Discover the beautiful Port Stephens region north of Sydney — a landscape of white sandy beaches and the sparkling coastal waters. Go sandboarding on the iconic dunes and enjoy a dolphin spotting cruise. This is a superb day out!

AUD $198pp

Port Stephens Tour from Sydney with Sandboarding and Dolphin Cruise
Runs: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Departs at: 8am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘I went on this day trip with my husband and adult son. We really enjoyed the reptile park. We got to see koalas and kangaroos as well as snakes, spiders and etc. It was great and we would have liked even more time there. The cruise was fun although we only saw a few dolphins and not that close up. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable, and we liked being out on the water. My son enjoyed the sand dunes. They were lots of fun.’ Kiwi_Zoeee

Tour highlights

  • Cross the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge and tour through the city’s leafy and affluent northern suburbs
  • Interact with a variety of native wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park — and watch a demonstration of snake and funnel-web spider venom milking
  • Visit spectacular Port Stephens and admire its pristine waterways
  • Board a dolphin spotting cruise and go in search of local pods of bottlenose dolphins
  • Listen to the dolphins underwater and be entertained by your host’s informative commentary
  • Board a modern 4WD vehicle for a beach tour, and enjoy the thrilling experience of sandboarding down the Stockton Sand Dunes.

What's included

  • Guided small group tour
  • Services of a knowledgeable local guide
  • Informative commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Entrance to Australian Reptile Park
  • Dolphin viewing cruise
  • 4WD beach tour and sandboarding experience
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board your coach.

Pricing

Adults: AUD $198pp
Children (4 to 14 years): AUD $99pp

There is no charge for children under the age of four, however spare seats are subject to availability on the day of your tour.

What you can expect

This deluxe Port Stephens Tour from Sydney offers an amazing day out in one of New South Wales’ most beautiful coastal regions. You’ll have the services of a passionate local guide to show you the highlights of the area, and travel in air-conditioned comfort — with the convenience of selected CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off. Come face to face with native Australian reptiles and animals, go sandboarding down the ionic Stockton Sand Dunes, and enjoy a dolphin spotting cruise on the azure waters that are the hallmark of this piece of Aussie paradise!

Once CBD hotel pick-ups are completed, your Port Stephens Tour from Sydney will get underway. You’ll set off across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in comfortable air-conditioned coach transport, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi. Your destination is the coastal retreat of Port Stephens, which is located north of Newcastle (just over two-hours’ drive from the New South Wales capital). [More]

Throughout the day, you’ll enjoy a range of wonderful activities. First up, you’ll visit the Australian Reptile Park to meet a variety of scaly residents, along with plenty of furry and feathered native animals. You also join fabulous Moonshadow Cruises on a 1.5-hour cruise on the sparkling waters off Port Stephens in search of dolphins.

In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a 4WD beach tour and the option to go sandboarding down the sweeping Stockton Sand Dunes. It’s a sensational end to an action-packed day out!

This Port Stephens Tour from Sydney ends back in the CBD with drop-off at your point of departure.

Please note: The itinerary provided may change due to weather conditions and operational requirements.

Guest reviews

  • Kiwi_Zoeee (21/07/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    I went on this day trip with my husband and adult son. We really enjoyed the reptile park. We got to see koalas and kangaroos as well as snakes, spiders and etc. It was great and we would have liked even more time there. The cruise was fun although we only saw a few dolphins and not that close up. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable, and we liked being out on the water. My son enjoyed the sand dunes. They were lots of fun. Our driver/guide was knowledgeable and gave some interesting information which we enjoyed, learning about many things as we drove up to Port Stephens, although we were unimpressed with him giving his rather biased opinions on a number of topics and his repetitive and constant emphasis on making sure we were prompt back on the bus in order to make his day easier. All in all, it was a good day. Be warned that the drive is very long.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

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This tour operates in all weather conditions.