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

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  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2230S37

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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.


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  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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.

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Tour departs from centrally located Sydney hotels


Star City Casino, Pyrmont, Sydney

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Returns to original departure point at approximately 7:30pm

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Code: S37

Day trip from Sydney

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Tour & Lunch
Code: S37L

Day trip from Sydney including buffet lunch

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

Dolphin Cruise

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 4WD Adventure Tour
  • Dolphin Cruise
  • Admission to Australian Reptile Park
  • Sandboarding
  • Live commentary on board
  • Buffet lunch (if option selected)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
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
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Julie Marie D, June 2014

Fantastic trip, lovely new coach, Mark our tour guide very informative and helpful, really enjoyed the trip, would recommend this tour.

Reviewed by: Rachael P, April 2014

Our ship captain was exceptional, let the Dolphins come go us. The sand boarding was an experience not to be missed, great 4WD to get there then top instruction and away we sent, awesome.

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Tour code: 2230S37