Port Stephens Day Trip with Dolphin Watch Cruise from Sydney

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

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  • 11 hours
  • Sydney
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Travel over the Sydney Harbour Bridge along the North Coast to the blue water paradise of Port Stephens. With crystal clear waters, Port Stephens boasts over 26 pristine beaches, National Parks and diverse marine life. At Nelson Bay we have free time for lunch (own expense) with plenty of venues and shops to wander and find what you like. It’s then onto a dolphin watch cruise to explore the bay and get up close to the bottlenose dolphins that live here all year round. Jump into the boom net for some aqua fun! Then off to a 30km long beach and the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere to take a 4WD over the dunes to sandboard don the huge slopes – lots of laughs and hard work walking back up! Walk along the beach and in the warmer months you can swim. Today is a coastal adventure for great memories and photos.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Nelson Bay Cinema, Stockton St Cinema Mall, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315 Australia

Gateway to the blue water paradise, Nelson Bay is where we board our cruise to get up close to the local bottlenose dolphins on a 1.5 dolphin watch cruise.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: D'Albora Marinas, 6 Teramby Rd, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315 Australia

Free time to have some lunch, wander the shops and listen to local entertainment next to the bay

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Moonshadow-TQC Cruises, 3/35 Stockton St, Nelson Bay NSW 2315, Australia

Port Stephens is home to over 160 resident bottlenose dolphins and is called the Dolphin Capital of Australia!

The 1.5 hour dolphin watching tours have a high success rate of dolphin sightings, boom net rides, inside and outside viewing areas, licensed bar and snack food available and entertaining commentary.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Anna Bay, Anna Bay, Port Stephens, Greater Newcastle, New South Wales


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Port Stephens 4WD Tours, James Paterson St, Anna Bay NSW 2316, Australia

4WD buses will transport you over the dunes to the sandboarding instructors who will teach you how to safely sandboard on the largest coastal sand dune system in the Southern hemisphere.
Stay and slide for as long as you like and return on one of the 4WD shuttle buses back to the departure point whenever you’re ready.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Birubi Beach, 73 James Paterson St, Anna Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2316 Australia

Free time to swim (weather permitting) or walk along this 30km long glorious beach

Duration: 30 minutes

  • All transport with professional driver/guide
  • 1.5 hour dolphin watching cruise
  • 4WD tour and sandboarding
  • Carbon neutral with all vehicle emissions offset
  • 30km long Stockton Beach
  • Majestic views from Gan Gan Lookout
  • Entry/Admission - Nelson Bay Cinema
  • Entry/Admission - Moonshadow-TQC Cruises
  • Entry/Admission - Port Stephens 4WD Tours

  • Lunch
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • We do not accept children under 8 years old, including infants
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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 20 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

1: Christ Church St Laurence, 812 George St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
2: St. Andrew's Cathedral, Cnr of George and, Bathurst St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
3: Macquarie Place Park, 36 Bridge St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


13 Nov, 2018

My main reason for writing in is to say a massive thank you to our tour guide, Cheeks. He is hilarious, chats with everyone and is genuinely just such a joy to be around... even at 7am. He was amazing, give the man a raise. As for the trip, Port Stephens is beautiful. Sand boarding is an experience you'll never forget (mainly because, being English, you'll never have seen so much sand in your life). My advice for people thinking of going on this trip? Do it! And take a swimming costume and get in the boom net while on the dolphin boat cruise.

Sandi G

03 Jan, 2018

I went on this trip yesterday. Our driver Billy kept us entertained for the majority of the drive and really took an interest in getting to know each person on the bus... where we were from, how long in Australia, etc. He was great and very knowledgeable and approachable about Australia and things to do around the area. You have a chance to change into your swimsuit if you want for the dolphin tour (but honestly don't, the water is so cold it's better just to watch. Regardless there's a bathroom on the boat where you can change if you want to). We stopped at a nice cafe for lunch and they had a veggie burger option which was delicious. They were accommodating too, Billy happily made sure mine had no chilli on it because I'm allergic to beans. The sand boarding was really cool but didn't go down the hill as fast as I thought it would. The walk up the hill in the sand was treacherous each time, but the ride down was fun. The sand dunes were beautiful. This day trip had people of all ages, families, etc and it was suited to all of us.


27 Dec, 2017

Brilliant experience watching the Dolphins up close... The trip was very long but other than that it was great.


28 Nov, 2017

I had a great day at Port Stephens, last saturday. First we went to an amazing lookout point and after that the dolphin watch cruise. This was amazing, especially the opportunity to sit in the net. After that we did the sandboarding what was great. Also the traffic was well organised and the busdriver George want really to show us the nicest places.


02 Nov, 2017

Personally I was only in it for the dolphins - cruise was lovely and happy to say not part of the 2% that doesn't get to see any . But vegging out on a terrace with a nibble and a drink at the beach while co-travelers went up the dunes for a mouth full of sand ;-) was a perfect and relaxing end to the day .

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