Bats about the Mountain
- Duration: 5 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Bundaberg, Qld
- Product code: BATS
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.
Hard men and tough women went into the mountains to expose the
riches of gold and copper.
Your Bats about the Mountain Tour lets you experience the bush and the mountains that
the pioneers dared to venture into and endured but never conquered. You’ll see
what their homes were like, what they called the comforts of life, how they
lived and how they worked.
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 tunnel - it is 200m long and is totally self supporting and tough as
Hard work done by hard men with basic tools –there was
little in the way of machinery. The sweat, the labour, the shouts of the Boss,
the curses of the men, the clanging of tools
- rock dislodged by hammer and chisel, rock loaded onto carts by hand,
rock hauled by the horses, rocks tossed into gullies to even the grade.
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.
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?
The labour of tough men has finished, the rattle and hiss of
the train has moved on, there is nothing here in the tunnel now. But do you
dare extinguish the light?