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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

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

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, you’ll dive into the natural world just outside urban Sydney.


  • 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

After pickup from your Sydney hotel, head north by comfortable coach, crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Hawkesbury River along the way. Hear informative and entertaining live onboard commentary about the sights you pass.

About an hour from Sydney, stop at the Australian Reptile Park and have about 45 minutes to see the exhibits, which present a range of species from around the globe. Check out native Australian critters like platypus, Tasmanian devils, wombats, and wallabies; explore high-tech interactive displays in Spider World; feed a kangaroo or pet a koala.

Next, return to the coach and drive 1.5 hours to the picturesque bay of Port Stephens. The coach will take you to the town of Nelson Bay where you’ll have approximately one hour for lunch (own expense) before boarding your boat for the dolphin cruise. You also have the option to upgrade to an included buffet lunch on board the boat when you book your tour.

After lunch, set out on a 1.5-hour cruise to look for bottlenose dolphins. Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary as you cruise around the scenic waters, getting great views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands as well. Grab your swim gear for a ride in the boom net and perhaps get close to a friendly dolphin! Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are provided on the cruise.

When you return to shore, meet the 4WD vehicle tour for a 1-hour experience in the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, the largest sand dune system in Australia. Some of the dunes measure more than 100 feet (30m) high! Try sandboarding on the dunes for a memorable thrill.

After the 4WD trip to the sand dunes, reboard your coach for your return to Sydney.


Hotel Pickups:

6.50am Crescent on Bayswater
8.00am Four Seasons (Harrington Street entrance)
8.05am Four Points Sheraton
7.50am Hilton Hotel (Pitt St entrance)
7.25am Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
7.55am Menzies Hotel
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

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.

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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!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Thumbs up for the great tour and guide. Simply awesome! Loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Right from the first moment of pickup up, Ben was a fantastic guide. He kept us well informed during the trip and we learned quite a bit about Australia that we didn't know. The tour was packed full of different activities and we were never bored. Hats off to the tour company and especially Ben for a memorable experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This trip was a great day out. The buffet lunch on the ship was amazing - great food and they kept it coming so you could definitely eat as much as you wanted. The dolphins were swimming all around the boat the whole time, unfortunately none of them decided to jump out of the water though. The Wildlife park was really a cute little park - and it was fun petting the koalas.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great trip. Julian was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The Australian Wildlife park was my favorite by far. Unfortunately, our tour was running behind so we only had an hour there. Sand boarding was a lot of fun. Feel free to eat lunch on your own, there are several restaurants and cafes right by the dock. The Dolphin Watching was great, bring your swimsuit as on the way back you can swim just off the boat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We really enjoyed our day. I wish the time at the Australian Reptile Park was a little longer though. We did get to pet a koala bear and pet and feed kangaroos. The dolphin cruise was exceptional for dolphin viewing, but the food was only mediocre. The sand boarding was just like snow sledding. It looked like fun but we chose not to do it because it was raining. The people who did sand board really enjoyed it. The bus had wifi which was a major plus!!

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