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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.
  • Combination tour of Australia's North Coast with transportation from Sydney
  • Admission to the Australian Reptile Park to learn about native animals
  • Sandboarding and 4-wheeling in Stockton Bight sand dunes
  • Spot bottlenose dolphins on a cruise in Nelson Bay
What to Expect
Roll out of bed and catch your early-morning tour bus right at the door to your hotel. Leave urban life behind via the Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy the changing scenery as your guide takes care of directions and driving. The day's first stop is the Australian Reptile Park to peruse informative displays and see some of nature's most interesting creatures. Move on to Port Stephens, for lunch (own expense) before departing on a dolphin-watching cruise in Nelson Bay. Learn about these creatures from your onboard guide and enjoy views of Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. Back on land, transfer for a 4x4 vehicle for an exploration of Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, some of which are more than 100 feet (30 meters) tall. Take advantage of sandboarding if you choose. Your tour returns you to your hotel at the end of the day.
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Important Information
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.
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

John S was an amazing tour guide! He was very engaging and knowledgeable about Sydney and its surrounding areas. I would definitely take all the tours if he was the guide! Also I appreciated the Marvel and DC talk...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank DWIZZLE1313
aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at AAT Kings, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear DWIZZLE1313, Thank you for your review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your day out to Port Stephens with John S. It is such a beautiful region, topped off by our experienced and knowledgeable Driver Guides. Thank you for travelling with us...More

Reviewed September 10, 2019 via mobile

The trip was great - my teenage boy enjoyed the reptile n sand boarding so much !! The animals in reptile park are nice to feed and touch. The guides for various segments were great. The dolphin cruise was better off for people has no...More

Thank syc447
aatkingsaustralia, AAT Kings Marketing at AAT Kings, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear syc447, Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased to hear you had such a wonderful experience travelling to Port Stephens. It is always a pleasure to receive feedback about our guest's satisfaction with their tour, as well as the services provided by...More

Reviewed September 9, 2019

This was one of the best days I've had in Sydney and possibly in my whole life! Our driver Cormac (Maccas) was very entertaining and provided a lot of information about the destinations and important sites we passed while driving. We were very punctual for...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 8, 2019 via mobile

Great trip with a very nice driver. The mix of reptile and land-based fauna, boat to see dolphins, then sand boarding, was great for all of us.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank I4699JLanthonyt
Reviewed July 10, 2019

These tours are always exciting, looking looking out for the dolphins and also the calm of sailing on beautiful waters. Free tea, coffee and biscuits available, and lovely staff. Unfortunately, the commentary is not very clear in the downstairs dining room. We only saw a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank margw5
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July 26, 2019|
Response from margw5 | Reviewed this property |
If it’s big suitcases..no. You can always ask the Tourist Information Shop nearby where can you store it.
April 27, 2019|
Response from wilfredo f |
We are being pickup at our hotel and drop off because it’s part of the tour
September 15, 2018|
Response from Daniel L |
There was a website showing it without wildlife park for $145. Sight Seeing Tours Australia.
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  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
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