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Review of BatReach

Ranked #19 of 32 things to do in Kuranda
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Fruit bat rehabilitation center
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Batreach is a rescue centre for orphaned injured bats with some other native animals thrown in as well. Pam Tully who runs the centre is an extremely dedicated wildlife carer who has probably forgotten more about bats than other people know. She relies heavily on donations to keep the centre running delving deeply into her own pocket to pay for food and medications that are required by the animals in her care. I would highly recommend a visit if you are at all interested in native wildlife.

1  Thank CarolCairns
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

My children love to visit the bats and discover that they are not horrible beasts as they had been led to believe but instead very cute and wonderful little creatures with wonderful and funny personalities. This is a wonderful attraction that allows you to adopt your own bat. You get to take home a certificate of adoption along with information about your bat and bats in general. Batreach is a non profit organisation that relies on donations to help with the rehabilitation of injured and sick bats. It is very informative and a great experience. It really opens your eyes to the problems the species faces.

1  Thank Beverleychance
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We discovered BatReach by chance, as we were walking past at the beginning of the Rumjum walk in Kuranda (which starts near the fire station).
It was a fascinating experience. The volunteer doing the educational talks there at the time was a treasure trove of information on flying foxes/fruit bats and their rehabilitation. He gave a fascinating talk, and we were able to get a close-up view of an orphaned baby, Laura. We were also privileged to get a close-up encounter with an ex-pet bat, and watch her feeding on tomato and carrot. Finally, we were also privileged to see a tiny microbat in BatReach's care.
Admission is by donation only, and it's very casual - you just walk in, and the volunteer structures his/her talk around your arrival.
This is a very worthy home-grown, hands-on organisation that deserves to be supported. Its authenticity stands out amid the commercialism and tourist tat that seems to dominate the rest of Kuranda.
Check opening hours: understandably, BatReach is only open limted hours, typically 10am-2pm or thereabouts. It's worth structuring your visit to Kuranda around this.

3  Thank KatWollongong
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

Got up close to the bats and was given a good talk about these strange creatures. Not allowed to touch them though as you have to be vaccinated against various diseases that they may carry to handle them. The guy giving the talk was british and over from NZ for a three week stint. All staff here are volunteers. they are a rescue centre for injured bats and hope to nurse them back to health and release back into the wild.

Thank madasaman
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Batreach is an absolute treasure to find in Kuranda, well worth the stroll down the path. If you love bats like i do this is one of the best places to get to see bats upclose in quite large numbers and to learn from the knowledgeable volunteers. Take plenty of photos, it is encouraged. This is the kind of place that gives you the warm fuzzies. Help them out by "adopting" a bat while you are there (I did), or leave a donation to help them continue in the work they do.

Thank travellingg17
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