More than just a stop off before the Top End’s Litchfield National Park, Batchelor is full of its own life and colourful characters; number 26 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Jennifer Pinkerton, travel journalist.

The small town of Batchelor is best known as the gateway to magnificent Litchfield National Park but, says Jennifer Pinkerton, “the NT is filled with larger than life characters, and once you go beyond Darwin to places like Batchelor, they’re teeming.”

Curious? Then you must go to Batchelor Butterfly Farm.

“You’ll meet its owner, an English guy called Chris, who’s made a slightly weird, but absolutely beautiful butterfly enclosure, and always dresses like a pirate. He’s married to a beautiful Filipino lady who serves delicious Filipino meals on their front porch each night.”

Afterwards, head to the Rum Jungle Tavern (08 8976 0811) she says. “It’s the only pub in town and a guaranteed excellent time.” Then lay your head at Batchelor Historic Retreat (from $160 per night).

“You might wonder what a wonderful example of mid-century design is doing here – it has original tropical wooden architecture and louvres, and a lovely tropical garden – but just enjoy.”

Finally, a local’s tip. “Use the next day to explore Sandy Creek. You’ll need a 4WD and it’s a 3.4-kilometre return walk from the carpark, but people rarely go there, and it’s just amazing – a dramatic, deep spot with waterfalls and lots of places to jump off.” You heard it here first.

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