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Our Story

“We wish to recognise the generations of the local indigenous people of the Bunjalung Nation who have lived in and derived their physical and spiritual needs from the forests, rivers, lakes and streams of this beautiful valley over many thousands of years as the traditional owners and custodians of these lands.”

Ahoy, Kylie here!

Welcome to Tweed Eco Cruises (TEC).

TEC has been cruising the river since 1988 on the iconic Golden Swan (built in 1972).  Local surfer Errol Wright and wife Lyn purchased the Golden Swan and crewed the business with daughters on board – my sister Miranda and I.

In 2000, Miranda took to the slopes of Japan and I took the wheel and enlisted our most versatile recruit, a local fisherman of the Northern Rivers (and husband) Scott Peterson.

Errol and Lyn retired in 2011 so Scott and I steered ahead.

Eco-tourism is central to our philosophies and practices. As an industry leader we aim to inspire and assist other local businesses to protect and promote our pristine natural environment.
To read more on our eco practices, click here.

TEC is now the region’s eco-tour specialist and accommodates all boating needs from classic river cruising, weddings, and themed parties to the exclusive Aboriginal lead tours.

What was once only one boat and two crew has now grown to a fleet of four vessels and local crew with extensive knowledge of the region.

The Tweed Valley is a natural amphitheatre recognised alongside the Daintree and Kakadu as being one of the three most bio-diverse regions in Australia. We are so lucky to call this place our home, it is the perfect balance between river, mountains, and beaches. We have two acres, grow our own fruits and let the kids and chickens roam free.

Come down to the marina, meet the crew and try our collection of locally sourced food.

When you cruise with us you are:

  • supporting many local businesses
  • witnessing Australia’s wonders
  • minimising your environmental impact

We hope to see you soon.


Kylie, Scott, Tia, Tess and Shelby.