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Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

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Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

We will be returning to Sydney in November. Staying at circular quay. Where is the closest place to see fruit bats and may I ask easiest way to get there using public transportation? Thank you.

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1. Re: Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

Hi,

The Royal Botanical Gardens is within easy walking distance of Circular Quay and has had a colony of Grey Headed Flying Foxes since Governor Macquarie's time.

If you want to be certain of seeing other species the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo is one of the iconic Sydney activities on a fine day.

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2. Re: Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

Another vote for the Botanical Gardens - plenty of bats hanging around !

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3. Re: Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

Have the bats returned to the Royal Botanical Gardens? They were eradicated in 2012/2013 and I did not think they were there anymore?

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4. Re: Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

Hi,

They have been trying to move the bats on from the Botanical Gardens since its' inception with no luck to date, than heavens. Bats 10 bureaucrats zero.

Cheers,

Edited: 07 July 2014, 03:07
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5. Re: Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

Thanks! We were there 18 months ago and they were gone so excited to know some have returned

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6. Re: Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

Hi,

Fruit bats are migratory and follow the flowering of the various woodland and rainforest trees.

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7. Re: Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

If you go to Hervey Bay, Qld, you'll see a fruit bat or two :o)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54UW9V-J3gA

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8. Re: Best place to see fruit bats in Sydney in November?

To be fair, the number of bats in the Royal Botanic Gardens is VASTLY lower than it was prior to the eradication attempt done a year or two ago. There are still plenty to see but it is not the massive scourge it once was (which was threatening to destroy many of the gardens' trees).

Many of the bats have relocated to Centennial Park so that is now a good place to view them. Centennial Park is accessed from the city by a number of bus lines from CQ - use the journey planner at www.transportnsw.info . But I think you'll see plenty at the Botanic Gardens.

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