Day 6 of our Visit to Australia and New Zealand

December 15th, 2011

Went sightseeing in Cairns. Saw lots of bats. Lots.


fruit bats
On our way into town to go snorkeling on the previous day, our bus driver had told us that we should be careful not to park on "that street over there" because the trees are full of bats. When we heard this, our heads swiveled around and we were awe-struck by the sight of thousands of fruit bats, right next to the library! Fruit bats, also called flying foxes occupy the trees on one city block in downtown Cairns.

So, on our last full day in Cairns, we took a bus into town mainly to see the bats. Yes, we did do a bit of exploring in the city, but the bats were the best part. I would say that if you are on your way to Great Barrier Reef, find out where the bat nurseries are, there really is [almost] nothing cuter than a suckling bat. These bats are especially impressive because they are large - with a wingspan of almost 5 feet, they are also called "megabats" according to Wikipedia. (Somehow, no other tourists joined us in our gawking here.)
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We saw about 8 trees loaded with fruit bats. The lowest image identifies the corner where the bats are (here is a link to a map).
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fruit bats
We were charmed by this little guy, as he perched on our balcony.
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