Sean Morris at Brunswick Heads with his state-of-the-art whale watching boat behind him.
Sean Morris at Brunswick Heads with his state-of-the-art whale watching boat behind him.

Sean’s aim is to give people a whale of a time

After two years of planning and nine months getting the proper approvals, former macadamia farmer Sean Morris last week launched his latest venture, Byron Bay Eco Charters whale watching tours.

At the heart of the venture is a state-of-the-art, 12.5 metre rigid inflatable boat powered by four 300hp engines with exhaust emissions among the lowest from available outboards, according to Sean.

Formerly a corporate executive in Sydney and a macadamia farmer at Tintenbar and Dunoon, Sean, now living at Bangalow, said he saw a niche in the local market for a whale-watching operation.

“Whale watching is big business in places like Hervey Bay in Queensland and I couldn’t understand why anybody wasn’t doing it on a larger scale here,” he said.

Sean’s boat, which is based at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour, can seat 38 people on tiered seating. There are two tours daily – 7.30 am and 9.30 am – and there is a free shuttle bus from Byron Bay.

For more information on the tours, go to www.1300humpback.com

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