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

Duration: 11 hours
Destination: Australia, New South Wales, Port Stephens

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  • 11 hours
  • Port Stephens
  • E-Voucher
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  • Cancellable


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.


  • 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

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

  • 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
  • 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
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

Voucher info

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


11 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 26 Nov 2019 -

Akia H

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!

Image - 25 Jul 2019 -

Giles B

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 :)

Image - 19 Sep 2018 -

Emily K

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.

Image - 23 Apr 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.

Image - 02 Feb 2018 -

Jonathan W

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.

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With my board, it's fun and kinda scary the first time. Everyone loved it!


Dolphin watching


Beach Near Sand Dunes


Kangaroos at the Reptile Park


Koalas at the Reptile Park


Australian Reptile Park


Marina View

Loved the cruise tripp... loved every part of the trip actually


Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay


Sand Dunes in Anna Bay

Sand Dunes in Anna Bay


Sand Dunes in Anna Bay

Sand Dunes in Anna Bay



Smiling Kangaroo


sand boarding

You walk up and slide down. Fun for beginners. No pressure to participate if you don't want to. There will be sand everywhere... for weeks.


Standing on the Sand dune

Other tourists stand on the sand dune preparing to slide down.


Feeding the kangaroos

Watch out - they'll grab the bag!



The coach was extremely comfortable.


Sand surfing

We all slide down a 50 to 60 feet from a sand top. The most thrilling experience of the trip.


Une petite descente pas très concluante en planche dans les dunes.

Mon mari, t shirt rouge avant l'exploit !!!!! Une bosse de rire!



feeding kangaroo



Feeding kangaroo


Beautiful sand dunes

Highlight of my day! It was really fun to do this, sand was soft - be sure and bring your water bottle!


Dolphin watch

I did bring my swimsuit, but it was FREEZING! These people braved the cold, and looked like they were having fun. It was way too cold for me, and they were in the shade. Not a lot of people went down the slide because it was too cold. This was done at the end.


Dolphin Watch

No dolphins to be seen, except for one, so it was kind of boring.


Port Stephens

View of harbour from boat


Reptile Park

I love Koalas, and petting them or holding them is always very special.


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