Port Stephens Day Tour With Dolphin Watching, Sandboarding & Australian Wildlife - Sydney

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  • Duration: 11 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:55 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
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    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. Please refer to your voucher for your hotel pick-up time or call the operator. You will be collected from the hotel .. read more
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    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Discover the scenic North Coast region of Port Stephens on a full-day coach tour from Sydney. Visit a wildlife park to check out the critters, then hop on a boat in Nelson bay to look for bottlenose dolphins. Hit the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes for a 4WD tour and a chance to try sandboarding! With wildlife viewings including Australian favorites like koalas, kangaroos and Tasmanian devils, plus a dolphin-watching cruise and sand dune tour, youll dive into the natural world just outside urban Sydney.


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Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Close encounter with friendly dolphins

Get off the beaten track in a 4x4

Get up-close to native wildlife

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Sydney Harbour Bridge, New South Wales

Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and travel over the Hawkesbury River, a holiday hub for boat lovers

Stop At: Australian Reptile Park, Gosford, New South Wales

Discover native wildlife at a zoo with a bite the Australian Reptile Park. Get up-close to the wildlife, including echidnas, platypus and dingoes. Hand-feed the friendly kangaroos, see cute koalas and a huge saltwater crocodile

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Nelson bay, Nelson bay, Port Stephens, Greater Newcastle, New South Wales

In Port Stephens, theres time to purchase lunch (own expense) before you board your dolphin-watching cruise. Hop on to the catamaran and head out on the water in search of dolphins
The bottlenose dolphins have several pods in the area, so there is a very good chance of seeing one, if not many
Be entertained with informative commentary and spectacular scenery of the bay and Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens, Greater Newcastle, New South Wales

Travel in a purpose-built 4WD vehicle to the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, the largest sand dune system in Australia, stretching for 32 kilometres over 2,500 hectares. Sandboard at your own pace or experience the thrill of high speed down the enormous dunes.

Duration: 1 hour


Hotel Pickup Time:
7:00 a.m. - Vibe Hotel Sydney
7:05 a.m. - Mercure Sydney
7:10 a.m. - Capitol Theatre (Front of Theatre)
7:20 a.m. - Novotel Darling Harbour
7:25 a.m. - Parkroyal Darling Harbour
7:30 a.m. - Hilton Hotel Sydney (Pitt Street entrance)
7:40 a.m. - Hyatt Regency Sydney (Lower Ground Level of Hotel, Slip Street Entrance)
7:45 a.m. - Sofitel Wentworth Hotel
7:55 a.m. - Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (Harrington St entrance)


Hotel pickup and drop-off

4WD Adventure Tour

Dolphin Cruise


Live commentary on board

Entry/Admission - Australian Reptile Park

Entry/Admission - Nelson Bay

Entry/Admission - Stockton Sand Dunes


Food and drinks, unless specified


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

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  • 06-Jan-2020

    I had an excellent day trip with a very caring and funny tour guide Peter T. Everything is on track and I enjoyed all the activities.The only pity part is that I only saw 2 dolphins that day... but even without dolphins, the sea view is so fantastic and definitely worth seeing.

  • 26-Nov-2019

    My husband and I went on this excursion yesterday and it was excellent! Not only did John S show us some tricks to navigating Sydney before leaving toward Port Stephens, he explained the history of each area in a way that keeps everyone's interest. The reptile park was fun, but my two highlights of the tour were dolphin watching and sand boarding. (Note that the reptile park does have many native species including koala, not just reptiles!) John S. gave us some food selection and dolphin watching tips which proved to be imperative in maximizing our experiences at Port Stephens. John S. also gave us great food suggestions for Sydney including a great Japanese pub that was one of highlights of our time in the city. We also had a great time sandboarding despite me being a bit afraid of heights. This is an excellent excursion and if you have the chance to do so (especially with John S.), definitely check this out!

  • 25-Nov-2019

    I liked this trip. It as been a great guide, who took very good care of us and could teach us a lot of the surrounding. We have been very lucky and saw many dolphines and even a sea turtle. For My personal Feeling, I think the Timing was very tight. We could not even stop for toilettes, but needed to use the Toilette in the Bus and I like rather smaller Groups. We have been 38 People. If you dont mind that, I would give even 4 out of 5 stars.

  • 25-Jul-2019

    Great day out. Reptile Park, dolphin watching, 4WD and sandboarding were all excellent. Long day with a lot of driving, but if you know that beforehand, you'll be fine. Highly recommended :)

  • 19-Sep-2018

    What a fantastic day, with a great guide. He made it so much fun. I loved it. Especially the dolphin tour. We were lucky enough to see a Southern Right whale which was just stunning.

  • 10-Jul-2018

    For the most part we enjoyed the tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the encounter with the koalas and kangaroos. The other parts of the park were good too. The dolphin watching was a bust. We hardly saw any dolphins. However, the boat ride was enjoyable. The sandboarding was good but a bit rushed.

  • 20-Apr-2018

    This tour was very fun and you definitely get your money's worth. The park you go to is the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Included in this tour is a koala encounter, where you can pet and take photos with koalas in small groups. Here you can also feed and pet kangaroos, but watch out for the ostriches, they'll try to steal the food from you! The group is pretty large, so try to get to the koalas first, or you'll end up waiting in line for a long time, and then the kangaroos will be full and less interested when you feed them. The sandboarding was really fun as well. It is like sledding in the sand, and you have beautiful views of the coast and the dunes. Do expect to be with a large group for the day, and combine with other tours for the sand dunes. The crowds won't stop you from having a great experience though. Another tip: make sure to get a spot at the front of the boat for dolphin watching. This is where most of the dolphins will come up close to the boat, but it will get crowded once the dolphins appear, so go there as soon as you're on board to get the best view.

  • 18-Mar-2018

    Abwechslungsreicher toller Tag. Ein Stern Abzug wegen der Delphinsuche, eine nette Bootsfahrt hätte auch gereicht, man muss nicht den Delphinen hinterherhetzen. Der Wildtierpark war sehr interessant, mit einer kurzen Führung und anschließender Kängurufütterung. Sandboarden war richtig spaßig.

  • 27-Feb-2018

    We had a great time going dolphin watching ,though, it was a bit annoying because of the rain. It is usually crowded and the boat trip is a little long. Finding the dolphins is very fun! You have to scan your surroundings to see the dolphins. You always get to see one!

  • 12-Feb-2018

    Excellent driver, great coach air conditioning, comfortable seats, leg space, and nice locations. Unfortunately, we didn't watch the dolphins as they didn't show up which was very disappointing actually as it was one the main attractions.

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