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“Surprising experience for the whole family”

The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Atherton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Enter an upside down world and meet the real stars of the night! Our personalised tours only run during feeding time 3-6pm, when the bats come down to eye level from their 6 metre-high roost. Eclectic collection of bat art , world-class facilities and bat information set among restful gardens. Open all year but bookings essential as tour times vary between 3 and 6pm. Entry $20 adult and $10 children.
Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Surprising experience for the whole family”
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Thanks Jenny for sharing your experience and helping us better understand micro and macro bats! This visit was prompted by another trip advisor recommendation - and we're glad we stopped by... We watched an introductory video, then were led around the hospital to observe about half a dozen different types of bats. The care and attention given to them in this facility is admirable. We were glad to visit and to know that our visit was helping to support the good work done by Jenny and her team. Thank you.

Visited January 2017
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Jenny M, Manager at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, responded to this review, 14 January 2017
Thanks Anthony, good to get your review.
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Jeeny is an AMAZING person with an enormous heart of gold”
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Jeeny spent just under two hours with us - we asked her to double the tour (usually her tours go from 45mins to 1hr 30mins).

Jeeny doesn't brag about herself enough, she says it's all for the bats & if it helps them, it helps her. Jeenys' passion for bats started somewhere near the 1990's, once her father passed she turned her house and her inheritance into the bat hospital you see today, with a little help here and there from the local council...

She relies on volunteers from around the world, on donations from her tours she does daily and other people who support her work. Her goal is to educate people on why the bats are important in today's society, this is a hard road to travel down as bats are not the most popular animal around, she is well aware of this and she continues through this like any strong woman would.

I wish her all the best & I highly recommend this tour, Jeeny explains things in a easy to understand manner, there is a lot to see/learn at the bat hospital. It is well maintained, volunteers love the experience and Eco friendly. Definitely opened my eyes about bats and I think there is a lot more researchers could learn about this little creatures than what meets the eye.

Visited January 2017
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Jenny M, Manager at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, responded to this review, 14 January 2017
A great review, thank you very much.
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Chula Vista, California
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Highlight of Queensland”
Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you have a keen interest in bats then you should make a point to visit Tolga Bat Hospital. They run hour long tours in the afternoon where you learn about bats, the hospital and it's work, and then you get to meet the residents. We toured the microbat enclosure and learned about the few who were housed in there, and then we visited each age group of the megabats and learned about what they were capable of at each stage of development. It is feeding time in the afternoon, and you will get to see them quite closely! It was a great experience to see the bats and to support a place doing such wonderful work at the same time! I couldn't recommend it enough, but keep in mind that booking is essential!

Visited December 2016
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Jenny M, Manager at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, responded to this review, 14 January 2017
Wonderful you took the trouble to write a review, thank you.
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Cairns, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Something different ”
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I took visiting relatives for a visit today....first time for me, as well. Our Bat Guide, Jenny, showed us many different types of bats, and bats of different ages and stages of recovery. They were extremely interesting and very cute. The short film we were shown on arrival was very interesting and informative. Jenny was extremely friendly and likeable, and was able to answer any questions we had. I would highly recommend, especially for children.

Visited December 2016
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Jenny M, Manager at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, responded to this review, 1 January 2017
Thank you Kaye for taking the time to review us, and bringing your family up from Cairns for the afternoon.
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great!”
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Such an interesting place to visit! The staff are extremely friendly and it really opens your eyes about bats. You come out of there with a different opinions on bats and makes you wanna make a difference. Highly recommend it!

Visited November 2016
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Jenny M, Manager at The Bat Hospital Visitor Centre, responded to this review, 1 December 2016
Glad to hear you appreciated meeting the bats (and us!) and want to make a difference.
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