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Tour code: 2230S37
Enjoy a fun-filled trip to the North Coast, traveling to Port Stephens and the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes on a full-day guided tour from Sydney. Check out the wildlife at Australian Reptile Park, take a dolphin-watching cruise from Nelson Bay, experience 4-wheeling and sandboarding at the sand dunes, and take in gorgeous scenery all along the route. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, enjoy up-close encounters with kangaroos, koalas and Tasmanian devils, bottlenose dolphins and other marine life — a memorable outdoors experience on Sydney's doorstep.


  • Full-day tour to Port Stephens with wildlife park, dolphin-watching cruise, 4WD tour and sandboarding
  • Cross Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Hawkesbury River as you drive north of Sydney
  • Discover wildlife from around the globe at the Australian Reptile Park, with furry critters too!
  • Look for bottlenose dolphins on a 1.5-hour boat cruise in Port Stephens
  • Jump in the boom net during the dolphin cruise for a chance to splash around
  • Take a 4WD vehicle tour of the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes
  • Get a thrill when you try sandboarding down the giant dunes

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a wonderful tour for animal lovers of all ages. Don't miss the chance to try sandboarding — it's like snowboarding but on sand!

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What You Can Expect

Port Stephens Day Trip with Dolphin Watching, Sandboarding and Australian Wildlife

Australian Reptile Park
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Get an early start with morning pickup from hotels in central Sydney, then head north in a comfortable climate-controlled coach, leaving the city via Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Stop at the Australian Reptile Park, located about one hour's drive outside of Sydney. Walk through informative displays that showcase a variety of species, including Australian native animals such as Tasmanian devils, platypus, wallabies and wombats. You can also feed a kangaroo or pet a koala, and check out Spider World's high-tech interactive exhibits.

After approximately 45 minutes at the park, continue your scenic drive to
Port Stephens, stopping in Nelson Bay where you have about one hour on your own for lunch (own expense) before taking your afternoon dolphin cruise.

Enjoy a 1.5-hour afternoon dolphin-watching cruise that takes you directly to the best spots for sightings of wild bottlenose dolphins. Learn about the playful creatures from your onboard guide and enjoy fantastic views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands as well. Bring your swim gear as there are opportunities to take a dip or ride in the boom net. Your cruise also provides complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits.

Back on land, a 4WD-vehicle picks you up for a fun-filled experience at the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes. Ride offroad around the expansive landscape of dunes, which are part of Australia's biggest sand dune system, with some measuring more than 100 feet (30m) tall. You can also try sandboarding down the dunes, a thrilling activity that inspires lots of laughs.

Spend about one hour at the sand dunes, then reboard your coach for your return drive to Sydney.


Hotel Pickups:

6:50am Crescent on Bayswater
8:00am Four Seasons (Harrington Street entrance)
8:00am Four Points Sheraton
7:50am Hilton Hotel (Pitt St entrance)
7:25am Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
7:35am Novotel Darling Harbour
7:40am Parkroyal Darling Harbour
7:45am Rydges World Square (Pitt St entrance)
7:05am Sofitel Wentworth
7:15am Vibe Hotel Sydney
7:20am YHA Sydney Central

Customer Reviews

Monisha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Rebecca M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This trip is amazing, sand boarding is super fun and reptile park is wonderful. We were able to see some dolphin from far away, it is hard as you can and #39;t predict where dolphin appears. The boat ride is nice and the weather is good

San San Doris H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a fantastic day with this tour. Tour guide Dave was very friendly, helpful and informative. Most importantly, the big coach came with free wifi although its only 100MB per phone. Overall every destination was good except disappointed that we didn't catch any dolphins on our cams! Although it was a great weather but saw none. Just too bad but the rest of the venues were good. Lunch on our own at Port Stephen was good too. Again thumbs up for Viator tours!

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A busy but fantastic day well worth the money and the coach driver Peter was wonderful a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Jeannie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

At the wildlife park you can feed the kangaroos, emus and take pictures with koalas. Don't see much dolphins but nice boat ride. Seafood at the harbor was very good. This was the first time I did sandboarding and was fun.

Rachel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was great!! We got to get up close and personal with Koloas, emus, and kangaroos! We loved the dolphins and were informed that 150 dolphins live in the bay year round. The sand dunes were an awesome sight and we had a blast riding down them. Definitely worth it and our tour guide was great

Filip C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great trip! Great bus driver! Only needed half an hour more for camel ride at the dunes.

Helen Ng

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful. I enjoy every moment of the journey. Highly recommended

Shirley K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The experience was extraordinary and exciting. We saw many dolphins in the crystal clear waters. The sandboarding experience was very fun and exhilarating. I would recommend this tour to others.

patty Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Well worth the money!!! It started with a very nice coach to pick us up at the hotel and on the way to our destinations, David the guide/driver, filled us in with valuable knowledge of Australian wildlife. The whole is well organised and no wasted time. It ended with a climax of sandboarding at sand dunes more than 100meters high. Wow, so exciting!!!

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