• Owner Simon unloading kayaks at the river beach ready for a tour
  • Owner Lorraine serving Coffee and cakes from the trolley on the cruise boat
  • Crew: Kayak Guide Rob, Office & Admin Lorraine, Manager, Environmental Scientist, Skipper & Kayak Guide Simon, Skipper & Kayak Guide Gavin

About Byron Bay Eco Cruises and Kayak Tours

Cruise boat with happy waving customers

Simon & Lorraine Freeden have over 35 years of business experience in the area. They have owned and operated Summerland Surf School since 1997 where Simon as head coach has taught thousands of people the joys of learning to surf.

In 2009 Simon received his degree for Bachelor of Environmental Science at Southern Cross University. Simon is a qualified skipper (coxswain), kayak guide and surf coach.

Simon & Lorraine have a passion for the Australian bush, wildlife and local history and enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience with customers. Their main aim is to give participants a fun, safe but adventurous experience with their professional, knowledgeable team. Gavin Dobson is a professional fisherman, kayak guide and coxswain and also skippers the boat. Gavin has a great knowledge of fish species and is also great with spotting and identifying the birds seenon the cruise. Rob Henderson is a white water rafting and kayak guide with years of experience on different rivers. Rob leads our guided kayak tours and is a fun and informative guide.

Simon & Lorraine started their cruises and guided kayak tours on the Evans River in 2009 and developed a special tour 'Eco Cruise & Kayak ' to incorporate both experiences into one. With the popularity of Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP) they have now developed a new unique product, Eco Kayak Cruise & SUP. On this tour you can enjoy the eco Rainforest River Cruise, a guided kayak tour and also try SUP. Customers can now experience 3 great activities in one fun tour.

Simon & Lorraine incorporated an extensive environmental management plan for their business to achieve Advanced Eco Certification from Eco Tourism Australia for their river cruises and guided kayak tours.

Now operating in Byron Shire, cruises and guided kayak tours of the Brunswick River depart from the boat harbour at Brunswick Heads. The Brunswick River is a small, beautiful river with an interesting history and is an ideal place to run tours giving people better access from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and surrounds.

"By providing quality professional and informative, fun tours on the Brunswick River we hope to give visitors a taste of what this area has to offer as well as some understanding of the aquatic ecosystem, landscapes and the environmental issues that can affect this special place. Customers will have fun with our safe supportive team and with a little education we hope that they can then appreciate our unique Australian environment and how to help preserve it".