Port Stephens Day Tour with Dolphin Watching, Sandboarding & Australian Wildlife

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Port Stephens Day Tour with Dolphin Watching, Sandboarding & Australian Wildlife
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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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In Brief

Location:
Sydney, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
11 hours
Operates:
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
    Highlights:
    Instant Confirmation
    Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
    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
    Overview
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    Itinerary
    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, New South Wales 2060 Australia

    Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge and travel over the Hawkesbury River, a holiday hub for boat lovers

    Stop At: Australian Reptile Park, Pacific Highway, Gosford, New South Wales 2251 Australia

    Discover native wildlife at a zoo with a bite – the Australian Reptile Park. Get up-close to the wildlife, including echidnas, platypus and dingoes. Hand-feed the friendly kangaroos, see cute koalas and a huge saltwater crocodile

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales Australia

    In Port Stephens, there’s time to purchase lunch (own expense) before you board your dolphin-watching cruise. Hop on to the catamaran and head out on the water in search of dolphins
    • The bottlenose dolphins have several pods in the area, so there is a very good chance of seeing one, if not many
    • Be entertained with informative commentary and spectacular scenery of the bay and Tomaree and Yacaaba Headlands.

    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

    Stop At: Stockton Sand Dunes, Anna Beach, Port Stephens, New South Wales Australia

    Travel in a purpose-built 4WD vehicle to the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, the largest sand dune system in Australia, stretching for 32 kilometres over 2,500 hectares. Sandboard at your own pace or experience the thrill of high speed down the enormous dunes.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Inclusions

    • Pickup from selected Sydney hotels. Pick up locations appear in a drop down box at time of booking
    • 4WD Adventure Tour through the sand dunes on famous Stockton Beach
    • Dolphin watching cruise from Nelson Bay with boom netting and opportunity to swim!
    • Sandboarding at Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, the largest sand dune system in Australia
    • Live commentary on board from an experienced local driver guide
    • Entry to the Australian Reptile Park and chance to get up close an personal to Australian Wildlife
    • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB, air conditioning & W/C
    • Entry/Admission - Australian Reptile Park
    • Entry/Admission - Nelson Bay
    • Entry/Admission - Stockton Sand Dunes

    Exclusions

    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities

    Departure Point

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. Please refer to your voucher for your hotel pick-up time or call the operator. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list. If you wish to change your pick-up location, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the dropdown list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.

    Returns To

    Returns to original departure point

    Additional Information

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • During the booking process you will be required to choose your hotel pick-up details. If your hotel does not appear in the drop down list the supplier does not pick-up from your hotel and you will be required to contact the supplier to arrange a suitable alternative
    • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated.
    • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

    Booking Information

    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

    Cancellation Terms

    This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

    Booking Terms and Conditions

    When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

    Hotel Pickup

    When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

    Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

    What if my hotel is not listed?
    That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

    What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
    Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

    What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
    Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

    Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

    My husband and I went on this excursion yesterday and it was excellent! Not only did John S show us some tricks to navigating Sydney before leaving toward Port Stephens, he explained the history of each area in a way that keeps everyone's interest. The reptile park was fun, but my two highlights of the tour were dolphin watching and sand boarding. (Note that the reptile park does have many native species including koala, not just reptiles!) John S. gave us some food selection and dolphin watching tips which proved to be imperative in maximizing our experiences at Port Stephens. John S. also gave us great food suggestions for Sydney including a great Japanese pub that was one of highlights of our time in the city. We also had a great time sandboarding despite me being a bit afraid of heights. This is an excellent excursion and if you have the chance to do so (especially with John S.), definitely check this out!
    • Submitted 26 Nov 2019
    Great day out. Reptile Park, dolphin watching, 4WD and sandboarding were all excellent. Long day with a lot of driving, but if you know that beforehand, you'll be fine. Highly recommended :)
    • Submitted 25 Jul 2019
    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.
    • Submitted 19 Sep 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.
    • Submitted 23 Apr 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.
    • Submitted 02 Feb 2018
    Great tour, got more than what we expected. The dolphin cruise was amazing, gotta see a few of them while on cruise. We also enjoyed the thrilling sand-boarding experience! Btw, the fish and chips @ Port Stephens is also very good! Lively and interesting commentary from our experienced coach driver, John.
    • Submitted 14 Nov 2017
    Great day despite the weather, can only recommend! :
    • Submitted 16 Oct 2017
    the zoo was incredible with kangaroo snakes insects and usual ozies animals, but it was really great for the reptiles and arachnees compared to other wild life park we did visit in autralia then. and we wish to have spent more time in the zoo.,the dolphin was here in the water, but we hardly can see them, just shadows in the sea the guide driver was incredible, he really gave a lot of informations during the trip. i believed i was the only one interested on his stories but it was really great
    • Submitted 16 Oct 2017
    It was an amazing one day tour. Right from comfortable bus ride to 2 deck cruise to sand boarding, it was all a great adventure. We got to see land, sea and sand in just one day. : Good time spent at each destination. Thumbs up to this deal!!
    • Submitted 08 Oct 2017
    The dolphins were amazing. Sandboarding was my favorite. I wanted to sandboard for hours.
    • Submitted 20 Jul 2017
    Great experience! Our guide John is amazing! Thumbs up!
    • Submitted 18 Jun 2017
    The tour guide is very good, the children are very happy.
    • Submitted 21 Apr 2017
    amazing experience!!! especially the reptile park and the dolphin watching!
    • Submitted 09 Apr 2017
    Thoroughly enjoyed the day, my husband particularly enjoyed the sandboarding.
    • Submitted 29 Mar 2017
    Fun tour guide with a cheerful and amazing tour
    • Submitted 15 Mar 2017
    The bus driver is 3 ! Both me and my gf enjoyed it to the fullest !
    • Submitted 22 Jan 2017
    I really enjoyed this trip. Danny, the tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He was friendly throughout - making us feel relaxed and like we were in good hands. I would definitely recommend!
    • Submitted 09 Oct 2016
    An Amazing trip and adventure, loved every part of it : Plus, awesome Coach and Guide... thank you Brad!
    • Submitted 26 Sep 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.
    • Submitted 15 Aug 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.
    • Submitted 04 Aug 2016
    Nice, comfy and friendly Coach! I love the sand boarding. Great adventure, wonderful experience!
    • Submitted 26 Jul 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
    • Submitted 24 Jul 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.
    • Submitted 18 Jul 2016
    That was a great time for us. Thank you so much:
    • Submitted 12 Jul 2016

    In Brief

    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    Country:
    Australia
    Duration:
    11 hours
    Operates:
    Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
      Highlights:
      Instant Confirmation
      Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
      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

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