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

South Coast Day Trip from Sydney with Jervis Bay Dolphin Watching Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of New South Wales on a full-day tour of the South Coast and Jervis Bay. Leave the bustle of Sydney behind as you head to Jervis Bay Marine Park for a dolphin-watching cruise, and enjoy sweeping views and photo ops at the Kiama blowhole, Bald Hill Lookout and Sea Cliff Drive. Have lunch overlooking the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Jervis Bay, and learn about the region's history and wildlife from your informative guide thoughout the day.


  • Full-day tour of the South Coast and Jervis Bay, from Sydney
  • Stop for photos at Bald Hill Lookout and the Kiama blowhole en route to Jervis Bay
  • Drive over iconic Sea Cliff Drive and see the Illawara Escarpment
  • Watch for dolphins frolicking in the turquoise waters of Jervis Bay Marine Park on a 1.5-hour boat cruise
  • Savor a tasty lunch served on board the catamaran
  • VIsit Kiama to see the Kiama blowhole, the lighthouse, and renowned surfing beaches
  • Pickup and drop off at your centrally-located Sydney hotel included

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What You Can Expect

South Coast Day Trip from Sydney with Jervis Bay Dolphin Watching Cruise

The stunning natural beauty of Jervis Bay

After morning pickup from your central Sydney hotel, enjoy the first section of your 125-mile (200-km) journey down the incredibly scenic South Coast, traveling in a comfortable climate-controlled coach with your knowledgeable and entertaining guide.

Stretch your legs at Bald Hill Lookout, which perches at 980 feet (300m). Gaze over the Tasman Sea, Sea Cliff Bridge and learn about the Illawarra region, including its role in the development of aviation and airplanes. Then continue across the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, which parallels the Illawarra Escarpment's tall sandstone cliffs.

Take in pretty towns and surf beaches sprinkled along the New South Wales en route to Jervis Bay. Enjoy a delicious lunch of fish and chips while overlooking Jervis Bay, surrounded by white-sand beaches and national parkland. After lunch, hop on board the 55-foot (17m) triple-deck catamaran for a 1.5-hour dolphin-watching cruise. With three viewing decks, plus spacious interior cabins, you have a prime lookout for spotting dolphins and other marine life. From September to December, keep an eye out for humpback and southern right whales that migrate through this region. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available during your cruise.

When you return to land, head north towards Sydney, stopping in Kiama, a favorite town for surfing. Have time to purchase afternoon tea if you wish, then visit the Kiama blowhole, the largest of its kind in the world, with huge sprays of water that shoot from the blowhole, reaching heights of up to 82 feet (25m). In the local aboriginal language, kiama means 'where the sea makes noise.'

Before leaving Kiama, see the Kiama Light, a lighthouse and UNESCO World Heritage site that was built in 1887. Then soak in the scenery as you return to Sydney where your tour ends with hotel drop-off.


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 June 2015

Very nice tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

In a very windy day visiting Kiama blowhole and getting wet. Although we did not see dolphins, the boat ride was great. Enjoyed the lunch too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Fabulous trip! Although we didn't see any dolphins we did see whales up close! A mum and her baby we playing right next to the boat. The crew on the boat were great and passionate about what they do. Couldn't have wished for a better experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Our tour guide was very funny & entertaining. We very much enjoyed the Billy Tea and Anzac biscuits. The dolphin cruise was the reason we chose this tour and we were not disappointed: we saw lots of dolphins in Jervis Bay.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

A very good day out. We say plenty of dolphins, and the overall experience was good. Jervis Bay was very scenic, the food was good, all staff were very helpful and professional. All in all a very good day, definitely recommended.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2012

For our trip, unfortunately no dolphins appeared on that day. However, our guide made it up to us by bringing us to a nice waterfall location. The Jervis Bay boat itself provided a nice cruise.

Other than Jervis Bay, we visited other places with the best being the Blow Hole spot at Kiama. This tour brought us to these places that are much further from the city area.

Beverley W
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended April 2008

Brilliant courier. Dolphins were incredible. Well informed and advised as trip progressed.

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2014

It was a long but pretty drive down the coast. We did not see any dolphins. The boat ride in the bay was fun. the stop at the blow hole was the highlight as we also walked out on the rocks and saw some wonderful views of the ocean.

Jo-Anne K
United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2010

I had real problems with Viator. I was given a contact number for the local operators of the tour and told that I must confirm the trip the day before travel. I spent over an hour and half trying to get through on the telephone on the number given - this cost my daughter over 50 Australian dollars as I was using her mobile phone. We contacted Viator on their website - where they promise a 36 hour reply. We explained that we did not know where to meet the tour bus and that this was really urgent. They did not reply - at all! We managed to find the tour bus, and the local operator explained that the number we had been given was for travel agents and is rarely answered! The tour itself was very good - but Viator's customer service was very poor and, in total, cost me more than 100 Australian dollars on phone calls and taxis trying to find the tour bus!

Gary M
United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2007

The dolphin cruise was good, and we saw seals and dolphins. The rest of the day was spent mainly on a coach - a 13-hour day for a 2-hour cruise. I'm not sure if it's worth it.
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