There’s no better time than the long weekend in August to visit the Coomalie Region encompassing Litchfield National Park, and the townships of Batchelor and Adelaide River.
The picturesque town of Batchelor plays host to the Lingalonga Festival (Sat Aug 4, 9am-6pm), held under a canopy of trees at the Batchelor Oval. With this year’s theme revolving around food, expect edible art in the form of veggie sculpture workshops, watermelon hats for the festival’s parade and a focus on delicious, healthy food available from food stalls along with all the excellent arts and cultural activities like traditional weaving workshops. Watch the blacksmith use a forge to create items in the old- fashioned, and enjoy an extra special visit from the master of sand sculpture, The Sandman, courtesy of NT Variety Children’s Charity.
Live music will be showcased throughout the day by talented local musicians, but if you prefer a slower pace, find a spot under a shady tree and share a picnic with friends, or enjoy a drink at the Rum Jungle Tavern and test your general knowledge at the Batchelor Quiz night.
With so much happening, you’d be mad not to stay overnight in one of the many accommodation options in the region, from camping and cabins to family accommodation and luxury retreats.
Round up your long weekend with the Picnic Day holiday (Mon Aug 6, 10am-2pm). Originally celebrated as a day for railway employees to enjoy a perfect Dry season day with their families, the event includes games such as tug-o-war and three-legged and egg and spoon races.
Walk around and explore the lily-studded reservoir, or discover the historical exhibits in the Sidney Williams Exhibition Hall and enjoy traditional railway food and refreshments served in the refreshment rooms.