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The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, The
Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, The
Map of The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
134 Carrington Road
Queensland 4883 Australia

The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
Atherton, Tablelands Area

07 4091 2683


Enjoy an intriguing insight into the world of bats. The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre has Advanced Ecotourism accreditation and offers a unique 'up close and personal' wildlife experience just outside Atherton. You will meet some small insectivorous microbats, seen in the wild at nearby Undara and Paronella Park; and the larger fruit and nectar eating megabats like flying foxes. The Visitor Centre experience includes a short video about the work of the hospital, and world-class interpretive signage.

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Personalised tours operate 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. throughout the year. They are open daily June to September, but bookings are essential October to May. The flying foxes live in a six metre high cage and only come down to eye-level at feeding time.

Situated on five acres of landscaped gardens, and nestled in a wet sclerophyll/rainforest valley, a visit to the Bat Hospital can also offer a great birding experience. Visit Hastie's Swamp, a fabulous migratory bird wetland just down the road. The Bat Hospital attracts visitors, volunteers and students from around the world, is actively engaged in research and has featured in many television documentaries. The Director has won numerous awards for community conservation and education.

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Property Details


  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Guide
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
  • Walking

Open Times

Note: Open 1500 to 1800 daily but bookings essential October to May.
Public Holidays: The flying foxes come down to eye level at different times, always best to telephone first incase they are not coming down until quite late in the afternoon.

Other Information

Children are welcome. There is lots of room to run around, batman/woman outfits to wear, activity sheets to do.

Wheelchair access to most areas of Visitor Centre. There are no wheelchair toilet facilities.

General Comments

The Bat Hospital is a not for profit community group and a registered charity working for the conservation of bats and their habitat. This world class facility provides care for up to 1,000 bats each year, and a sanctuary for about 100 bats in permanent care. Admission costs help to run the centre, which is staffed entirely by volunteers. Last visitors admitted at 5.30 p.m.

How To Get There

From Atherton, take the road to Herberton for six kilometres. Look for the blue Bat Hospital sign and turn right into Carrington Road. Look for rural number 134, just over one and a quarter kilometres down Carrington Road. The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre is about 75 minutes drive from Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$15.00   15 Mar - 30 Jun    
(Aged 5-15)
$8.00   15 Mar - 30 Jun   Entry is free for children four years of age and under.
Concession$12.00   15 Mar - 30 Jun    

* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.