceptional TAFE and training centres that specifically cater for indigenous students.
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Closest Weather Station

Batchelor at 14/02:00am CST
Distance from Batchelor 0.75km SW
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
24.9°C28.5°C90%23.1°C1009.4hPa9.6mmENE9km/hr
5knots
13km/hr
7knots

Closest Climatic Station

Batchelor Aero
Distance from Batchelor 0.75km SW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C32.732.232.833.732.731.231.833.336.036.835.333.8
Mean Min. °C24.023.823.421.618.816.516.317.020.623.023.924.1
Mean Rain mm306.7360.7258.9101.824.60.50.22.86.668.5133.9268.0

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