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.
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.