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  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:  2 days (approx.)
Travel north from Sydney on an overnight Eco-tour to the Hunter Valley wine region and coastal Port Stephens. You’ll see kangaroos and koalas up close at a wildlife park, sip boutique wines, ride across sand dunes by 4WD and take a dolphin-spotting cruise. Enjoy personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide on this small-group tour, limited to 14 people so you can enjoy a more intimate experience.

Highlights

  • 2-day small-group Hunter Valley and Port Stephens Eco-tour
  • See native wildlife like kangaroos, wallabies and amazing bird life at the Australian Reptile Park
  • Experience the excitement of sandboarding down Stockton Sand Dunes
  • Relax on a dolphin-watching cruise on Port Stephens harbor
  • Visit two boutique wineries for a gourmet food and wine experience
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

2-Day Hunter Valley and Port Stephens Small-Group Eco-Tour

Dolphin watching cruise from Port Stephens

Day 1: Sydney – Australian Reptile Park – Hunter Valley (L)
After being picked up from your Sydney hotel, you’ll be taken to meet Australian wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park. See kangaroos, wallabies, and spectacular bird life, then enjoy morning tea at the wildlife park. Your tour then takes you via the freeway to the Hunter Valley, which is nestled in the lee of the Great Dividing Range.

In the Hunter Valley, visit selected cellar doors for tastings of boutique wines, enjoy a cheese and olive oil tasting at a local cheese shop, and relax over a gourmet lunch at a regional winery. Lunch is included at a well renowned winery/resort and includes a selection of platters accompanied with tastings of two red and two white wines, selected to complement the dishes served. You will also have the opportunity to try some beer tastings and wines from at least ten Hunter Valley boutique wineries.

After lunch, you’ll be dropped at your accommodation in the Hunter Valley wine town of Pokolbin, and have the remainder of the afternoon and evening to enjoy at your leisure.

Accommodation: 4-star Hunter Resort in Pokolbin


Day 2: Hunter Valley – Port Stephens -- Sydney (B, L)

After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be collected by a luxury vehicle and driven to Port Stephens and enjoy sandboard ride down the Stockton Sand Dunes. Then take a scenic cruise around Port Stephens' harbor to spot bottlenose dolphins swimming in the bay’s calm, enclosed waterway. Relax over a buffet lunch served aboard the Moonshadow boat before returning to the dry land at around 12pm. You’ll be then driven back to the Hunter Valley, a scenic drive of around 1.5 hours, to rejoin your connecting return transfer back to Sydney, where you’ll be dropped at your hotel at around 6pm.

A note about Eco-tours: This tour is operated with a low impact to the environment and local inhabitants, promotes cultural values and traditions, and provides opportunities to learn about the flora and fauna and the geological significance of the region.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Was a great tours but feel alone a little bit on the transfer between Nelson Bay and Port Stephan . Guide was great on the first day

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2014

I found the drivers/guides for your local affiliate to be quite informative, knowledgeable and hospitable. The tours itself were fun but I wished we had more time at Australian Reptile Park I believe we had a mere 35 minutes.

The gourmet lunch with the wine sampling at San Martino Restaurant was excellent. I wouldn’t consider the stay at the Hunter Resort 4-star worthy but it was quite cozy and rustic.

The lunch buffet and dolphin sighting was fun and entertaining. However, we did manage to encounter a slight mishap prior to entering the Moonshadow cruise ship. Since our names were not on the passenger manifest; the captain questioned our legitimize to boarding his ship.

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