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The 2019 bat night season is here! Below are events to be held across NSW.


The Big Bat and Wildlife Festival

Maclean Showground

Saturday 23rd February

12 noon - sunset


The Big Bat & Wildlife Festival is here! Find out all about big bats and other wildlife. Meet Maclean's environmental groups. Meet native animals at the wildlife displays. Activities for kids. Swap a weed for tree. Live music. Formal activities kick off at 1pm, with Welcome to Country. Talks by the Land Doctor, and on native bees and flying-foxes. Surprises for kids and all! Food ad drink available. Stay to watch the evening fly out with Dr Greg Clancy. Free entry.  Supported by ABS and Wildlife Tourism Australia. Note: This is an alcohol free event, BYO refillable water bottle, a hat  and a chair for the live music.

For more information contact                            

Australasian Bat Night Events - New South Wales


Mid Macquarie Landcare

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Meet a bat night

2nd Gordon Scout Hall, Rosedale Rd, Gordon (opposite the Glenview St/ Rosedale Rd intersection)

Saturday 2nd March

6.30 - 8.15pm


Meet a bat night is happenning again. Get to meet flying-foxes up close in a safe environment and learn much more about them!  


What's happenning:

*Close (but safe) encounter with live bats.

*Your bat questions answered, along with displays and presentation.

*Shortly after sunset, watch the spectacular fly-out as flying-foxes leave their roosting site to forage for the night.                                                                                                                    


Suitable for children aged 5 and over – all children must be in the care of a responsible adult


Cost: FREE


Bookings: ESSENTIAL – email with number of adults, children and ages of children, or call / text 0428 981 420 with these details. A confirmation of your booking will be sent to you


Transport / Parking: 2nd Gordon Scouts Hall is a 10-15 minute walk from Gordon Station, parking is also available in nearby and surrounding streets. If required, we can provide further information using the above contact details.


Wet weather: Event will go ahead rain or shine as the location is indoors in 2nd Gordon Scouts Hall (if there is extreme weather, we may cancel watching the fly-out).

Bat Watch Picnic

Turrella Reserve, beside Wolli Creek.

Enter via Henderson St, Turrella

Friday 8th March



Come along and watch one of the great urban 'David Attenborough moments' during Australasian Bat months 2019.                                                                                                  

Just after sunset, watch Grey-headed Flying-foxes stream out in their thousands from their Turrella camp beside Wolli Creek. Share this 'WOW' experience with friends and family. Learn more about these important night workers - our best long-distance pollinators which keep our forests healthy. Bring a picnic dinner, rug or chair, and insect repellent. There will be batty craft for young and old to enjoy.

For more information email Organised by The Wolli Creek Preservation Society ( with support from the NPWS (NSW), Canterbury- Bankstown Council and Sydney Trains.


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The Big Bat Fest

Wild Play Discovery Centre,

Centennial Park

Monday 15th April



Bats are cool - join us for two hours around those interesting nocturnal animals. Experts will share their knowledge and will show you how they look after injured and orphaned bats. They will share their stories of what it's like to be a wildlife carer.


Bring your picnic blanket and we will watch the flyout of Sydney's largest colony during sunset and start from there on a Spotlight Prowl through Centennial Park to find more of Australia’s fascinating nocturnal wildlife and of course we have some bat-tastic fun activities for the smaller bat-fans.


Meeting Point: The WILD PLAY Discovery Centre


Cancellation policy: Once tickets are purchased no refunds, exchange or credits will be given, unless the event is cancelled by the Parklands due to dangerous conditions.


Special notes: This program is a popular family program so please book early to avoid disappointment. Bring a torch and dress warmly.                                                                    


Cost: from  $15 per child                                                                                                          


For more information and to book a place, click here.

Theatre for kids- What a Bat Life

Wild Play Discovery Centre,

Centennial Park

Tuesday 23rd April

10.30 am and 1.30pm              


A fun-filled interactive theatre production is coming to the Centennial Parklands and features one of its most prominent inhabitant - the flying foxes.


Ever thought what it is like to hang around on a tree all day and fly all night to get your food?                                                                                                                                            


Join the actors of the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company and get a get a bats-eye view on the park!


