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

7:45am Aspire Hotel
7:20am Bayview Boulevard Hotel
7:15am Cambridge Inn
7:15am Crescent on Bayswater
6:35am Crowne Plaza Coogee (No Drop-off)
7:10am De'Vere Hotel
7:40am Four Points Sheraton
7:25am Four Seasons
7:10am Grace Hotel
7:35am Hilton Hotel (Pitt St entrance)
6:40am Holiday Inn Airport Hotel (At bus stop)
7:45am Holiday Inn Darling Harbour
7:00am Ibis King Street Wharf
7:15am Intercontinental ( Macquarie St entrance)
7:00am Langham Hotel
7:05am Menzies Hotel
7:35am Mecure Sydney (Hotel driveway entrance)
7:20am Metro Sydney Central (Pitt st)
7:50am Novotel Darling Harbour
7:40am Novotel Sydney Central
7:35am Old Sydney Holiday Inn
7:45am Parkroyal Darling Harbour
7:40am Park Hyatt
7:30am Park Regis
7:25am Pullman Hyde Park
7:20am Raddisson Blu
7:40am Rendezvous Studio Hotel (Quay St entrance)
7:25am Rydges World Square (Pitt st entrance)
7:20am Rydges Surry Hills
7:30am Shangri-la Hotel
7:35am Sheraton on the Park (Castlereagh st)
7:10am Sofitel Wentworth
7:50am Star City Coach Terminal
6:50am Pacific Bondi
7:40am Swissotel (meet at porters deck)
7:25am Sydney Harbour YHA
7:15am Vibe Hotel Sydney
7:10am Westin Sydney (Pitt st entrance)
7:25am YHA Sydney Central

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The tour was amazing! Pick up point was convenient and on schedule. My kids particularly loved sand boarding down the sand dunes. We saw 8-10 dolphins on the cruise, thought the sea was a bit choppy that day. Tour guide was professional. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

A a great option to experience a little bit of what Australia has to offer! Feeding kangaroos, petting koalas, embarking to the dolphin watching lucky to see over 30 dolphins this past November 2014! Also dont forget to bring your swim suit to go in the net at the back of the boat on the way back to shore, it was a great way to end the dolphin adventure! We took the lunch on board, there are other options to eat at marina, however, being able to eat on the ship allowed us to get good seats on the top of ship once we finished our meal. Ending the day with sand boarding with the 4x4 vehicles was really fun!

When you get picked up at hotel or other close locations, it is not your actual tour, but rather a bus to bring you to the main tour company location, once you arrive there, then you will board your tour bus!

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