YESTERDAY'S story in The Daily Examiner about the possibility of turning the local flying foxes into a tourist attraction was no joke.

Take a look at the calendar - it might be a leap year and February 29 is just around the corner, but April Fool's Day is a long way off.

Having a natural phenomenon like the evening flyover of the fruit bats is a gift too good to ignore.

And it is made even better because they fly over the great viewing platform that is the Grafton bridge and over the even more amazing Clarence River.

It is the type of event that attracts tourists to other sites all around the world.

I'm not talking about tourism that requires big dollars to attract visitors - there's no need to create the Fruit Bat World fun park on Susan Island (although opening up the island to more tourism might be a good complementary venture).

This just requires promotion of the fact this amazing sight takes place throughout the warmer months of the year so people know it exists.

Keep pushing that message and tourists will start coming. And if they are here at dusk, there's every chance they will stay for a a meal and a sleep.

We have been talking about ways to make tourists turn off the Pacific Highway once it runs further away from Grafton.

The breathtaking bats might be one thing that can do it.

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