BAT VISITOR CENTRE

We are a multi-award winning unique wildlife experience on the Atherton Tablelands in tropical north Queensland:

  • advanced ecotourism accreditation
  • voted into Best of Queensland Experiences by the 4 leading tourism bodies of this state for the last 2 years
  • #1 on Tripadvisor for attractions on the Atherton Tablelands.
  • #1 bat tourism facility in Australia
  • featured in Lonely Planet 
  • voted into Tripadvisor’s top 10% attractions worldwide for consistently good reviews in 2020 and 2021.

Have you ever looked a flying-fox in the eye? Seen and heard the echolocation calls of a microbat on a bat detector? Come meet our bats, enjoy the bat talk, watch them feed and interact with each other. Learn about their lives, their importance to the environment and the work of the bat hospital.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL  Phone 07 4091 2683 or email us  
(please do not use Facebook).

$20 ADULT
$10 CHILD (5-15 years)

DIRECTIONS 134 Carrington Road, Carrington or Atherton 4883

spectacled flying fox mother and pup, easily seen at the bat visitor centre October to April

Spectacled flying fox mother with pup,
an endangered species you will meet at the bat visitor centre.

OPEN DAILY ALL YEAR FOR GUIDED TOURS  3-6pm

Normally if you are the first to make a booking for the day and you are only 2 people we will contact you as soon as we have a minimum of 4 to confirm the booking. Start times vary seasonally (depends on when the bats come down from their 6-metre high cage to feed) but usually start 4pm in summer and 3 – 3.30pm in winter and last for about an hour. We start with a short 8-minute movie about what we do and then enjoy a bat talk as we wander around our world-class facilities to meet the different bats.  We are #1 on Trip Advisor for attractions in this area.

We regularly run educational tours for groups greater than 10 but require a week’s notice. (e.g. schools, universities, special interest groups)

We are not fully wheelchair-accessible but have appropriate bathroom facilities and access to most areas.

PARKING 

There is onsite parking for cars and smaller vans. We keep an area mown opposite the entrance to the property for larger vans to park. There is a large school bus turn-around another 500 metres up the road, making it easy for when you leave. This parking area gets very soft with heavy rain though so best to park at the turn-around in wet weather.

COVID CONSIDERATIONS

While we are in physical distancing associated with Covid-19, we prefer to run one tour a day with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 people, but are happy to run more tours if bookings require it. We allow a maximum of 4 people watching the movie at one time as the room is fairly small, or more if from the one family group.  Covid sign-in is on our wifi as we do not have mobile reception.

bat tourism in Lonely Planet guide

Our inclusion in the guide suggests our bat tourism offers best in travel. This guide business was sold in late 2020 so we are not sure of any changes being made.

unique wildlife tourism experience attracts Trip Advisor award

The Visitor Centre has won a Travellers’ Choice Award from Trip Advisor for 2020 and 2021.

ADVANCED ECOTOURISM ACCREDITATION

The Visitor Centre was awarded  Advanced Ecotourism accreditation in August 2010, meaning we offer one of Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism experiences. The certification assures travellers that the operator has a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.  Keep scrolling down to the bottom of this page to an engaging climate change story told by animated flying foxes.

We are helping to promote a bat tourism trail for Australia through the Australasian Bat Society and Wildlife Tourism Australia.

map showing directions to the bat hospital visitor centre

DIRECTIONS We are not at Tolga where the bats camp, but on the Herberton side of Atherton.

advanced ecotourism accreditation for bat visitor centre and bat tourism

The  ECO Certification logo enables travellers to choose a tourism product that is authentically “eco” – environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

visitors listening to and looking at the echolocation calls on the bat detector at the bat visitor centre

We prefer to keep small group sizes, up to 8 people on each tour, a main reason for having bookings essential. You will have a unique wildlife experience with some extraordinary bats while enjoying the bat talk on our guided tour.

inside the bat hospital visitor centre, promoting bat tourism and wildlife tourism

The bat visitor centre has colourful displays, bat art and merchandise for sale. Information panels and an 8-minte video tell the story of the bat hospital and the bats.

The friendly bat seat is a popular place for family photos and a favourite in our bat art collection. Our unique wildlife experience extends to some unique wildlife art.

We feature a lot of Indigenous art around the bat visitor centre. This painting was done for us by local Ngadjon artist Drew Morta.

A local German fellow Hans Pehl has done a lot of very creative and beautiful metal bat art for us. Enjoy this while listening to the bat talk and guided tour.

VIDEO BELOW Let a couple of animated flying foxes tell you all about climate change! This is the English version, but it is also available in other languages for people in Fiji, Solomon islands and Vanuatu. Our Advanced Ecotourism accreditation means that we take seriously our role in providing visitors with information about climate change.

This 10 minute movie takes a fun approach with a couple of flying-foxes to explain the basics of climate change.