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
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 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 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.
January 2021 Batty Boat Cruise