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clock-o11 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy a trip to Australia's 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 the Australian Reptile Park, take a dolphin-watching cruise from Nelson Bay, experience 4-wheeling and sandboarding at the sand dunes, and soak up gorgeous scenery all along the route. Accompanied by a guide, enjoy views of kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, bottlenose dolphins, and other marine life for 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
  • Discover diverse wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park
  • Look for bottlenose dolphins on a 1.5-hour cruise in Port Stephens
  • Take a 4WD tour of the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes
  • Sandboard down the giant dunes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
Get an early start with a morning pickup from hotels in central Sydney, and then head north in a comfortable climate-controlled coach, leaving the city via Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Stop at the Australian Reptile Park, located about an hour 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.

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 sighting wild bottlenose dolphins. Learn about these playful creatures from your onboard guide, and enjoy fantastic views of the Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands as well. Your cruise also provides complimentary tea, coffee, and biscuits.

Back on land, a 4WD-vehicle picks you up for an adventure at the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes. Ride off-road 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.

Spend about one hour at the sand dunes, then reboard your coach for your return drive to Sydney. Arrive back at your hotel around 7 p.m.

Itinerary

Hotel Pickup Time:
7:00 a.m. - Vibe Hotel Sydney
7:05 a.m. - Mercure Sydney
7:10 a.m. - Capitol Theatre (Front of Theatre)
7:20 a.m. - Novotel Darling Harbour
7:25 a.m. - Parkroyal Darling Harbour
7:30 a.m. - Hilton Hotel Sydney (Pitt Street entrance)
7:40 a.m. - Hyatt Regency Sydney (Lower Ground Level of Hotel, Slip Street Entrance)
7:45 a.m. - Sofitel Wentworth Hotel
7:55 a.m. - Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (Harrington St entrance)

Reviews

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E
, Sep 2018

What a fantastic day, with a great guide. He made it so much fun. I loved it. Especially the dolphin tour. We were lucky enough to see a Southern Right whale which was just stunning.

S
, Jul 2018

For the most part we enjoyed the tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the encounter with the koalas and kangaroos. The other parts of the park were good too. The dolphin watching was a bust. We hardly saw any dolphins. However, the boat ride was enjoyable. The sandboarding was good but a bit rushed.

j
, Apr 2018

This tour was very fun and you definitely get your money's worth. The park you go to is the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Included in this tour is a koala encounter, where you can pet and take photos with koalas in small groups. Here you can also feed and pet kangaroos, but watch out for the ostriches, they'll try to steal the food from you! The group is pretty large, so try to get to the koalas first, or you'll end up waiting in line for a long time, and then the kangaroos will be full and less interested when you feed them. The sandboarding was really fun as well. It is like sledding in the sand, and you have beautiful views of the coast and the dunes. Do expect to be with a large group for the day, and combine with other tours for the sand dunes. The crowds won't stop you from having a great experience though. Another tip: make sure to get a spot at the front of the boat for dolphin watching. This is where most of the dolphins will come up close to the boat, but it will get crowded once the dolphins appear, so go there as soon as you're on board to get the best view.

D
, Mar 2018

Abwechslungsreicher toller Tag. Ein Stern Abzug wegen der Delphinsuche, eine nette Bootsfahrt hätte auch gereicht, man muss nicht den Delphinen hinterherhetzen. Der Wildtierpark war sehr interessant, mit einer kurzen Führung und anschließender Kängurufütterung. Sandboarden war richtig spaßig.

C
, Feb 2018

We had a great time going dolphin watching ,though, it was a bit annoying because of the rain. It is usually crowded and the boat trip is a little long. Finding the dolphins is very fun! You have to scan your surroundings to see the dolphins. You always get to see one!

T
, Feb 2018

Excellent driver, great coach air conditioning, comfortable seats, leg space, and nice locations. Unfortunately, we didn't watch the dolphins as they didn't show up which was very disappointing actually as it was one the main attractions.

J
, Feb 2018

Brilliant day out, was amazing out on the boat and seeing the dolphins and the sandboarding was also awesome, never done anything like this before so all in all made an awesome day with our tour guide who was extremely helpful and friendly would definitely recommend.

C
, Jan 2018

My daughter and I enjoyed this tour but there was no opportunity to get lunch as the time was lost in traffic. Highlight was seeing koalas and kangaroos. Driver was terrific. I would recommend but bring food in case you encounter traffic issues.

s
, Jan 2018

lots if time for site seeing on the bus ride.

L
, Jan 2018

All of us enjoyed the visit to the australian wildlife Park....did not get enough time to explore and enjoy all the facilities. Very short time to grab a bite and on to the boats for dolphins watching which fortunately we got to see quite a few. Then sand boarding was a new experience though heat was too much and the sandwas flyinginto our eyes. But overall a funexperience


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