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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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Itinerary

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

Sheila O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Nice trip!!! But the schedule was too tight. Oh the dolphin's were too shy, but we understand it is something we cant control.

Brianna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Enough to do that you won't be bored! Great for more adventurous travelers looking for different activities to do on the same day: feed kangaroos, look for dolphins, sand board. It was a great time with a fun guide and I recommend for others. It may seem like a long time on a bus, but our guide played movies to pass the time.

Isaac Low

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Nice, comfy and friendly Coach!
I love the sand boarding. Great adventure, wonderful experience!

Dauphin United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic day, good value for money, great Tour guide from AAT King Tours - Dave, and I know my son thoroughly enjoyed his new experience of Sandboarding

Matt A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved it! The Australia Reptile Zoo was NOT to be missed. It's one of the best zoos! You get to pet/feed Kangaroo and Koala and so many more. It's amazing. :

Next - dolphin cruise. WOW. So cool to see them swimming in the wild.

Lastly - the sand dune rides were a blast. What an experience! Highly recommended.

P.noochnapa23

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

That was a great time for us. Thank you so much:

SAHIL D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Awesome experience!! Hat's off to AAT king's Driver David. He was just awesome person!!

Le T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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

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