Visitors have a unique opportunity to see the work of the internationally-renowned bat hospital and meet some Australian bats, up close and personal. Learn what is special about these flying mammals and enter their upside-down world.

We are # 1 on Trip Advisor for Atherton BAT-TASTIC!

October to June, and
public holidays

$15 Concessions for groups 6+ and pensioners


Go to our Visitor Centre page to learn more about this unique experience.



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to Tolga Bat Hospital using PayPal

For direct deposit into our Bendigo Bank account
BSB 633000 Acc 127597458
and email us your details please

Also go shopping or sponsor a bat


mum and bub Spectacled FF
Spectacled flying fox mother and pup
Learn more about bat conservation and welfare issues
Wildlife friendly fencing and Netting
and the Dont Shoot Bats campaign



BAT HOSPITAL BOOK NOW IN STOCK Please go to our Shopping Page to place an order, or here to learn more Information about the book.

TUBE-NOSED BATS Sadly we've had 3 tube-nosed fruitbats come into care in the last month, all from entanglement on barbed wire fences. We rarely have this number in care at one time, and usually only after a cyclone. They are small solitary bats that weigh about 45gms and are beautifully camouflaged.

FOR THE BATS- Volume 2 has just gone on sale online (3.03.15). The dark music community in the USA is pulling together to help raise money for bat rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation. We are the benefactor of their second album.


panorama photo Ashleigh Johnson: Bat hospital outdoor cages 2008 (it's too bushy to see the cage now!)

Tolga Bat Hospital works for the conservation of bats and their habitat.

  • the rescue, rehabilitation and release of hundreds of bats each year
  • the provision of lifetime sanctuary for many bats that are too injured to return to the wild or have been retired from zoos
  • education about bats through schools and the onsite Visitor Centre
  • habitat restoration work at 2 colonies, Tolga Scrub and Lakeside
  • facilitating research into bats
  • advocating for bats
  • providing a rich volunteering experience at the hospital

We are a not-for-profit community group, a Landcare group and a registered charity that aims to improve the public's perception and understanding of bats. The group takes its name from the nearby Tolga Scrub, a fragment of critically endangered Mabi rainforest that is home to up to a million fruit bats at some times of the year.

Photo (right) Aerial view of the Bat Hospital taken in January 2015 by Greg Dunstan while filming for Sunrise television. Taken at a very dry time of the year.
  aerial view

Tolga Bat Hospital - Map We are nestled in 5 acres of gardens in a quiet forest valley 6 kms outside Atherton, an hour's drive inland from Cairns. Click here for directions. From the beginning of October to the end of May, it is essential to make a booking to visit the bat hospital. Telephone 07 4091 2683 or email us.

The Atherton Tablelands has spectacular scenery and wildlife in a diverse landscape - from the high altitude tropical rainforests to the vast savannah landscapes to the west. For holiday ideas - things to see and do - go to our Atherton Tablelands links page

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Website last updated March 2015