This is a quintessential Brisbane River experience. An opportunity to learn some facts about bats, or flying foxes as they are also called, while cruising down the Brisbane River with the intention of seeing bats flying out of their roosts in the early evening light.
Flying Fox - Bat. Image by Hasitha Tudugalle sourced from Wikimedia Commons
Bats don't have a great reputation mainly because they have been known to spread disease and while we may choose not to have them as household pets, we actually need to think actively about their preservation and survival because of their role in maintaining our environment. Flying foxes are important for seed dispersal and pollination and as such they are important for the survival of our forests.
When the boat cruises started back in 1984 there were approximately 160,000 bats flying out every night from Indooroopilly Island. According to the organizers the numbers are falling drastically every year. Brisbane city is expanding so quickly that many wild animal habitats are lost in the process.
While on the cruise there is very interesting commentary about bats and often orphaned baby bats are brought along so people can see how sweet they are and deserving of our attention. So book your place. Take the family and head off down the river for a wildlife experience, which will be just that little bit different.
It is actually a wonderful way to spend a Sunday evening, travelling down the Brisbane River at dusk, perhaps further than most of you have travelled, enjoying the beautiful vistas, the tranquility of the water with a drink or some nibbles from the bar.
The boat leaves from Mowbray Park at 4.15pm and the cruise on the river takes approximately three hours.
Join the Batty Boat as it cruises the Brisbane River at sunset to watch the bats fly over, learn more about the ONLY mammal that can fly (without an aeroplane), and maybe even meet an adorable orphaned batty baby.