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.

Upcoming 2019 Batty Boat Cruises

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! Sit back and view the city’s festive lights from the spacious top deck 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. Tickets sell fast, so don’t miss out. BOOK NOW!

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


2020 Batty Boat Cruise dates

Batty Boat February Cruise – Sunday, 2 February 2020

Batty Boat February 2020 CruiseLove is in the air!

Experience the wonder and romance of our Batty Boat February Cruise. You’ll get to interact with orphaned baby bats, enjoy the live commentary and view the city sights as you cruise along the beautiful Brisbane River. Then watch the magnificent bats fly over the river at sunset. A one-of-a-kind experience! Cruise duration is approx 3 1/2 hours leaving around 4.15 pm.

Date: Sunday, 2 February 2020
Departs from:
Mowbray Park ferry terminal, Park Ave, East Brisbane
Departure time:
4.15 pm
Return time: 8.00 pm (approximately)



Batty Boat March Cruise Sunday, 1 March 2020

Celebrate World Wildlife Day 2020 with an amazing Batty Boat cruise experience. More information coming soon. Check back for details.

Batty Boat Cruise Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs Batty Boat Cruises?

Batty Boat Cruises is a fundraising and education initiative run by Wildlife Queensland. GST is not charged on Batty Boat Cruise 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 4.15 pm.
  • 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 depart from?

The boat leaves from Mowbray Park ferry terminal, Park Avenue, East Brisbane QLD 4169. There is a small (76 spaces) free carpark which leads down to the Mowbray Park ferry terminal.

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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 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 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

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

Is Batty Boat Cruise wheelchair accessible?

No, unfortunately, this cruise is not wheelchair friendly.

Previous 2019 cruises

Batty Boat Halloween Cruise Sunday, 27 October 2019

Read about the Batty Boat Halloween Cruise here.

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