1 Day Port Stephens and Dolphin Watching

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Full day tour from Sydney visits the Central Coast including reptile parks, a luxury dolphin watching trip with boom net plus, buffet lunch. Tour also includes a sand-boarding adventure.

1 Day Port Stephens and Dolphin Watching
From$199 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Harbour Bridge
  • Hawkesbury Ranges
  • Australian Reptile Park
  • Port Stephens
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Dune Sand-boarding
  • Lunch included

Tour Info

Code AK-J86S
  • Day Tour
Duration 1 Day
Price From $199

Mon, Wed & Sat

Vehicle Coach,Ship
Suitability Open Age
Start Sydney @ 07.30 am
Finish Sydney @ 07.30 pm

En Route

Today you're visiting the picturesque coastal town of Port Stephens. Heading out over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, your Driver Guide will provide expert commentary as you travel through the beautiful Hawkesbury Ranges.

** Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the largest steel arch bridges in the world. Known to Sydneysiders as 'the Coathanger', the bridge was designed in 1924 to connect the northern and southern shores of the city.

** Hawkesbury Ranges

A haven for nature and history lovers, the Hawkesbury region is situated among Wollemi and Blue Mountains National Parks. This morning your journey will take you through the evergreen landscape of its countryside and historic towns.

**Australian Reptile Park

One hour north of Sydney you'll stop on the Central Coast to visit the Australian Reptile Park. Here you can really interact with the wildlife, including a walk with Hugo, a giant but gentle Galapagos tortoise. You can feed the friendly kangaroos and visit Elvis, a huge saltwater crocodile. For something a little more intriguing and less interactive, you can witness snake and funnel web spider milking - the park is the only supplier of many venoms that are critical in saving hundreds of lives each year.

**Port Stephens

It's back on board now to continue on to the lovely Port Stephens. Often referred to as Australia's blue water paradise, Port Stephens' quiet golden beaches are surrounded by crystal clear water and never-ending blue skies. The abundance of marine life here makes it the ideal location to spend some time on the water in search of dolphins and other amazing aquatic creatures.

Please note: You'll have approximately one hour to purchase lunch (own expense) before you join the dolphin watching cruise.

**Dolphin Watching

Now you'll hop on your luxury boat and head out on the water in search of dolphins. The beautiful and gentle bottlenose dolphins have several pods in the area so there is always a very good chance of seeing one, if not many. While enjoying the dolphins and the view from one of the three viewing decks, your hosts will be on hand to ensure a great day for everyone.

** Sand-boarding

The Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) is the largest sand dune system in Australia. Stretching for 32 kilometres, this surreal landscape is barren of vegetation and has dunes that climb up to 40 metres high. You'll travel in a purpose-built 4WD to Stockton Bight where you can sand-board at your own pace or experience the thrill of high speed down the enormous dunes.


Times are approximate. Schedule may be rearranged on the day.

8.00amDepart Sydney

10.30amAustralian Reptile Park

12.30pmPort Stephens (lunch break)

1.30pmDolphin Watching Cruise

3.30pmStockton Bight Sand Dunes (sandboarding)



  • Entry to Australian Reptile Park
  • Dolphin watching cruise
  • Sandboarding & 4WD tour
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What to Bring 

  • Comfortable walking shoes, 
  • Sunglasses, 
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat, 
  • Water bottle, 
  • Camera,
  • Jacket in cooler months

 Fitness requirement

  • Moderate level of fitness required for guests participating in the Sandboarding option.

Free hotel pick-ups

Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.

Pick-up points The following pick-ups will be in effect from 1st April 2016.

Hotel Pickup Location Pickup Time


Crescent on Bayswater Front of Hotel 6.50am


Four Points Sheraton Front of Hotel 8.00am


Four Seasons Level 3 – Harrington Street entrance 8.05am


Hilton Hotel Sydney Pitt Street entrance 7.50am


Holiday Inn Darling Harbour Front of Hotel  7.25am


Novotel Darling Harbour Front of Hotel7.35am


Parkroyal Darling Harbour Front of Hotel7.40am


Rydges World Square Front of Hotel - Pitt Street entrance7.45am


Sofitel Wentworth Front of Hotel7.05am


Vibe Hotel Sydney Front of Hotel7.15am


YHA Central Front of Hostel 7.20am


In Sydney, you will be picked up by your specific touring vehicle an commence your day tour without the need to go to a centralised departure point to swap vehicles. Please use the tool below to find the nearest pickup location from your hotel and advise your chosen pickup with your booking. Alternatively, please ask at time of booking.


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