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  • Writer's pictureSimon & Lorraine Freeden

Top five things you'll experience on a Byron Bay River Cruise

Do you like to get under the skin of the places you visit? A Byron Bay Eco Cruise is the perfect way to explore beautiful Brunswick Heads and the extraordinary Brunswick River, learning more about the local Byron area from experienced skippers and local crew.

So, what will you experience on a Byron Bay Eco Cruise? Here are five life-enhancing things you see, taste and learn on board.

1. Wild things

See raw, wild nature up close. From White-bellied Sea Eagles and Azure Kingfishers, to sting rays, fish and the odd wallaby, the Brunswick River is part of the Cape Byron Marine Park. Unlike other rivers, the banks haven’t been cleared and, because it’s so narrow in places, it’s inaccessible to large, noisy vessels. Photographers will have plenty of opportunities to capture the local flora and fauna in a natural setting. Birdwatches will be in their element.

2. Culture and bush tucker

The Byron region is an ancient one with rich history. The crew will show you a traditional scraper made from a shell, explain local bush tucker like lemon myrtle and macadamias, and share their insights into the local aboriginal history and culture.

3. Local Byron Bay food and drinks

Guests on the morning cruise get to taste locally grown Zentveld's Coffee and enjoy freshly made cakes, as well as a selection of teas.

Sunset cruise guests have the chance to try local Stone & Wood beer, Brookie’s Gin cocktails and grazing platters that include locally made salami, cheese, nuts, fresh produce and bread.

Vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free guests are catered for and the boat has a fully licensed bar on board for guests who would like to enjoy more sunset drinks.

4. Inclusive hospitality

The boat can cater for a range of mobility issues, and the tour has been translated into large print for vision-impaired guests, as well as Japanese and Mandarin for non-English speaking guests.

5. Genuine eco credentials

Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks has Advanced Ecotourism Certification and is owned and operated by Environmental Scientist Simon Freeden and his wife Lorraine. The company participates in an annual river clean up, supports the River Warriors program and the Positive Change for Marine Life scheme. The team is actively involved in conserving the marine environment so by supporting them, you are supporting the preservation of the Brunswick River. Ask them anything about the environment - they will be only too happy to explain the unique biodiversity of the area.

Hope to meet you on a morning or sunset Eco Rainforest River Cruise soon – book here.

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