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Byron Bay Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Byron Bay Cruises & boat tours

Byron Bay: Cruise with Dolphins Tour

1. Byron Bay: Cruise with Dolphins Tour

Discover the diversity of Australia’s marine beauty aboard a purpose-built boat, sailing for 2.5 hours through magnificent Byron Bay. After pickup from select accommodations in Byron Bay’s CBD, you’ll head off to the dock to board your eco-friendly vessel, meeting your marine biologist guides. Heading off towards Ballina, you’ll gaze at 360-degree views of the vast cliff faces, solitary islands, and hidden beaches, all the while learning about wildlife, the history of the area, and locals-only insights. As you sail comfortably through the pristine waters, keep your eyes peeled for a wide variety of sea life. Marvel at playful dolphins, surfing the waves coming off of the hull. Look for majestic sea turtles. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see one of the ocean’s most stunning creatures — the massive humpback whale. Cruising by Australia’s most easterly point, you’ll gaze upon the stately Cape Byron Lighthouse in all its glory. After your excursion, you’ll head back to the dock, to be transported back to your pickup point.

Byron Bay: Scenic Sunset River Cruise

2. Byron Bay: Scenic Sunset River Cruise

Take a sunset cruise on the Richmond River to discover the tranquil waters around Ballina Island. Get picked up in Byron Bay, then explore the mangrove forests and creeks that branch off the river. Relax on the water as you look out for the rich flora and fauna, including rare birds and dolphins. Bask in the glorious evening sun as you enjoy a cold drink, tasty refreshments, and learn some local history from your marine biologist guide. Sit back as the boat winds its way down the beautiful river to where it meets the sea. Head to Mobb's Bay and cruise around Pimlico Island before heading back to shore.

Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

3. Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

Depart from Ballina’s Richmond River and enter the pristine waters of Cape Byron Marine Park. Encounter astonishing humpback whales in their natural habitat as they migrate past the breathtaking coastline between Ballina and Byron Bay. A friendly marine biologist will share in-depth knowledge of the area and humpback whale encounters that you'll get to experience within Byron’s Marine Park. You can also listen to live humpback whale song using a specialized underwater hydrophone. The purpose-built eco-vessel seats 20 guests and has a 360-degree views for unparalleled whale watching and sightseeing experiences. It has a unique hull design, which ensures a smooth, comfortable ride in all cruising conditions. The friendly, professional team guarantees a first-class, unmatched, eco tour to remember.

Brunswick River: Sunset Eco Rainforest River Cruise

4. Brunswick River: Sunset Eco Rainforest River Cruise

End your day with a relaxing sunset cruise along the Brunswick River. Enjoy a unique local experience with fantastic bird and wildlife watching opportunities in Byron Bay. First, board the comfortable ship and depart from the harbor in Brunswick. As the sun begins to set, soak up the magical evening atmosphere and experience how every sunset on the river is special. Feel the breeze cooling you on a summer afternoon as you watch the birds return to roost for the night. Cruise past diverse rainforest and river scenery which is beautiful at this time of day. As you travel down the river, you may even see 1 or 2 of the beautiful kingfisher species or majestic eagles that call the area home. Enjoy a complimentary drink and tasty tapas including a selection of local fine produce as you relax and let the cares of the day float away. The licensed bar is open for local Brookie's Gin cocktails, beer including local Stone & Wood beer, wine and bubbly. Finally, return to the harbor as the sun slowly sinks behind Mt Chincogan and see the lovely reflections in the river.

Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

5. Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

Start the tour by boarding the cruise ship at the wharf at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. Then, set off on your river cruise which travels upstream for about 8 km. During the cruise, view beautiful rainforest scenery, amazing birds, wildlife, and marine life. Be entertained by the commentary of local knowledgeable guides as you learn about the fascinating history and environment of this tranquil, pristine area in Byron shire. Enjoy a delicious morning tea including local plunger coffee, selection of teas, hot chocolate, juice, delicious gourmet cakes and biscuits. Finally, return to the harbor feeling relaxed and with a wealth of local and environmental knowledge.

Ballina: Julian Rocks & Byron Bay Coastal Cruise with Guide

6. Ballina: Julian Rocks & Byron Bay Coastal Cruise with Guide

Visit Julian Rocks (Nguthungulli) Marine Reserve off the coast of Byron Bay by boat, one of Australia’s most precious underwater environmental sites. There’s no better way to enjoy the magnificence of Byron Bay’s pristine coastal waters than aboard our purpose-built vessel offering 360-degree views of the surrounding natural beauty and wildlife. Our Coastal Discover Cruise will take you on a breathtaking adventure from Ballina to Byron Bay where you can encounter species such as dolphins, turtles, birdlife and other marine species as we navigate our way north through the enormous Cape Byron Marine Park (which includes the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve!). Discover sheer cliffs, secluded beaches and rocky islands as you listen to live commentary by our passionate Marine Biologist. Learn about wildlife, local points of interest & history of the area as you cruise by Australia’s most Easterly point. Imagine viewing Byron Bay’s iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse from a whole new perspective! Enter the turquoise waters surrounding Cape Byron, circumnavigate one of Australia’s most stunning ecological sites, encounter many local species, before heading back down the coast to Ballina. This tour is the only one of its kind to explore our beautiful coastline, making it an exclusive experience for those who wish to truly discover what the Ballina to Byron coast has to offer.

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What people are saying about Byron Bay

I took the trip mainly to try and get some pictures of the local birdlife. I did getsome nice shots of numerous species, Brahminy Kite, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Striated Heron and a few other more common species. Apart from the birds, the scenery is beautiful and it's a nice way to spend a couple of hours. Recomended.

We had a terrific experience. Even though there was a storm brewing, Marian told us all about the bird life and served us champagne and Chardonnay and muffins. We enjoyed being rained on because it was cool!

It was a fun experience - very interesting information about wildlife and very safe - good food - Started to rain/storm - al got wet but kids had fun - a great adventure .. Thankyou

Booking online was easy, lots of information provided so we knew what to expect and what to bring.

This was more than I ever expected. Well worth every minute.