Meet on-board orphaned bats
Photo © WPSQ
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Join Wildlife Queensland Brisbane Branch on a river cruise to watch sunset from Indooroopilly Island.

Come on board to keep the tradition alive Photo © A Osetroff

Come on board to keep the tradition alive
Photo © A Osetroff

Hear educational commentaries about bats and the river along the way.

See tiny orphaned baby bats on board.

When our cruises started in 1984, the sky at Indooroopilly would be full of up to 160,000 flying foxes flying out from their Island roost to feed.  But our environment is ever changing – bat numbers are decreasing, food availability alters, vegetation changes – and bats move to roosts that better meet their needs.

The Indooroopilly fly-out may not be the spectacle it once was, but it’s still an interesting and educational cruise, and a great way to support Wildlife Queensland.

Join us during our 2013-2014 Summer season, and help keep the Batty Boat Cruise tradition alive!

Cruise dates and times

  • Batty Boat’s 2013-14 season has come to a close. Please return later in the year for 2014-15 dates.

Cruises depart late afternoon whatever the weather and tickets are not refundable.

Ticket prices

$32.00 each adults
$24.00 concession
$16.00 children (3-15 years)
$85 family (2 adults, 2 children)

Call us on 07 3844 0129 during office hours for more information. Gift certificates are available.

Where does the cruise go?

The boat leaves from Mowbray Park East Brisbane and travels to Indooroopilly Island (about 22km up the Brisbane river) in time to watch the sunset. This is also the time when any roosting flying foxes will depart. Each cruise lasts 3.5 to 4 hours.

What you can do on a cruise

See and do

  • Learn about the Brisbane River, its history and landmarks.
  • Listed to expert commentary about flying foxes and wildlife along the Brisbane River
  • Meet on-board orphaned bats and their carers.
  • Visit the Indooroopilly flying fox camp at sunset and watch the flying foxes leave on their nightly foraging expedition (flying fox numbers vary and numbers cannot be guaranteed)

Buy souvenirs of your trip and wildlife books and gifts. More about flying foxes.

Eat and drink

Meet on-board orphaned bats Photo © WPSQ

Meet on-board orphaned bats
Photo © WPSQ

Hot snacks can be purchased on board. Tea and coffee, soft drinks and bar service available. (Please, no BYO alcohol or eskies.)

About Batty Boat Cruises
Batty Boat Cruises is one of Wildlife Queensland’s most successful public education initiatives. Since 1984 Batty Boat Cruises have introduced hundreds of people every summer to the fascinating world of the flying-fox, or fruit bat.

Each cruise on the MV Neptune takes a maximum of 85 passengers up the Brisbane River for a fascinating wildlife experience.

On the hour-long trip upriver, passengers can listen to an expert commentary on the Brisbane river, flying fox habits and other fascinating wildlife facts. Watch the landmarks slide past as you cruise at a leisurely pace through the ever-changing riverscape.

The boat pauses just before sunset at Indooroopilly Island, historically the summer home to breeding black, grey-headed and sometimes little red flying foxes. However, our environment is ever changing – bat numbers are decreasing, food availability alters, vegetation changes – and bats move to roosts that better suit their needs. Some still prefer their Indooroopilly home, but numbers are unpredictable. As the sun sinks, silhouetted flying foxes swirl into darkening sky, snatching sips of river water before scattering to find food for themselves and their young in the flowering trees of Brisbane suburbs.

Find out more about flying foxes

Batty Boat Cruises is a fundraising and education initiative run by WPSQ’s Brisbane Branch.

(ABN 98 822 357 323 – GST is not charged on Batty Boat Tickets)

 

For more information on Wildlife Queensland’s activities, email or phone +61 (7) 3844 0129.

Written by Wildlifeqld