Gold - Copper - Micro-Bats Tour
· I’ll collect you at 9:00 from the Quay Street carpark near the riverside cafe
· We’ll drive to visit the mountains
· I’ll provide lunch and a cuppa
· Have you back at the carpark by 3:00
· Bring your usual outdoor gear – hat, sunscreen, water, foot wear, insect repellent.
Bats about the Mountain
This tour takes you west – away from the beaches and into the Great Dividing Range – a tangle of mountains running down the entire east coast of Australia.
We’ll move from the flat coastal plains of Bundaberg with its healthy rivers and rich red volcanic soils into the harder, tougher greys and browns of the mountains. While the value of the coastal lands is obvious and available to all, the mountains hidetheir wealth, storing their treasures in vaults of granite.
It was one huge task to extract the wealth of the mountains it was another huge task to get it out and onto the coast. Eventually a railroad was built but the mountains didn’t let go without a struggle. Along ridges, over creeks and through gullies the steel tracks went down but there was one last granite fortification that had to be breached and the only way was through it. The Boolboonda Tunnel - it is 200m long and is totally self supporting and tough as nails.
Your Bats about the Mountain Tour lets you walk through the empty hole they left in the mountain – the last barrier. It’s quiet now where few people go. No longer the clanging of crow bars, or the hiss of the steam train, or the creak and rattle of the carriages. It’s quiet – but it’s not silent and it’s not still.
Micro Bat Colony
Now there is the flutter and the squeak of thousands of bent wing bats. As you walk through the tunnel you are aware that you are now visitors to their home. Stand still and immerse yourself into their space – their flashes of flight, their clustered roosting on the roof, the little bumps you feel - or did you imagine that?
Pioneer Slab Hut and Blacksmiths
Walking through the relocated SLAB HUT gives you some idea of the hardship endured by early pioneers living n this rugged land. The BLACKSMITHS is set up as a functional workplace but may not be operating on the day.
Finding Precious Metals
See the ORE BATTERY in action Smashing Quartz into particles small enough to wash over the vibrating table to be collected and separated in a gold pan.