Tourist in my Town: Wildlife, wine and cheese

I don’t think there is a better way to end the day, than a chilled glass of wine and a plate of cheese. When the sun starts to get low in the sky, and the steamy summer weather begins to cool, there is no better time to get out and enjoy our incredible coastline.

Byron Bay Eco Cruises ( offer a sunset cruise from Brunswick Heads, which focuses on relaxing, taking in the view and spotting some of the local wildlife.

The knowledgeable captain welcomes you aboard the boat and navigates the beautiful Brunswick River while explaining a bit about the local flora and fauna, the fascinating history of the area and its inhabitants. A bird watcher’s dream, you are bound to see a multitude of fantastic local species along the river; from kingfishers to white-faced herons, and from pelicans to birds of prey.

This award-winning business has been run by local couple Simon and Lorraine Freeden for almost 10 years. A lot of work has gone into becoming accredited by Tourism Australia and achieving Advanced Eco Certification for both their river cruises and kayak tours.

Once underway there are chilled beers and wines available, along with cheese, crackers, dips, olives and other sharing platter essentials. Suitable for the whole family, the boat offers soft drinks as well.

As the sun starts to set, the lighting across the water and the backdrop of the mangroves is out of this world. The birds are very active at this time, flying close overhead as they come home to roost.

The team at Byron Bay Eco Cruises is made up of experienced fishermen, kayak instructors and environmental scientists who have a vast array of interesting facts to tell you and are great at spotting both marine life and birds.

Offering an optional shuttle service to and from Byron, this is an activity suitable for Brunswick locals and visitors from further afield alike.

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