Are you foxy for flying foxes? Fruity for fruit bats? Then jump aboard a Batty Boat Cruise of the Brisbane River to learn more about your favourite animal.
A Batty Boat Cruise takes participants on a four hour long tour of the Brisbane River, stopping once to take in the flying fox colonies on Indooroopilly Island. Departing from Mowbray Park, East Brisbane and meandering up the river, the cruise includes extensive commentary about flying foxes and other wildlife species found in the area, as well as the history and landmarks of the Brisbane River. Onboard, patrons may also interact with orphaned bats and their carers.
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Indooroopilly Island, just six kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, is home to one of the largest flying fox colonies in the country. During summer, many species (most specifically the black, grey-headed and little red flying foxes) use this island for breeding. Your boat cruise will pause by the island during sunset, as the flying foxes fill the sky looking for food and drink.
Batty Boat Cruises are a Wildlife Queensland public education initiative that seeks to inform patrons about the pteropus, or flying fox. The flying fox is the worlds largest bat and, as it survives on a diet of nectar, pollen and fruit, is only found in tropical areas.
A Batty Boat Cruise ticket starts at $15.00. There is food and drinks available onboard for purchase, as well as souvenirs.