Batchelor – Arafura

Batchelor is best known as the gateway to magnificent Litchfield National Park. The first inhabitants and traditional owners of the land surrounding the town area the Warrai and Kungarakany people. Batchelor is a well maintained small town with sealed road access and small shopping/services centre and tourist accommodation.

Fire and Emergency Response Group

A Fire and Emergency Response Group (FERG) exists in Batchelor. The FERG consists of approximately 10 Fire and Emergency Service volunteers. Volunteers are trained in road crash rescue, first aid, search and rescue and flood boat operation. The FERG respond from a fire station in Batchelor.


Pre and primary schooling is available at the Batchelor Area School located within the township. Secondary schooling is available in Darwin and Palmerston, or by correspondence. It is the home of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, specifically catering for Indigenous students.


Batchelor Health Clinic has a resident doctor and nurses. An ambulance is stationed at Batchelor for emergencies.

Recreation activities

Batchelor is the gateway town to Litchfield National Park which has readily available camping, swimming and bushwalking areas. Scenic flights and tours are also available. Around Batchelor, there is fishing, bird watching, bushwalking, swimming (in certain places), camping, horse riding, and 4WDing. In Batchelor, there is a tennis court and swimming pool and other sporting activities within the community. Many station owners in the district are happy to allow police members access to hunt as well.


Litchfield national Park

Coomalie Cultural Centre

Batchelor Butterfly Farm

WWII Aerodrome and Museum

Lake Bennett

Rum Jungle Lake