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 85 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 Indooroopilly Island, historically the summer 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 Indooroopilly 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.

2019 Batty Boat Cruise dates

Batty Boat Halloween Cruise Sunday, 27 October 2019

Come dressed for Halloween… prizes for best costumes – young and old!

Back by popular demand! Join all the SPOOOOKY action on our fun-filled Batty Boat Halloween Cruise.  Watch the bats fly over the Brisbane River at sunset, interact with orphaned baby bats on board and listen to live commentary on the species! You’ll also learn some fascinating facts about Brisbane. Cruise duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Don’t miss out!
Update 11 October 2019: Sold out.

Date: Sunday, 27 October 2019
Departs from:
Mowbray Park, Thorn Street, East Brisbane
Departure time:
4.15pm
Return time: 8.00pm (approximately)

Batty Boat December Cruise Sunday, 15 December 2019

Great end-of-year party idea! Group bookings available!

Our popular December Batty Boat Cruise is back in 2019! The perfect way to enjoy the festive season with friends or family. Or make a group booking for your work end-of-year party! You’ll join our friendly, helpful boat crew for a leisurely trip up the beautiful Brisbane River. Sit back and view the city’s festive lights from our spacious top deck of MV Neptune or enjoy the comfort and amenities on the lower deck. Wherever you sit (or stand), you’re guaranteed spectacular views of the city and the bats flying out over the river at sunset. You’ll get to meet orphaned baby bats on board and listen to live commentary on the species! Cruise duration is approximately 3.5 hours.

Date: Sunday, 15 December 2019
Departs from:
Mowbray Park, Thorn Street, East Brisbane
Departure time:
4.15pm
Return time: 8.00pm (approximately)

Bookings for the December Batty Boat Cruise open 1 November 2019. Please come back then.

2020 Batty Boat Cruise dates

Batty Boat Cruise dates for 2020 will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Batty Boat Cruise Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs Batty Boat Cruises?

Batty Boat Cruises is a fundraising and education initiative run by Wildlife Queensland’s Brisbane Branch (ABN 98 822 357 323). GST is not charged on Batty Boat tickets.

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, at around 4.15pm.
  • Each cruise lasts 3.5 to 4 hours.
How much are tickets?
  • $32.00 adult
  • $24.00 concession
  • $16.00 child (3-15 years)
  • $85 family (2 adults, 2 children)
  • $100 family (2 adults, 3 children)

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

Please note: tickets are non-refundable.

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.

What can I do on a 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 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.

Eat and drink

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

Find out more about the flying-fox species.

Pictures from the February 2019 Batty Boat Cruise

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Wildlifeqld