Batty Boat Cruise
November 6, 2014 Events No Comments

Join Wildlife Queensland on a bat-tastic Brisbane River cruise! Watch the bats fly over the Brisbane River at sunset, interact with orphaned baby bats on board and listen to live commentary about Brisbane, the flying fox species and other amazing wildlife.

About Batty Boat Cruises

Meet orphaned baby bats on board Batty Boat Cruise.

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 80 passengers up the Brisbane River for a fascinating wildlife experience.

On the hour-long trip upriver, passengers can listen to expert commentary about 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 the Norman Creek, home to breeding blackgrey-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 Norman Creek home, but numbers are unpredictable.

As the sun sinks, silhouetted flying foxes swirl into the darkening sky, snatching sips of river water before scattering to find food for themselves and their young in the flowering trees of Brisbane suburbs.

2021/2022 Batty Boat Cruise season dates

Batty Boat cruises will be back for the 2021/22 cruise season, commencing in October 2021 and running until March 2022. In the coming months, cruise dates will be advertised on this page, in our free my.Wildlife e-bulletin, and on our Facebook page.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are the cruise dates and times?
  • Cruises generally run between October and March. See current cruise dates above.
  • Cruises depart late afternoon whatever the weather. Boarding commences 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • Each cruise lasts approximately 2.5 hours.
How much are tickets?
  • $32.00 adult
  • $24.00 concession
  • $16.00 child (0-15 years)
  • $85 family (2 adults, 2 children)

Email or phone +61 (7) 3844 0129 for more information. Gift certificates are available.

Please note: tickets are non-refundable.

Where is the departure/return location?

Cultural Centre Pontoon
Cultural Centre Boardwalk, South Brisbane QLD 4101 (50m upstream from the Victoria Bridge)

Google ‘Cultural Centre Pontoon’ to get directions. View Map

Do I need to print/bring my ticket?

No. We keep a list of all ticketholders and will mark your name/s off at the time of boarding.

Getting there

Catch the train to SOUTH BRISBANE STATION, walk 10mins to Cultural Centre Pontoon.

There are three carparks that can be accessed from the Cultural Centre Tunnel. Cost is $17 all day. Google ‘Cultural Centre Tunnel’ to get driving instructions.

Hop off at Cultural Centre Bus Stop, walk to Cultural Centre Pontoon.

Get the driver to take you to the Cultural Centre Tunnel, walk 50m to the waterfront.

From the city centre, walk across the Victoria Bridge and head 50m upstream.

Where does the cruise go?

The boat travels along the Brisbane River to Norman Creek in time to watch the sunset. This is also the time when any roosting flying foxes will depart.

What can I do on the cruise?

See and do

  • Learn about the Brisbane River, its history and landmarks.
  • Listen to expert commentary about flying foxes and wildlife along the Brisbane River.
  • Meet orphaned bats and their carers on board.
  • Visit the Norman Creek 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.

Find out more about the flying fox species.

Eat and drink

Snacks/hot snacks and light meals can be purchased on board. Tea and coffee, soft drinks and bar service available. Sorry, no self-catering allowed.

Is Batty Boat Cruise wheelchair accessible?

No, unfortunately, this cruise is not wheelchair friendly.

Does Batty Boat Cruises have COVID-safe procedures in place?

Yes. In line with Government rules, Batty Boat Cruises adheres to a Covid Safe Plan (completed plan viewable on the boat).

  • Guests must hand sanitize before boarding the boat. Hand sanitizer is provided.
  • Names, phone numbers and email addresses to be supplied for contact tracing. The charterer is to supply a list of guest details prior to cruising.
  • The maximum number of guests is 40.
  • No dancing allowed, but guests may now stand or move around the vessel.
  • Guests must self social distance.
  • All staff have completed their Covid Safe Training.
  • All food and drink to be served in disposable ware. All food to be served as individual serves, no platters. We welcome guests to bring their own reusable cups if they wish.
  • No self serve buffets – staff will serve the food.

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More information

Email or phone +61 (7) 3844 0129 for more information.

Image gallery

February 2019 Batty Boat Cruise
flying fox

We got to meet a 3-week-old orphaned baby bat

Brisbane River

Cruising along the Brisbane River

Bats over the Brisbane River

Bats flying over the Brisbane River at sunset

Sunset on Batty Boat Cruise

Sun’s going down on the Brisbane River

Top deck of Batty Boat Cruise

Views from the top deck of MV Neptune

Brisbane City

Looking back towards Brisbane city


January 2021 Batty Boat Cruise
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9-week-old orphaned black flying fox, Millie.

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Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld carer, Michael.

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Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld carer, Alicia.

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Flying fox flyout over the Brisbane River.

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Flying fox flyout over the Brisbane River.

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Dining area on Batty Boat Cruise.

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Dave hard at work at the bar.

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Alicia from Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld.

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Michael showing baby Millie to a passenger.

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Millie, 9-week-old orphaned black flying fox.

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Baby black flying fox, Millie, having her bottle.


















Written by Wildlifeqld