Muntapa Tunnel.

An abandoned rail tunnel. Dug by hand, over a hundred years ago. The longest single bore tunnel in Australia, passing through The Great Dividing Range, from east to west. Five metres high and four and a half metres wide, 287 metres long.

Home to a colony of Bent-wing bats, up to 8000 apparently. That is the truly amazing thing…. Bats everywhere. In your face, all around you, but never touching you.

Photo time.

Entering the tunnel

Entering the tunnel

Discussing the bats, do we continue?

Discussing the bats, do we continue?

Making sure I know where the exit is....

Making sure I know where the exit is….

The railway cutting

The railway cutting

I wouldn’t have miss that for anything. Recommend that adventure to everyone…. make sure you wear a hat. The bats never touched us, but some projectiles did hit. 8000 bats, you’re bound to get hit by something.

From one side to the other, 287 metres…. only to find the gate at the other end is padlocked. We had to turn around and walk back through the tunnel again. That is when you realize just how many bats are in that tunnel.

It’s very eerie to have the bats appear out of the darkness, right in front of your face. There for a second and gone again.

I will go back for another visit some day.


About ivoradventures

Lives Brisbane north. Age 47. Male. Interests-heaps of stuff. Camping, fishing, and gold panning, keeps me quite busy. I still find time to cook,and spend time family and friends. I truly enjoy my daughters company(Shannon), but don't see enough of her since she moved out. There is a certain type of beauty that exists only in the wild places, and it calls to you. Go and explore! And drag someone with you.
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One Response to Muntapa Tunnel.

  1. bushboy says:

    Ha, I drove through there about seven or eight years back. Obviously we can’t anymore.

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