This interactive play will lead you through the Lachlan Swamp and get you interesting insights into the world of microbats and flying foxes.


For children 5-10 years old.

Cost $16

For bookings and more information, click here.

Get fit for bats - The big Bat Walk

Centennial Parklands

Friday 3rd May

Time TBC


Enjoy the twilight in Centennial Parklands and learn about one of our inhabitants.  Join us for a 2km-twilight walk around Lachlan Swamp. Our rangers will talk to your groups about our bat colony -  we will observe the beautiful fly-out of the fruit bats and we'll listen for the echolocating calls of microbats as they hunt for bugs. If you are lucky you might not only see the beautiful bats but also our other nocturnal friends in the park.Wildlife preservation is a major task of environmental work. You will support our volunteers as all profits from this event will go to the Centennial Parklands Foundation and environmental projects in the park.


Price: $ 15 per adult $ 10 per child (under 16) All profits go to Centennial Parkland Foundation.


Cancellation policy: Once tickets are purchased no refunds, exchange or credits will be given, unless the event is cancelled by the Parklands due to dangerous conditions.


Special notes: This program is a popular family program so please book early to avoid disappointment. Bring a torch and dress warmly.                                                            


For bookings and more information, click here.

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Bat count

Meet at North Sydney Council Chambers

200 Miller St North Sydney

Saturday 2nd March

5.00 - 9.00 pm


Celebrate Australasian  Bat Night by joining Amara Glynn - Environment Officer Botanical Gardens & Centennial Parklands to undertake a count of Flying-fox during the flyout, twenty minutes after sunset. Transport from North Sydney to Centennial Park provided, please wear enclosed foot wear and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Bat count data is used to better understand and conserve our Flying-fox population. Free event.


Centennial Parklands. Spotlight Prowl Families

Parramatta Park  Bat Night

Parramatta Park, (Little Coogee)

Saturday 9th March

6.30 - 9.00 pm


Enjoy bat-themed activities for kids followed by a talk about Australia’s bats, and then just after sunset we’ll watch the bats fly out to forage.


Free event.

Family friendly.

Bookings essential:  

Dusk bird and bat  walk - spotlighting along the Wingecarribee River

Tuesday 12th March

6.00pm - 8.00 pm


Come and join us for a night out along the Wingecarribee River, finding birds and bats and spotlighting native critters along our beautfiul river. Led by Birdlife Southern Highlands and Nara Williams from Fauna Field Ecology, the evening will feature an introduction to local and migratory birds, spotlighting, microbats and other nocturnal creatures that we may see along the river.


This bird walk and spotlighting survey is suitable for all ages and perfect for everyone who wants to know more about our birds and nocturnal wildlife. No experience, only enthusiasm, required.


6:15 pm - Introduction and light refreshments

6:30pm - Bird walk and talk

7.20pm - Dusk walk and microbats

8pm - Nocturnal Spotlighting


This workshop includes:

light refreshents and snacks, head torch, and

great company!


Please bring along warm clothes and closed in shoes. A parent or guardian must accompany children.


Bookings essential. 

This event is supported by Wall to Wollondilly Project.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Contact Ian Rayner for more information.

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Mudgee Bat Night

Bucca Wetlands

Putta Bucca Rd


Friday 22nd March



Central Tablelands Local Land services invites you to Mudgee Bat Night to learn about our local creatures of the night and their habitat. Special guest bat ecologist Marg Turton will speak about the importance of bats and how to attract them to your property, followed by a night time walk to detect both insect eating and fruit eating bats at the Putta Bucca Wetlands. There are kids' craft  activities  and a free BBQ dinner (6pm). Bookings essential for catering. For further information or to book, contact: Evelyn Nicholson on 0427 637 907 or                                                    

Mudgee Bat Night

Blue Mountains Bat Night

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

30 Parke St

Katoomba - Coles carpark

Friday 29th March



The Blue Mountains Bat Night returns- in a brand new venue: the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. This very popular free Bat Fest includes  favourite activities: Meet a live flying-fox; a Bat Cave for kids; Bat Talks and videos; you can listen to bat calls and go batty in the library until 8pm! There is even a sausage sizzle.   Hosted by Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Blue Mountains City Council and Blue Mountains Library, and Australasian Bat Society

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